Math in Focus, Primary Mathematics and Dimensions Math are three Singapore Math curriculums used in schools and homeschooling families in the United States. In this post, we review these three different Singapore Math curriculums for Grades 1 to 5.
Singapore Math Curriculum Comparison: Math in Focus Vs Primary Mathematics Vs Dimensions Math
Math in Focus
Math in Focus (MIF) is the U.S. version of Singapore’s mathematics program My Pals are Here! which is currently used in Singapore. Math in Focus is distributed in the U.S. through Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.
The Math in Focus curriculum covers Grades K to 8. Math in Focus offers comprehensive material to support schools and homeschool students. Math in Focus offers material and resources to support differentiated learning. Math in Focus is also available in Spanish.
Math in Focus has come up with a revised version for 2020. In the latest revision, Math in Focus © 2020, is said to be the program’s most extensive revision since its 2009 release.
The latest version can be purchased from the distributor’s website. Printed material is not yet widely available from other online retailers for the 2020 edition. There is some material that you can only purchase from the publisher as an educator so it is easier to purchase it from other online homeschool book retailers.
In summary, the resources available for Math in Focus are:
- Math in Focus: Singapore Math Teacher’s Guide to Transition.
- Math in Focus Textbooks (A & B)
- Math in Focus Workbooks (A & B)
- Math in Focus Teacher Guides (A & B)
- Math in Focus Assessments
- Math in Focus Reteach
- Math in Focus Enrichment
- Math in Focus Extra Practice/ Math in Focus Homework and Extra Practice
- Math in Focus Fact Fluency
- Math in Focus PARCC Test Preparation Teacher Edition
- Math in Focus Virtual Manipulatives CD
- Math in Focus CD ROM – For homeschool families, you might be able to find this on eBay or Amazon for a reasonable price, and in it, you will find Assessments, Reteach, Extra Practice, and Enrichment material.
- For schools, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt offers online resources, interactive whiteboard lessons, classroom manipulative kits, posters, and school-to-home connections.
Math in Focus Homeschool
In addition to printed material, the Math in Focus curriculum provides online resources for homeschoolers.
Students can sign up for a preview of the latest 2020 edition on the distributor’s website.
The cost of adopting Math in Focus as your Singapore Math homeschool curriculum would vary according to the materials you would get. Math in Focus provides the most resources available for homeschoolers as compared to the other two curricula. The teacher’s guide compared to the other two curricula is the most expensive. The prices for the textbooks and workbooks would vary depending on the edition. Parents can also find good bargains for second-hand material on eBay or Amazon. Buying in bundles can also result in savings.
The cost of 2 teacher’s guides (A & B), 2 textbooks (A & B), and 2 workbooks (A & B) could cost approximately $250 to $300 for editions prior to 2020.
Math in Focus 2020 Textbook Sample Pages
Below are sample pages from the Math in Focus textbook. The textbook is in full color. Students can sign up for a preview of the latest 2020 edition on the publisher’s website. Features in the Math in Focus textbooks consists of “Recall Prior Knowledge”, “Math Talk”, “Math Sharing”, “Games”, “Math Journal”, “Put on Your Thinking Cap”, Chapter Wrap Up”, “Chapter Review”, “Assessment Prep” and “STEAM Project Work”. Check out the thumbnails for more details. Math in Focus has the most features compared with the other curriculums. One difference is that there are more worked examples in the Math in Focus textbooks as compared to Primary Mathematics. Some parents prefer Math in Focus worked examples and some prefer the more lean approach to Primary Mathematics.
There are three editions to Primary Mathematics to serve the diverse needs of the students and schools in the United States. Primary Mathematics was adapted to the U.S. market by Singapore Math, Inc. Primary Mathematics does not offer any online learning tools.
Primary Mathematics U.S. Edition (Grades 1 – 6)
Primary Mathematics U.S. edition was modeled after the original program used in Singapore in the 1980s, but with U.S. measurements and currency. Primary Mathematics is no longer used in Singapore.
In summary, the resources available for Primary Mathematics U.S. Edition Grades 1 to 6 are:
- Primary Mathematics U.S. Edition Textbooks (A & B)
- Primary Mathematics U.S. Edition Workbooks (A & B)
- Primary Mathematics U.S. Edition Teacher’s Guides (A & B)
- Primary Mathematics U.S. Edition Home Instructor Guides (A & B)
- Primary Mathematics U.S. Edition Extra Practice
- Primary Mathematics Intensive Practice (A & B)
Primary Mathematics U.S Edition Textbook
The Primary Mathematics 4A textbook is in dual-color (black and blue). Click on the thumbnails to see some of the sample pages.
