Our curriculum is Singapore Math. It is the math curriculum used in Singapore, whose students are ranked among the top preforming mathematics students in the world. The "Teach less, learn more" approach narrows the number of topics introduced to students each year and focuses on mastery of those concepts. This curriculum also emphasizes several big ideas about how students learn math. They are not just learning math skills. Instead, they are learning skills that will benefit them in all aspects of life. Singapore math looks at how and why we do things and asks students to use inquiry, collaboration, and reflection for real world learning.
What are the big ideas of Singapore math?
Visualization - students are asked to picture problems and think about what they are being asked to do
Making connections - students look for patterns to help generalize their learning
Communication - students are encouraged to talk about problems, strategies, questions, and ideas with their classmates
Problem solving - students are asked to solve multi-step, real life problems and are encouraged to use their own ideas to work through these problems
Number sense - students must develop a strong understanding of numbers and their relationships
Mental math - students will participate in mental math activities to promote fluency and automaticity while improving their memory
What will Singapore math lessons look like?
Singapore math uses a concrete - pictoral - abstract approach to learning. All lessons will be introduced using manipulatives. The students will use these manipulatives to help them understand and "act out" problems. Students will then move to the pictoral stage. Pictures will be used to represent concepts and demonstrate understanding. Finally, students will moved to the abstract stage, where they will be asked to solve problems without manipulatives or pictures provided for them. Throughout the lessons, students will be asked to talk about their learning and ideas with other students, as well as reflect on their own learning.
How can you help support student learning at home?
It is very important that students be able to talk about math and their learning. Please read over the parent letters that come home and check the "What's New in 304?" section of the website for information about topics and vocabulary being taught each week. Ask your child about what they are learning and expect them to use vocabulary appropriately. You can also refer to the website list below for additional information and resources.