One of the most interesting things to come out of COVID-19 is the mass migration to homeschooling for the 2020 school year. Whether you call yourself a temporary, impromptu, or accidental homeschooler, welcome!
Almost all first time homeschoolers are transitioning from other math programs, which means many of the same concerns and questions come up. This guide addresses those.
Where do I begin?
As long as you spend just a little bit of time on these two steps, you will set yourself up for a great homeschool math experience.
Which program is suitable for homeschool?
All of our Singapore math programs are suitable for homeschool, and have been used with great success by the homeschool community for years. Our two main programs, Dimensions Math PK-8 and Primary Mathematics 1-6, each come with their own advantages.
Essentially, Primary Mathematics is our original series and has decades of proven success. It’s often what people think of when they think of Singapore math. Dimensions Math PK-8 is our newer series which we created to improve on aspects of the Singapore math experience. It features better design and more comprehensive teaching resources, all while maintaining the methods and rigor of the Singaopre math approach. These days, most homeschoolers who have tried both prefer Dimensions Math. It’s delightful to use!
Dimensions Math or Primary Mathematics?
Placement & Grade Levels
Our grade levels align with those of U.S. schools. For example, Dimensions Math 1A and 1B are for first grade. Primary Mathematics 2A and 2B are for second grade.
However, giving your child a placement test is essential to ensuring success.
Many students start one half grade behind when they switch to Singapore math. For example, a student starting Grade 5 might begin with 4B. This is totally okay! Erring on the side of review allows for a gentler transition. It gives room for settling back into the rhythm of school, which seems to be universally needed as school closures over Spring 2019 meant one very long summer break this year.
Why are there A and B books?
Our programs divide the school year into two halves, or semesters: A and B.
What are all the books I’d need for one year of Dimensions Math?
As an example, the complete year of Dimensions Math Grade 1 core materials includes 6 books: Dimensions Math Textbook 1A, Dimensions Math Workbook 1A, Dimensions Math Teacher’s Guide 1A, Dimensions Math Textbook 1B, Dimensions Math Workbook 1B, Dimensions Math Teacher’s Guide 1B
You may optionally add Tests. In this case, the year would be rounded out by: Dimensions Math Tests 1A, Dimensions Math Tests 1B
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What are the books I need for one year of Primary Mathematics?
You will need the A and B Textbooks and Workbooks. We highly recommend having some sort of teaching support in the form of Home Instructor’s Guides (designed for homeschool use) or Teacher’s Guides.
As an example, Primary Mathematics for Grade 1 would include all these titles: Primary Mathematics Textbook 1A, Primary Mathematics Workbook 1A, Primary Mathematics Home Instructor’s Guide 1A, Primary Mathematics Textbook 1B, Primary Mathematics Workbook 1B, Primary Mathematics Home Instructor’s Guide 1B
What do we do for Kindergarten?
We have several Kindergarten options, including Dimensions Math, Essential Math, and Earlybird Math. Dimensions Math Kindergarten is the most substantial option, and we recommend it even if you plan to use Primary Mathematics from Grade 1 and above.
What manipulatives do I need?
Do I need the Teacher’s Guides for Dimensions Math?
At the earlier grade levels (Kindergarten and younger) it is not necessary to have a Teacher’s Guide. The Teacher’s Guides for PK-K focus a lot on classroom activities and group play, which is less relevant for most homeschoolers. The topics are simple enough that you probably don’t need a lot of instruction on how to teach them. Still, they offer fun activity ideas and definitely do enrich the program.
For Grade 1 and above, a Teacher’s Guide is necessaryl. Not only do Teacher’s Guides give you background information, teaching notes, and activities, they also include all answers for Textbooks and Workbooks.
We will be coming out with Dimensions Math Home Instructor Guides for Grades 1-5 in 2021. Until then, consider Teacher’s Guides an excellent home resource even if some of it does not pertain to one-on-one teaching.
Is Dimensions Math Common Core aligned?
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.