Listed below are some **recent additions. **I paid for and personally played with all of these in order to offer my candid assessment of each.

You can find these and more Singapore Math-related apps on the Singapore Math® iPad Apps page, which is among the most frequently visited on this site.

*Note: I didn’t include the online version of Discovering Mathematics textbooks as they are designed to support the books only.*

**Archimedes Roost - $**2.99

Kindergarten app based on Singapore Number Bonds and Montessori using parts and wholes and Montessori bead chain and strip board manipulatives. Includes addition and subtraction within 20. Fully narrated for non-readers.

*Opinion? Great graphics and engaging activities. Good number bond and missing addend problems. This is worth $2.99.*

** **** Maths Facts** - $0.99

Four choices: Number Bonds and Fact Families practice to Ten, Addition & Subtraction to Ten. No ability to differentiate or make it more difficult. Addition & Subtraction is find the sum or difference only, no missing addends.

*Opinion? Simple and minimal levels. Very basic, froze a couple of times, but only 99¢.*

** Let’s Count **- Free

For ages 3-6, this is a very basic app with four options. Order quantities of jelly beans from least to greatest, count and label bars to ten, Count beans to ten, match numbers.

*Opinion? Well, it’s free and doesn’t take up much memory.*

Practice Math with Robin and Dob - $2.99

Master addition and subtraction with math whizzes Robin and Dob. 10 levels of each, addition & subtraction, no customizing. The dog pops up when you’ve taken too long and offers help in the form of an abacus, tens and ones place value chart with apples or the problem stacked instead of horizontal. Adorable!

*Opinion? While the game is simple and has minimal levels, the basic practice is solid (and adorable!). This is worth $2.99.*

** Place Value Cards ****Cards** - $0.99 each

A number is given and you must show it two different ways, for example if 3 tens and 6 ones is given, you could also make 36 with 2 tens and 16 ones.

- Level 1: Tens and Ones
- Level 2: Hundreds, Tens, and One
- Level 3: Thousands, Hundreds, Tens and Ones
- Level 4: Hundreds, Tens, Ones, and Tenths
- Level 5: Tens, Ones, Tenths, and Hundredths

** Number Bond Cards** - $0.99 each

- Level 1: Ten Frames and
- Level 2: Number Bonds with missing whole
- Level 3: Number Bonds with missing part

*Opinion? Both of these apps are very simple and have minimal levels. If your child needs this targeted practice you could spend the 99¢.*

** Crackers and Goo - **$2.99

Crackers and Goo uses patterns to teach children to identify patterns and see parts of wholes. Flying crackers need to be dragged down to complete the problems. Starts very basic and finishes with rounding then multiplying 898, 899, 900. Yikes! Mental math strategies are explained.

16 levels with 5 mini-levels on each

- Grades K-1: game levels 1-4
- Grades 2-3: game levels 5 – 7
- Grades 4-5: game levels 8 – 11
- Grades 5 and up: game levels 12 – 16

*Opinion? Great, if repetitive, practice. Turn the volume down on the annoying music. I can’t see kids playing this for long, but it is more of a “game” than typical flash cards. I dig this app, but not sure about young students.*

** Visual Word Problems ** – $4.99

Designed to help 1st and 2nd grade school children to visualize, understand and solve basic addition & subtraction word problems, this is a guided, easy to use app for early learners. I really like how prompted the steps are to maneuver through the program and that the default option is to have the app read the problems aloud. The animated word problems that use actual pictures of cows, oranges and apples are fabulous. They are laid out as a definite precursor to the bar modeling that begins in grade 3.

*Opinion? Worth the $4.99, but this is not a game. If you would like your child working some basic addition & subtraction word problems, here’s your app.*

** Xyla and Yabu ** – $0.99

Help Xyla and Yabu trade gems back and forth by learning to add and subtract with number bonds. Use the relative sizes of number bond bars representing parts and wholes to develop number sense while solving word problems. Understand and become automatic at using tens, doubles, and other recurring patterns with numbers.

