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  1. Sorry if there is a thread on this. I tried searching and nothing came up. I am trying to order a Singapore Math book for ds6. I'm on the website and I'm very confused over which version. The Scope and Sequence didn't help- just made it more confusing. I just want to give him a placement test and buy one book and text to see how it works. I've been using K Essentials with his little sister, but I'm clueless on the upper levels. Do I just get the Primary Math U.S. 3rd Edition, and not the CC or other version? Also, I want the Home Instructor's Guide, correct, not the Teacher's guide? I'm trying not to spend a lot. MM is on sale through HSBCO this month, and I want to do a trial and see which is the better fit for him because everyone keeps suggesting Singapore. But this is a great time to buy MM if we stick with that. I placed him too low and have been stalling until the March sale to buy something new. What I've seen on the K Essentials, he'd still like MM better, but I think the grade school versions are different, right? ETA: Also do I need the Textbook, the workbook, and the IG, or can I get buy with less? I Fwiw, I've taken Kate Snow's Teaching Elementary Mathematics course and have the Elementary Mathematics for Teachers books she recommended.
  2. I just started teaching a small class of 6th and 7th graders (4 kids total.) The classroom I inherited is workbooks and worksheets only. The school hasn't supplied any sort of textbooks or teacher's manuals, though it's possible I could have them order a new curriculum for them. (but what? saxon? AOPS? should I just get them set up with Khan Academy? But limited # of computers is a problem here too. My kid is only in 4th grade, so I haven't researched math curricula this far yet. The kids are coming from Singapore Math, I think, but were never given the Singapore-style instruction and were only given the workbooks to complete.) The kids seem to be able to do the math and are maybe even a bit ahead, but struggling a bit conceptually. Most, if not all, of them 'dislike' math. I chalk that up to lacking number sense/conceptual base. They've already worked through most of their workbooks, but the previous sub for the class said that even though they can usually solve the problems they are given, they don't really understand why. I want to start them on placement tests, just so I can get an idea of what they understand and what they struggle with (recommendations?)
  3. I'll have a 4 in March! I haven't considered him much yet. Probably Singapore Math K Essentials... maybe Phonics Pathways? He know his letter sounds already, but is so not ready to blend. Tagging along with his 1st grade brother. Playing with various siblings throughout the day while I work with the other various siblings! 😉

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    The great classroom purge has begun and I need to make room for new things. Everything's OBO, shipping included. Singapore Primary Mathematics 3A/B, Standards Edition, textbooks and home instructor guides. Some pencil/highlighter marks, very good condition. BONUS: 3B Test Book (new) $20/set


  5. EdPo: I feel like I wasted a lot of money on BJU dlo packages this year. Remind me next year not to buy this stuff. Quiet Boy is down to just the science and history. The Girl is down to the spelling, science, and (for now) the math. I find this REALLY irritating. I always do this. SIGH! Can't send it back so chalk it up to stupid tax again. I just asked on the K-8 board if it is too late to switch The Girl to Singapore Math. Argh!
  6. Math: Singapore Math 1 Language Arts: AAS 1, copywork, finish OPGTR if needed, read alouds, and read books to his siblings and me History: maybe American History for Young Catholics Science: probably science encyclopedias, possibly tagging along with his older brothers while they do hands-on projects from a kit Spanish: tag along with older siblings using La Clase Divertida Religion: Bible, Catechism, saint stories Not sure what else, but probably something as this kid needs lots of project suggestions to keep him busy.
  7. Math: Singapore Math 5 Language Arts: AAS 5, Rod & Staff English, something for writing, The Treasure Trove of Literature 1 American History/Geography: Our United States of America Science: probably half of Harcourt Science 6, with hands-on projects with his 3rd grade brother (I'll probably buy a kit for them to complete together). Spanish: La Clase Divertida Religion: Bible, Catechism, saint stories Logic: Mindbenders For Fun: He spends a few hours or more every day using his Arduino, Raspberry Pi, and various electronics parts to make all sorts of cool projects. I might have him do a recorded course on computer programming through Homeschool Connections, too, if he is interested.
