bethben Posted October 20, 2010 Share Posted October 20, 2010 This is a cross post of sorts from the High school board. I am looking for a program that will get my child from Singapore 5b to calculus. I really don't want to keep switching programs each year. I am starting to like being in a groove where we go to the next step and not have to search every year for new curriculum. So, suggestions? Beth Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...

abbeyej Posted October 20, 2010 Share Posted October 20, 2010 Not a "single curriculum", but a single teacher? We're currently using Derek Owens for geometry, after having used the Algebra 1 textbook he recommends for algebra (on our own) last year. He offers pre-algebra, algebra 1, geometry, algebra 2, pre-calculus, and AP calculus. We're doing the "in real life" version of geometry, though I find myself thinking we could have done just as well with the online-only component. Each student uses pre-printed fill-in-the-blanks notes which they complete while watching Derek's videos online (or in the classroom). Then there is home work to be done in the textbook and additional homework to complete and turn in (scan and email, fax, snail mail), and Derek grades this and returns it via email (turn-around is nearly always < 24 hours -- sometimes much less). There are regular tests. And Derek responds quickly and thoroughly to all our email questions. Anyway, ds is loving the class, and after all these years I'm thrilled to give up the work to someone else who is qualified, quietly enthusiastic, and very conscientious. So, lol, while there's not a single textbook series that I can say, "Oh, use this, use this!", I'm really happy with the way geometry is going this year and I'm looking forward to sticking with Derek through AP Calc... (BTW, you should be able to go directly from Singapore 6b to pre-algebra.) Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...

AngieW in Texas Posted October 20, 2010 Share Posted October 20, 2010 It doesn't go all the way yet, but I like Kinetic Books. They are adding geometry this month, so you'd be able to do Prealgebra, Algebra I, Geometry, and Algebra II with them. By the time you get there, they should have Precalculus and Calculus. They've done the four programs that they have in just three years. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...

Lori D. Posted October 20, 2010 Share Posted October 20, 2010 (edited) You can continue with Singapore, finishing the Primary series (up through 6A/6B), and then choose one of their four Secondary math series options. This FAQ and chart will help you compare the 4 Secondary options, but very generally: Singapore Secondary Options 1. New Elementary Math (NEM) = most challenging; answers to most; TM has fully worked solutions 2. Discovering Mathematics (DS) = less challenging; all answers; fully worked solutions; most amount of teacher material 2. New Syllabus Mathematics (NSM) = similar in challenge/content level to DM; more workbooks; has answers but not fully-worked solutions 4. New Mathematics Counts (NMC) = easiest/shortest problems; 5 book series rather 4 to cover same topics; no teacher material; no workbook Choose NEM for very bright math students who think mathematically and who are headed into heavy math/science fields. For average-to-bright math students not headed toward math/science fields, choose DM or NSM. Singapore Secondary math topics are more integrated than U.S. secondary math. Here is a a very detailed chart of the scope and sequence of the 4 levels for each of NEM, NSM, DM, NMC, and AM (Advanced Mathematics). But here is a rough correlation of Singapore math sequence with typically U.S. math sequence: book 1 = pre-algebra, some algebra 1 and geometry book 2 = algebra 1 and geometry book 3 = some algebra 2, geometry, some trigonometry book 4 = some advanced topics and review Additional Mathematics (AM): - first half = mostly pre-calculus including trigonometry - second half = mostly calculus. Other math programs that cover high school: TEXTBOOK BASED Saxon - spiral approach - Pre-Algebra (Algebra 1/2), Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Pre-Calculus (Advanced Mathematics), Trigonometry (Advanced Mathematics), Calculus - geometry mixed with the 2 levels of algebra - abstract in presentation - less math-thinking, more formula memorization - DIVE CDs with video tutorials Margaret Lial - Pre-Algebra = BCM (Basic College Mathematics); Algebra 1 (Introductory Algebra); Algebra 2 (Intermediate Algebra); Geometry; Pre-Calculus Ron Larson = http://www.larsontexts.com/lti.html - Algebra 1; Algebra 2; Geometry; Trigonometry; College Algebra; Calculus NON-TRADITIONAL TEXTBOOK Life of Fred - Algebra 1 = Beginning Algebra; Algebra 2 = Advanced Algebra; Geometry; Trigonometry; Calculus; Statistics DVD LESSONS with TEXTBOOK Math-U-See - Pre-Algebra; Algebra 1; Algebra 2; Geometry; Pre-Calculus; Calculus; Consumer Math (Stewardship) - mastery approach (with review in each lesson) - visual/concrete explanations - not as in-depth as other high school math programs - Bob Jones University Press - Pre-Algebra; Algebra 1; Algebra 2; Geometry; Pre-Calculu Teaching Textbooks - note: to get all of the Algebra 1 topics, you need to go partway into Algebra 2, and to get all of the Algebra 2 topics you must go partway into Pre-Calculus - Pre-Algebra; Algebra 1; Algebra 2; Geometry; Pre-Calculus Chalkdust - Algebra 1; Algebra 2; Geometry; Trigonometry; Pre-Calculus; Calculus Videotext - Algebra 1; Algebra 2; Geometry; Trigonometry; Pre-Calculus DVD PROGRAMS Kinetic Books - digital traditional textbook with animations, interactive simulations, etc - Pre-Algebra, Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Geometry Switched On Schoolhouse - Pre-Algebra, Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Geometry, Pre-Calculus ACE - Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Geometry, Trigonometry Edited October 20, 2010 by Lori D. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...

