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  2. So, to reiterate, you feel that starting at 3a in Singapore math would be a good level for him? He is also weak on math facts, so I would be interested in using level 1 Math Sprints with him, although it says to not do that without teaching the material first. Obviously he knows how to add and subtract, but he does NOT easily decompose numbers and he will often count on fingers and in his head to add numbers 0 to 20. And forget doing mental math with numbers bigger than that. He can do it, but very very slowly. I appreciate your advice.
  3. Thank-you for your reply Jenny. Glad to read that. We'll go Dimensions Math 7A next.
  4. Yes, you can. We don't offer any other options except New Elementary Math 1, and that is now incomplete as the Teacher's Manual is out of print (though it is a very challenging series and worth looking for the manual used if you want to use it, but it is challenging to use. So any other option would be some other pre-algebra text.
  5. My daughter just completed primary mathematics 6B standard edition. She should be going into 7th grade for whatever is next. Can we go into Dimensions math 7th, skipping Dimensions math 6th without issues? Please feel free to give any other options for a 7th grader that just finished primary math 6B. Thank-you.
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  7. We do not have math texts for those levels. See http://www.singaporemath.com/FAQ_Secondary_Math_s/16.htm We have Science Texts for 9-10 or 11 grade. See http://www.singaporemath.com/FAQ_Secondary_Science_s/18.htm
  8. My feeling is to start him on 3A. He may know basic concepts, but not word problems that involve more than one step. Paying attention to whether it is addition or subtraction is not a math issue.
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  10. Do you also have Math and Science textbooks for grades 9 through 12?
  11. Hi, thanks for your response! Some of the things he missed were simple, like mistaking an addition problem for a subtraction problem, or vice versa. But even then he would do some of the addition and subtraction correctly. He missed both algorithm and mental math problems, and even word problems like, 2 candy bars, one $.55 and one $.35, you give 4 quarters so what is your change? He answered $.20. Some of the answers are so odd I almost think he might have a kind of number dyslexia. Thankfully I'm going through a public charter and the extra expense for the guides, or even for more one level per year, is doable. I also have the help of an instructor who is familiar with Singapore Math that I'm going to share his placement tests with, so hopefully we will figure this out. But it looks like I'm going to have to start over entirely in Math with him.
  12. My opinion of Teaching Textbook is that it is very basic. Minimal, and not much depth. Yes, you can accelerate lessons in the Primary Math. Likely he will pick it up faster. One problem is that if you want him to learn with understanding, you do have to teach it and discuss it, you can't necessarily just give him the textbook, but since he is grade 7 he could do some of it more independently than a second grader, and perhaps skip some of the concrete (in the guides) and get the concept from the pictorial (in the textbook). The Home Instructor Guides will help you a lot in teaching this, but it is an expense. What exactly did he miss in the 2A and 2B tests (which topics)?
  13. I have a 7th grader that failed math in public school last year...although until last school year he was homeschooled using Teaching Textbooks. I'm enrolling him in a public homeschool charter this next year and the teacher recommended Singapore Math for him. I realized when I looked at the placement tests that he would have trouble with many problems with the level 3 tests so I gave him 2a and 2b to be thorough. He failed both. Apparently he is very good at mimicking what he is shown in Math without really understanding it, and now I'm wondering where to start. Can I start him with level 2 texts and go from there even though he's in 7th grade? How might this work? Is it possible to accelerate the lessons according to his understanding so he might accomplish several levels within a year?
  14. HI, could anyone tell me if the UK singapore edition is very similar with the standard edition? Im new to Singapore and really liked the standard edition, but I don't know how to get hold on it here in England,(without paying excessive amount of money). I couldn't find the kindergarten one as a UK edition either.
  15. There is no New Elementary Math for grade 6. For which to use for grade 7 and up, I suppose New Elementary Math is quite a bit more challenging. It is an old series, out of print in Singapore, and the Teacher's Manual, which has answers to the challenging problems in the textbook, and solutions, is no longer being printed. You would have to find it used.
  16. Having finished 5B, what is the difference between dimensions vs. new elementary math? Why would one choose one over the other? Strengths and weaknesses? Pros and cons? thanks!
  17. Just because of the way the topics line up. Some of the US edition grade 6 is in Standards edition grade 5, and not thoroughly repeated in Standards edition grade 6. Grade 6 is considerably different in Singapore, it is not part of "middle school" so they do not get into formal pre-algebra topics yet at a very basic level the way they do in the US, instead they consolidate and deepen understanding of what they know. Standards edition 6 is a total revision just for the US. But the pre-algebra topics there are more than adequately covered in Dimensions Math 7, which actually goes beyond standard pre-algebra.
