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Everything posted by Jenny

  1. Sufficient practice for students

    Workbooks and teacher guides are being developed, but are not ready yet. For word problems, I suggest you use the Challenging Word Problems 5 and or 6, maybe even Process Skills for those levels, for that type of practice. For straight computation practice, perhaps something from online? You could even consider Intensive Practice 6, though it won't include everything, like integers. In Singapore, they do not teach integers until grade 7.
  2. Singapore for Middle School

    The Dimensions Math 7 is pre-algebra, pretty much. If using the Standards edition, you could skip 6A and 6B (this is the only case where it is possible and topics are not lost) but new concepts will be a bit intense, but doable. There is no guide though, just solutions, but the textbooks have more text in them, explanations.
  3. New to singapore Math. Guide me please

    This material is called Singapore Math for a reason. It is based on math from Singapore. IF you are looking for what could be considered strictly US math, this is not the place to go for math. as some of the methods might be a little different that those in the US. However, more and more, the US is adopting some of those methods, because in general the US is behind Asian countries in math ability. There is nothing wrong with learning different methods or approaches to problem solving. In the end, the math is the same. What is important is how well the math is understood fundamentally. Just doing it one way, following a single procedure, does not necessarily lead to an in depth understanding. There is a Home Instructor's Guide that will help you teach the concepts. I suggest you get the Standards edition 1A and 1B textbook, workbook, and guide, see http://www.singaporemath.com/Primary_Mathematics_Stds_Ed_s/134.htm Also look at https://www.singaporemath.com/articles.asp?id=123
  4. Process skills is a supplement. Look under supplemental math at our web site. If you look under the FAQ, there is a description of each of the supplemental books, (books not part of the curriculum but covering similar content, for more practice).
  5. There is no publication date. Not in time for this starting school year.
  6. Workbook pg 33 number 19

    The problem states that 3/5 OF THE REMAINDER are yellow. The remainder after 1/3 is 3/4. if 3/5 of the remainder is yellow, then 2/5 of the remainder is blue. So you have to find 2/5 of 3/4. The reason to divide into 20 units is to get equal units. There are 5 units in the remainder, for blue and yellow, but red is 3 units (of a different size) the 3 units of red, and the 5 of blue and yellow are equal. So if there are 15 units, for both of them, then both red units, and the ones for blue and yellow, are same size. Since there were originally 4 units for the red, divide each one up to have 20. 1/4 of 20 is 5 of the units. 15 units remain. Yellow is 3/5 of those remaining units. Which is 9 of them. Leaving 6. So 6 units are the blue beads.
  7. A workbook and a guide for Dimensions Math 6 are not yet available. They are in production. The workbook is supplementary. I do suggest you do Dimensions Math 6 rather than Primary Math 6 unless your student can do well on the Primary 5 assessment tests. For any of the three editions. See http://www.singaporemath.com/Placement_Test_s/86.htm Also, see https://www.singaporemath.com/Homeschool_Planning_Chart_s/229.htm And if you do do the Dimensions Math 6, I suggest adding in the Process Skills 4 and 5 supplementary books. Maybe even 3.
  8. Primary vs. Dimensions

    I am hoping others answer this for you, that have tried one or the other. It is a matter of preference. The format does change, and a guide is not available yet for the Dimensions Math, nor worked solutions. So that might be a factor. Jumping to 7 is feasible, whether advisable or not depends on your student. No topics are really lost, but more jumping in to deep end sort of if you skip 6, while it does teach any topics you have not seen as if you have not seen it, it does introduce them more quickly than DM 6. Or Standards edition 6. Look at sample copies, maybe that will help you decide. http://www.singaporemath.com/Singapore_Math_samples_s/257.htm
  9. Textbooks A or B

    A is first half of the year, B is second half. So you need both. You need textbook, workbook, guide. You can get a test book for a couple of the editions. Please see https://www.singaporemath.com/Homeschool_Planning_Chart_s/229.htm http://www.singaporemath.com/FAQ_Primary_Math_s/15.htm
  10. Try Dolciani Math. https://www.amazon.com/Algebra-Structure-Method-Book-1/dp/0395977223/ref=pd_cp_14_1?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=ET8TEG2229Z8DPRSDJJN Structure and Method Book 1 is algebra 1, Book 2 is algebra 2, there is a lot of review. There is a geometry book by Jurgenson that is part of the sequence. You can usually find Teacher Editions and Solutions Manuals. There is a newer edition, https://www.amazon.com/Algebra-Students-Mary-P-Dolciani/dp/0395430569, but I do not know what it is like. Math U See and Saxon are easy books and might not provide the math background for more advanced math. Depends on your goals.
  11. NEM Schedule

    You need to make an average. Count the lessons, count the number of weeks you want to teach, divide by the number of lessons, and use that as an average of how much to get done in a week. Even the original schedule was weekly pretty much, with 20 weeks for the semester. Yes, the book is for the whole year. A lesson and its exercise can take more than one day. Sometimes there are really too many problems in an exercise, you could assign every other. Then you have to decide whether you want to do the Challenges and Problem Solving and Investigations and work time in for that. They are not essential. The workbook is supplementary, and has some pretty hard questions. Schools in Singapore use a textbook as a resource by this level, not so much as scripture. The teacher does a lesson and draws on material from the TB, and maybe even some of the problems in the exercise, and then the students do the exercises on their own. Perhaps the teacher assigns specific problems from the exercise, and some students might do them all.
  12. New Va HS

    There are a few topics added to CC edition, but none of them are essential for a good understanding of math, or for going back to public school. For other topics, even the CC version is a little ahead of US public schools in those topics. Standards edition does have a good Home Instructor's Guide. See https://www.singaporemath.com/Homeschool_Planning_Chart_s/229.htm
  13. Textbooks A or B

    A is first half of the year, B is second half. Please see https://www.singaporemath.com/Homeschool_Planning_Chart_s/229.htm for help with getting started.
  14. The teacher's manual is out of print, and it is not really a guide. It has answers and solutions and helps just for the challenges and problem solving. There are no lesson plans, none were ever created for these, as teachers do their own lesson plans in Singapore. NEM is quite challenging, but quite rewarding if you love math and like to learn through solving problems, as opposed to here is an example, solve something just like it.
  15. How to choose level

    See https://www.singaporemath.com/Homeschool_Planning_Chart_s/229.htm
  16. Math in Focus

    Yes. We do not sell Math in Focus.
  17. NEM is an older series, and yes, much different. It is what they used in Singapore after Primary Math, but I believe this was way back when not every student had to go to Secondary School. Also, teachers used it more as a resource than teach directly from it, I believe. More like a college text, pick and choose from it, teacher assigns some of the problems but not all. It has some wonderful problems, though. Dimensions Math is probably more "user-friendly". It is still a different structure in that there is a long exercise following a lesson that could take more than one day. So it isn't set up, do this short lesson, then do this short exercise, then next one. More like a student would work on the exercise independently at home as the lessons proceed. Which could work for homeschooling, spend a day on the lessons, then not teach for a day just let your student do the exercise.
  18. Where to after primary 6b?

    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.
  19. Math and Science tesxtbooks for grades 9-12

    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
  20. 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.
  21. 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)?
  22. Dimensions vs. New Elementary

    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.
  23. Standards vs. US

    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.
  24. Placement question

    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.