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What is Singapore math?

Singapore math refers to the teaching method and curriculum used in Singapore, a nation that consistently ranks at the top of international assessments of student achievement in math. It’s based on a framework developed by Singapore’s Ministry of Education that emphasizes mastery of concepts through dynamic problem solving and communication.

One of the defining features of Singapore math is visualization. The concrete, pictorial, and abstract method underscores real-world application of math. It takes students from hands-on activities to pictorial representations, and finally to numbers.

When we first introduced the world to Singapore math in the late nineties there was one core series for grades 1-6, Primary Mathematics, that encapsulated the approach. We still offer this series and many other titles that represent this effective method. Almost two decades after bringing Singapore math to the U.S., it has become an established part of math education and comes in many forms. We're proud to have started the phenomenon! At Singapore Math Inc. we remain true to the essence of the Singapore approach as we add titles to our collection.

Why Singapore math?

Singapore math is a powerful method with proven results. It provides both instant improvement and long-term mastery. Singapore math teaches students the how and why of foundational math through the steady build of concepts and skills with the goal of preparing them for more advanced topics. The approach is known for its focus on depth over memorization and drill work.

Singapore math is about drawing connections, supporting the thinking process, and instilling comprehensive understanding. It encourages perseverance and naturally gives students confidence as they become equipped to solve problems using many different tools.

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