How do I Help My Child?
Math in Focus, The Singapore Approach stresses mastery, coherence, and focus. Students master foundational math skills early and carry those skills with them as they progress.
HMH has produced some great videos that demonstrate how to help your child at home. To view them visit: Helping your child at Home
To find out more about the program visit: What is the Singapore Approach to Math
The image on the right is from:
A concrete-pictorial-abstract approach is used throughout Math in Focus. Students use place value blocks, chips, charts, and strips to create an association between the physical representation of numbers, the number symbol, and the number name.
To find out more visit: Place Value
Model Drawing -- Bar Models
Model drawing, or bar modeling, is a systematic method of representing word problems and number relationships. It is used in the program beginning in Second Grade. Children are taught to use rectangular bars to show the relationship between known and unknown quantities.
To find out more, please visit: Model Drawing
To try some sample problems, please visit: Thinking Blocks
Teachers, if you are interested in viewing videos of Marie Wiles modeling an introduction to Bar Model lesson in HCPS, visit: SOL Resources on Graceland; Math in Focus Videos.