Each number bond is presented in the context of a word problem. After mastering sums up to 20 (14 activities), kids explore similar patterns with sums up to 100 (13 activities), for 10 levels in all. There is no option to have the app read the problems aloud. In numbers to 20, there is a picture and a bar hint, in numbers to 100, just some bar hints. After the beginning levels, three possible answers are given.

*Opinion? Best 99¢ you can spend on a word problem app for grades 1-2 working with parts and wholes to 100. Of course, Thinking Blocks is still free.*

** Math Master Bingo **- Free to download, 99*¢* in-app purchase for unlimited play.

Practice your four operations with Bingo. Choose the operands rang and the operation. (% is used for ÷). Answer questions until you get five in a row.Every 5 problems, it asks you to upgrade. Has two buttons on homescreen to send you to Facebook, only one for Twitter

*Opinion? Constantly asks to post to Facebook, I’d pass.*

** Jingle’s Puzzle** - $1.99

For grades 3-6, the website claims this app is designed Singapore primary school’s mathematics model methods. Good luck with that. This is a problem-solving, logic game. Sums are listed on teh left and top of an array and some of the squares are filled in. Students find the pattern and complete the grid.

*Opinion? I think the words of the single reviewer say it best: “VERY confusing…Not for young child…There is NO app support. I want a refund.”*

** Math Olympiad **- Free for first 6 problems, then $15.99 per level to unlock.

Designed for 8-12 year olds, this app has official competition questions from the Asia Pacific Mathematical Olympiad for Primary Schools. And the 6 problems that are included are exactly the types of problems seen on the U.S. version of the Math Olympiads for Elementary & Middle Schools.

*Opinion? This might be a great purchase for Math Olympiad teams looking for new problems. The levels are less expensive than the books in the MOEMS store.*

** Hey Math from Singapore **- Subscriptions from $0.99

Videos and practice with multiple levels from Singapore’s #1 online learning site. Hey Math! is an official Partner of the Academy of Singapore Teachers. They also make Factorama - which my 17 year old son loves to challenge me on.

*Opinion? This is a very good iPad version of the online site. The videos are very directed and the practice is like an online worksheet. *

** Smartest Singapore **- Free

Online learning game for Singapore primary school children. Students play in 60 second speed challenges in languages, mathematics and general knowledge. There is no way I could see to customise this app to focus on mathematics. You need to choose a Singapore primary school in order to register and there is no option for “other” or “homeschool”. If you’d like to study up on topics, there is an option. Choose from activities, animals, food, Geography, Plants, the MRT (subway in Singapore, Singapore history & famous people or a language. you never know when the Chinese word for bricklayer may come in handy.

*Opinion? Pass. Unless you want your child deciding if a picture is of Chimgan Mountain in Uzbekistan or Global Geoparak in Hong Kong. Game portion works about 50% of the time.*

**Math Mastery! **- Free

Secondary and Middle school topics. Supports Ace-Learning.com, who also declares itself the “leading online Mathematics E-Learning system in Singapore”. Must be a registered user of Ace Learning to use.

*Opinion? No need to download unless you already subscribe to Ace Learning.*

** Math Exam Revision Kit **- Free

Also by ACE-Learning Systems and so must be registered to get the full app. Secondary and Middle school topics including notes, questions with guided solutions and more practice questions.

*Opinion? No need to download unless you already subscribe to Ace Learning.*

** Matholia iMath tools & Essential Practice** - Free to download, paid subscription to access

For grades 1-6, Matholia is an another online mathematics learning portal providing pupils, teachers and parents with dedicated content based on the latest primary maths syllabus from the Singapore Ministry of Education – or you could get the U.S. version. Try the program free for 7 days with a code, then you must subscribe to continue. Ther are practice learn and games option available on the desktop version as well as Singapore math tools and virtual manipulatives for differentiated interaction.