  8. Math: Singapore Math 3 Language Arts: AAS 3, Rod & Staff English, Dictation Day by Day, something more for writing, lots of read alouds and books for him to read History/Geography: Our United States of America Science: not sure, maybe half of Harcourt Science 4, hands-on projects with his 5th grade brother Spanish: continue La Clase Divertida with siblings Religion: Bible, Catechim, saint stories Other: Mindbenders, lots of Snap Circuits, Arduino, and Raspberry Pi projects with his 5th grade brother
  9. phonics: continue Ordinary Parent's Guide to Teaching Reading math and logic: Singapore Math 1A/B and MindBenders-type books handwriting: Zaner-Bloser 1 language arts: First Language Lessons 1, Writing With Ease 1, and Spelling Workout A science: (along with DS7 & DS10) earth science (library books) & astronomy (led by DH, an astronomy teacher) history: (along with DS7) medieval & early renaissance (SOTW2 & lots of library books) foreign language: I'm considering Portuguese Saturday school for DSs 5, 7, &10 misc: he's playing soccer & t-ball, weekly trips to the library, continue speech therapy weekly at the public school, maybe cub scouts
  10. With my older two children, I have used RightStart for kindergarten. I've tried that approach with my youngest son, and he is just not enjoying the program at all. He is the type who actually enjoys workbooks and learning to write letters/numbers. (I think he is trying to copy his older brother and sister who he sees working in actual books.) SO--I was thinking of trying Singapore's kindergarten program with him. If I do, what exactly do I need to buy? Can I use just the textbook? What about the story books? Those look really cute. Can anyone review those?
  11. Does anyone have any information about what this new curriculum will be? I am switching one of my kids to Singapore, but I'm not sure which edition to go with, or if we should wait for the new one.
  12. Worry #1) I worry I will struggle teaching the Singapore methods I'm not familiar with My answer: Only you can decide if that will be the case. But IMO, Singapore is VERY easy to teach. Let me walk you through a typical day using some examples from the upper-level books. This is about as hard as it gets. (And it will be even harder for you right now because you haven't gone through the 4+ years of foundation that this example expects you to have. You are jumping straight into the middle of a 4th grade Sinapore math book.) This sample is pretty typical of how a lesson works in Singapore math. So take a look at this lesson and decide for yourself i you could teach it. (Don't worry if you aren't familiar with the terms array or factor. Those were all explained clearly in previous lessons. EVERYthing in Singapore is very step-by-step and incremental. ) Let me walk you through a typical lesson using the sample above: Step 1: Concrete First, there is usually an activity which illustrates the math concept using some type of math manipulative. In the sample above, you are teaching the child about factors. So you are supposed to take 24 multi-link cubes and challenge the child to arrange them in various groups. (2 groups of 12, 12 groups of 2, 3 groups of 8, etc.) At this point, the chid has already learned their multiplication tables, so this is typically a review for them. As you can see, it is pretty easy to teach. The HIG explains exactly what to say and even provides pictures of what to do with the manipulatives. This only takes a few minutes. The lessons are short and sweet. Step 2: Pictorial Next, the HIG directs you to open up the textbook to p. 26 and discuss the same exact concept using pictures in the textbook. (They show various things grouped the same way as the mulit-link cubes before.) Step 3: Abstract Next, the HIG directs you to do Tasks 1-5, pp. 27-28 (still in the textbook). At this point, the child now takes that concept that you just taught them (using concrete objects and pictures) and applies it to numbers in the textbook. You are supposed to use the textbook to work a couple of example problems with the child. As you can see from the sample, the textbook gives you PLENTY of help about what to do if you are stuck and need help. (Plus solutions, etc.) In this case, the HIG directs you to work the problems with multilink cubes again if needed. Next, the student is sent off to do the workbook problems. (In this sample, Exercise 7, pp. 21-22). I typically have my kids do this part semi-independently so i can check for understanding. (Not in first grade, but we gradually work towards semi-independence.) Finally, we check workbook together and the kid fixes any mistakes until there is 100%. That is a typical day of teaching Singapore. Only you can decide if that sounds too hard to teach. I personally think it is VERY easy to teach. If you are concerned about teaching Singapore, I would suggest that you stick with the standards edition of Singapore. The Home Instructors Guides for that "flavor" of Singapore math are formatted a little nicer