Singapore Math® Editions – at a Glance

Which edition do I want? It’s a common question from schools adopting a Singapore Math® curriculum. Here’s the lowdown on all the editions:

3a PM TG Pimary Mathematics Common Core Textbook 3a Primary Mathematics Common Core workbook 3a Primary Mathematics Common Core Extra Prac 3 Pimary Mathematics Common Core CWP 3

 Primary Mathematics Common Core Edition Grades 1 – 5  components:

  • Teacher’s Guides A & B
  • Textbook Parts A & B
  • Workbook Parts A & B
  • Assessments 1-3 now available! (April 2017)
  • Extra Practice*
  • Challenging Word Problems*

Primary Mathematics Standards TG 3A Primary Mathematics Standards textbook 3A Primary Mathematics Standards workbook 3A Primary Mathematics Standards Extra Practice 3A Primary Mathematics Standards CWP 3A Primary Mathematics Standards Tests 3A
Primary Mathematics Standards Edition Grades 1 – 6 components:

  • Teacher’s Guide Parts A and B
  • Textbook Parts A & B
  • Workbook Parts A & B
  • Extra Practice*
  • Challenging Word Problems*
  • Tests Part A & B

Primary Mathematics US TG 3A Primary Mathematics US textbook 3A Primary Mathematics US workbook 3A Primary Mathematics US Extra Practice 3A Primary Mathematics Standards CWP 3A Primary Mathematics US Intensive Practice 3A
Primary Mathematics U.S Edition Grades 1 – 6 components:

  • Teacher’s Guide Parts A and B
  • Textbook Parts A & B
  • Workbook Parts A & B
  • Extra Practice*
  • Challenging Word Problems*
  • Intensive Practice*

*Supplemental

So which is best? That’s for you to decide.

-The Common Core Edition is aligned to most state standards. Tests are available through the Primary Digital program. Teacher’s Guides include textbook and workbook pages. They also provide deeper explanation of how the math works and how to explain it to students.

-The Standards Edition is aligned to California State Standards from 2007. (Can’t see much use for these right now).

-U.S. Edition is the least changed from what made Singapore tops on the TIMSS. It’s aligned to the Singapore Syllabus circa 2001 and despite it’s age, still a great option. It’s what I’d choose to use.

Materials from the three programs are not interchangeable. It would be difficult to use the Standards Edition tests with the Common Core Edition. That being stated, many schools use the Intensive Practice books with the Common Core materials even though they are aligned to the U.S. Edition, as they have solid, rigorous problems from the most foundational topics.


Earlybird Mathematics Common Core TG KA Earlybird Mathematics Common Core Text KA Earlybird Mathematics Common Core Activity KA

Earlybird Kindergarten Mathematics Common Core Edition consists of:

  • Textbook Parts A & B (Includes Math at Home activities)
  • Activity Book Parts A & B
  • Teacher’s Guide Parts A and B & Teacher’s Resource Pack

Earlybird Mathematics Standards TG KA Earlybird Mathematics Standards Text KA Earlybird Mathematics Standards Activity KA KRDASET-3

Earlybird Kindergarten Mathematics Standards Edition components:

  • Textbook Parts A & B (Includes Math at Home activities)
  • Activity Book Parts A & B
  • Teacher’s Guide Parts A and B & Teacher’s Resource Pack
  • Posters
  • Big Books (Also available as Readers)

Which is best? Here are the major changes:

-The Common Core Edition is aligned to most state standards.

  • Units on Numbers to 30 and Time were removed from the Standards Edition to the Common Core Edition
  • Units on Length, Weight and Capacity were combined into one unit on Measurement

-The Standards Edition is aligned to California State Standards from 2007.

  • Has awesome Nursery Rhyme Readers/Big Books, which you could use with either series, but lessons on them are only included in the Standards Edition Teacher’s Guides

Dimensions Math textbook 7A Dimesnsions Workbook 7a Dimensions Math Teaching Notes 7a

Dimensions Mathematics Common Core 7 – 8 (Grade 6 coming 2015) components:

  • Textbook (hard or soft cover)
  • Workbook
  • Teaching Notes

MiF 3A TG cover Math in Focus Textbook 3A Math in Focus Workbook 3A Math In Focus Assessments 3A Math in Focus Extra Practice 3A Math in Focus Enrichment 3A Math in Focus Reteach 3 Math in Focus School to Home Connections 3A

Math in Focus Grades k – 8 consists of:

  • Student Book Parts A & B
  • Workbook Parts A & B
  • Teacher’s Edition Parts A and B
  • Extra Practice
  • Assessment
  • Reteaching
  • Enrichment
  • School-to-Home Connections Book

If given a choice, I’d opt for Primary Mathematics. Read my comparison of Primary Mathematics v. Math in Focus for the full story.

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