Earlybird Math Basic Manipulatives Package
This package includes the following items:
Bright, colorful workbooks, optional activity books, solid progression of first readiness skills (K4) and then introductory arithmetic skills all tied together with a user-friendly teacher guide. This is the Earlybird Kindergarten program - two levels (A & B) that can be used either as separate K4 and K5 programs (one book per year) or with quicker pacing as a kindergarten program (both books in one year). An adaptation of the original Earlybird math, the program has been slightly modified to align to Common Core. Mathematical concepts are systematically presented and reinforced using a concrete to pictorial to abstract approach.
The Textbooks (A & B) include the actual instruction and can be used independently of the corresponding Activity Book or the Teacher Guide. Each page has instructional notes at the bottom which are lightly scripted and labeled Introduction (manipulatives-based), Development, or Consolidation. Level A (8 units) covers matching/sorting; numbers to 5; to 10; ordering numbers; shapes; patterns; comparing sets; and measurements. Level B (7 units) covers comparing numbers to 10; numbers to 20; number bonds to 10; addition to 10; subtraction to 10; addition/subtraction; and numbers to 100. Review pages at the end of each unit serve as assessments. Math at Home tear-out sheets included with each book are designed to involve the family in learning activities. Manipulatives used by these books include: linking cubes, counters, domino cards, craft sticks, and geometric shapes.
The Activity Books add an element of hands on activities - and fun! Units parallel the textbooks and have a nice variety of coloring, pasting, writing, and games. Each book includes twenty-ish sets of cutouts in the back that are used in conjunction with a few of the book pages. The books coordinate with the Readers (from the Standards Edition) but can be used either independently of all the other components or as a companion to the Textbooks. Since the Readers are adaptations of familiar children's rhymes and stories, the Activity Books can even be used with books from the library or your own shelves. Big Books are mentioned in the TG in relation to the Activity Books but are not necessary and not sold by us.
The Teacher Guide ties everything together, providing reduced copies (with answers) of all student pages in both the Textbooks and the Activity Books. Each set of detailed lesson plans includes objectives, listing of CC standards applied, materials, vocabulary list, and the teaching sequence. Although these parallel and duplicate the instructions found in the Textbooks, the overall organization is a little clearer because you see how the unit pages work together to provide the Introduction, Development, Consolidation, Practice, and Conclusion parts of the various lessons. A number of resources are found in the back of the TG and include: complete listing of the CCSS for kindergarten, the K program curriculum map, reproducible masters for many of the manipulatives (such as domino cards) and additional activity sheets (patterns, picture cards, geometric nets). 225 pgs, spiral-bound.
All in all, this is a well constructed kindergarten math program, designed to prepare the child well for Primary Math (or any elementary math program). Frankly, the student books are delightful with colorful, engaging - almost entertaining - graphical representations of people and animals. The various options (with/without Activity Books; with/without Teacher Guides) give you a lot of flexibility in terms of expense without any real sacrifices in terms of actual mathematical instruction. Obviously using both the Activity Books and the TGs will round-out and make the program more full-bodied, but the actual mathematical instruction is still strong using just the Textbooks. ~ Janice
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 copyright dates. Includes the Earlybird Kindergarten Math CC program.
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 will be phased out. 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.
Dimensions Math (7-8) is an updated and more colorful version that is now aligned to the CCSS. It’s also 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