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A place where learning has no limits and together we work for the success of all.

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. 

Each student has a Think Central Login.  This resource includes parent videos that model key components of the curriculum.

The image on the right is from:

http://www.hmheducation.com/singaporemath/curriculum.php

Place Value

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.