Last Saturday, I joined in the “Awesome Singapore Math Add-Ventures.” event at Power MAC Arnaiz Avenue in Makati City. Dr. Queena Lee-Chua, an advocate of Singapore Math, and her son Scott L. Chua, shared their experiences on transitioning into Singapore Math program. They demonstrated how it would help shape a child's Math skills.
What nakes Singapore Math popular
Singapore Math ia a special method of teaching math that was developed in 1982 for children from kindergarten through grade 6, as part of the national curriculum under the supervision of the Ministry of Education.
Recognizing the important role of Math education in shaping the citizens’ global proficiency, the Ministers of Education decided to take charge of the country's learning roadmap. it completely restructured the math education system in Singapore during the 1980s. The new system moved away from rote learning and towards a deeper understanding of concepts. Singapore Math focuses mainly on building fundamental math skills, rather than focusing on content.
The current, highly marketable curriculum is based from educational psychologist Jerome Bruner’s theory that learning takes place in three steps: through the use of real objects, then transition to pictures, and lastly, with the aid of symbols. This is called the Concrete-Pictorial-Abstract, or C-P-A, approach. The three-step approach teaches kids to progress gradually and enjoy math in the process.
Teachers use the key concepts so that children will master how these concepts work as well as why they work. Fewer topics are introduced per level but discussed in greater detail, allowing deeper understanding and creating a strong foundation for higher math learning.
This change in direction proved effective as the country reaped its benefits. Since 1995, Singapore has consistently ranked first in the Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) and in the Program for International Student Assessment (PISA). The effects of the new curriculum were obvious that is why mathematicians and educators in other countries started paying closer attention to Singapore Math, and textbooks such as Primary Mathematics.
The tables suddenly turned and Singapore Math became the resource and standard of effective approaches to learning Math. Now, over 25 countries including USA, Canada, France, Saudi Arabia, and Israel (including the Philippines) have incorporated Singapore Math into their textbooks.
Galileo fosters Singapore Math as it partners with Add-Venture Learning
As one of the pioneers in advancement in learning, Galileo Enrichment Learning Program was the first to introduce Singapore Math as an after-school program and the first to hold Singapore Math Festivals in the Philippines. The Galileo Singapore Math Program aims to enhance the Math skills of students aged 6-12 through the Concrete-Pictorial-Abstract (CPA) Approach.
To strengthen its Singapore Math Program, Galileo has partnered with Add-Venture Learning, a publishing and training company headquartered in Singapore. Add-Venture Learning specializes in making Singapore Math an enjoyable experience for students through their game packages, apps, magazines, and training. Behind their products are prominent figures in the world of Singapore Math and are recognized for their contribution in shaping and training Singapore teachers of the Ministry of Education.
The two educational think tanks have shared teaching and learning philosophies which complement their approach to making learning fun and meaningful through play. Both Galileo and Add-Venture believe that a child learns best by enjoying what is taught. Both companies employ game-play elements and a variety of activities to bring amusement, wonder, and knowledge in every engagement of any child.
To know more about the Singapore Math Program and the Add-Venture Learning materials, contact the Head Office at 845-1234 or select centers: Galileo Legaspi, Makati City (810-8506); Galileo Better Living, Parañaque (846-5398, 0998-793-9363); Galileo Malabon (362-3154); Galileo Parada, Valenzuela (291-1136, 0948-365-2970); Galileo Sta. Rosa, Laguna (502-7023, 0988 554 8101); and Galileo Bacolod (433-4713, 0917-801-0338).