Primary Math US 1A Textbook

Primary Math US 1A Textbook

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ISBN: 9789810184940
Grades: 1

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Category Description for Primary Math U.S. Edition (Gr. 1-6):

I'll admit, my initial reaction to this program was skeptical. The textbooks are thin and have a straightforward, no-nonsense appearance. Texts switch from full-color to two-toned pages after second grade, and all workbooks are printed in black and white. After spending a great deal of time evaluating the program's contents, however, my opinion has improved considerably. Primary Math uses a concrete-to-pictorial-to-abstract approach to teaching. Concrete illustrations are incorporated heavily in the early grades, gradually giving way to more abstract representations so that math is learned meaningfully. The program builds strong problem solving, critical thinking, and computational skills through well-chosen practice problems.

Each grade consists of two semester sets to be completed in one year. For example, the complete first grade curriculum requires the 1A and 1B textbooks (non-consumable) and the 1A and 1B workbooks (consumable). Workbook assignments are directly correlated with each textbook. Small arrows, usually located in the lower left hand corner of a page, specify when to pause in the text and what exercise number to complete.

Brief teacher’s instructions are provided in each textbook’s preface, which I highly suggest reading. Although the pace of the course really depends on the individual student, 2-3 pages in the text is usually enough for one day’s lesson. To effectively use the textbook, the teacher should study the examples ahead of time in order to determine the best way to verbally explain a concept to the student. Teacher-student or student-student discussions are an important part of this program. Unfortunately, the text doesn’t tell you how to facilitate discussions. Fortunately, there are now Teacher Guides and Home Instructor Guides available for all levels.

Both the Teacher Guides and the Home Instructor Guides include answers to the textbook and workbook problems. Both of these publications help teachers understand the course material and provide suggestions to help you introduce concepts. As a general rule, the TGs are more oriented to the classroom while the HIGs are more geared to working one-on-one with a student. However, both provide detailed lesson plans. The TGs have daily lesson plans while the HIGs provide teaching segments indicating the number of weeks to spend per unit. A significant difference between the two is that the HIGs have a sidebar column that shows assignments complete with answers and often solutions. Assignments in the TGs are listed within the lesson plans and all answers are in the back of the book. Also included in the appendix of each are mental math worksheets and some teaching helps. Answers (but no solutions) to the U.S. edition textbooks and workbooks are also available in separate answer key booklets. For convenience, we have put together sets for each grade and semester that include the text, workbook and HIG.

TGs and HIGs both include lists of suggested manipulatives and materials. (please see our Singapore Math Manipulative category at the end of the Singapore Math section.

Extra practice sets are included in all textbooks, except first grade. These problem sets are optional and should be done only after the workbook exercises for that section have been completed. Cumulative review sections are also incorporated into the text, although not on a daily basis like Saxon. Review sections are also included in each workbook. Although these problem sets are optional, I would strongly suggest completing the extra practice. Some of the review sets are quite lengthy, and you might want to consider devoting a day’s lesson to review whenever a longer set arises. I suspect a key factor to this program’s success in Singapore is that students are both motivated and expected to practice their math skills through homework and optional problem sets use is strictly up to the teacher, although Primary Math tends to emphasize mental calculations.

While some believe that Primary Math contains “just the right amount of practice”, others believe not enough is provided. For students who feel they need more practice to really “own” a concept or skill, a variety of supplements, specifically designed to complement Primary Math, are available.

Compared to Saxon Math, Primary Math encompasses a narrower scope. While Saxon Math covers coordinate graphing, negative numbers, square roots, and probability, these topics are omitted from Primary Math and are not covered until New Elementary Math. The smaller scope, however, allows the program to emphasize the basics. Primary Math focuses on the four arithmetic operations (using whole numbers, fractions, and decimals), perimeter, area, volume, angles, quadrilaterals, symmetry, time, length, weight, money, graphs, and algebraic expressions (introduced in 6th grade). Saxon Mathmoves a bit slower introducing Algebra in Math 87. Miquon, which only covers grades 1-3, correlates very well with Primary Math.

