Singapore Math® Live recommends that parents purchase the Primary Math Workbooks A and B (US Edition), the Intensive Practice A and B (US Edition) and the Challenging Word Problems (CC Edition) for each level.

Although having your student finish every page in each of these books requires time and diligence, I believe that it is time well spent. Admittedly, there were seasons in our homeschool when I had my kids skip the word problems section in the Intensive Practice books since we were also doing the Challenging Word Problems book. And on some pages in Intensive Practice, I had my children solve every-other problem, checked their work, and then had them complete an extra problem if they missed one of those. (For example, I would assign problems "a, c, e, g, i, k." Then if they missed "e", they were instructed to correct "e" and then solve "f" as well.) But as a whole, we made it our goal to finish this set of books for each level.

I believe that this grouping of books provides a very solid math education for students. It is a rigorous workload, but with the support that Singapore Math® Live offers, it is attainable! Here are the reasons that I strongly suggest this particular set of materials:

1. Workbooks are necessary, they introduce concepts.

2. Intensive Practice is necessary - the Workbook problems are not deep enough alone, students need experience with the harder problems.

3. Challenging Word Problems - the BEST part about SM curriculum. Critical thinking skills galore! Absolutely a must-do book!!

4. I believe that math should be a "main thing" for students. It needs to take up a significant chunk of time. In the younger grades when school is only a couple of hours each day, 30 minutes is significant! I don't mean that they should do hours of math each day, but they should really sense that math is important and that it takes time and that they need to practice and demonstrate mastery and see more problems of different types and learn how it all fits together.

5. Even if you're just looking for good things to occupy your kids, this is an excellent way for them to spend their time!

Although having your student finish every page in each of these books requires time and diligence, I believe that it is time well spent. Admittedly, there were seasons in our homeschool when I had my kids skip the word problems section in the Intensive Practice books since we were also doing the Challenging Word Problems book. And on some pages in Intensive Practice, I had my children solve every-other problem, checked their work, and then had them complete an extra problem if they missed one of those. (For example, I would assign problems "a, c, e, g, i, k." Then if they missed "e", they were instructed to correct "e" and then solve "f" as well.) But as a whole, we made it our goal to finish this set of books for each level.

I believe that this grouping of books provides a very solid math education for students. It is a rigorous workload, but with the support that Singapore Math® Live offers, it is attainable! Here are the reasons that I strongly suggest this particular set of materials:

1. Workbooks are necessary, they introduce concepts.

2. Intensive Practice is necessary - the Workbook problems are not deep enough alone, students need experience with the harder problems.

3. Challenging Word Problems - the BEST part about SM curriculum. Critical thinking skills galore! Absolutely a must-do book!!

4. I believe that math should be a "main thing" for students. It needs to take up a significant chunk of time. In the younger grades when school is only a couple of hours each day, 30 minutes is significant! I don't mean that they should do hours of math each day, but they should really sense that math is important and that it takes time and that they need to practice and demonstrate mastery and see more problems of different types and learn how it all fits together.

5. Even if you're just looking for good things to occupy your kids, this is an excellent way for them to spend their time!

| Brenda Barnett has been a homeschooling parent since 2001 and is excited to be licensed by Singapore Math Inc.® to support home educating families. |