Lots of people have been talking about Singapore Maths and so I thought I should investigate this topic further and discover what it is. I have found lots of great examples and reasons why your students may love this approach. As with all approaches, it suits some learners better than others.
Singapore maths KS1 relies on the CPA model. Concrete Pictorial Abstract. You start with getting the children understanding a problem using concrete resources such as how many flowers am I holding (using real flowers), and then move onto a pictorial version using pictures and cubes and finally onto complete abstract solutions. The KS2 children should be able to image the concrete parts of the lesson as SATs exams do not allow concrete features in the exam.
The Singapore maths homeschool option is an excellent choice. The books are generally low priced and colourful. The philosophy is that children should have lots of hands on experience, which again matches the general ideas of many homeschoolers. The scheme is also actively encouraged simply because it clearly works and is a great way of getting the best way out of every lesson.
The Singapore maths reviews do indicate that it is good in some ways but not so useful in others. The first downside is that to teach this topic well, you do need to be trained in the teaching techniques. It also uses a lot more resources than a typical maths class and so as a result, it is a lot more expensive per class to teach. This is a problem if your school is running on a limited budget. However, the books are colourful and easy to read. For some children, the methods might suit their learning style.
Singapore Maths Are Fun To Solve!
Here are some interesting Singapore math examples to try. As you can see, the maths papers look a lot more fun than the usual test papers and they also grab the attention of the young learner. As the students get older, the maths gets more challenging. In the Singapore Maths Shed, I found more great maths examples you can try with your family or class.
Why use Singapore maths in a kindergarten? This style of maths relies on the mastery of a topic rather than the memorisation of the topic. The more a student knows and understands how to handle maths, the greater the chance the children will come to really love maths! The early concrete learning steps will be ideal for Kindergarten children. I have always been amazed at how quickly children master the first steps of maths, are able to work out what a colour is etc.
Can you solve this fun Singapore Maths problem?
How does singapore maths vs common core compare? The video above is an advanced question from a Singapore Maths test book and lots of the younger learners were able to solve it using logic. When American children switch over to the other maths system, their grades do improve. They improve at a rate of about one month per year. So after 12 years, they would be a year in advance of their peers. The hands on approach is good and they learn less concepts a term. However, the concepts they do learn, they learn to great depth.
Here is a great list of different Singapore maths placement test for you to try with your children. These tests take an hour to complete and the focus is not only on the answer, but also on how the children reached their answer. You look at the tests and fine tune the children’s learning. The tests support the child’s future progress.
The Singapore maths multiplication makes everything a lot more visual which is excellent news. In every class, there are some visual learners who need extra help solving maths concepts. This is a possible way forward for these students. In this example, they used lots of bars. In the video above, a lot of what you are learning, would be the same a traditional maths. This is important, as it makes explaining new concepts easier.
If you like my Singapores Maths pages, I would recommend you take these skills and try to use them to solve my maths challenges for able kids.