Category Description for Singapore Math Programs:

Countries around the world first became interested in Singapore’s math curriculum when results of the Third International Math and Science Study (TIMSS) were published in 1995. Conducted by the International Study Center at Boston College, achievement tests in both math and science were administered to students in over 40 countries. Students from Singapore ranked highly in mathematics achievement: 1st in the fourth, seventh, and eighth grade levels and 2nd at the third grade level. Results for the U.S. were disappointing: 10th in the third grade, 11th in the fourth grade, 23rd in the seventh grade, and 27th at the eighth grade level. In a follow-up study in 1999, Singapore again ranked 1st in eighth grade math achievement while U.S. eighth graders ranked 19th. Although a first place ranking does not necessarily imply the best program, something about Singapore’s math program was working.

“Singapore Approach Math” is a general term referring to a type of mathematical instruction (i.e. curriculum) developed from a syllabus designed by Singapore’s Ministry of Education in the 1980s. There were a number of revisions and the 3rd edition was the last edition used in Singapore. The good test scores were associated with this material and all of our Singapore Approach Math programs are based primarily on the 3rd edition although it is no longer available for sale. Components from different editions are not interchangeable but a student can move between the editions in-between levels.

Primary Math US (1-6) is an adaptation of the 3rd edition for use in the U.S. Although a small amount of content (division of fractions) from the 2nd edition was added back into the US edition, it is almost identical to the 3rd edition. The US edition adds sections for U.S. customary measurements and uses U.S. spelling and conventions. We expect this edition to be available indefinitely. ©2003

Primary Math S/E (Standards Edition) (K-6) was adapted to meet the pre-Common Core CA math standards. An additional amount of content (probability, data analysis, negative numbers, coordinate graphing) from the 2nd edition was added back in and topics were rearranged but it is similar to the US edition. Cumulative Reviews at the end of each Unit and practice sets within each unit were added. Textbooks are in color. ©2008 This edition includes Earlybird Kindergarten Math.

Primary Math CC (Common Core) (K-5) is aligned to the Common Core State Standards and is another adaptation of the 3rd edition. Only minor changes were made to the scope and sequence. Unit Reviews are no longer cumulative and Practices were removed although some of the content was incorporated into the lessons. ©2014 Includes Earlybird Kindergarten Math CC. This edition will be available for the foreseeable future.

Primary Math 2022 Edition (K-5) is a completely new revision retaining all the excellent teaching methods of the earlier Primary Math programs. Incorporating both cumulative assessments and challenging problem solving, mastery learning is emphasized. The scope and sequence is similar to previous editions and topics are aligned to state and national standards. ©2021-2022

New Elementary Math (7-8) is a no-frills program based on an older Singaporian program and covering integrated algebra and geometry. It’s considered a sequel to the Primary Math programs.

Math in Focus (K-8) was developed by Great Source (a division of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) in conjunction with Marshall Cavendish (the original publisher in Singapore). Although the basic instructional sequences are similar and the content is very close to the SE, material added to the most recent editions brings it into alignment with CC. Math in Focus has a more American look and “feel.” ©2010, 2014