and are easier to use IMHO. (The content is not all that different from the US edition except that there are more reviews scheduled in the standard edition. I have used both standards and US and both are nice. I much prefer standards.) I would also suggest you take a look at the HIG samples for the upper levels of Singapore. (Try levels 4A, 4B, or 5A, and 5B) Read through those and see if they make sense to you. ------------------ Worry #2) I worry if/when he attends public school someday, he will be told the Singapore way is not right and he'll have to relearn the traditional way My answer: Singapore does teach children the traditional way so they will not have to relearn anything. However, It just also teaches them to understand the conceptual reasons so they understand why the traditional process works. Let me give you another example to illustrate my point: In a lot of math programs, they teach kids how to stack numbers and "borrow" to subtract. (Traditional method.) Then they give you a million practice problems and drill that process until you can do it in your sleep. (Traditional method.) But in sinapore, you work a BUNCH OF problems with manipulatives first so you can see exactly what happens when you "borrow numbers". But you also practice stacking the numbers and working things the traditional way. (Plus, you also learn tricks for doing the problems mentally.) So you learn more...not less. AND if he ever has to go back to public school, he will probably be so advanced in math, that he ends up teaching all of the other kids how to do their math homework. :) I'm not saying that to knock traditional schooling. It has more to do with the order things are introduced in Singapore. Things are typically introduced earlier in Singapore math than they are in other math programs. If you stay on grade level with Singapore math (example do Singapore 2A and 2B in 2nd grade), your child will always be ahead of most traditional kids in math. My kids are NOT math whizzes. We do "just" regular Singapore math with the workbook and textbook. And they always test very, very well in math. Singapore makes it easy to teach. ETA: Now, there are some schools that have adopted some crazy math instructional methods since common core was first introduced. I think (hope!) things have gotten better since schools have had a chance to adapt to common core math instruction. I think the curriculua has been improved. And not all schools using common core have gone off the deep end, but some have. lol For example, My good friend teaches 4th-grade math here locally, and she was showing me how they are now told to teach long division. Now...long division has not changed since we were kids. It isn't like it has evolved and you suddenly need to know a different way to do it. Division is still division. However, they way they were trying to walk the kids through the process was VERY confusing. HOWEVER---because I had my "adult singapore education" from teachng my kids, I could at least grasp what they were TRYING to do and understand the process. (I still think they were over complicating things. It is almost like they took the Singapore method, scrambled it all up, and tried to make it new.) So again, my conceptual knowledge (thanks to Singapore) helped not hindered my understanding. I think it would help my kids too if they had to go back to public school. They might have to learn to "play the game" and show the math problem worked how they teacher wanted it...but I think they would still have a solid conceptual understanding as a foundation. -------- Now, that is NOT to say that Singapore is perfect. One con to Singapore is all of the books. But that is also one of the pluses to Singapore. If you use Singapore math as written, you will need the Home Instructors Guide (HIG), the textbook, and the workbook at a minimum. (That is three books for the first half of the year!) For the vast majority of kids, this will be all you need. (The idea is to give them JUST enough practice to understand math, but not so much to kill their joy.) THEN, there are all of these other books you can buy to customize how much practice your kid needs. Let's say you have a child who is a math-whiz and the standard workbook isn't challenging enough. Well, then you buy the Intensive Practice and Challenging Word Problems book. (The workbook's word problems are pretty challenging enough IMHO! But some kids like MORE of a challenge.) Or, let's say you have a child who needs more practice before moving on, then you can buy the optional Extra Practice book. But, lets just say that you have a child who struggles in one particular area of math. For example, your child gets everything, but struggles with mental math. Well, then there is a mental math book. It goes on and on. I think the multiple book issue is sort of a con because it can be overwhelming to new homeschoolers. My advice to combat that problem is start out with the workbook and textbook and HIG. Only buy the other books IF your child shows a need.
