Mathematics and Science
problem-solving steps. They also learn to draw bar models to visually represent a word problem.
Singapore’s mental math teaches students to calculate in their heads without using pencils and paper. Along with memorizing basic facts, mental math teaches students to do calculations using proven strategies that don’t require writing them down.
The strategies taught in Singapore Math are layered upon one another. One strategy is the foundation for another. For example, students need the prior knowledge of number bonding to be successful at strategies that they will learn later on like vertical addition.
In grades K-2, the Core Knowledge Sequence directs the science curriculum and provides, through actual Core Knowledge units of study and lesson plans, excellent projects for these inquiring minds. As an example, Kindergarteners plant, maintain and learn about a vegetable garden. The first graders study the Rain Forest by reading about it, constructing a Rain Forest animal, and presenting a report about that animal to the parents. Second graders produce insect reports that are full of wonder and independent learning.
In grades 3-6 students explore science through hands-on Delta Science Kits that follow the Core Knowledge Sequence. From constructing balloon lungs and making pinhole telescopes to launching hand-made rockets, children experience science.