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brightly colored and strong mathematical base to ensure I'm covering what my 7 year old needs while going fast enough through his curriculum to keep him interested as he is pretty precocious and catches on easily
Aubrey K on Aug 30, 2021
Pete P on Aug 6, 2021
brightly colored and strong mathematical base to ensure I'm covering what my 7 year old needs while going fast enough through his curriculum to keep him interested as he is pretty precocious and catches on easily
Aubrey K on Aug 30, 2021
colorful, solid and retain math curriculum.
Annabelle C on Aug 17, 2021
Pete P on Aug 6, 2021
seems like Singapore math is very thorough and for my kids as visual learners everything seems like this would help the most.
Rose B on May 25, 2021
To use with my daughter's first grade curriculum.
Kristi R on Feb 9, 2021
i have already purchased the instructors guide and the workbook but everywhere was out of the textbook, or wanted over $30 for it! I was so happy to find it here and for the price it was!
Melissa S on Oct 31, 2020
I've had long experience with Singapore Math. When in my tutoring business I come across kids who have deficits and need a thorough, systematic re-building of their competence and confidence, Singapore Math is my go-to resource.
Mary Beth F on Oct 28, 2020
We will be using Singapore Mathematics as our main math curricula for homeschooling.
Nichole B on Oct 28, 2020
Used with my children...very effective!
Marcella B on Aug 11, 2020
we did the kindergarten one and loved it!
Shayleen V on Jul 16, 2020
It's recommended for Beyond Little Hearts for His Glory curriculum, which I'm planning on using.
Sarah J on Apr 22, 2020
Awesome math curriculum! Gives great foundation to start kids thinking the way upper level math requires - and helps for the SAT/ACT!
Jennifer L on Aug 17, 2019
Home schooling for my kid. Heard US Edition is more advanced and better than other edition.
CHANGMING J on May 30, 2019
It's a part of our curriculum.
june o on Jan 1, 2019
Used this with our children. Now using it with our granddaughter.
Dale L on Sep 30, 2018
We've been using Primary Math for the lower grades for about three years now. It's just fun enough and hard enough to keep math interesting.
Hannah H on Aug 27, 2018
This has been a great curriculum for my older daughter and we are now using it with my younger.
Kate U on Aug 25, 2018
Used with several other sons, want to see if it is a good fit for this one.
Amy M on Aug 18, 2018
Primary mathematics in kindergarten worked well, so we're sticking with it.
Doris C on Jul 8, 2018
It was recommended by a trusted friend who has had success with this series and my daughter did well with the kindergarten level.
Rebekah C on Jan 25, 2017
"help my kids improve his maths skills"
Yu C on Oct 16, 2016
highly recommended, colorful
Latasha Q on Sep 4, 2016
So, so happy with my children's math skills from using Singapore!
Betsy N on Aug 3, 2016
Curriculum really prepares student for the higher maths.
Lenlie Q on Feb 22, 2016
Singapore Math is an excellent curriculum for helping students learn Math skills using concrete, pictorial, and abstract methods. It's really great for preparing them for word problems!!
Shannon C on Oct 1, 2015
colorful, solid and retain math curriculum.
Annabelle C on Aug 17, 2021
seems like Singapore math is very thorough and for my kids as visual learners everything seems like this would help the most.
Rose B on May 25, 2021
Is there a home instructor guide for 1A and 1B?
A shopper on Jul 19, 2020
BEST ANSWER: No. There is no teachers manual. It is just a text and work book and there is an answer guide. You just need to do the text and it explains what to do
Does the child write in the textbook? Do I need two textbooks for two students, or just two workbooks?
User on Aug 20, 2019
BEST ANSWER: There is a small amount of writing in the text book. 2 students can share the same textbook but I'd get 2 workbooks
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My daughter loves this curriculum. I used it to homeschool my boys and it was always so easy to understand. The repetition and practice really solidifies the lesson.
September 21, 2020
1 year ago
Rated 5 out of 5
My kid like using this book to learn math
October 26, 2018
over 3 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Singapore Math definitely prepares the kids well especially in grades 1-3 I would recommend starting them in 1A in Kindergarten if they are not a special needs child ALL of my boys work one year ahead in these books I've never really needed the Textbooks only the workbooks But this is a preference Maybe in level 3 you might consider the textbooks Saxon is heads above all others and I switch my kids after Primary Mathematics 3B Be sure to get the older versions of Saxon starting with Saxon 54 The new ones are watered down for public school requirements
June 9, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5
I have used both Saxon and Singapore for first grade math and much prefer Singapore although we will continue doing some parts of Saxon However we did find the Singapore textbook and workbook need to be supplemented with extra problems about halfway through (when students are starting to do addition with numbers up to 20) The Extra Practice problems are good; there are just not enough of them That's why I ordered the intensive practice books also I would not recommend the Challenging Word Problems books which I feel are misnamed - at least at the 1 level They are wordy but not challenging For the most part the student need not read the problem If he sees a 7 and a 2 in the section on addition he knows the answer is 9 and in the subtraction section 5 without reading the problem In other words they aren't really word problems just arithmetic drills with references to kids' names and papayas tops and other countable objects
September 21, 2005
Rated 5 out of 5
After completing Saxon Math with my daughter for first grade and wanting a change I bought Miquon and Singapore Primary Mathematics (Singapore version) The Singapore version did not bother me since I am Asian myself My daughter LOVES Singapore Math and I do too! She does not like too many problems on one page nor too much repetition of the same thing so Singapore Math works well for her
September 18, 2005

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