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General FAQ

  1. What is Singapore Math?
    Singapore Math Inc. introduced math textbooks from Singapore to the U.S. in 1998 and customers started referring to our company and our math books as "Singapore Math." To learn more, click here

  2. Do you have a walk-in bookstore?
    No, but we maintain a list of distributors that carry our books. Click here to see the list of U.S. distributors and here to see the list of Canadian distributors.

  3. How do I place an order?
    Please order online through our website. For school ordering, please go to school information.

  4. Do you take orders over the phone?
    We only accept online orders.

  5. When do orders ship?
    We ship all in-stock items within 1-2 business days.

  6. Do you have an online community?
    Yes. Please visit the Singapore Math® forum or join the Singapore Math® Curriculum Users Group on facebook.

  7. Do you ship to APO/AE addresses?

  8. Do you ship outside of the United States and Canada?
    No, we do not. Some of our distributors, such as Inquisicorp (Sonlight) and Rainbow Resources, do.
    Click here for a list of distributors.

  9. Why did you create Dimensions Math® PK-5?
    We created the Dimensions Math® series to provide schools looking for a Singapore math program with more options. Dimensions Math was written by a team of teachers and teacher trainers that have more than 100 years of combined experience teaching and training with the Singapore approach. From their experience, they saw where teachers and students could benefit from a slightly different explanation, a slower pace, or more practice around key topics. Dimensions Math maintains the rigor and approach of the Singapore math method, but is written for today’s North American educators. Dimensions Math is also priced more reasonably, giving more schools and more students access to an effective elementary mathematics program.

Comparison with other math programs

  1. How do Singapore Math® programs compare with other math programs?
    Singapore Math® programs offer a balance between creative problem solving and drills. Customers who have used other programs often think that the Singapore approach builds to more abstract math concepts in a more rational way and often more quickly. Other positive feedback indicates that the Singapore approach encourages better problem solving skills and creative thinking.

  2. Do Singapore Math® programs use the incremental, spiral or unit-style approach?
    The curriculum carried by Singapore Math Inc. does not conform strictly to any of the above approaches. The strong point of the Singapore approach is its clear and multi-pronged presentation of concepts. There is an effective mix of drill, word problems and mental calculation instruction connected to all important concepts. While typical U.S. curricula touch on a larger number of topics superficially, the programs we carry present the core math curriculum in a way that better prepares students for higher math.

  3. How is math drilled in Singapore?
    Individual teachers approach the process of oral drill and use of manipulatives differently. There is great emphasis on homework and practice

Model Drawing

  1. What is Model Drawing all about?

    A main feature of the Singapore approach is a concrete to pictorial to abstract approach. The series we carry, Dimensions Math® PK-5 and Primary Mathematics, teach a problem solving technique in which students use pictorial models. This approach is often called the model approach. In the model approach, students draw bar diagrams to represent problem situations. This allows students to visually relate various information to an unknown amount, and helps them determine which mathematical expressions are useful in solving the problem. You can learn more about model drawing and bar diagrams in the book The Singapore Model Method for Learning Mathematics, found in our online store.

    The purpose of drawing the models is not to encourage students to follow specific rules, but to understand the concepts and choose a good problem solving method. For complex problems, several strategies are possible, and drawing the model allows the student to visualize a good strategy. Drawing bar models is a valuable tool for solving non-routine problems. These problems might also be solved using algebra, but for children at the primary level a model approach can be preferable since it is less abstract.

    The model approach is most effective when integrated throughout the program. Model drawing can be used across different levels, and is a strong link to algebra in the secondary level. Students in grades 1 and 2 use number bond diagrams to solve simple word problems before they are ready to draw proportional bars in higher levels.

    A commonly used strategy is to draw units or divide a bar into units, equate the number of units to a quantity, which is either given or calculated from other quantities given in the problem, form a proportion statement, and finally to use a unitary or proportion method to get the answer. In the Singapore approach, a unitary method is used in understanding and solving fraction, percentage, ratio, and rate problems, without necessarily drawing a bar model. Other pictorial methods are used in the program to help students understand concepts.

    The model approach, while an integral part of Singapore mathematics, represents just one part of the program. There are many other benefits when using Dimensions Math® PK-5 or Primary Mathematics.

Math Support

Please use the following tools to assess which products will best serve your students.

  1. Sample pages and tables of content (on each product page)
  2. Scope and sequence charts
  3. Online forum

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