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Primary Math 3A Home Instructor Guide (Standards Edition)

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Item #: 043958
ISBN: 9781932906226
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Publisher:SingaporeMath.com
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We have been using Singapore Math since my oldest child was in first grade I love the program and the fact that my daughter can now at age 8 calculate numbers in her head that many adults would need a calculator to solve Regarding the Home Instructor's Guide (which I highly recommend over the respective Teacher's Guide for usability) the lessons are not strictly scripted but are carefully described even including assistance or pointing out nuances for some of the textbook problems The Guide is formatted into lessons with corresponding sections in a student Textbook Workbook Extra Practice Book and Tests book Answers to the Textbook questions are located to the right of their explanation in the Guide Lessons are �hands-on� and include the use of manipulative wherever possible and applicable The end of many lessons also includes "enrichment" activities or games (using playing cards dice etc) that allow you and the student to practice while having fun Additionally the Home Instructors Guide includes an appendix with Mental Math (each one a set of 20 practice problems) and pages that are used in lessons and sometimes the enrichment exercises (such as blank charts for graphing etc) My complaints against the Teacher's Guide are few and minor Occasionally the Guide will have an answer wrong for a textbook problem but this is very rare If you have been working with the student you'll be able to find these mistakes easily It may occasionally have a mistake in the directions (aka (paraphrasing) �Do tasks 1-4 then the workbook exercise� when the textbook and later lesson clearly show that you should complete tasks 1-5) Secondly while I love that this is a robust program we have a hard time keeping up with the schedule Particularly in the Level 3 program there are times where a single day on their suggested schedule includes both a Practice and 2 Tests We also had to take 'breaks' frequently in 3A to give her time to completely memorize the newest portions of the multiplication table because as soon as those few lessons are over students are expected to jump into using those math facts in the related division equations and then straight into another set of multiplication facts For the most part the student needs to master the topics before you move on As a result either it feels like our days are dominated by math or we end up needing to school into the summer just to be ready to start the new level in the fall It is challenging at times but it works wonderfully My final complaint is that the two semesters are very segregated The 3A program is a robust quick paced in depth study of multiplication and division The 3B program is about distance weight capacity fractions time etc The skills from 3A are still used to a degree within 3B (for example using conversion factors and multiplying to find the number of ounces in a pound etc) but the continued development of math fact mastery is relegated mostly to the occasional Cumulative review You will need to keep your student practicing the math facts to ensure they don't lose all their hard work Luckily 3B is a review of 2B and 1B and as such is easier and less time consuming than 3A so this is possible I wish it were possible to interleave the 3A and 3B so that the time used to practice new math facts could coincide with other non-multiplication/division topics such as are found in 3BThe textbook is colorful and graphically explains concepts using drawings of children and the manipulatives to explain the lessons Students are not meant to write in the textbook which is great for re-use but can be a little inconvenient When a student needs to do a textbook practice they will need to re-write the problems on another piece of paper You can make a copy of the Practice page but there's just not enough room to write the answers or show work I do want my children to be able to write the problems on another page but at this point we get a lot of transcription errors The Workbook Extra Practice book (optional) and Test book (optional) are black-and-white consumable books The Workbook uses various kinds of exercises to allow students to practice the new skills Sometimes there are dot-to-dots or puzzles that require math to solve Our girl really seems to enjoy the variety and becomes excited when she sees new puzzles We used Extra Practice books in previous years but found that we just don't have time for them with 3A/3B The Test book includes two tests for each chapter (one is a standard test and the other is multiple choice) in every unit as well as Cumulative tests at the end of each unit which cover all the previous units in the level Answers for the Workbook are located in the Guide but answers for the Extra Practice and Test books are located in the respective books
April 3, 2014
Pretty good
We have used this curriculum in the past , switched and have gone back to it. We found it to be good but we needed to supplement with drill. My children tend to be slower learners, so maybe that's why they needed a bit of drill.
August 4, 2016
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1 year ago
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Amanda D on Mar 22, 2017
Just finished 2B. Moving on to the next one is the series.
Sarah S on Jan 16, 2017
Continuing a course of study that has worked well for us
Therese J on Nov 20, 2016
This curriculum is scripted and easy to teach, yet extremely effective and flexible. The focus on mastery and understanding is wonderful.
Carrie G on Jan 6, 2016
Just finished 2B. Moving on to the next one is the series.
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This curriculum is scripted and easy to teach, yet extremely effective and flexible. The focus on mastery and understanding is wonderful.