  18. I noticed on this page:http://www.singaporemath.com/FAQ_Primary_Math_s/15.htm it said this: It is not advisable to switch from U.S. or Core Edition to Standards Edition between grades 5 and 6. I am deciding to continue with my US Edition for 5th, but wanted to know why there was such a warning in case I want to switch for 6th grade.
  19. Thanks, Jenny! (Sorry you had to answer twice! I wasn't sure how active the forum was then I found your email.) This is great news to hear! She is not going to be excited about being in level 2 so the faster we can get into level 3 the better! Just by looking over 2B, that's where her learning level is so we'll start there. Thank you! I'm excited to get her started and am hoping this curriculum in "the ONE" for her!!
  20. I answered your email. 2B does start out with mental math. The Home Instructor's guide reviews it as well. You can teach mental math somewhat separately using the Speed Maths Strategies supplement http://www.singaporemath.com/MathExpress_Speed_Maths_Strategies_s/152.htm I think it would not be worth doing 2A if the issues is only mental math. Give her the 2B test and see if again it is only the Mental Math that is an issue. If so, then maybe start with 3A, which does have a pretty thorough review of mental math, particularly if you get the Home Instructor's Guide.
  21. My daughter took the 2A placement test. She got most of the answers correct...mainly made simple mistakes. However she didn't do any of the mental math section mentally. Do I place her in 2A or go ahead with 2B?
  22. We have an informal document showing the alignment for Common Core edition with TEKS. Please email me directly (click on Contact Us below).
  23. We are looking an incorporating Singapore Math into a new charter school. Do you have any information and/or publications that show alignment with TEKS?
  24. It depends on whether you can see what topic is being taught and introduce it concretely. You can't just go through the workbook and just have your child look at pictures. Not usually, anyway. There are ideas at the bottom of the page, though, and you can expand on that. The guide is very classroom oriented, and includes activities that don't necessarily pertain to the lesson, to get kids together and talking, I guess. Have a look at the sample pages. http://www.singaporemath.com/SearchResults.asp?Cat=258 You can also see a list of topics by clicking on the image of the book or the title, then the tab that says Contents_Sample.
  25. Thank you for your help. Do you think the teacher's manual is necessary for the kindergarten editions? Is it helpful; would it be beneficial? Or is it just geared towards classroom use?
  26. Depends on which edition of Primary Math how much overlap there is, and there is a little bit of overlap with Dimensions 7. Whether you choose one or the other depends on your preference. The format changes, the workbook is optional, the exercises are in the textbook, the "lessons" are longer, maybe several days in a classroom, followed by a longer exercise. There is no Home Instructor's Guide. Yes, the topics are a bit different, but you won't lose anything in the long run whichever edition and whichever grade 6 you use. If you are using US edition, it does not matter that there are no negative numbers, there will be adequate introduction in Dimensions 7, for example. If you are using Standards edition, there is more overlap in topics, as Standards edition Primary Math (and Dimensions Math 6) were written exclusively for US. Which starts kids earlier on some topics and later on others compared to Singapore. But no reason to do both.
  27. It is a suggestions, and no requirement. All it means is that your student can do that mental math page now. You can do it at any time, and multiple times. How you do it is up to you. You can do it orally, which is probably best for this level, unless she writes well. But she should look at the problems, not just hear them, unless she is a good auditory learner. Whether she writes the down or answers orally, she should do them mentally. No, you do not have to make sure she is doing a particular strategy. You may want to ask on a few what her strategy was, to get a better idea of her thinking, up to you. You can even make multiple copies, do one each day, time them each time, write the time down, and show that she is getting better. You can give her 5 minutes and see how far she gets each time. She may hate doing them, in which case find some other way to practice mental math.
  28. I just started Singapore Math with my daughter. We are doing Primary Mathematics 1A and I am confused by the "Mental Math" assignments. Each lesson generally requires that we end with "Mental Math" exercises, but I can't find any explanation about how we are supposed to do them. At this level, they are generally just lists of basic addition and subtraction problems. Am I supposed to read these problems aloud and make my daughter figure it out in her head and answer orally? Or am I supposed to have her read it and write the answers? Am I supposed to make sure she is using the particular strategy for problem solving that we just learned in the applicable lesson?
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