# Singapore math question

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So ds loves Singapore math but I think we are at a point where we need to slow down. We are about half way through 2B at the end of his 2nd grade year. I am just wondering what level should I be able to get through during the next few years, say if we did 2B-3A for third, 3B-4A for fourth? Not quite sure what I need to aim for. Thanks :)

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The speed that your DS able to "learn" . There is no set speed for any kid. You go with the speed that not too frustrate for him but just enough challenge

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The speed that your DS able to "learn" . There is no set speed for any kid. You go with the speed that not too frustrate for him but just enough challenge

I agree, and someone also recently posted this Singapore placement guide, which was helpful to me. I can't seem to link it on the iPad, so here it is: http://www.singaporemath.com/Placement_Guide_s/85.htm

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I guess a better way to rephrase was if we stick with SM for the long haul and use say Discovering Math after finishing 6B is there a certain grade I should start that? or do I need to finish all the SM Primary books before hitting pre-Algebra, Algebra etc.,.

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I heard SM start elementary at 7, not 6( my Aunt lives in Singapore, I might be wrong but that was what she said. ) so, use their "grade" might not a good gauge.

What I can tell you is that after SM 5, you should be able to comfortably start any PreA course. My DS started algebra after SM 6b and with NEM 1 /2 as supplement. What I am trying to say is if you solidly go through SM, you can catch up 2 years easily later on. So, don't worry too much, just go with the speed that your kids comfortable with.

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Sounds good. Thank you :)

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One more little teeny thing. Sometimes when a kid get stuck in a concept, move to next chapter and come back revisit it a month later. I found for both my kids, sometimes they just need to "sleep on it" .

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I heard SM start elementary at 7, not 6( my Aunt lives in Singapore, I might be wrong but that was what she said. ) so, use their "grade" might not a good gauge.

What I can tell you is that after SM 5, you should be able to comfortably start any PreA course. My DS started algebra after SM 6b and with NEM 1 /2 as supplement. What I am trying to say is if you solidly go through SM, you can catch up 2 years easily later on. So, don't worry too much, just go with the speed that your kids comfortable with.

Thank you for this. My dd is also suddenly struggling with math near the end of 2B also. I've slowed her down and we are focusing on the math facts and working more with pictures and manipulatives for the word problems again. I've been so tempted to push through the book so she can be 'on level' next year ... mainly because I don't want her to fall behind like her older siblings who then had trouble picking upper science classes when they didn't have the needed math.

I guess we will just take it slow at this point. We break for summer so we will add in more games and maybe slide a lesson in ... but I will try not to stress over the possibility of not starting 3A in 3rd grade. :eek:

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Can you all please elaborate on what part of 2B is slowing you down? That's the book we would be starting next.

Thanks,

Kathy

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I heard SM start elementary at 7, not 6( my Aunt lives in Singapore, I might be wrong but that was what she said. ) so, use their "grade" might not a good gauge.

I just want to clarify that Singapore kids start Primary 1 after they turn 6. The school year begins on 2nd Jan. So a child born on 31st Dec will just have turned 6 when they start school. A child born on 2nd Jan will turn 7 when they start school.

I think the Singapore Maths "grade" is as good enough a guage as your state's standards - either they will be suitable for your particular dc, or not.

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I'd go ahead into three. Two is a pretty heavy level. In many ways, three is lighter. The mental math section in two is quite challenging.

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Can you all please elaborate on what part of 2B is slowing you down? That's the book we would be starting next.

Thanks,

Kathy

Well we slowed down a bit with the mental math, but she does get that just fine... sometimes faster than I do. lol

I find I need to supplement to help her really learn and memorize the math facts. At this point she should know the multiplication fact 1-5, and 10, so we paused to work on thoses... lots more. She is having some trouble dividing with remainders but I think she get it better once she doesn't struggle so much with the basic facts. She seems to get the concept. The text shows this in two ways.. with repeated subtraction and also with division that comes close ... but this last part only works for her when she remembers her facts. She got really frustrated around here so we are pausing and reviewing facts. Its summer break so it's time to pull out the games anyway. Hopefully we will be able to skip along and finish the wkbk before fall but if not we'll have to just start there.

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Well we slowed down a bit with the mental math, but she does get that just fine... sometimes faster than I do. lol

I find I need to supplement to help her really learn and memorize the math facts. At this point she should know the multiplication fact 1-5, and 10, so we paused to work on thoses... lots more. She is having some trouble dividing with remainders but I think she get it better once she doesn't struggle so much with the basic facts. She seems to get the concept. The text shows this in two ways.. with repeated subtraction and also with division that comes close ... but this last part only works for her when she remembers her facts. She got really frustrated around here so we are pausing and reviewing facts. Its summer break so it's time to pull out the games anyway. Hopefully we will be able to skip along and finish the wkbk before fall but if not we'll have to just start there.

Thank you!

Kathy

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