As a previous teacher of AP Calculus in public schools, I was not at all nervous about teaching my home educated children their math lessons. However, given the fact that I have a BS in Mathematics, I was very surprised to realize that I was learning to think mathematically as I taught my first child from the Singapore Math® Primary Mathematics series. I began to realize that I was taught to "DO" math, and I "did" it well. As I taught through Singapore Math® curriculum four times over the last 15 years, I learned to "THINK" and it has changed the way I approach teaching math at all levels.
When I teach home educated high schoolers (www.highschoolmathlive.com) I often have students who don't really understand the foundational concepts of math. They were pretty good at math until it became abstract and then they realize that they are not able to apply the concepts that they "learned." By teaching its users to think about math in a different way, Singapore Math® curricula enables students to fully comprehend the meaning of the concepts and to be successful in upper level math courses.
My own children have been my proving ground. Yes, they have mathematical parents so nature is on their side. However, all four of them excel in math and one of my daughters was recently named a National Merit Finalist. I fully believe, based on their great differences in every other aspect of their personalities and giftedness, that their Singapore Math® education has a whole lot to do with their mathematical ability.
I am extremely excited to be the only independent professional licensed by Singapore Math, Inc.® for the purpose of supporting homeschool families as they use the Singapore Math® curriculum. Helping your family to become passionate about math, confident in your ability to solve problems, and prepared for the rigors of upper-level math courses fits right in with my own giftedness and passion. Let's work together and watch your children soar!
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