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Singapore Math Primary Math Home Instructor's Guide 2A
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Singapore Math Home Instructor Guides were created specifically to give homeschoolers' a teacher's guide that works in an individualized environment. Work on explaining concepts as you bridge the gap between the textbook and workbook with unit concepts, pages to reference, numerous reinforcement and practice exercises and detailed solutions laid out step-by-step. Suggestion-only timeframes for each unit are included, though not organized by "daily lesson", allowing the parent to determine how much time to spend on a particular concept. This Home Instructor's guide may be used for either the 3rd Edition or Primary Math Textbook 2A U.S. Edition. 150 pages, spiral-bound softcover.
This guide contains:
Notes to the instructor with some mathematical background for each section in the textbook Objective of each lesson Teaching activities using manipulatives Reinforcement activities which often include a game Answers to corresponding textbook pages and learning tasks for the lesson Answers to the corresponding workbook exercises
This guide contains:
The "Manipulatives" section on page vii of this Home Instructor's Guide refers to an appendix. However, the pages for this appendix were inadvertently left out; a link is provided to access the manipulatives section on Singapore Math's website.
Vendor: Singaporemath.com Inc
Dimensions: 10.25 X 7.5 (inches)
Series: Singapore Math
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nikiAge: 25-34Gender: female3 Stars Out Of 5Wish I had stuck with the regular teacher guideDecember 17, 2012nikiAge: 25-34Gender: femaleThe regular teacher guides for this series is so much easier to use in a homeschool environment than this guide. I don't have the regular teacher guide for this particular book, so I can't compare content, but the material in this book seems very similar to what I have found in the regular teacher guides for 1A and 1B. If the author added any of her own ideas, I can't tell. Either way, the material itself is good.
The problems I have are with organization, layout, binding and ease of use. First, everything seems to run together, and it is hard to tell one assignment from another. It is confusing the way the page numbers for workbook and text book exercises are placed in the text rather that on the margins like in the regular guide.
The worst part about this, for me, is the binding! The original guide is spiral bound, which means it lays flat, and it is easy to leave it turned to your current location to pick up and start again the next day. Easy to make copies of mental math exercises, etc. It is so difficult to teach out of a book that won't lay flat! For that reason alone, I would never buy one of these guides again.
The bottom line is, all content being about equal (as far as I know, it is) the original teacher guide is just plain easier to use. Adapting the instruction to suit a homeschool environment has been a complete non-factor for me. Can't wait to finish 1B so I can order the regular guide for 2B and be done with this thing.
414lat5 Stars Out Of 5August 16, 2011414latQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I absolutely love this math curriculum! I highly recommend purchasing the Home Instructor's Guide. It is full of hands on learning ideas and games that really bring the concept of each lesson into full understanding in a short amount of time. By the time I was done with the Instructor's lesson and the correlating text book lesson my child was ready to do the workbook exercise all by herself. We did not experience this with other math curriculums.
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