Carrie G on Jan 6, 2016
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    We have been using Singapore Math since my oldest child was in first grade I love the program and the fact that my daughter can now at age 8 calculate numbers in her head that many adults would need a calculator to solve Regarding the Home Instructor's Guide (which I highly recommend over the respective Teacher's Guide for usability) the lessons are not strictly scripted but are carefully described even including assistance or pointing out nuances for some of the textbook problems The Guide is formatted into lessons with corresponding sections in a student Textbook Workbook Extra Practice Book and Tests book Answers to the Textbook questions are located to the right of their explanation in the Guide Lessons are �hands-on� and include the use of manipulative wherever possible and applicable The end of many lessons also includes "enrichment" activities or games (using playing cards dice etc) that allow you and the student to practice while having fun Additionally the Home Instructors Guide includes an appendix with Mental Math (each one a set of 20 practice problems) and pages that are used in lessons and sometimes the enrichment exercises (such as blank charts for graphing etc) My complaints against the Teacher's Guide are few and minor Occasionally the Guide will have an answer wrong for a textbook problem but this is very rare If you have been working with the student you'll be able to find these mistakes easily It may occasionally have a mistake in the directions (aka (paraphrasing) �Do tasks 1-4 then the workbook exercise� when the textbook and later lesson clearly show that you should complete tasks 1-5) Secondly while I love that this is a robust program we have a hard time keeping up with the schedule Particularly in the Level 3 program there are times where a single day on their suggested schedule includes both a Practice and 2 Tests We also had to take 'breaks' frequently in 3A to give her time to completely memorize the newest portions of the multiplication table because as soon as those few lessons are over students are expected to jump into using those math facts in the related division equations and then straight into another set of multiplication facts For the most part the student needs to master the topics before you move on As a result either it feels like our days are dominated by math or we end up needing to school into the summer just to be ready to start the new level in the fall It is challenging at times but it works wonderfully My final complaint is that the two semesters are very segregated The 3A program is a robust quick paced in depth study of multiplication and division The 3B program is about distance weight capacity fractions time etc The skills from 3A are still used to a degree within 3B (for example using conversion factors and multiplying to find the number of ounces in a pound etc) but the continued development of math fact mastery is relegated mostly to the occasional Cumulative review You will need to keep your student practicing the math facts to ensure they don't lose all their hard work Luckily 3B is a review of 2B and 1B and as such is easier and less time consuming than 3A so this is possible I wish it were possible to interleave the 3A and 3B so that the time used to practice new math facts could coincide with other non-multiplication/division topics such as are found in 3BThe textbook is colorful and graphically explains concepts using drawings of children and the manipulatives to explain the lessons Students are not meant to write in the textbook which is great for re-use but can be a little inconvenient When a student needs to do a textbook practice they will need to re-write the problems on another piece of paper You can make a copy of the Practice page but there's just not enough room to write the answers or show work I do want my children to be able to write the problems on another page but at this point we get a lot of transcription errors The Workbook Extra Practice book (optional) and Test book (optional) are black-and-white consumable books The Workbook uses various kinds of exercises to allow students to practice the new skills Sometimes there are dot-to-dots or puzzles that require math to solve Our girl really seems to enjoy the variety and becomes excited when she sees new puzzles We used Extra Practice books in previous years but found that we just don't have time for them with 3A/3B The Test book includes two tests for each chapter (one is a standard test and the other is multiple choice) in every unit as well as Cumulative tests at the end of each unit which cover all the previous units in the level Answers for the Workbook are located in the Guide but answers for the Extra Practice and Test books are located in the respective books
    April 3, 2014
    Pretty good
    We have used this curriculum in the past , switched and have gone back to it. We found it to be good but we needed to supplement with drill. My children tend to be slower learners, so maybe that's why they needed a bit of drill.
    August 4, 2016
    Purchased
    1 year ago
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    Have been using Standards Edition for many years and love it.
    Amanda D on Mar 22, 2017
    Continuing a course of study that has worked well for us
    Therese J on Nov 20, 2016
    Have been using Standards Edition for many years and love it.
    Amanda D on Mar 22, 2017
    Just finished 2B. Moving on to the next one is the series.
    Sarah S on Jan 16, 2017
    Continuing a course of study that has worked well for us
    Therese J on Nov 20, 2016
    This curriculum is scripted and easy to teach, yet extremely effective and flexible. The focus on mastery and understanding is wonderful.
    Carrie G on Jan 6, 2016
    Just finished 2B. Moving on to the next one is the series.
    Sarah S on Jan 16, 2017
    This curriculum is scripted and easy to teach, yet extremely effective and flexible. The focus on mastery and understanding is wonderful.
    Carrie G on Jan 6, 2016
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