My DD (going into 4th) placed 2A at the beginning of the year also. She hated math and we have always had lots of tears. I started her in 1A so she could get the feel of how Singapore works and also to give her confidence.microcarter wrote:This will be the first year I'm homeschooling my dd. She will be in 4th grade. I've decided to use all of MFW's recommendations since she's been in public school up to this point. She just finished the placement tests for Singapore Math and tested at 2A. This means that she tested basically a whole year behind in order for her to finish 5B (or higher) by the end of 6th grade as MFW recommends. Is this normal?

I spoke with MFW on the phone before the placement tests and they mentioned that if she was behind that we would need to spend more time in math in order to catch up. I'm considering having her do some math this summer so we wouldn't have to do quite so much during the school year to catch up. Any opinions?

Also, I know she has a difficult time with mental math - she still has a tendency to count on her fingers - so I'm wondering if I should start her in 1B (since it should be easier for her) instead of 2A in order to help her work on the mental math. I'm not sure if this is a good idea or not. Maybe starting in 2A will be sufficient to help her with the mental math.

This year she has begun to really dislike math and feel that she isn't good at it. Most of her struggles were with specific things though - time and measurement. No problem with multiplication or basic fractions.

I would love any input from Singapore users. Thanks!

It was very easy for her but was also fun as she was able to do many lessons a day. I let her do as much as she wanted but at least 2 lessons a day. (The lessons are very short) She moved quickly through 1A, 1B, 2A and 2B this year. And now says she really likes math!!! yay! She will be going into 5th grade this fall and will be working through 3A and 3B. Now that she is understanding the mental math and 2A and 2B have also gone quickly I am thinking she may be able to move through to 4A and B next year as well.

The nice thing about Homeschooling is that you are able to work at the child's level. And the object is that they learn it not the speed at which they learn it. I'm just happy DD is learning and finally enjoying it. You would probably be fine starting where your little one placed, it was just my personal preference to go all the way back. I loved the MFW lesson plans and the math windows for drills. MFW has wonderful suggestions.