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Below is a guide to help new users of
Singapore Math® curriculum decide where to start implementing Singapore Math® at home is easy! Here are some tips to selecting the series that works best for you.


Choose Essential Math, or an edition of Earlybird Kindergarten : Standards Edition or Common Core Edition.

Essential Math is a good choice for homeschoolers.

Earlybird Kindergarten Mathematics is the most popular curriculum used in schools. It comes in a Standards Edition and a Common Core Edition, which covers fewer topics.

Optional readers: 10 small books with stories (not the "big books" for the classroom).

Note: Book A lays a good foundation and is simple enough for 4-year-olds. Not all kindergarteners that can do book B are ready for Primary Mathematics 1, which requires the ability to think abstractly.

Earlybird Kindergarten Mathematics and Essential Math can be used together.

Please visit the Kindergarten FAQ for more information.

Grades 1-6
Step 1 Understand the core curriculum.

Primary Mathematics is the Singapore Math® core curriculum for grades 1-6. It consists of a textbook and workbook for each half of the year (A and B), so a total of 4 books for each grade. The textbook is used during the lesson, and the workbook is for independent practice.

Step 2 Choose an edition of Primary Mathematics : U.S. Edition , Standards Edition , or Common Core Edition.

Please visit the Primary Mathematics FAQ for more information. For differences in topics covered, please visit Scope and Sequence.

You can switch between editions from year to year, but books within a single grade must be from the same edition for consistency.

Step 3 Choose a grade.

Students starting grade 1 use Primary Mathematics 1A and 1B.

Students starting grades 2-6, should take an assessment test for accurate placement. Note that these tests cover the content at that level, and it is helpful to start them 2 grades behind your student's current grade as other math programs are often not as advanced. If you need further assistance in interpreting the test results, email our curriculum advisor.

Step 4 Choose a teacher's guide for your student's level.

A Home Instructor's Guide or Teacher's Guide is highly recommended. You do not need both. Not all teaching information is in the textbook. Textbooks and workbooks do not contain answer keys. Answers are available in the guides.

Step 5 Choose supplementary books or manipulatives.

These are optional and you may add them at any time according to student needs.

Please visit the Supplementary Math FAQ for more information.

Suggested manipulatives are listed here.

If you want supplementary books for practice and do not want to teach new concepts or a full curriculum, choose a supplementary title from a level at or below the highest level of the assessment test your student was completed.

Grades 7-8
Step 1 Choose Dimensions Math or New Elementary Mathematics.

Dimensions Math is newer and based on material currently used in Singapore.

New Elementary Mathematics is an older series, and quite challenging. It has not been adapted in any way for use in the U.S

Please visit the Secondary Math FAQ for more information.

Step 2 Choose a grade.

If your student is ready for pre-algebra, and has a good foundation in math, use Dimensions Math 7. One way to be sure that the student is ready is if he or she can complete the Standards edition 5A and 5B assessment tests easily.

If your student has already done a pre-algrebra course, then he/she can use Dimensions Math 8.

Students who need more support should use Primary Mathematics Standards Edition 5A and 5B, along with the Home Instructor's Guide to prepare for Dimensions Math 7A and 7B.

Step 3 Consider optional material.

Workbooks provide additional practice.

The New Elementary Mathematics series offers a Teacher's Manual and Solutions Manual. The Dimensions Math series offers Teaching Notes and Solutions for the textbook and Teacher's Edition for the workbook.

After Grade 8

We no longer offer textbooks for higher grades. Dimensions Math 8A and 8B covers the topics in a first-year algebra course. After finishing it, students are ready for a second-year algebra or geometry text.