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Singapore Math® K

There are currently two options for kindergarten from Singapore. The Essential Math workbooks are fairly straight forward, while Earlybird Kindergarten Mathematics is more involved. Essential Math and Earlybird are fairly basic foundations for pre-1st grade work. For 4- and 5-year-olds, Earlybird is more kid-friendly with full color, engagingillustrations in both the textbooks and activity books.

Earlybird Kindergarten Mathematics is not simply a reprint of the older texts by the same name—whereas there was only one bookper semester before (1A and 1B for K4, 2A and 2B for K5), the new series includes a textbook, activity book and teacher's guide for one two-semester school year.The textbooks are similar in content and style to the older editions, while the activity books and teacher's guides offer all-new material.The teacher's guides offer plenty of support for actually teaching the material and for correlating activity and textbook assignments, as well as reduced full student pages with answers; however, the only necessary element is the textbook.

At the bottom of each textbook page are dialog boxes addressed to the teacher describing how to present the concept covered on that page, how to integrate that knowledge with concepts already learned, and how far along the student should be in their understanding. Concepts covered include matching, odered sets, counting, simple measurements, time and money, basic addition and subtraction, etc. This may seem like a lot for pre-grade school kids, but with the help of the teacher's notes in the textbooks or the more extensive information in the teacher's guides you will be able to walk them through each new lesson with ease and clarity. The teacher guides also provide suggestions for incorporating manipulatives with instruction, making this the only Singapore kindergarten book to include manipulative activities as part of the course.

Sample Pages:

Textbook A Unit 1: Match and Sort
Textbook A Unit 2: Numbers to 5
Textbook A Unit 10: Compare Sets

The Essential Math books essentially follow the method of the Earlybird textbooks: students complete a lesson after being walked through by the teacher who takes her cue from notes in small print at the bottom of each page. These worktexts are less appealing—just black and white drawings—but the activities offer more variety of participation, including pages to color, pictures to draw, etc. There are no supplementary teacher materials here, but you shouldn't need them; you'll be able to correct your students' work without a key, and lessons are all but scripted in the notes on each page.

Sample Pages:

Book A Unit 4 - Count to 5
Book A Unit 7 - Number Order
Book A Unit 14 - Equal Sets
Book B Unit 17 - Compare Numbers
Book B Unit 20 - Number Bonds
Book B Unit 23 - Subtraction

Our Honest Opinion:

Both of these options are good choices—which one you pick depends largely on your teaching style rather than onhow much your child already knows. The authors don't waste a lot of time trying to get kids to like math (though they are no less enjoyable than most other texts for the same age), their goal is rather to ensure that kids understand math and have a firm foundation on which to build their knowledge. Like the rest of the math products available from Singapore, we highly recommend these.

Review by C. Hollis Crossman
C. Hollis Crossman used to be a child. Now he is a husband and father, teaches adult Sunday school in his Presbyterian congregation, and likes weird stuff. He might be a mythical creature, but he's definitely not a centaur.Read more of his reviews here.

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Earlybird Kindergarten Mathematics - Set of 10 Readers
by Yeap Ban Har
from Marshall Cavendish Education
in Singapore Math® K (Location: B05-01A)
Earlybird Kindergarten Mathematics A - Activity Book
Standards Edition from Marshall Cavendish Education
for Kindergarten
in Singapore Math® K (Location: B05-01A)
Earlybird Kindergarten Mathematics A - Activity Book CC
Common Core Edition from Marshall Cavendish Education
for Kindergarten
in Primary Mathematics (Common Core) (Location: B05-04A)
Earlybird Kindergarten Mathematics A - Teacher's Guide
Standards Edition from Marshall Cavendish Education
for Kindergarten
in Singapore Math® K (Location: B05-01A)
Earlybird Kindergarten Mathematics A - Teacher's Guide CC
Common Core from Marshall Cavendish Education
for Kindergarten
in Primary Mathematics (Common Core) (Location: B05-04A)
Earlybird Kindergarten Mathematics A - Textbook
Standards Edition from Marshall Cavendish Education
for Kindergarten
in Singapore Math® K (Location: B05-01A)
Earlybird Kindergarten Mathematics A - Textbook CC
Common Core Edition from Marshall Cavendish Education
for Kindergarten
in Primary Mathematics (Common Core) (Location: B05-04A)
Earlybird Kindergarten Mathematics B - Activity Book
Standards Edition from Marshall Cavendish Education
for Kindergarten
in Singapore Math® K (Location: B05-01A)
Earlybird Kindergarten Mathematics B - Activity Book CC
Common Core from Marshall Cavendish Education
for Kindergarten
in Primary Mathematics (Common Core) (Location: B05-04A)
Earlybird Kindergarten Mathematics B - Teacher's Guide
Standards Edition from Marshall Cavendish Education
for Kindergarten
in Singapore Math® K (Location: B05-01A)
Earlybird Kindergarten Mathematics B - Teacher's Guide CC
Common Core from Marshall Cavendish Education
for Kindergarten
in Primary Mathematics (Common Core) (Location: B05-04A)
Earlybird Kindergarten Mathematics B - Textbook
Standards Edition from Marshall Cavendish Education
for Kindergarten
in Singapore Math® K (Location: B05-01A)
Earlybird Kindergarten Mathematics B - Textbook CC
Common Core from Marshall Cavendish Education
for Kindergarten
in Primary Mathematics (Common Core) (Location: B05-04A)
Essential Math Kindergarten A
from Singapore Math
for Kindergarten
in Singapore Math® K (Location: B05-01A)
Essential Math Kindergarten B
from Singapore Math
for Kindergarten
in Singapore Math® K (Location: B05-01A)