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makakeniki    0

I'm confused about which Kindergarten edition to use: common core or standards?  Which one is better?  I want to use the U.S. edition starting in 1st grade.

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Jenny    3

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.

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makakeniki    0

Why does the Standards cost more than the common core?  Is the Essential Math just as comprehensive as the Earlybird?  Does it teach all of the same topics?

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Jenny    3

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.

 

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Jenny    3

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.

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makakeniki    0

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?

 

 

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Jenny    3

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.

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