One of the newest (and probably one of the most effective too) addition to our school children’s curriculum is the Singapore Math.

What is Singapore Math?

Most schools here in the Philippines use the traditional (and tedious) teaching method in teaching Mathematics and the different disciplines that go with it. Students are made to memorize multiplication tables without understanding what these mean. Children are at a loss when faced with word problems though this requires understanding and comprehension of the word problem itself.

Schools who have traditional ways of teaching children have introduced ways to make learning math easier. One of these changes is to introduce Singapore Math in the curriculum. Even those exclusive traditional schools have jumped in this new trend though I will not name what these schools are.

To give an idea what entails Singapore Math, here is a word problem that children in the elementary mid-level (3rd – 4th grades) encounter:

Sample of Singapore Math age word problem

The blocks I drew represent the ages in the word problem and from there, everything else follows like multiplying each block by 2 to be able to get the correct answer.

The answer below my block drawings is my son’s answer. How he got that is his own method of understanding numbers. Permit me a little proud mom moment: this son of mine knows his way around numbers.

For parents, teachers, school administrators and for those who are curious what Singapore Math is all about, here is you chance to know more about Singapore Math by attending the 2nd Singapore Math festival in the Philippines.

Here are the details for the 2nd Singapore Math Festival in the Philippines:

SINGAPORE MATH and THE K-12 Curriculum: complements and supplements”
WHAT : Once again, as significant changes are sweeping the Philippine educational landscape, the 2nd Singapore Math Learning Festival is poised to present exciting innovations in the education industry.

This school year the Department of Education started the implementation of the K-12 program, extending basic education until the 12th grade. In this program, students are given more time to master essential skills and competencies and discover their potentials as individuals, thereby making them better prepared to pick a course in college or a job in the workforce.

In line with this initiative, private schools are now making adjustments in their curriculum to implement the K-12 program in their schools.

In the field of mathematics, students from Singapore have consistently topped the Trends in International Math and Science Studies (TIMSS). The technique used by Singapore schools in teaching and learning mathematics is so effective that more and more schools in the Philippines are adopting this “Singapore Math” method into their curriculum.

The 2nd Singapore Math Learning Festival: The conference will once again feature Dr. Queena Lee-Chua, Math Professor and multi-awarded educator, with her son Scott L. Chua, multi-awarded student and Carlos Palanca Awardee. Notable speakers from schools who have adopted Singapore Math will also share their experiences and offer fresh, new instructional ideas in using this technique in teaching mathematics.


WHERE: Crowne Plaza Hotel, Ortigas corner ADB Ave, Ortigas Center, Quezon City

WHEN: Saturday | 9 February 2013 | 8:00 am to 5:30 pm

WHO may attend:
• School Administrators (Owners, Principals)
• Teachers (Faculty Members, Education Students)
• Parents (Guardians and other Stakeholders)

8:00 am – 9:00 am Registration

9:00 am – 9:15 am Opening Ceremony Ma. Rowena J. Matti, CEO, Galileo Enrichment Learning Program

9:15 am – 10:00 am Keynote Address Br. Armin A. Luistro FSC Secretary, Department of Education

10:00 am – 12:00 pm Plenary Lecture Queena N. Lee-Chua, Ph.D. Multi-awarded educator, Full Professor, Ateneo de Manila University with Scott L. Chua Multi-awarded Student, Xavier School and Carlos Palanca Awardee

12:00 pm – 1:15 pm LUNCH and EXHIBITS

1:15 pm – 2:45 pm Plenary Lecture Dr. Vicente Chua Reyes Jr. Professor, National Institute of Education, Singapore

2:45 pm – 3:15 pm BREAK (Move to session of choice)

3:15 pm – 4:45 pm Concurrent Learning Sessions

A. Singapore Math: Basics and Beyond
(For Teachers/Parents/Administrators)

B. Meaningful Math at Home and Elsewhere
(For Teachers/Parents)

C. Running Out of Ideas for Program Suppliementation? Find Help in Singapore Math
(For Teachers/Parents/Administrators)

D. Singapore Math Manipulatives and Activities to Enhance Math Skills
(For Teachers/Parents)

E. Strategies that CLICK: Using innovative activities in teaching Geometry and Fractions
(For Teachers)

F. How Singapore Math Builds a Solid Foundation For Algebraic Success
(For Teachers)

G. Real Life Project Based Learning: Extending Meaning in Math
(For Teachers/Administrators)

H. Program Essentials: Nuts & Bolts of Singapore Math Program Implementation in Schools

5:00 pm – 5:30 pm (Return to Ballroom for Closing Ceremonies) Singapore Math Class in Action!

• A video demonstration of Singapore Math instruction

• Questions & Answers

Closing Remarks

Claiming of Certificates

RAFFLE DRAWS in between.
Program changes are possible without prior notice.

SUPER SAVER P 2,500Until October 31, 2012 (save 29%!)
EARLY BIRD P 2,995 Nov 1 – 30, 2012
REGULAR RATE P 3,500 Dec 1, 2012 – Feb 9, 2013

Certificate of Attendance, topic references and workshop materials, lunch and morning/afternoon snacks.

Download Registration Form from or call +632 845.1234 to get a copy.

Submit the accomplished Registration Form, copy of School ID and current school registration (if student) to or fax to +632.845.1234.

Deposit payment to BPI bank account, details as follows:
Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI) – San Lorenzo, Makati Branch.
Account Name: Galileo Enrichment Learning Program Inc.
Current Account No: 1811-0001-12

• To confirm your reservation, fax validated bank deposit slip together with accomplished registration form to +632.845.1234 or email to

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11 Nov, 2012 @ 2:16 pm
bertN said:

I was one of those students who were forced to memorize the multiplication table. The knowledge serves me well to this day of modern gizmos.

Btw, I’m not a stranger to word problems myself and the knowledge of the multiplication table helped, rather than hindered me. I guess it all depends on how a student’s mind is molded. I was lucky I had teachers like you during my student days.

14 Nov, 2012 @ 6:45 am
julie said:

Yes, it is rather helpful if this multiplication table is memorized especially when one has no access to the “accessories” needed to figure out the answer and the needs could arise in unexpected places like the school canteen or the school bookstore 😀

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