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jujudalu



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Hello

I am thinking of changing my son's math curriculum from MUS to Singapore Math. He turned 9 years old in early October. We do not live in the States so I am not sure how that translates into grades.

What would be the best way to transition him into SM given that the method of instruction is so different. My concern is that a placement test might indicate his mathematical knowledge but not the "out of the box" skills that SM is supposed to impart. I am not sure if that makes any sense. In other words, if SM has a particular way of getting to an answer, won't there be foundational lessons earlier on? Also, MUS focuses on one skill per book.

What resources would you recommend and which editions? There are all sorts of different books available when you start to look.

Many thanks

Julia
Tue Dec 06, 2011 11:02 am View user's profile Send private message
Everett Buyarski



Joined: 20 Oct 2008
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Julia, we'll be using the Standards edition of Singapore as we work toward implementing it in our program. I would definitely start with the placement tests, as they'll give you an idea of where you fit into their program. Based on that, I would recommend starting there and seeing how it goes. It is possible you'll find needing to work backwards a small ways, but I'd rather start where it places you and then order slightly earlier stuff than ordering a whole bunch of earlier stuff and finding out you definitely don't need it. SM also has some great supplements depending on the ability of the child, ranging from remedial help to extra practice, to challenging word problems.
Wed Dec 07, 2011 9:47 am View user's profile Send private message
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