3-5 Curriculum

Mathematics Curriculum

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Mastery, Not Memorization

Supporters of Singapore math credit the Singaporean methods of instruction and curriculum for its students’ success. Singapore math focuses on children not just learning but also truly mastering a limited number of concepts each school year. The goal is for children to perform well because they understand the material on a deeper level; they are not just learning it for the test.

Students in the same classroom may learn the concepts at different paces, but ultimately they all learn them and help develop their own solid foundation for further math learning. This prevents the need for reteaching as students move to the next grade.

What Type of Students Benefit from Singapore Math? 
There is no guarantee that the Singapore method will make your child a math whiz, but its reliance on understanding number sense, problem solving and conceptual understanding creates a greater depth of knowledge than the traditional drill and kill. Singapore math requires children to understand how something works, like long division. But they’re also going to understand why long division works, not just the how but the why.

Singapore math also relies heavily on visualization. It asks students and teachers to draw a diagram of the concepts going on. .Students  learn to use model drawing to solve those word problems that many of us remember fondly from elementary school. Instead of trying to picture the problem in their heads, then writing out the equation to solve it, students in Singapore math diagram the elements of the word problem. It gives them the tools to decode problems in a systematic yet visual way. 

Why at CCES?

Singapore math, which refers to the teaching methods or the actual curriculum used for kindergarten through sixth grade in the small island country, has become popular due to Singapore’s consistent top ranking on an international assessment of student math achievement called the Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS). In the latest TIMSS report in 2007, Singapore was ranked in the top three in fourth- and eighth-grade math scores, while the United States ranked ninth and eleventh, respectively. At CCES we want our students to be globally competitive which means providing them with the best, in-depth curriculum available. 

(credit: http://www.pbs.org/parents/education/math/math-tips-for-parents/whats-singapore-math/)