Has anyone tried the Singapore math books for their kids?

Myrrha - posted on 10/24/2011 ( 6 moms have responded )

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My 5 yr old is in Kindergarten and she really loves math. She already knows a lot of math that is above her grade level, she can add, subtract and a little multiplication. I never really needed to teach this to her, she just seems to know it on her own and she can do some of the calculations in her head. I know that currently in school, they are only working on counting. Although she likes school, she said that the math is too easy and she often asks me to give her math work at home which I often do. I want to continue to foster her math skills but am now at a loss about what math concepts to try to introduce to her. I was thinking about the Singapore math books, I've heard they are a good way to teach math concepts to kids but I don't know if they are good for younger kids.

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Carol - posted on 01/20/2012

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There are lots of different math workbooks at book stores like Barnes & Noble. Look in the books and pick out whichever level suits your daughter. You don't even need to look at the grade on the cover. I used the Singapore books to supplement public school and again when I homeschooled. We were all over the place with the grade levels. Have fun.

Carly - posted on 01/05/2012

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We're in 2nd and just started this year. She loves most of it. Lots of idea to help introduce skills.

Lisa - posted on 12/30/2011

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I have used Singapore Math to homeschool my kids and I love, love, love it! Charming illustrations. Easy to understand. Does not emphasise drill and kill. The only drawback is that they don't address memorization of math facts at all. But you say she is doing this on her own. My favorite game to help with memorization of math facts is Math-it.

You can buy Singapore US math books on their website. The workbooks are inexpensive and there are Extra Practice workbooks also. Never hold your child back from learing because she is ahead of others her age. Good luck!

T. Maenad - posted on 12/20/2011

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I have used Singapore with my kids as well as Saxon Math. Singapore has a Kindergarten book that works with the concepts of greater/lesser and counting as well as patterning. Going onwards -- I like both Singapore and Saxon, but for most parents, Saxon is easier to implement as their homeschool teaching guides are easy for the non-math parent. I have both sent my kids to public school and taught math at home, because the competition for curriculum dollars has laid waste to math education in this country. Check homeschool stores in your area for Singapore or Saxon, or go online. As she gets older look into math competitions, and check out mathcounts and artofproblemsolving.com They are for much older kids, but it sounds like you will be looking for some challenges as she ages. With a child who gets it -- you always have to balance the challenge with a rigorous grounding in the basics -- and that can be a battle. I have a BS in applied mathematics and two kids gifted in math. At this age -- keep it fun, but watch for holes in her knowledge.

Dana - posted on 10/27/2011

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I agree with Lisa's post. There are fractions, decimals and a lot of other things you can do to keep teaching her math. Find a computer math program that's fun yet is instructional and/or educational.

Lisa - posted on 10/27/2011

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Have you tried buying math books covering material in higher grades? They usually have these in Walmart, Costco, etc. Also, check out some math websites...I'm sure you'll find sites that cover a range of different math concepts & levels..

Good luck!

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