  13. kcmom

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    Textbooks 1A 1B 2A 2B 3A 3B 4A US editions All used with varying cover imperfections, but very usable 2A text standards edition in very nice condition 2A HIG in very nice condition 3A text, tests, HIG all standards edition in nicely used condition 4A HIG in very nice condition 6B text and solutions manual 3rd editions in very nice condition NEM 1 Syllabus D new edition: Text TG WB Solutions Manual Quick Revision Guide All very nice condition Please make me an offer if you are interested.


  14. Are any of the web based math options similar in methodology to Singapore Math? I was considering CTC Math and others and wondered if there is something out there like a digital version of Singapore. My husband really thinks a conceptual math will work well for my son and I agree. Anyone know about the existing options if they are similar to Singapore or would something work well as a digital supplement?

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    My Pals are Here Maths 5B 2nd edition Pupil Book and corresponding Workbook. Unused EXCEPT for sections on percentages (pgs 65 to 90 in both pupil book and workbook. (ugh, I thought it was unused, but I guess DH thought that topic needed reinforcment...) If you live in the Northern Chicago suburbs, you can come pick up for free...


  16. So in a previous post it was mentioned that children aren't resistant to learning but maybe the schoolwork. With that in mind, my 3rd child is very different than the two boys and I'm looking for curriculum suggestions for her. Definitely has traits of distractibility and slow to start with a lot of complaining. Its hard to say what her learning style is because I feel she hasn't really developed a love of learning from her current private school. She loves art (painting, drawing) and legos. She says she likes science but hates doing the science end of chapter questions she gets sent home. We will be pulling her out in May and hoping to ease in hs with some gap filling of 5th grade and then move into 6th, Suggestions. In the past I've done SOTW, lots of reading literature, FLF, logic, Singapore math, independent project units (for the older boys) but with her she doesn't really have a passion for reading and is indecisive so not sure independent projects will work.
  17. I love Singapore Math and that is what we are using. I taught it previously in private school and I have used it with one of my older children. I have always had qualms about it, but I think I like it more than most. I think my 2nd in line choices would be BJU and CLE, neither of which I have used. I have used Horizon's (did not like) and MUS (it was fine, but we ditched the videos and I did not love the workbooks). I did use BJU briefly with one of my sons but that was my really fussy one. I liked it but he did not and we returned to Singapore Math. I ask him now what the issue was and he tells me he simply did not want to work, it was not the actual curriculum. So there is that. My 9 yr old is pretty good at math. He is not like the "fussy one" (I really do not call that older one that fussy one, but already called him that once in this post so did not know how to otherwise refer to him). My oldest hated Singapore Math. He is the one who landed on Horizon's math and did well and stuck with it through the series then moved on to Foerster's Algebra and such. 9 yr old keeps getting upset over math now. I suspect it is because Singapore Math stays on the same topic for almost an entire book and then moves on only after that. We recently had a break through where son was excited about himself because he realized he had suddenly gotten good at division after working at it for the last few months. We are on book 3A, most of the way through. I can see how CLE or maybe even BJU could be a better fit for him. CLE has more variety in each lesson. It does not jump all over the place, but it also reviews some math facts on each lesson and does not give just an entire lessons of just one type of problem. I can see how BJU would be a good fit too as it has two week long chapters and then moves on to another topic. I guess I just feel so guilty because I am big Singapore Math person and I already own the entire series. I saw the used book store had some CLE 3rd grade used so I could pick up a couple of those workbooks to try out (but feel guilty breaking up the set, however, the store is selling them as separates). What should I do? I feel so much guilt and angst over this! edited to add: He gets math fast. He does not struggle with concepts.