Primary Mathematics Standards Edition (Grades 1 – 6)
The Primary Mathematics Standards edition was written to meet the 2006 Mathematics Contents Standards for California Public School issued prior to the Common Core State Standards.
In summary, the resources available for Primary Mathematics U.S. Edition Grades 1 to 6 are:
- Primary Mathematics Standards Edition Textbooks (A & B)
- Primary Mathematics Standards Edition Workbooks (A & B)
- Primary Mathematics Standards Edition Teacher’s Guides (A & B)
- Primary Mathematics Standards Edition Home Instructor Guides (A & B)
- Primary Mathematics Standards Edition Extra Practice
- Primary Mathematics Standards Edition Tests (A & B)
Primary Mathematics Common Core Edition (Grades 1 – 5)
The Primary Mathematics Common Core edition was written to align with Common Core State Standards.
In summary, the resources available for Primary Mathematics U.S. Edition Grades 1 to 5 are:
- Primary Mathematics Common Core Textbooks (A & B)
- Primary Mathematics Common Core Workbooks (A & B)
- Primary Mathematics Common Core Teacher’s Guides (A & B)
- Primary Mathematics Common Core Tests (A & B)
- Primary Mathematics Common Core Extra Practice
- Primary Mathematics Common Core Challenging Word Problems
Primary Mathematics Homeschool
Primary Mathematics is pretty popular with homeschoolers since it was the first Singapore Math curriculum available for the U.S. market. A home instructor’s guide is available for Primary Mathematics to help parents implement the curriculum.
The cost of implementation is pretty reasonable. The cost of 2 textbooks (A & B), 2 workbooks (A & B), and 2 instructor’s/ teacher’s guide (A & B) would cost approximately $100 to $200. Costs would depend on the edition chosen.
Dimensions Math is published by Singapore Math Inc. and was designed to cater to the needs of U.S. teachers and students and said to be a sequel to Primary Mathematics. The Dimensions Math program explains concepts in a new format as compared to Primary Mathematics and includes “Think”, “Learn”, “Do”, “Exercise”, “Practice” and “Do”. The Dimensions Math curriculum covers grades PK to 8. According to Singapore Math Inc, Dimensions Math was created by their team of teachers and experts, offers expanded teaching materials, and covers the common core standards.
In summary, the resources available for Dimensions Math are:
- Dimensions Math Textbook (A & B)
- Dimensions Math Workbook (A & B)
- Dimensions Math Teacher’s Guide (A & B)
- Dimensions Math Tests (A & B)
Dimensions Math Textbook
Here are some sample pages from the Dimensions Math textbook. You can use it and compare how the topics are presented as compared to Math in Focus and Primary Mathematics.
Dimensions Math Homeschool
Dimensions Math is the newest publication by Singapore Math Inc. The cost of implementation is reasonable. The cost of 2 textbooks (A & B), 2 workbooks (A & B), and 2 teacher’s guides (A & B) cost approximately $100.
Chapters and Sequence Comparison
Below are the chapters covered and the sequence of chapters. The different curricula arrange and title their topics differently. For more detailed information on the details of what is covered in each chapter, refer to the individual curriculum material.
Singapore Math Curriculum Comparison Grade 1
Singapore Math Curriculum Comparison Grade 2
Singapore Math Curriculum Comparison Grade 3
Singapore Math Curriculum Comparison Grade 4
Singapore Math Curriculum Comparison Grade 5
Choosing the Best Singapore Math Curriculum.
Choosing the right curriculum would depend on your needs and preference. The best curriculum is the one that works best for your child. Some things to consider would be:
Cost: In terms of cost, the price of textbooks and workbooks don’t differ too much between these curriculums. Math in Focus teacher’s guides cost more but they are also more comprehensive.
Delivery. All these curriculums have physical workbooks and textbooks. Would you like to use online resources? Math in Focus provides online options. You can try out Math in Focus online practically free of charge on the publisher’s website before deciding if you would like to purchase the hard copy.
Content, Layout, and Features. Which do you prefer in terms of how the content is presented, laid out, and broken down for learning, and how in-depth do they go? How many examples are presented in the textbooks? Pick the one best suited for your child.
Additional and Supplemental Material: Do you plan on getting any additional material such as assessments, tests, enrichment, extra practice, or other material to enhance learning? Check out that curriculum to see what they offer.
Other: If your homeschool co-op is using a certain curriculum, it could be best to use that curriculum for consistency.
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