*Opinion? No need to download unless you already subscribe to Matholia.*

** Mathematical Quickies & Trickies** -$9.99

Designed for students in grades 6 and up, this is an ipad version of a book of math and math puzzlers. From the Amazon description:

contains more than 300 non-routine problems to enhance students’ problem-solving skills…Mathematical Quickies & TrickiesMathematical Quickies & Trickieswould appeal primarily to students and teachers looking for some fertile trick and tricky questions; mathletes preparing for local and regional contests and competitions; problem solvers longing to be challenged by questions whose obvious solutions are never the correct ones for what offhand appears to be true is false.

** More Mathematical Quickies & Trickies **- $9.99

*Opinion? Cheaper than the books. *

** 2048 SG Army ** – Free

Version of 2048 in which you match tiles to earn your way through the Singapore Armed Forces

*Opinion? Probably not for your typical child. I made it through the ranks to Staff Sargent through sheer luck. Stick with the regular numbers version.*

Here are the just-released Fall 2014 dates for my BER seminars *“How to Use the Best Strategies from Singapore Mathematics to Strengthen your Math Instruction*” and *“Boost Students’ Math Problem Solving Skills Using Singapore Model Drawing” *

“*Boost Students’ Math Problem Solving Skills Using Singapore Model Drawing”* (BER)

A whole day of problem solving with Singapore Bar Modeling PLUS that handbook for your own home enjoyment! (- with the answers and fully worked solutions!)

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*“How to Use the Best Strategies From Singapore Mathematics to Strengthen Your Math Instruction”* (BER) - I’ll update this post when the registrations are available.

- Nov. 17 – Peoria, IL
- Nov. 18 – Chicago, IL
- Nov. 19 – Dallas, TX
- Nov. 20 – San Jose, CA
- Nov. 21 – Pasadena, CA

This overview of Singapore Math® strategies will put your students on the road to success with number sense, computation and problem solving. (Plus you a get a handy-dandy handbook!)

Your city not on the list? Contact me and I can bring my Singapore Math® workshop(s) to your school or district – email Cassy (at) singaporemathsource.com

Math in Focus is adapted from Singapore’s My Pals are Here Maths for the North American market.

Previously, most of Seattle’s schools 59 elementary schools had used Everyday Mathematics.

A Math Adoption Committee (MAC) reviewed many options and recommended the adoption of enVision Math from Pearson.

The Committee discounted Math in Focus because it wasn’t aligned to the Common Core State Standards and had a higher cost than enVision.

For many years, a community-wide, grass roots coalition has pushed for consideration of Singapore Math® materials in Seattle. One Seattle school, Seattle’s Schmitz Park Elementary, has successfully used Primary Mathematics under a waiver of District requirements for many years.

On June 4, several school board members justified their support for Math in Focus rather than enVision by citing:

- the program’s clarity and rigor,
- how its visual approach works for struggling readers and English language learners,
- backing from teachers and the community, and
- their view that Math in Focus was worth the higher price.

The Board considered, but rejected, a proposal for a dual adoption of both enVision and Math in Focus. Ultimately, the Board voted to adopt Math in Focus on a 4-3 vote.

Interested in reading or hearing/watching more? Here are some links to coverage of the Seattle School Board’s decision:

- KUOW.org: In Surprise Move, Seattle Schools Approve ‘Singapore Math’ (includes audio story)
- Melissa Westbrook’s Seattle Schools Community Forum: Melissa live blogged during the June 4 meeting and has plenty of post adoption news.
- Seattle Times: Seattle School Board must find extra cash after it picks pricier textbook
- The Seattle School Board’s website includes links to the June 4 agenda and a video archive of past School Board Meetings hosted on the Seattle Channel.

The paper cited a report by the Australian Curriculum Assessment and Reporting Authority that compared the Singapore and Australian curriculums. It found Singapore schools spent about twice as much time on basic operations and geometry in the first few years of school and had a greater focus on problem solving (from “A lesson learnt…” see below)

*The Australian* then reports that Scholastic Australia will be publishing a new set of textbooks based on the Singapore model that, “enable children to gain a deeper and better understanding of mathematical content and ways of working.”

Here is an article and an editorial from *The Australian*:

*The Australian*, April 12, 2014:

Schools in Australia will be able to teach maths Singapore-style with the release next month of primary textbooks that set out the teaching methods responsible for taking Singaporean students to the top of international tests.