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  19. We are already doing Singapore Math 1A. Problem is, I realize now that the entire book is pretty much math facts. I do not feel daughter is ready to move on to 1B. I would like her to be more solid in math facts. Maybe I should move her on to 1B and just later, pull from 1A for review. But she hates doing math suddenly. It has been coming on for a week or two actually. She tells me she knows how to do this math already. Sadly, I made her work on math facts using apps and Rod and Staff drill pages before really moving in to book 1a. She could definitely do what is at the end of the book, but pretty much, 90% of the book is stuff we have already been doing. I cannot say she is strong at it. I CAN say she is strong willed! I could move on to 1B. But I was also thinking maybe we could do ...something...something like ...puzzles. I am open to workbooks and computer games and apps. She already loves putting together puzzles. Her reading is completely average. As in, she tested right on the line for beginning 1st grade. I just recall as a child having all these puzzle books, pen and pencil type things. I would not know what the books were called. I will likely move on to the next level in math in August, but would like other things to do also. I am thinking of switching math programs so do not wish to buy 1B until I have made my decision. edited to clarify: I am not looking for anything to help memorize math facts. Singapore Math 1A is almost all just math facts and daughter, who has already worked a ton on math facts, is quite bored with this and no longer wants to do math. I am hoping to find something else to do in the meantime, not math facts. I can just pull the 1A book off the shelf when I feel like it to return to math facts in the book. I guess I never looked close enough to realize the entire book was just single digit math facts, or 90% of it is anyway.
  20. Is the OP just asking about kindergarten? The only thing we did for K was: math: Singapore Math (preschool-K) handwriting: HWOT Spanish: some CDs that had spanish songs for kids. And then lots of read alouds and going places and playdates and games and creative free play and arts/crafts. Gradually as elementary school went on, I added in more subjects, but a lot of the time we were only doing 10-30 minutes of any particular subject per day.
  21. Okay, here's where we are. DS is in Singapore Math 5 and doing fine. He did Beast Academy 3 and 4 (not independently) and liked the series. However, he needs more work on the basics than BA was providing even with some extra practice with me, and his ITBS calculation scores went down. We will continue homeschooling at least through 8th grade. For high school, we might continue homeschooling, send him to either our zoned PS or a charter school (which both use integrated math I, II, III and then calculus or whatever from there). The charter is smaller, with narrower range of students, and I'm not sure how they do with college admissions; our zoned school is large, typical, and has a big range of students and abilities. or send him to a high-expectations private school. (There are two we'd consider. Both send 97% to college. One does the integrated math pathway with a range of ability-level options and the other more like a traditional sequence with lots of flexibility.) Continuing to homeschool is what he says right now he would prefer. Note that only homeschool and the zoned PS will definitely admit him. He is a mostly a social science guy but likes the sciences as well. He's not a language person, but enjoys word problems. If we were 100% sure of homeschooling all the way through, I'd probably buy AOPS stuff to try out for middle school and go at whatever pace works. But is there something made by SM to consider as well? Or somebody else? Please suggest 6th-8th grade math that is attractive to look at, likely to get him finished with the equivalent of at least Math I and Algebra 1, and a good mix of conceptual and skills practice? I'm fairly mathy and don't need a lot of support to teach, so open to whatever will be good for DS. Thanks!
