Primary Math US 3A Textbook

Primary Math US 3A Textbook

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ISBN: 9789810185022
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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 Primary Math (K-6):

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 copyright dates.

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.

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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helping grandchildren who are not in school
Charles C on Aug 7, 2020
Recommended by friend
Rhiannon M on Apr 4, 2020
helping grandchildren who are not in school
Charles C on Aug 7, 2020
great math course, in stock here and free shipping
Rob W on Jul 30, 2020
Recommended by friend
Rhiannon M on Apr 4, 2020
Great review and supplemental workbook! I use RightStart Math primarily but this give my kids extra practice.
jennifer d on Feb 5, 2020
What a great concise math curriculum. It gets straight to the point! Shows you and your child the how and why and has a great workbook to accompany the lessons. It isn't super repetitive and is great for all styles of learning.
Jenna C on Aug 13, 2019
I enjoy Singapore math books because the concepts are relevant to today's math curriculum in easy to teach and easy to understand methods.
Olivia Z on May 29, 2019
Our family and friends have solid foundation in using this program and my daughter needs a math approach with more pictorial instruction.
Renee J on May 1, 2019
We've used Primary Math US in levels 1A-2B and have really enjoyed this program. I love how Singapore Math teaches students not only how to find the answer... but why & how math actually works the way it works. It has helped my boys grow in their "mental math" capabilities so much! We're happy to continue with this curriculum.
Alicia C on Mar 9, 2019
Highly recommended
Ronnie S on Jan 7, 2019
I've used it in the past with 3 of my kids and I have 3 more to go.
Rebecca K on Nov 13, 2018
I need it for a college math class for elementary teachers.
Carley W on Aug 27, 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
We used Singapore Math for second grade and loved it, so we are moving on with the third grade book this year!
Hope P on Aug 8, 2018
We've used several different math programs, but we always come back to Singapore. Kids come away with a better understanding of the WHY, not just the HOW of doing math. One of my sons wanted to try public school, so he went to school for his 4th-grade year. His teacher told me that he had never had a student who understood math so well. Thank you, Singapore Math!
Michelle B on Jul 7, 2018
I prefer to follow the concept sequence as presented in the originally Singapore math, instead of common core.
wendy k on Mar 27, 2018
Having read so many reviews I settled on this curriculum to pick up after RightStart Math C ... we needed a little more practice and a little less of me talking and directing the learning ;0) My boys were ready for a change. We've coupled it with Beast Academy for variety.
ROSANNA G on Mar 26, 2018
My son has used Singapore math since level 1A. I find it to be a thorough, mental math and easily implemented at home.
Melinda H on Feb 21, 2018
I believe Primary Mathematics provides my kids with a solid foundation in math.
Cynthia W on Nov 11, 2017
My older son uses Singapore and will need this soon.
Julianne D on Aug 23, 2017
home school math
Ashley H on Aug 21, 2017
Going to try this out and see how it works
Leslie A C on Jun 25, 2016
Excellent math program! It introduces concepts smoothly and keeps adding complexity slowly while reinforcing prior concepts.
Anastasha A on Dec 5, 2015
great math course, in stock here and free shipping
Rob W on Jul 30, 2020
Great review and supplemental workbook! I use RightStart Math primarily but this give my kids extra practice.
jennifer d on Feb 5, 2020
4.4 / 5.0
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Rated 5 out of 5
Excellent Program
Singapore Math does an excellent job of slowly adding concepts while reviewing regularly.
February 9, 2016
over 5 years ago
Rated 2 out of 5
A bit confusing
I am not a fan of this math curriculum. It is a bit confusing. We are using it but as a supplement.
November 6, 2015
over 5 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Working well for us!
We love this Singapore math. Each of my three enjoy math most of the time using this curriculum. I love the way it teaches them to manipulate numbers and gives them good understanding of the concepts. At first I was nervous because it is notably different from the math I grew up doing (BJU and Saxon). I was also concerned by the pacing but after using it for three years all those concerns are gone, and I can't see using any other math curriculum in our homescool. (We also use cuisenaire rods as a hands-on supplement.)
October 29, 2015
over 5 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
I was intrigued by this curriculum because as everyone knows Singapore scores really high in academics and on test scores That is what initially drew me to the programThe text itself is not very aesthetically pleasing the content is very straightforward and to the point which is good if you have a student who enjoys math or is a quick learner They offer books with extra practice for those students who need it I found the home instructors guide to be very essential especially from book 3b and onSome teacher prep is necessary but very little It is an advanced program Since my daughter is a visual and hands on learner we will not be returning to the program I would not recommend it for those types But would definitely recommend it for other learning styles If you do decide to go with it taking the placement test would be very helpful
August 27, 2009
Rated 5 out of 5
At first the thin paperback texts and workbooks of Singapore Math appear rather cheap but this inexpensive program is definitely "more than meets the eye"!! The graphics are rather plain and the pages are printed in only two colors This is much less distracting than the overly colorful pictures in so many other textbooks The consumable workbooks are great for children with less developed motor skills Most children will need extra drillwork to memorize facts but this program has the most intense "word problems" I've seen yet! They force the student to really THINK There are also enough "game like" activities to provide interest Your child will know how to apply math in real-life situations after using this program! My advice: Back up AT LEAST one full year from your currect grade (especially if you were in public school) My fifth graders started in 3A and my seventh grade daughter started in 5A 5A had a LOT of work in geometry that my daughter had not been exposed to in public school and 5B had completely new material for her She should finish 6A & 6B later this year and have an excellent foundation to begin Algebra
January 23, 2004

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