In an editorial on April 15, 2014, *The Australian* was encouraged by the forthcoming release of new textbooks based on the Singapore model. To be published by Scholastic Australia, the texts will be linked to the Australian curriculum and endorsed by the Singapore Ministry of Education.

Primary MathematicsCommon Core Edition maintains the proven Singapore approach to teaching and learning mathematics, with a focus on the Concrete to Pictorial to Abstract (CPA) method and use of strategies including bar modeling.We are currently accepting pre-orders for

Primary MathematicsCommon Core Edition andEarlybird KindergartenCommon Core Edition. Materials will be available to ship starting in mid July 2014. We will arrange the delivery for a time convenient to your school.

Want more information? Schools can request a price list, review sample chapters, and get info on pre-ordering materials with this form.

Dimensions Math Common Core is also available for grades 7 & 8.

Shortly after the results of the PISA exam were announced in December, BBC Skillwise ran a piece that explained some of the features of math in Singapore:

Singapore teaches maths better than most countries including the UK, according to international rankings for secondary pupils.

The difference starts at an early age.

There are many reasons but one key factor is its step-by-step approach that can be used at home or in the classroom.

From the Calgary Herald, February 19, 2014: Sliding scores in math, science, literacy spark alarm.

Canada’s former deputy prime minister, John Manley, spoke at a symposium focused on Alberta’s ongoing Inspiring Education during the Sochi Winter Olympics. Manley, who now serves as president and CEO of the Canadian Council of Chief Executives, asked:

“How can we be satisfied with 13th place in math when we’re not satisfied with second place in hockey?”

The Toronto Star reports that students at the Trafalgar Castle School in Whitby, Ontario, are learning math the Singapore way.

Headmaster Adam de Pencier is pursuing the “world best” curriculum by cherry-picking the leading teaching methods from around the globe:

“If we believe curriculum drives a school, shouldn’t we try to choose the best curriculum, whether it’s from Whitby, Walla Walla, or Wellington?” asked de Pencier, who had math teacher Jessica Semkin train in Singapore math last summer.

Semkin said the Singapore approach “slows down the pace of learning to make sure there is a mastery of skills. With Singapore math, we spent about two weeks on multiplying fractions, instead of a day or two, and then coming back to it later.”

Nine years ago, Gill St. Bernard School piloted the Singapore Math® curriculum in second grade. It quickly expanded; by 2005, the curriculum was in use throughout the Lower and Middle school.

When Lower School Director Peggy Campbell-Rush visited Singapore in 2012, she met Yeap Ban Har, Ph.D, an internationally recognized Singapore math leader. On April 16, 2014, Dr. Ban Har visited Gill St. Bernard School to conduct professional development for the school’s K-6 teachers.

Finally, an OPINION piece that urges consideration of a more rigorous math curricula such as that used in Singapore:

A February 3, 2014, New York Post Opinion piece by Naomi Schaefer Riley, includes this revelation:

The education establishment frowns on anything so simple as adopting the methods of high-performing countries…[I]t insists we spend decades and millions of dollars to evaluate each one.

I’ve just returned from an invigorating week at the National Council of Supervisors of Mathematics (NCSM) and National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) conferences in New Orleans. Expect some posts soon that will share interesting things that I learned.

First off, the new Common Core aligned editions of Primary Mathematics were available at the Singapore Math, Inc.^{®} booth and they looked great! If you’re currently using the California Standards Edition of Primary Mathematics, don’t panic! The company will continue to carry the materials. However, once you see the Common Core Edition, you’re probably going to want to switch. [Using the U.S. Edition? You're good to go with some supplementing, but you're used to that already. ] Copies of the new materials are not available for preview yet, but I’ll be posting some more info and sample lessons as they do become available.

Good news! Looks like there will be a Primary Digital component to the program as well.