  22. I'm about to have my 5th child go through the test process and as with all the others we're running into trouble with math. I have no clue at this point what to do. We use Singapore Math w/Horizons for daily review in elementary. Kids do great with that. Then we move to Saxon, Lial's or Chalk Dust (depending on the kid) all of which work fine. Then come the tests...not so fine. I've used Chalk Dust's SAT math practice which my kids have very much enjoyed...but no change on the test scores. Looking at the problems my dd misses on the practice tests it really is a matter of common sense. She has the "facts" down but the application and not getting confused is the problem. Today as we worked through more practice test math sections I see that she cannot see the "puzzle" as she is focused too much on what I will call "strict math". In other words, when faced with a problem she makes it way more complicated that it has to be and doesn't see how to find a simple(ish) process or answer for problems that really aren't all that difficult. We use the practice books and she has gone through all of the math sections, we've used Khan for SAT math practice...I am at a loss. My kids have all hit home runs for the Reading/Writing sections but Math...GAH!!! I would love to find a math program for 7th+ that utilizes word problems such as are on the PSAT/SAT. The programs we use have plenty of word problems yet I don't feel that they are on the same plane as what we are needing/looking for. Chalk Dust, for example, has word problems that are very life-application yet not so much "Can you sift through what doesn't need to be here or can you figure out what is not being asked in order to find the answer?" Am I making any sense at all? Advice? Admonishment? Encouragement? I can't exactly switch math programs with current dd but I have 8 more kids coming through the ranks and would love to figure this out for their sake. Or maybe there isn't anything to figure out and this is just how my kids do with math on standardized tests.
  23. For those who have used the Kindergarten Essentials workbooks, how many pages per day did you cover? Also, did you always present the present the lesson as described in "Introduction" or did you just let your child do the worksheet for topics that your child already knew? A lot of these lessons appear to be review for DD#2 (who has followed along with a lot of her older sister's math) and could easily be done without additional instructions, but I don't want to skip teaching the "Introductions" if it means she will miss out on the "Singapore Method." Thank you!
  24. Im looking into this for my 5th soon to be 6th grader next year. We have used SIngapore math for the longest period of time and stopped at level 4. My oldest now uses i-Ready as a main curriculum and we add in other math as need be. i-Ready is an online software that had videos and quizes, it will adjust to where she needs help, but I was told by our charter school that it is NOT a main curriculum and mainly used as a supplement. That being said, its the one that gets done daily and without complaints, so thats a win win for us. We tried TT and she hated it, and I dont really like i-Ready myself so looking into something that will work for both of us. My thoughts are to switch to ST math for next year and see if she likes it. From the website is states that it is a full curriculum, so I wanted to see if anyone else uses it as such? The only reason Id like to switch is to have her main curriculum be online, and then we can supplement as we do now. We also have Developmental mathematics, which is all worksheet based, but that I was going to use for morning/clipboard work, just a page a day as review. She says the reason she likes i-Ready (CC aligned), is because they SHOW her the math, shes dyslexic and loves anything visual. She also likes Beast Academy and LOF. But both of thoses I need to sit with her and read them for her to be able to use them, so Im looking for something that she can use on her own for the main portion.
  25. Hi. I posted last week about DD (age 11) who will be in sixth grade. We’ve been doing Singapore standards and just finished grade 5. I initially started to look for another curriculum because Singapore standards doesn’t have an HIG. And we then started to consider pre algebra. Now that DD has heard my husband and I talk about the possibility of doing pre algebra, she really want to try it. I had her take the AOPS readiness test, which says you should get 22/26 to be ready. She scored 21/26 ... one of those incorrect answers was a silly multiplication mistake (she knows her mult facts) and the other 4 were adding, subtracting, multiplying, and dividing integers, which we just haven’t covered yet. I would say she has been a solid B student in Singapore math. I have spent hours reading through threads about prealgebra and I’m admittedly overwhelmed. I am also not a super mom like some of you who can teach from multiple books and curricula! AOPS is so interesting to me. Could a B math student thrive with that curriculum? Video text was also recommended by someone at rainbow resource, but I can’t find much info about it. Math Mammoth was recommended here, as well... Recommendations and opinions are so appreciated!
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