Lori D. Posted October 20, 2010 Share Posted October 20, 2010 PS -- I would like to add that, while, yes it's great and convenient to stick with one program, you may find that just doesn't connect for your student. And if you do have to switch programs, it's not as difficult in high school as it is with elementary students for both you and your student to learn how the new program is set-up and make the transition. We did a number of things with older DS who loved Singapore Primary and went all the way through 6A/6B, and it worked fine. Plus, we had the great benefit of seeing math from more than one point of view! :) Below is what we used. BEST of luck in finding what works best for your family! Warmly, Lori D. gr. 6 = Singapore 6A/B gr. 7 = first half of Singapore NEM1 / skim Saxon Algebra 1/2 gr. 8 = Jacobs Algebra gr. 9 = Jacobs Geometry (ed. 2) gr. 10 = Abeka Consumer Math gr. 11 = Foerster Algebra 2 and Trigonometry gr. 12 = --- Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...

bethben Posted October 20, 2010 Author Share Posted October 20, 2010 You can continue with Singapore, finishing the Primary series (up through 6A/6B), and then choose one of their four Secondary math series options. This FAQ and chart will help you compare the 4 Secondary options, but very generally: Singapore Secondary Options 1. New Elementary Math (NEM) = most challenging; answers to most; TM has fully worked solutions 2. Discovering Mathematics (DS) = less challenging; all answers; fully worked solutions; most amount of teacher material 2. New Syllabus Mathematics (NSM) = similar in challenge/content level to DM; more workbooks; has answers but not fully-worked solutions 4. New Mathematics Counts (NMC) = easiest/shortest problems; 5 book series rather 4 to cover same topics; no teacher material; no workbook Choose NEM for very bright math students who think mathematically and who are headed into heavy math/science fields. For average-to-bright math students not headed toward math/science fields, choose DM or NSM. Singapore Secondary math topics are more integrated than U.S. secondary math. Here is a a very detailed chart of the scope and sequence of the 4 levels for each of NEM, NSM, DM, NMC, and AM (Advanced Mathematics). But here is a rough correlation of Singapore math sequence with typically U.S. math sequence: book 1 = pre-algebra, some algebra 1 and geometry book 2 = algebra 1 and geometry book 3 = some algebra 2, geometry, some trigonometry book 4 = some advanced topics and review Additional Mathematics (AM): - first half = mostly pre-calculus including trigonometry - second half = mostly calculus. Other math programs that cover high school: TEXTBOOK BASED Saxon - spiral approach - Pre-Algebra (Algebra 1/2), Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Pre-Calculus (Advanced Mathematics), Trigonometry (Advanced Mathematics), Calculus - geometry mixed with the 2 levels of algebra - abstract in presentation - less math-thinking, more formula memorization - DIVE CDs with video tutorials Margaret Lial - Pre-Algebra = BCM (Basic College Mathematics); Algebra 1 (Introductory Algebra); Algebra 2 (Intermediate Algebra); Geometry; Pre-Calculus Ron Larson = http://www.larsontexts.com/lti.html - Algebra 1; Algebra 2; Geometry; Trigonometry; College Algebra; Calculus NON-TRADITIONAL TEXTBOOK Life of Fred - Algebra 1 = Beginning Algebra; Algebra 2 = Advanced Algebra; Geometry; Trigonometry; Calculus; Statistics DVD LESSONS with TEXTBOOK Math-U-See - Pre-Algebra; Algebra 1; Algebra 2; Geometry; Pre-Calculus; Calculus; Consumer Math (Stewardship) - mastery approach (with review in each lesson) - visual/concrete explanations - not as in-depth as other high school math programs - Bob Jones University Press - Pre-Algebra; Algebra 1; Algebra 2; Geometry; Pre-Calculu Teaching Textbooks - note: to get all of the Algebra 1 topics, you need to go partway into Algebra 2, and to get all of the Algebra 2 topics you must go partway into Pre-Calculus - Pre-Algebra; Algebra 1; Algebra 2; Geometry; Pre-Calculus Chalkdust - Algebra 1; Algebra 2; Geometry; Trigonometry; Pre-Calculus; Calculus Videotext - Algebra 1; Algebra 2; Geometry; Trigonometry; Pre-Calculus DVD PROGRAMS Kinetic Books - digital traditional textbook with animations, interactive simulations, etc - Pre-Algebra, Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Geometry Switched On Schoolhouse - Pre-Algebra, Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Geometry, Pre-Calculus ACE - Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Geometry, Trigonometry WOW! Helpful!!! I've been wondering why I just don't stick with the Singapore sequence. It's made a good math student so far...ds seems like he's going into a math career of some sort. He's very engineer minded. Beth Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...

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