Shellie,shellie wrote:I'm feeling rather dense. Twice in 3 days, I've hit word problems in my son's 4A Singapore math book that I can't even begin to answer! I have the answer key, so I know what the answer is, but I don't know how to explain to him how to get the answer. I have a degree in English, but I have no head for math... and I'm really getting worried for my future as a good home school teacher if I'm already stuck and we're only on book 4A!!

I've been scouting around for helps, and I did find on the Singapore site that there is a Primary Math Home Instr Guide 4A. I notice that these guides are not sold by MFW, so I was wondering if they are really worth getting or not. I hate to spend $16 just to find the examples for a few word problems in the Reviews, but I'll gladly do it if you guys say, "Oh yes! That guide is the bee's knees and you NEED it!" ^__^

I do have a friend who is good at math and who has helped me a few times over the last month, but I hate to be calling her all the time. And since this is my first year home schooling, I'm not sure if I've already endured the worst of the word problems and now we'll be moving on to other things I can understand and explain, OR if I have just begun this wonderful world of word problems and if I don't get it now, I'll REALLY be lost in another few weeks! haha!

I would really appreciate any suggestions any Singapore users could give me! Thanks!!

Shellie

I do have the Home Instructor Guides & I do use them. They do have the entire problem worked out for *some* of the problems -- probably the ones you need, but not guaranteed.

However, that said, I think the key to figuring out Singapore word problems is learning how to use their bar diagrams to *see* the problem more clearly.

Maybe if you give us one of the problems you are having trouble with, some of us can give you more specific ideas.

I will say that I think you're at a good point to get it figured out, and that it will be worth it!

Julie