Singapore Teachers Guide vs. Home Instructors Guide...singapore math
Posted 26 February 2008 - 01:09 PM
Yes, I know it's only 3rd grade math, but I want to make he understands the thought processes correctly as he learns instead of just doing the problems on auto pilot. Plus I'm not that confident in my ability to actually teach math.
I had the home instructors guide for 2A, but never used it because I found the layout cumbersome, not that I really needed it.
It's just so hard to figure out which one to get without having the copies in front of me.
Posted 26 February 2008 - 01:43 PM
I just ordered the Teacher Guide for 3A & 3B because I had the same experience with the Home Instructor Guide for 2A. It was too cumbersome to use to coordinate the Text/Workbook pages. I used it a little at first for the ideas for games/instruction, but not enough to bother purchasing it again.
Instead, I just got out the textbook, workbook, and IP workbook and wrote in the corresponding workbook page and IP pages next to each section of the text's table of contents. That's all the coordination I needed.
You might check out the samples of the Teacher Guide on Rainbow Resource. The TGuide might be more useful than the Home Instructor Guide as far as showing me the thought process for solving problems the Singapore way. Can't tell if it coordinates the Text/Wkbk, though.
Posted 26 February 2008 - 01:54 PM
I love the HIG and recommend it to everyone! I guess it just goes to show that not everything is for everyone.
Posted 26 February 2008 - 01:55 PM
Posted 26 February 2008 - 01:56 PM
It was too cumbersome to use to coordinate the Text/Workbook pages. .
Really? In mine it's just listed right there with each lesson. Not yours?
Posted 26 February 2008 - 07:04 PM
- Unit 1 - Addition & subtraction
- Unit 2 - Multiplication & division
- Unit 3 - Money
PM-2B has 9 units. Most units have a few sub-units that also correspond to the textbook. E.g., within Unit 2,
- Part 1 - Multiplying & dividing by 4
- Part 2 - Multiplying & dividing by 5
- Part 3 - Multiplying & dividing by 10
At the beginning of each unit is list of unit objectives. E.g., the ones for Unit 2 are
- Count by fours, fives, and tens.
- Build multiplication tables for 4, 5 and 10.
- Memorize multiplication and division facts for 4, 5, and 10.
- Solve word problems involving multiplication by 4, 5, or 10.
- Solve word problems involving division by 4, 5, or 10.
Next are 3 charts, one for each sub-unit (Parts 1-3 within Unit 2). Each chart is broken down into daily lessons (we sometimes do two in a day, or stretch a lesson out over a couple of days). For each daily lesson, it shows the objectives, textbook pages, workbook exercises & pages, and activity number (described in subsequent pages).
Below each chart, "optional resources" are listed, like "Extra Practice for Primary Mathematics 2: Exercise 23" and some Rainbow Rock activities, too. Since the lessons are numbered, it's easy to see that Unit 2 will take approximately 14 daily lessons to complete.
After the Unit's chart(s) come the background explanations and activity descriptions.
Within each "Part":
In Unit 2 Part 1, the Part 1 Objectives are listed. Then Materials needed for Part 1 are listed. Homework is also listed (usually PM workbook exercises). The next section Notes has been very helpful to me; this is where some of the underlying concepts are explained to the teacher. There are often accompanying diagrams, too.
An excerpt from the Notes in Unit 2, Part 1 (without the diagrams/illustrations):
"There are two division situations, sharing and grouping.
A total number (the whole) is shared into a given number of groups (parts). Divide the total by the number of parts to find the number in each part.
A total number (the whole) is grouped into equal parts. Divide the total by the number that goes into each part to find the number of parts."
There are "Class Activities" for each sub-unit. We skip many or most of these, but some have been really great for helping my kids understand a new concept. Most are easily adapted for home school situations.
The overall layout of the TG's makes it easier for me to plan and pace ourselves. It's also easier for me to modify this kind of schedule than the other.
The SM teacher's manuals for 1A & 1B put out by the Rosenbaum Foundation are set up quite differently than the ones for 2 through 6 (by Jenny Hoerst). But I believe they've recently come out with new TG's for 1A & 1B that are set up like the rest of them.