Singapore Math in Saint James, NY
The Singapore Math Program at Harbor Country Day School
Singapore Math is a highly effective teaching approach that focuses on the mastery of mathematical concepts from one grade level to the next. Singapore Math relies on hands-on manipulatives used to explore mathematical concepts, followed by a pictorial representation which the child reasons out, and finishing with the presentation and use of a formula for solving a problem. This last part is referred to as the abstract understanding - when a child can make the connection between reasoning out a problem and applying a formula to solve it. Using number bonds, bar modeling, and mental math, students are able to show relationships between numbers and think through very difficult word problems as they develop deep mathematical reasoning skills. In the exploration phase of understanding a new concept, students are encouraged to solve problems in unique ways and to collaborate to see other ways to problem solve. This produces greater mathematical fluency and mental flexibility.