What math is after Singapore?

Answered by Ricardo McCardle

After completing the Singapore Math curriculum, families have two options to continue the Singapore experience through Algebra II. Both options integrate geometry, algebra, and other topics, providing a well-rounded approach to mathematics education. These options are designed to be completed over four levels, spanning four years of math study.

Option 1: Singapore Math in Focus
Singapore Math in Focus is a popular choice for families seeking to continue the Singapore Math approach. This curriculum is aligned with the Common Core State Standards and provides a comprehensive progression from elementary to high school mathematics.

In the earlier levels of Singapore Math in Focus, students continue to build upon the strong foundation laid by the Singapore Math curriculum. They explore topics such as fractions, decimals, and percentages, as well as algebraic concepts like solving equations and inequalities. Geometry is also integrated throughout the curriculum, ensuring students develop a deep understanding of shapes, angles, and spatial relationships.

As students progress to the higher levels, Singapore Math in Focus delves into more advanced algebraic concepts. Topics covered include quadratic functions, exponential growth, and trigonometry. The curriculum maintains the focus on problem-solving and critical thinking skills that are characteristic of the Singapore approach.

Option 2: Dimensions Math
Another option for families looking to continue with the Singapore Math philosophy is Dimensions Math. This curriculum is also aligned with the Common Core State Standards and offers an integrated approach to mathematics.

Dimensions Math follows a similar progression as Singapore Math in Focus, covering topics such as fractions, decimals, algebra, and geometry. However, it presents the material in a slightly different format, providing an alternative perspective on the concepts. This can be beneficial for students who may benefit from different approaches to understanding mathematical concepts.

Similar to Singapore Math in Focus, Dimensions Math also includes more advanced topics in Algebra II. Students explore functions, logarithms, matrices, and trigonometry, among other topics. The curriculum emphasizes problem-solving and encourages students to apply their mathematical knowledge in real-world situations.

In both Singapore Math in Focus and Dimensions Math, the textbooks are accompanied by workbooks, teacher guides, and additional resources to support both students and teachers in the learning process. These resources provide step-by-step guidance, examples, and practice problems to reinforce the concepts learned.

To ensure a smooth transition from the Singapore Math curriculum, it is recommended to assess the student’s understanding and mastery of the foundational concepts before starting Algebra II. This can be done through diagnostic tests or reviewing the previous Singapore Math levels to identify any gaps in knowledge.

In my personal experience as a math educator, I have seen students thrive when they continue with the Singapore Math philosophy through Algebra II. The integrated approach, emphasis on problem-solving, and focus on conceptual understanding lay a strong foundation for further mathematical study.

Both Singapore Math in Focus and Dimensions Math provide excellent options for families who wish to continue the Singapore Math experience beyond the elementary levels. These curricula offer a comprehensive and rigorous approach to Algebra II, ensuring students develop a deep understanding of mathematical concepts while honing their problem-solving skills.