On one of David Hazels CDs he mentions the fact that when they switched their children th Singapore they saw an increase in their math scores.Taita wrote:Hi all,
Does anyone know why MFW recommends using Singapore math? I have been looking at different math programs out there and I really like Math-u-See. But, I know MFW has good reasons for why they choose certain products. Does anyone have any insight on this?
I have seen math understanding in my children and high test scores from Singapore.
The one thing that has to be added to Singapore math fact drills and timed drills.
I have used MUS some and like it. I do think Singapore is stronger mathematically and academically. I do like though how Steve explains math; especially the place value we did in Alpha. Overall though I prefer the advanced math program Singapore is.
I would say that Singapore makes my kids think more. The word problems are definitely harder than the ones I have seen in other programs. So I think the level of thinking in it does push them some. I know David Hazel talks on his CDs about one of their goals being to raise thinkers. I think Singapore would fall in line with that. I think it is the reason my children sometimes don't like Singapore and at other times do like it. They don't always want to have to think for it.mothermayi wrote:Gratitude,
What makes Singapore stronger? I haven't used it in 5 or 6 years so I don't remember much about it.
Thanks for your insight
We did some Rod and Staff last winter with Singapore and then took a few months where they had a Singapore break and just did Rod and Staff. What I noticed is it helped with the math fact drills that I haven't been as strong adding to Singapore as I need to be. The other thing I noticed is how much math they really and truly understand. Compared to Singapore word problems the Rod and Staff word problems were a breeze for them. The math was easy in comparison, since it is more rote and drill, and they didn't have to think as much. I would say MUS has been a similar experience, BUT I do really like how Steve explains math to kids and I think the program has a lot of merit in teaching math. I have read though that a MUS student switching to Singapore places quite a few levels back, and I guess I see this as some evidence for my thinking that Singapore is more advanced academically as well.
I guess lastly I picked Singapore before I found MFW. What I found in it was some foundation laying for advanced mathematics and it was one of the main reasons I picked it. What I have found in using it though is difficult word problems and a program that does make my kids 'think math'.