S.A.M Singapore Math: An effective complement to Traditional Math

Traditional Math requires memorization, while S.A.M Singapore Math there’s No Memorization.

After all the fun you and your child had from the past summer vacation, your child is going back to school. The few weeks of excitement will wane once homeworks start coming in and surely, you will hear how dreadful Math is again and again. You will hear “Math is so difficult, I hate math, hard to understand, I don’t understand it….” and honestly, for many parents who are not Math geniuses, we can’t help but agree – silently.

 

In school, the teachers introduce the multiplication table, one table per day and at the end of the week, students are expected to memorize it. Then, a graded recitation comes which frightens most of the children. They are made to stand in class, the teacher shouts a loud “five times seven?” and the child is expected to answer in a second! What is the result of this process to the child? – Poor comprehension and frustration. They know that they know the answer, they just forgot it! However, Math is not about memorization. Word problems are not solved with memorized digits but with comprehension and critical thinking.

 

But thanks to S.A.M Singapore Math, our children need not suffer the way we did while studying Math, even if in their school traditional Math is taught. Singapore Math is now gaining traction and attention of Filipino educators. While their school does not adopt this amazing technique of learning math yet, you can introduce this technique to your child so he or she is ahead of his peers. This technique focuses on comprehension and deep understanding of concepts. This technique creates independent learners because S.A.M trainers are taught to teach with no memorization and no spoon-feeding.

 

Most schools are teaching math in a traditional way. Usually, a private school has 20 to 30 students in one class and not all of the children learn at the same speed. Some children may not catch immediately what the teacher is teaching. With S.A.M, sessions are done in a small class ratio of 3-4 students only. And since focus is felt from the S.A.M trainer, the child is also inspired to focus and dig deeper in his thought process. Once the child has a deeper understanding, he can easily grasp the “why” of math equations no matter how fast it is taught in a traditional school.