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Good and bad. It really depends on the child's learning style. It works great for some and not at all for others. Singapore is generally very good for kids who are naturally great at math. It's easy to accelerate the pace if necessary. It might be hard for kids who struggle with math, but again, some like it. You can do an assessment online to figure out where to start. It encourages mental math more than others (some are mostly hands-on math). It also has fewer practice problems than others usually do, so if you want something with plenty of practice, this isn't it. If you want something that moves quickly, this may work.
We love Singapore math. We tried MUS and several other programs but Singapore math has worked the best for our son.
My son answer:
I love singapore math!!! I love that it has kid cartoons that help you out (explain things). I love that there's catoons on the test but it doesn't help you out. (We use reviews as tests.) Singapore math tells you the answer. (The text goes step by step through how to do the math before giving questions to answer. We do this part orally.)
Last edited by Miguels mommy; February 21st, 2010 at 07:24 AM.
I thought there were a number of extra practice books for Singapore but they may be more of a 'taking it further' kind of thing .. I really thought there was a general extra practice kind of book though .. of course, it's been so long since I was reading up on it so .. I do recall that in the earlier grades at least the manipulatives called for were few and simple which I personally liked but I guess might not be enough hands on work for some children.