The Educational Benefits of the Singapore Math Method

The Educational Benefits of the Singapore Math Method

Many parents have been pleased with the Calvert Math method. However, the Singapore Math method has shown notable benefits and gained credibility in the United States through ample anecdotal evidence. This approach to teaching math can make real-world math concepts easier to understand and easier to learn. A successful approach to teaching young children math concepts in-depth can do more than simply teach them a more effective way to approach arithmetic problems; it can actually make young children enjoy the subject.

Typical Learning Curves For Students

More advanced or older children often have to take a step back when transitioning from Calvert Math to Singapore Math.  Singapore Math provides a different approach to learning mathematical concepts. Logically, children at an 8th grade math level do not need to relearn simple concepts such as addition and subtraction. Instead of viewing Singapore Math as a step backward, view it as a way of achieving superior math skills later on.

A Different Approach to Mathematics 

Singapore Math has three primary steps. First, tangible objects are used to demonstrate concepts, such as groups of cubes. Second, students are taught to draw a model of the problem in bar form. Finally, students translate the picture to abstract symbols, such as numbers and signs.  Young children are often able to grasp the method quickly as they have not been taught a markedly different approach to learning math.  However, older children and adults may experience more of a learning curve.  Instead of viewing the learning curve as a setback, view the learning curve as a useful tool. Children in middle school and high school often do not need to learn how to add.  Instead, basic arithmetic is the best way to learn how to utilize a different method of teaching math.

Math Can Be Fun and Approachable

It is not uncommon for adults to underestimate how important making a subject fun and approachable can be for children. The Singapore method is often a more engaging approach to teaching math.  After all, rote memorization and drills can be less than friendly for 3rd and 4th graders.   Singapore Math gives young children that are just learning how to think in an abstract way access to understanding concepts that are not always clear when presented with symbols alone.

Learning to Think In a Different Way

Singapore Math teaches students how to think in a different way.  Arguably, teaching mental flexibility is worth the time. After all, higher-level mathematics is almost purely based on the ability to understand concepts. In other words, mental flexibility can be handy in K-12 math.  However, mental flexibility is often invaluable when learning linear algebra and differential equations.  Working on abstract thinking skills, nonverbal reasoning, and mental flexibility is rarely a waste of time.

Future Capabilities For Students

Many bright students can get through math by memorizing sequential steps and arithmetic.  The Singapore method introduces students to approaching math from a more logical standpoint.  After all, the Singapore method is not a trick to learn how to calculate arithmetic problems more quickly without the use of pencil and paper.  It is a different approach to learning and critical thinking as well as mathematics.