Singapore Primary Math Workbooks are consumable and should be used in conjunction with the textbooks. Containing the exercises the student does independently, workbooks provide the practice essential to skill mastery. A variety of exercises are presented, from pictorial to abstract. This workbook accompanies Primary Math Textbook 1B US Edition. 176 pages, softcover.
I love Singapore Math because it's so easy to use. There are no complicated concepts to teach... just straight forward math the way I was taught as a child. We have only been using it for four months, and both my children (ages 6 and 8) have learned so much! And they beg to do math before any other subjects!
I have a kindergartener who was moving very quickly through math. He is a 6 year old kinder, so I purchased 1A and 1B. He loved math everday and grasped concepts quickly. By the middle of 1B we hit a snag. Singapore math is advanced, so I felt were were working on a 2nd grade level and he just wasn't ready. Not knowing how to continue using Singapore math with him, we took a break and use it sparingly (he is after all, a kindergartener). But I would like to find another curriculum for him next year.
My 3rd grader moved though 2A, 2B and started 3A this year. The mental math component is awesome and he and I are both doing mental math more quickly. He is a hesitant math learner and said he likes Singapore math better than what he did in PS. We'll see how he does on his test scores in 3 weeks.
This is our second year using Singapore Math (US edition) and it has been wonderful. I wanted to point out that THERE IS a Teacher's Manual available for every level. One of the other reviewers mentioned that it would be better if they told you how to teach it in the form of a teacher's guide. You have to purchase it separately, but it is inexpensive and a wonderful resource!
I always buy the work book, text book and teacher guide.
What I love about this program is that it teaches every concept 3 or 4 different ways so one of them is bound to click for your kid if they are struggling to understand a concept. I also love that they use concrete, hands-on activities to teach math to young kids who have a hard time with abstract concepts.
The Singapore Math curriculum has received rave reviews, but in my opinion I found it ok, but that's it...just ok. I would prefer a slightly more scripted lesson and if not that, at least an explanation of how to teach my student, maybe in the form of a teachers guide, or an explanation at the beginning of each section. As a homeschooling mom, this curriculum does not guide me through how to teach a math curriculum. I see how it could be great, if you knew how to teach math.