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Singapore Math differs from other math curriculums in its approach. Instead of rote memorization and drilling concepts through similar problems, Singapore Math teaches students how to mathematically think so that they can understand the theory and build on concepts. Singapore Math is advanced in terms of grade level when compared to other math programs used in the US. Our Pre-K uses the concepts of Singapore math to learn numbers, numbersense, and counting. Then, in Kindergarten students dig into concrete problems and math ideas.

Learning math begins with the concrete: blocks, cards, buttons, etc. Then, there are abstract equations: 2 + 3 = 5. But Singapore math introduces the “pictorial” phase — a bridge between concrete and abstract.

Based on the work of American psychologist Jerome Bruner, the Singaporean curriculum begins with hands-on group activities with objects like buttons or dice. Next, students move onto the pictorial phase — drawing representations of concrete objects before moving on to abstract equations. 

Learn more about our early childhood program.