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  1. 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)?
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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 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.
  5. We have an informal document showing the alignment for Common Core edition with TEKS. Please email me directly (click on Contact Us below).
  6. 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. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. All your student really needs to know is how to count with one to one correspondence, understand simple addition and subtraction, and write numbers. Also realize that if you count something, mix them up, the number does not change, even if they are spread out, and understand order of numbers. Also that a number like 12 is a ten and 2 ones, and that is why it is written with 2 digits. Other things they learn in Kindergarten, like more and less, matching, colors, shapes, length (longer than, shorter than) and so on are all pretty much learned with daily experience. You can probably use any kindergarten program.
  10. Essential Math does not teach money, but does teach an intro to odd/even number and fractions. Other than that, it is as comprehensive as the Standards edition Earlybird, and follows the same sequence. Standards edition does include money (coins) but Common Core edition does not. Essential Math is not written to meet any US standards. You can see a list of contents by clicking on the image of the book and then the tab that says Contents_Sample. Earlybird, both editions, is more expensive than Essential Math because it is in color. The Standards edition textbooks have more pages than the Common Core edition textbooks. Common Core edition is slightly less comprehensive than the Standards edition or Essential Math because it does not include topics that are not in the US Common Core standards. Any of these will adequately prepare for any of the Primary Math editions.
  11. Neither edition is better or worse. The Common Core one was changed a little to satisfy Common Core standards, which are current standards in many states. A bit of rearrangement of topics, a bit of more emphasis on some, a few left out, none of which makes any difference for being prepared for first grade. You could even use the Essential Math instead.
  12. The teacher's guide is quite useful. It round out the program, has links to web sites, background information for the teacher, and so on.
  13. Not sure any elementary science curriculum would answer all of any interested child's questions. The point of the My Pals are Here is to get them interested, and looking things up and finding out more. Any science curriculum out there should be considered just a jumping off point, and one that raises curiosity is good. There is way too much science to put in a textbook.
  14. I solved it this way: (you can draw bars to show this) 28 = 1/4 of boys and 2/5 of girls. (these you could draw as 1 unit of one length and 2 of another, you don't really know which is bigger) Multiply by 4 and you will include all the boys. 28 x 4 = 112, so 112 = 4/4 of boys and 8/5 of girls But there are 3 girl units too many (3/5) There are only 88 kids in class. 112 - 88 = 24. So 24 kids too many. Therefore, 3/5 of girls (3 girl units) = 24 Which is how many don't wear glasses (3/5 of girls do not wear glasses)
  15. Is this Dimensions Math or Primary Math? Primary Math does not have try it's. Make a new post under Dimensions Math 1, rather than replying to another post.
  16. Another possibility, which can be drawn as well, but does not need rearrangement of units. The remainder from the first day is 3/4, and the remainder from the second day is 3/5 You need to find what fraction is 3/5 of 3/4, which is 9/15. Which is just the last 9 units in the model above. The rest you solve the same. The book does say 18 machines, not 19. If 2/5 were sold at $3840, then 1/5 was half of that, $1920 (Draw a bar, use units). 3/5 remain, so that would be sold at 3 x $1930 = $5760 One machine is then $5760/18 = $320.
  17. Another possibility, which can be drawn as well, but does not need rearrangement of units. The remainder from the first day is 3/4, and the remainder from the second day is 3/5 You need to find what fraction is 3/5 of 3/4, which is 9/15. Which is just the last 9 units in the model above. The rest you solve the same. The book does say 18 machines, not 19. If 2/5 were sold at $3840, then 1/5 was half of that, $1920 (Draw a bar, use units). 3/5 remain, so that would be sold at 3 x $1930 = $5760 One machine is then $5760/18 = $320.
  18. Perhaps look at the new Dimensions Math 6. Neither the Standards edition nor the Dimensions Math is more advanced than the other, and some of it is new material.
  19. Which book? Is this Primary Math workbook, Extra Practice? There is a Singapore Math Practice book I think that we do not carry, if that is the exact title, in which case I can't help because I don't have it and we don't carry and it is possible it is an error.
  20. You might want to start by just getting the TB at the lower levels. Then just go through it all. It won't take long. I do recommend the Standards edition over the Common Core edition for 3-5. There are periodic reviews that cover the content of the chapter up to that point, and cumulative reviews, so you could do some of them to see if he needs to do that chapter. But for those he does, do go through the learning tasks with him, discussion is important. Then there will be problems in the textbook he can do on his own. If, though, he does do the lessons, then has trouble with the practices, then you should get the workbook. If you are comfortable with math, and understand the intent of the lesson from looking at it, you might forgo the guide, but there is a lot of helpful information in the guide (another reason to get the Standards edition, in order to get a less expensive guide.) Another option depend on exactly what types of problems he missed. If just word problems, there are some supplemental material for that.
  21. This is because circumference of a circle was added to DM 7, as it is a grade 7 topic in the US. And, because any new version of the math designed for grade 6 in the US is going to be a mishmash of the few new topics taught in Singapore in grade 6 (they do a lot of review for their Primary School Leaving Exam) and basic introduction to other topics taught more fully in DM 7, where students in Singapore actually learn about things like integers. That is what Standards Edition 6A and 6B is, it is totally different from US edition (an earlier edition of Primary Math based almost exactly on the version that was used in Singapore). Different sequence, and grade 6 is not at all like grade 6 in the US. The workbook at this level is entirely optional. So the textbook should be sufficient.
  22. An equation approach is not the intent. Bar models are what are used at this level. And are the intended method of solution. They have not learned to solve algebraic equations yet. They learn how to use bar models from grade 3 up. But you could reason through it. If you assign 100 to children, adults is 175. 50 children get off the bus, leaving 50. 175 - 50 = 125. 125/50 x 100 = 250. So 250%
  23. I am sorry, but there are not digital forms. You can find things very similar online, probably. Things like dot cards and fraction bars to print.
  24. 75% more adults than children mean 100% children, 175% adults. You could draw a bar like this |___|___|___|___| |___|___|___|___|___|___|___| with each unit being 25%, or you can think in terms of 100 units in the top bar, 175 units in the bottom bar. 1/2 the children get off, that is 50% of the children. |___|___| |___|___|___|___|___|___|___| So now 2 units of children, 7 units of adults. If children are 100%, then each unit is now 50%. 5 more units of adults, so 250% more adults. This is very much a bar model approach, not an equation approach, to this problem.
  25. Well, it depends. And varies. Primary Math is divided more by week, so 16 weeks, generally 4 lessons a week, sometimes 5, time to add in a supplement or game, ore more time on the review lesson, depending on the level, the topic. Not quite so much divided into well defined lessons, but there is a workbook exercise for each. Sometimes only a few word problems. Sometimes more computation problems. Not a lot of repetition. Not same thing every lesson. What level are you thinking of? Please look at