I don’t know about anyone else, but I’m a little Common Core-d out. It seems like EVERY session at both conferences had to reference the Common Core to get accepted. Thank goodness that Primary Mathematics is already fairly well aligned to Common Core. [Don't believe me? Here's Achieve's analysis.] In perusing the new Primary Mathematics Common Core books, I noticed that content was not moved to higher grade levels, just because that’s where it was in the CCSS-M. They’ve kept the integrity of the sequence, added a few review lessons to meet CCSS-M at grade level and provided an unprecedented level of potential student questioning and discourse in the Teacher’s Guides.

I thought I’d leave you with one of the Japanese Puzzles from a fabulous session at NCTM presented by Jeffrey Wanko called Puzzling It Out: Teaching Inductive Reasoning. Have fun!

MIRRORS

Use the three examples of Mirror puzzles and their unique solutions shown below to determine both the goal and the rules that govern Mirror puzzles.

If so, I have a school that would like to pair with with you and share the costs. They’re looking to host the two-day session sometime from the last week of July through August 5th. If that fits your schedule and plans, email Cassy (at) singaporemathsource.com and I’ll hook you up.

The NCTM Conference program book is now online and choosing which workshops and sessions to attend continues to be a challenge. If you’d like to check out some sessions on Singapore Mathematics, there’s good news and bad.

Good news? There are 12 sessions involving Singapore-style math this year but you need to look at the session descriptions to really know it. The number of overall choices is slightly more than the number offered last year.

Bad news? Anything listed below in pink is an overlapping session. Below are my thoughts on which session to choose, if you have a conflict.

FYI – **Five** (!) of the twelve sessions are Exhibitor’s Workshops:

Exhibitor Workshops (60 minutes) are designed to allow exhibitors more time to showcase their products and services away from the Exhibit Hall.

**#29.2 Singapore Math: Common Core Connections**

Exhibitor Workshop: Marshall Cavendish Education

Problem-solving is central to Singapore’s mathematics education. The first Common Core standard for mathematical practice states: “Make sense of problems and persevere in solving them.” This talk addresses connections between the Common Core and Singapore Math; with focus on the standards for mathematical practice and numbers and operations.

**#92 Putting Students on the Fast Track to Better Problem Solving
**Lead Speaker: Darlyne de Haan

Come and discover how to efficiently and effectively teach students how to solve and model word problems using simple brain-based strategies and bar modeling. These strategies will transform your students into excited, motivated and successful problem-solving pros. You and your students will never see or solve word problems the same again!

**Recommendations:**

*Not sure on this one, but thought that if it includes some bar modeling, it might be worth checking into.*

**#121 Ratio and Proportion: A Common Core Progression for Grades 6–7
**Lead Speakers: Duane Habecker

Co-Speaker: Mary Anne Freitas

This session presents a two-year, flipped sixth- and seventh-grade ratio and proportion unit using instructional videos viewed at home and Common Core lessons in the classroom. Participants will be shown how to effectively use ratio tables and bar models to develop their students’ proportional thinking.

**131.4 It’s here! Singapore Math® presents Primary Mathematics Common Core Edition!**

Exhibitor Workshop: Singapore Math, Inc.

We will introduce our newest Singapore Math® program, Primary Mathematics Common Core Edition! Learn about the highly successful Singapore Math® elementary math series and the recent changes that have been made for the CCSS. This will be beneficial to those currently using Primary Mathematics and those considering implementing for the first time.

**Recommendations:**

*-> Interested in bar modeling and ratios? Looks like they may be using bar models in the Ratio & Proportion session. (Or head to Richard Bisk’s session on Ratios on Friday; #452 at 12:30)*

**#170 Representation and Visualization in Middle School: Lessons from Singapore**

Lead Speaker: Andy Clark

The Common Core State Standards emphasize the importance of representation in learning mathematics. In this session, we will share strategies for developing deeper understanding of rational numbers, ratio and rate, proportion, and algebraic expressions and equations with visual models from Singapore, with the goal of helping students make the challenging transition from arithmetic to algebra.

**#182.2 Reaching and Teaching all Levels of Learners with Singapore Math**

Exhibitor Workshop: Marshall Cavendish Education

This session will focus on strategies to reach the struggling student. Specifically, we will explore use of the CPA cycle, transition materials, and the analysis of student assessments in meeting the needs of underachieving students.

