Yesterday I started a Word document for the next time someone over here asked the question What do I need to start Singapore?!TNLisa wrote:what do I need to start Singapore? Once she takes the placement test - what do I need to order?
My poor daughter...I don't know if it's her or me that just can't find a "fit" with math. I'm willing to try Singapore since MFW recommends it...I pray it will be a successful transition/fit.
I'm not done with the file and it doesn't look great. I ended up so sick yesterday I couldn't get anything done. so you other Singapore users need to help me on this... Here is the un-edited Draft #1 of my file.
What do I need to use Singapore Math?
The Textbook -- (must have)non consumable, you teach from this book.
The Workbook -- (must have)consumable book for student.
The lesson plans from MFW (included with purchase from MFW) -- Simple daily lesson plans (do this page today) with important key helps along the way (introduce this term, work on such and such skills, remember your flash cards and manipuluatives). Does not include an overload of extras or ideas from which to choose. Includes guidelines for teaching from the Textbook and general hints for Singapore.
Manipulatives -- Singapore "mental math" does not mean you teach abstractly.
Singapore Answer Keys -- answer key. I think it is a good resource for 4A-6B. Haven’t used it or needed it for earlier levels just yet.
Home Educators Guide (completely optional) -- A detailed lesson plan, extra drill sheets. Contains duplicate of the Singapore Answer key. Some people find it very helpful, but then end up not using it all that much once they understand Singapore. Other people find them to have lots of value.
In the lower levels of Singapore, it is my personal opinion that you get plenty from the MFW lesson plans and the Singapore Answer Keys, and from asking for help from Singapore Users (online communities) when you are stuck. In the upper levels, I'm glad to have a home instructor guide to walk me through the problems so I can teach. This is one that you have to decide based on your teaching style. If you need more teacher help, it couldn’t hurt to get 1 of these and see if it fits your style. The Home Instructor's Guides are for parents.
Singapore Teacher’s Guide (don’t bother with these) -- Save yourself the money. They are a good teachers’s guide, but overkill and overpriced. No --- not even at the 1A 1B level. Has a vague outline for lesson planning – not a day to day schedule. Uses educator lingo. You don’t need these. don't bother
So what extra helps did I need for 1A/1B?
*An understanding of the visual teaching method
*Knowing that it is important to nail down those many ways to make 10 when adding (number bonds with 10) --- becomes a foundation for mental arithmetic.
*Flashcards or other drill
*An Ah Ha moment for how to re-think about subtraction with regrouping before teaching how to “borrow from the tens”
*And a true understanding of “spiral approach” (spiral does not mean jump from topic to topic. Rather it teaches concepts and new application of those same concepts. It is almost like providing a needed break along the way and a change of scenery to help keep you going. Also, new topics will be introduced. Gives your mind a rest to let the harder information settle in place.
Things to work on throughout the year with Singapore 1A/1B:
*making groups of 10’s. 1+9 2+8 3+7 4+6 5+5 9+1 8+2 7+3 6+4 and knowing them as “number bonds”. It becomes a very important element to the mental process of arithmetic, and several of the mental math tricks for learning addition and subtraction with regrouping. Keep up the drills with them, use the number bond style to help lock the bond in your mind.
*Use manipulatives and talk out loud while teaching! That is obvious, but sometimes we forget to do it. Also, let your child use the manipulatives and talk out loud to narrate the lesson to himself. Even though we talk about Singapore’s “mental math” strategies, we still need to teach these lessons in a concrete and visible manner. Using visual aids will be a key strategy when solving “pre-algebra style” word problems in Singapore.
Don’t let the idea of pre-algebra make you nervous --- with Singapore’s bar method you will really see the answer in front of you. You will not have to deal with turning co-efficient of a variable to 1 while balancing an equation. Yikes? No. With Singapore, you and your students will learn to see the process behind the problem.
You don’t need to be scared about teaching math and especially to not be scared about using Singapore Math. I know I have heard from time to time that Singapore is advanced and I get all nervous about it.