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:
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: