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This consumable student workbook is part of the Math in Focus: The Singapore Approach curriculum series. Book 3A, this workbook accompanies Math in Focus' Math in Focus Singapore Grade 3, Book A, and provides opportunities for practice, assessment, and skill-development. Cheery illustrations and easy-to-understand text give kids a fun atmosphere to work in. This book's exercises focus on numbers/addition/subtraction to 10,000, mental math & estimation, bar models, multiplication tables, and division . Each chapter includes "Put on Your Thinking Cap" problem solving exercises and often a math journal exercise. 200 perforated pages, softcover. Grade 3. Student Book A.
Please Note: This product is only available for purchase by homeschools, consumers, and public institutions.
Vendor: Saxon Publishing
Publication Date: 2009
Availability: In Stock
Series: Math in Focus
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DRCA5 Stars Out Of 5MIF - A Balanced ReviewAugust 21, 2015DRCAQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5After seeing the only review here was a negative one I felt the need to speak up. Yes, this curriculum has the Common Core stamp of approval. It clearly shows in the image for the product and in the samples available. Giving a product a low review because you didn't do your homework before purchasing is in poor taste, in my opinion.
That said, Math In Focus is a wonderfully thorough program, modeled on the Singapore Math program. The student text is in color (unlike the original Singapore program), which may or may not appeal to you. These workbooks are not in color, but the images match those in the student text.
We have used this program for 2 years, and are starting our third and I am thoroughly impressed. It places focus on mental math and the bar models that are used to illustrate the problems help to concrete the ideas. I will admit that the bar models bugged me at first, and I don't make my kids draw them for the workbook problems if they know how to do the math, but they are fantastic for explaining the associated concepts in a concrete way.
The only negative - There are a few activities that are better suited for classrooms with more than a few children, as this is a commercial textbook. We just modify those or skip them altogether. Also, the teachers manual suggests that some lessons need 2 or 3 days. We usually just go at our own pace. Often we finish these multiple day lessons in one day, and then stretch others (depending on comprehension) over multiple days. We have also found that memorizing skip counting (like with Catholic Schoolhouse or Classical Conversations songs) really helped speed the understanding of the multiplication lessons.
Please don't let the negative review (apparently based only upon a Common Core logo on the cover) dissuade you from looking into this curriculum. Certainly, there is no one "perfect" program for every student, but this is definitely a very solid program, and I have been pleased with my children's growth in mathematical ability while using it.
I would suggest that there are areas where concern over common core is quite valid, but it is very much worth understanding exactly what it is and what it adds or subtracts from a program that you oppose before vilifying specific curriculum for having a label. This curriculum is available used with older copyright dates. We used student books with pre-Common Core copyright dates last year, and they still aligned perfectly with the newest "Common Core" stamped workbooks. I can't say that this is true for each grade of the program, but my observation (of the elementary years anyway) is that not much changed with these when they became "Common Core."
beanAge: 25-34Gender: female2 Stars Out Of 5Common CoreJune 6, 2014beanAge: 25-34Gender: femaleMeets Expectations: 1One of the reasons that we have chosen to begin homeschooling our children is so that we can avoid using common core. I was very disappointed when this workbook arrived with the words "Common Core" stamped to the front. I looked through the book and realized that the is NOT what I was looking for. I will be returning this.
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