**#182.3 Singapore Math® program for Middle School. Crossing the bridge to algebra!**

Exhibitor Workshop: Singapore Math, Inc.

Middle school math often takes a backseat to elementary and high school mathematics. Dimensions Math Common Core Edition is a new series that is changing that trend. Picking up where our elementary series leaves off, this Singapore Math® middle school program fully prepares students for success in advanced high school math.

**Recommendations:**

*-> Looking for secondary materials? Head to the Exhibitor session 182.3 and check out the Dimensions Math Common Core Edition.*

*-> Head to see Andy Clark, one of the authors of the Math in Focus series for a look at specific middle school concepts.*

**#220 Reasoning in the Middle Grades: It’s Easier Than You Think**

Lead Speaker: Berinderjeet Kaur

Co-Speaker: Denisse R. Thompson

Mathematical reasoning is not only one of the NCTM process standards, but it is also an important practice in the Common Core. This session will share several strategies from both the Singapore and U.S. perspectives on modifying non-geometrical textbook tasks and questions to bring reasoning to the instructional forefront.

**#239 Fraction Fun: Games That Cement Critical Concepts**

Lead Speaker: Ricky Mikelman

Frustrated that your students don’t retain fraction concepts? Do they make common errors? Singapore teaches us the importance of the consolidation phase of learning—playing games! When students play, they move learning into long-term memory. We’ll use dice, cards, and commonly found materials to reinforce concepts that align to the Common Core State Standards.

**Recommendations:**

*Tough call – either way you’ll be well-informed.*

*->Ms. Kaur works with Singapore’s National Institute of Education and is always fascinating – I’ll probably be here. *

*->Ms. Mikelman works with Staff Development for Educators. She’s a great presenter and you’ll walk away with plenty of fraction games.*

**#310.2 Singapore Math and the Rigor of Common Core: Exploring Assessments**

Exhibitor Workshop: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

In this session, participants will examine the requirements of the Common Core and the types of assessments that students will be asked to complete. The presenter will share how Math in Focus helps students to prepare for the rigor required in both Smarter Balance and PARCC assessments.

**Recommendations:**

*HMH is the publisher of Math in Focus. I get oodles of emails about the MiF assessments from teachers and parents. I’ll probably check this out and see what they are doing to address these issues.*

Lead Speaker: Richard Bisk

Many students struggle when asked to solve word problems involving fractions, ratio, & percent. Model drawing helps students visualize, understand, and solve complex word problems, and provide a bridge to algebraic techniques. Experience sample solutions and learn how to use this effective technique for helping students develop deep understanding

**#549 Math Talk: Teaching Concepts and Skills through Stories and Illustrations**

Lead Speaker: Char Forsten

A young child’s understanding of the world is enlightened and expanded through stories and illustrations so it makes sense to use these resources when learning mathematics. Based on a method used in Singapore, you will learn to use “math talk” as a powerful way to provide purposeful practice through stories and illustrations.

**Recommendations:**

*->Char is a very engaging presenter. She already has her handout on the NCTM web site, so you can preview her topics! *

The weather in Minnesota this winter has been brutal. In January alone, schools were closed for several days due to extreme cold.

When schools close, other events for teachers are often cancelled, too. This was the case on January 27 when my Minneapolis BER seminar, “How to Use the Best Strategies From Singapore Mathematics to Strengthen Your Math Instruction,” was postponed.

If you were unable to attend in January, good news! My introductory seminar on math strategies from Singapore is now scheduled for Monday, March 31.

If you are interested in learning more about Singapore’s renowned primary mathematics program, plan to attend this full-day, hands-on event in the Twin Cities. From the brochure:

Specifically designed for teachers of kindergarten through sixth grade, this exciting seminar presents an introduction to math strategies from Singapore that will change your approach to teaching mathematics and greatly enhance your students’ achievement.

A detailed description and registration information is available here.

If you are interested in bringing me to your school or district, please complete the form here or send me an email: Cassy (at) SingaporeMathSource (dot) com.