Math the Singapore Way
Math the Singapore Way refers to the math textbook series used in the Singapore schools (known in the States as the Singapore Approach) and supports both Math in Focus® and Primary Mathematics® from the same publisher (Marshall Cavendish). The Practice and Challenge series of workbooks were developed as supplements to provide students with either additional practice for students who have not quite grasped the basics or additional challenge for students who have grasped the basic concepts and are ready to move on. Both series are prepared consistently with Singapore Approach fundamentals with their emphasis on problem solving. Each book provides carefully crafted problems rather than random repetition, scaffolded (education-ese word borrowed from the construction industry to indicate supportive strategies that are incrementally removed) to provide careful variations in the given tasks. Unlike some supplemental series produced by American publishers, the grade designations parallel the actual grade levels of Singapore Approach math programs. Each book includes two end-of-year tests.
The Practice series exercises closely follow the sequence of topics in the student texts and can be used for further practice to gain mastery or for testing to reveal re-teaching needs. A page of teacher notes introduce each unit. Books range from 120 - 160 pgs, pb with answer key included. The Challenge series provides problems in two levels within each exercise; one to test concept understanding and a more difficult level. Worked examples are provided at the beginning of each exercise. Books range from 105 to 140 pgs, pb with worked solutions. ~ Janice