Primary Math US 2A Set

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Item #: PMUS2A
Grade: 2

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Publisher: Rainbow Resource Center

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We are currently using this curriculum and it is a good fit for our family. It's easy to prepare to use with good amount of practice material.
September 15, 2017
1 year ago
Liking this math program
My daughter started Singapore Math in first grade and since she is good at math, she really enjoys it. The lessons challenge her and I have started to see her do math in her head in everyday life. The only concern I have with 2A is the Home Instructor's Guide. The guide for 1st grade math was excellent but I have noticed a few mistakes in the 2A guide such as the wrong workbook lessons listed and wrong answers given in the answer key. You must pay close attention while using it. Also as a personal preference, I would have loved to see it spiral bound like the 1A and 1B Home Instructor Guides. Otherwise I love Singapore Math and plan on continuing using it. It is a great program.
April 8, 2017
over 2 years ago
Parent intensive and confusing layout but content good
Its my first year homeschooling and having lived in Singapore and heard great things about Singapore maths I initially wanted to try Singapore Math for my 2nd, 4th and 6th graders. However just the placement tests caused significant stress for both my 4th and 6th grader - and me! I did further research and realized that most people who love Singapore Math start it in the early years. Its much harder to switch later. So I decided to use Saxon Maths for my 6th and 4th grader instead and only do Singapore Maths with my 2nd grader.

I am using Primary Mathematics 2A. I like the emphasis on mental mathematics, word problems and problem solving. Also we enjoy playing the games with cards, dice and counters and these are good learning experiences. I think it does challenge his problem solving abilities. However it requires a lot of my teaching and interaction with him - playing games with cards, dice, counters etc and walking through each lesson with him.

I find the layout very frustrating as it is not logical and consistent. You have to try and track from the Home Instructor's Guide to see which exercise numbers you are following in the Work Book and the Text Book and you are jumping from one book to another trying to figure out what to be doing. The numbers do not correlate and you can do part 1 of 1 exercise one day and part 2 and another entire exercise the next day. So the lesson number, exercise numbers and text book sections do not correlate and are inconsistent. For example I may be on Lesson 31 in the Home Instructor Guide, doing part 2 of exercise 24 and a completely different section and certain examples on one page in the text book - sometimes skipping forwards and backwards. I do not find the layout at all clear or logical we have found mistakes. It took me ages to figure it all out and I still find it very confusing!

It also seems to be very prescriptive in its approach to problem solving / mental math, rather than allowing a child to come up with their own strategies. I also feel its short on practice examples and they expect you to supplement.

Its also helpful to have base ten blocks, counters and place value charts and in future maybe other maths manipulative- I have made my own / bought these when I realized I needed them.

As for Saxon Maths for my older children - we love it. The layout is great and enables them to work really independently. The layout is very logical. They get a lot of practice - with maths facts every day. The repetition, which I was at first a bit skeptical about, does seem to really build their confidence. Even my 4th grader who is a reluctant student and normally needs a lot of coaxing to get his work done does his maths completely independently.

