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Singapore Math FAQ

General FAQ

What is the Singapore math method?

The Singapore math method is a highly effective teaching approach originally developed by Singapore’s Ministry of Education for Singapore public schools in the 1980s. The method has been widely adopted in various forms over the past twenty years following our introduction of the curriculum to the U.S. in 1998. 

Please read more about the essential Singapore math techniques and its proven results here.

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Do you offer professional development?

While we don’t offer professional development directly, we recommend the following trainers and training companies with experience teaching Singapore math.

Our upcoming School Training Workshops and Webinars might also be helpful.

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Dimensions Math® FAQ

Is Dimensions Math aligned with the Common Core State Standards?
Dimensions Math PK–5 is not precisely aligned with the Common Core State Standards, but covers the standards in its own unique progression. The few standards not included in the Textbooks (for example, line plots of measurements to fractions of an inch in Grade 3) are covered in the Teacher’s Guides.

Dimensions Math PK–5 Common Core Standards alignments (PDF)

Dimensions Math 6-8 Common Core Standards alignments (PDF)

What are the components of Dimensions Math PK-5?

The school year is divided into two semesters. There are A and B Textbooks, Workbooks, Teacher’s Guides, and Tests corresponding to the two halves of the school year. There are also online resources.

As an example, this is the complete set for Grade 1:

Dimensions Math Textbook 1A

Dimensions Math Textbook 1B

Dimensions Math Workbook 1A

Dimensions Math Workbook 1B

Dimensions Math Teacher’s Guide 1A

Dimensions Math Teacher’s Guide 1B

Dimensions Math Tests 1A

Dimensions Math Tests 1B

When will all components for all Dimensions Math grades be available?
Do we need both the Textbooks and Workbooks?

Yes. Textbooks contain learning tasks that are central to lessons, as well as practices and reviews to be done in class. Workbooks contain additional practice and independent work, which can be assigned as homework or completed in the classroom.

What is the cost per student per year to use Dimensions Math?

The first year of use, the cost is $48 per student including all necessary Textbooks and Workbooks. In the second year and beyond, the cost is $24 per student (because Textbooks are reusable). This does not include Teacher’s Guides or Tests.

How are lessons structured in DM PK-5?

Each lesson opens with a problem to encourage student curiosity and introduce new concepts. Lessons include discussion and exploration, strategic use of manipulatives, and exercises that progress systematically. 

Workbooks offer independent practice while maintaining the careful progression of exercise variation. They are where students hone their skills, and are a necessary component of the series.

How is Dimensions Math similar to Primary Mathematics?

Dimensions Math 1–5 follows the same Singapore math approach as Primary Mathematics 1–6. It emphasizes the CPA (Concrete, Pictorial, Abstract) progression. It centers on the use of number bonds and bar models to solve word problems, and encourages the mastery of mental math to gain number sense, computational fluency, and logical thinking.

The problem solving processes of the learning tasks deepen and broaden student understanding of concepts (in contrast to the method of simply following an example to solve a similar problem). There is minimal vocabulary and textual information. Concepts are conveyed primarily through images and careful sequencing.

How is Dimensions Math different from Primary Mathematics?

The Dimensions Math program is a cohesive PK-8 series (Primary Mathematics is Grades 1-6). It is an updated version of the Singapore math approach that includes much more material to support educators.

Grades PK-K include specific visualization activities and provide suggestions for small group and center work. Lessons in Grades 1-5 are well-defined and follow a consistent sequence. They begin with a problem for discussion, move to an explanation of the concepts, introduce vocabulary, and provide various approaches to solving the problem. This is followed by a set of learning tasks that extend the concept, ending with a set of problems to assess understanding. 

Textbooks and Workbooks include additional problems. Workbook exercises are differentiated and include basic problems, practice problems, and challenging problems.

Teacher’s Guides are in full color and include reduced-size copies of the textbook and workbook pages for easy reference to every lesson. The Teacher’s Guides give more ideas for differentiation and include math literature suggestions.

What is Dimensions Math 6-8?

The Dimensions Math 6-8 series brings the Singapore math approach to middle school, emphasizing problem solving and empowering students to think mathematically. This rigorous series integrates pre-algebra, algebra, geometry, some trigonometry, and advanced math topics. Learn more here.

What are the components of Dimensions Math 6-8?

The school year is divided into two semesters. Grade 6 includes A and B Textbooks, Workbooks, Teacher’s Guides, and Workbook Solutions corresponding to the two halves of the school year. Grades 7-8 include Textbooks, Workbooks, Teaching Notes and Solutions, and Workbook Solutions for the two halves of the school year.

How are lessons structured in Dimensions Math 6-8?

Lessons begin with a class activity to encourage discovery. Worked examples of new concepts are followed by similar questions for students to solidify their understanding.

Exercises include:

  • Basic Practice: Simple questions that drill comprehension of concepts
  • Further Practice: More challenging questions that involve direct application
  • Challenging Practice: Questions that require synthesis
  • Maths@Work: Questions that apply mathematical concepts to real world situations
  • Brainworks and Enrichment: Questions involving higher order thinking or an open-ended approach to problems.

Each chapter in Grades 7-8 is followed by a review exercise. The Extend Your Learning Curve activity encourages students to consider math outside the classroom with questions requiring sentence or paragraph reflections on their learning experiences.

Dimensions Math At Home™ FAQ

My child is starting the year with the B level. Do I have to buy videos for both grades?

Right now, you can only start with the A level of Grades 3, 4, and 5 as we are rolling out videos over the school year and the B level videos will not be released until later. In the future, you will need to buy both grades separately if you are straddling years and starting with a B set of books. 

I work for a school. How can I get this for my students?

Please email school@singaporemath.com to discuss options, including school discounts, with us directly. 

Can the Lessons at Home subscription be ordered with a purchase order?

You cannot purchase these through a purchase order. If you are with a school, please email school@singaporemath.com and we will walk you through the process of getting multiple subscriptions. 

Will you be releasing videos for Dimensions Math Grades 6-8?

We are reviewing developing lessons for Grades 6-8, but are currently focusing solely on creating videos for Grades 1-5. 

When will Grades 1 and 2 be available?

Grades 1 and 2 will be released in 2021. 

I subscribed to the wrong grade level. Can I make an exchange?

All sales are final, but you may contact Vimeo directly about the possibility of an exchange.