I haven't watched the clock closely enough to have an accurate idea of what we do. So these are estimates.6patrix wrote:I've been reading all the threads about Singapore math. I guess my questions are more along the practical side of things. My dc are basically 5th and 3rd grade. I'll be interested to see how where they place. Like many others have said, I'd rather have them start at a place where they're confident instead of a place where they're struggling.

Someone commented that their family size was growing, and that's one reason why they switched. How does that come into play? I am due w/ my 5th child in Sept. I was also considering using a program with CD's for this year. Which is a better choice and why?

Need input on the practical side. Does the parent teach a lesson everyday? Can someone tell me what their "math lesson" looks like using Singapore? How much time does teaching a math lesson take at this stage of the game? What makes this "easier" or better?

THanks for the help!

Debbie

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My 5th grade (11 y.o) is a math kid. We work together in the SM textbook for about 10 minutes or so. maybe it's more. Then she works independently in the workbook. She'll sometimes jump ahead and teach it to herself from the text book (but she is very strong in math), but Singapore works well for us if either mom or dad teaches from the textbook. When she works diligently, she'll finish the workbook pages in 15 minutes or less. Though we also have an autistic preschooler who creates distractions...

My 8 y.o --- we work it together in both text and workbook. She's one of my special needs learners and needs more direct instruction. She cannot do more than 25 minutes in math at a time. And the 11 y.o will chase the preschooler around while 8 y.o and I work together. The 8 y.o cannot have the distractions the same way.

And we still do basic math drills for 5 minutes.

We like the shorter workbooks --- once we do a bunch of problems together in the textbook and then move on to workbook, we have done a lot of the problems together. But I don't want them getting over-tired with a lot of problems.

Which is best in the elementary years? I don't know...... I just know I'm liking Singapore in the elementary years. My daughter (11 y.o) is mid way through Singapore 5B. She took the Saxon placement test the other weekend (why not? it was a rainy day) and placed into Saxon's algebra 1/2. Singapore seems to not take a lot of my time and is getting some good results in progress and not tiring out my kids.

looking forward to hearing how others teach with Singapore.

--crystal