The Lake Havasu Unified School District has adopted a new K-6 math curriculum. Known as Singapore Math, the mathematics teaching method is designed to build students’ mathematical fluency.
Singapore Math has been taught in the country of Singapore since 1981. Students in that nation ranked the top in the world on the math portion of the Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study. The teaching method has been used in the United States since 2000, reportedly with great success.
Problem-solving is at the heart of the instruction. The program teaches children to think mathematically versus having them memorize the mechanics of problem-solving. Students learn problem-solving with pictures and diagrams. In the classroom, students focus on fewer topics but in greater depth.
Information on Singapore Mathematics
Why Struggle Is Essential for the Brain — and Our Lives
Why Singapore Leads the World in Early Mathematics
Singapore Math Is Popular Among Educators Worldwide. Why?
Videos and Resources for “Doing” and Practicing Singapore Math Strategies:
Model Drawing and Word Problems
Book on Model Drawing