So going forward I am still not sure whether I will do Primary Mathematics 2B or switch to Saxon!
November 30, 2016
over 2 years ago
Great math program
We have been loving Primary Math. We started with Saxon, but it's spiraled approach was far too slow for my son. I highly recommend the entire set with the Home Instructor Guides. For the first set we did not have it, and it adds so much value, with fun games and ideas to help reinforce what is being taught. All around, a great math program for those who need something faster-paced and with less repetition than Saxon.
November 19, 2016
over 2 years ago
I have heard nothing but wonderful things about Singapore Math but as I began using the US Edition 1B and 2A levels I noticed all the problems were listed horizontally and the thought process was very "common core" which was one of the reasons I withdrew my kids from public school! Upon asking around I found out they aligned this book with Common Core without putting the "Common Core" label on it I am very disappointed in this book. Note: this edition of Singapore Math has a 2003 copyright which is long before the CCSS
August 2, 2015
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I have been homeschooling for 5 years. My second son has never gone into public school and singapore math has put him in a very solid place with his math learning.
Emily D on Apr 25, 2019
recommended by several people I know who homeschool
Kathleen H on Aug 29, 2018
I have been homeschooling for 5 years. My second son has never gone into public school and singapore math has put him in a very solid place with his math learning.
Emily D on Apr 25, 2019
This set is a few dollars less than buying the books separately.
Jennifer M on Jan 15, 2019
recommended by several people I know who homeschool
Kathleen H on Aug 29, 2018
We’ve been using this program since Kindergarten.
Peleaulani on Aug 16, 2018
Recommended by several sources
CONNIE C on Jul 24, 2018
We have completed Math U See Gamma, but I don't feel we are ready for the next level. I wanted to review concepts from addition, subtraction, multiplication, before moving onto division. This set came highly recommended from friends, so we are giving it a try.
Kristin M on Jul 2, 2018
I have a boy who does great in math, he is going into 2nd grade and will be using this. Also, my third grade girl who struggles with math will be doing this set as well.
A S on Jun 13, 2018
I love getting the bundle because it is cheaper and I know I am getting the books that go together. This is a major reason why I buy from rainbow resource, the bundles
Emily D on Apr 4, 2018
For math
Michele M on Feb 25, 2018
Like the curriculum
Amber M on Feb 9, 2018
We are continuing on in the series. The scope and sequence works well for my daughter.
Rebecca on Dec 1, 2017
Used Singapore math for 1st grade and loved it. It provides a firm math foundation.
Gabriela W on Jul 24, 2017
Singapore Math is the best for gifted leaners! The set is a great value!
Stephanie H on May 18, 2017
we like singapore and are finishing up 1b with one kiddo.
Sarah S on Apr 10, 2017
My son is nearly finished with the 1A set... and I am thoroughly impressed with what he has learned. Can't wait to continue on with the U.S. edition of Singapore Math!
Alicia C on Mar 18, 2017
Math curriculum that works well for our family
Kenneth R on Mar 9, 2017
we like the program
Kate B on Feb 11, 2017
I like the Singapore math
Felicita B on Jan 17, 2017
Recommended by "The Well-Trained Mind"
Donetta W on Dec 19, 2016
We are using it for my second grade homeschool student.
Melissa H on Nov 15, 2016
We've used Singapore math, Saxon math and Life of Fred. so far, Singapore math has been our favorite.
User on Oct 19, 2016
I am a home educator and we are doing well with Singapore Math.
ShaToina S on Oct 17, 2016
My daughter is doing great with Singapore math and I want to continue using it
Melissa M on Oct 10, 2016
It's what we are teaching
Jeremy D on Sep 25, 2016
Wanted to supplement our box curriculum and this was highly recommended.
Stephanie P on Sep 4, 2016
Used 1A and 1B with my son last year. He has had no trouble with it so far, and I like the method of teaching with this program.
Cynthia S on Aug 3, 2016
I used Primary Math in the past and find myself coming back to them again.
Nicole C on Jul 21, 2016
One of the best ranked math curriculums for home schoolers
Jessica B on Jul 19, 2016
Saxon Math wasn't working for my son, so I decided to try Singapore Math.
Sarah H on Jul 19, 2016
Its the best!
Sonia G on Jul 4, 2016
for homeschool
Erica T on Jun 16, 2016
We've been using Singapore Math since Essential Math and we love the mastery-based approach. It seems to work well for my oldest!
Crystal T on Jun 3, 2016
I really like Singapore math. I think it is giving my daughters an excellent foundation for their math skills. I believe that it gives them confidence as they move forward because they understand the reasoning behind the math problems.
Kristina A on Mar 17, 2016
To learn my son
Stepan P on Dec 16, 2015
My son loves the workbooks and I love how mastery of each lesson is reviewed and reinforced before moving forward. Also love the multi-sensory approach.
User on Oct 7, 2015
We love our 1B text book that I purchased to "try it out". My son is asking what comes next.
shellee C on Oct 1, 2015
This set is a few dollars less than buying the books separately.
Jennifer M on Jan 15, 2019
We’ve been using this program since Kindergarten.
Peleaulani on Aug 16, 2018
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