We use Singapore math in all classes, from EK-K through middle school.
In grades 3-5 and in middle school, Singapore math meets 10 times each week. In grades from early K through 2, math is scheduled at appropriate times by the teachers within the daily set of classes.
Students work at their own level in the Singapore math books. The teacher (Ellen Armitage since 2014) works with each student individually to add explanation to that in the book. Students complete 1, 1.5, or even 2 years’ books each year. Ellen intersperses the individual help sessions with presentations, such as showing arithmetic operations, graphs and graphical solutions, geometric constructs, and the translation of word problems into mathematical operations.
We chose to use Singapore math from the day we opened, 15 August 2009. Here is a quick overview of the system of teaching:
The pedagogic philosophy and methods of Singapore math are presented in a number of posts on the site for the enterprise . One such post includes this short discussion:
The fact that problem solving is the central idea in Singapore math can be seen in the
pentagon from Singapore’s Mathematics Framework below.
The Framework states, “Mathematical problem solving is central to mathematics learning. It involves the acquisition and application of mathematics concepts and skills in a wide range of situations, including non-routine, open-ended and real-world problems. The development of mathematical problem solving ability is dependent on five inter-related components, namely, Concepts, Skills, Processes, Attitudes and Metacognition.”
We chose Singapore math over all other options for several key reasons. First, its methods are intellectually satisfying to both teachers of mathematics and power users of mathematics in their careers. Second, it has proven effective. The island country of Singapore is consistently a leader in math performance internationally:
From the American Institutes for Research Report, What the United States Can Learn From Singapore’s World-Class Mathematics System (and what Singapore can learn from the United States):
An Exploratory Study. PREPARED FOR: U.S. Department of Education Policy and Program Studies Service (PPSS) (2005)
A critical overview of whole Singapore educational system is also available online.