Singapore Math & Math Resources for Kindergarten Through 4th Grade

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Dana Kohls

Aspen Academy focuses on selecting the best curricula in each subject area, and is committed to continuous improvement and re-evaluating each subject on a four year cycle.

As part of a recent Parent University, I shared more about our math curriculum in Lower School, Singapore Math. For an overview of Singapore Math, (including the history of Aspen Academy Founder Kristina Scala seeking out this curriculum from the Ministry of Education in Singapore) view the recording here. I’ve included a list of suggested resources both digital and hands-on that will help to support a strong foundational understanding of mathematics while providing opportunities to create memorable family fun while learning.

RESOURCE FOR VIRTUAL MATH MANIPULATIVES

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BOARD GAMES THAT PROMOTE MATH SKILLS

  • My Favorite wooden math board games. Met the creator years ago at a California Gifted and Talented Conference. Also found them on Walmart.com 
  • Rummikub - A fast moving, easy-to-learn game for kids that reinforces skills such as sequencing and patterns.  Using strategy (and a bit of luck) players arrange their number tiles into sets (groups of the same number) or runs (consecutive numbers in the same color).  An addicting game that is fantastic for groups, and has several variations to keep things interesting.
  • Yahtzee – This classic game is fun for all ages.  Roll the dice, create combinations, and earn the highest score to win.  Such a great way to work on probability, counting, addition, reasoning, and strategy skills.
  • Sequence Numbers – Master addition and subtraction skills with this stimulating game.  Match a card (with an equation on it) to its correct answer on the gameboard, then place a chip there.  Once players have 5 chips in a row, they’ve created a sequence.  It’s not as simple as it sounds though, because like most great games, strategy plays a part in the outcome.
  • Pizza Fraction Fun – With 7 different games to choose from, kids will have a blast identifying fractions, matching fraction equivalents, and adding or subtracting fractions, all while building pizzas.  A wonderful game for visual learners, or anyone who likes to have fun as they work on math skills.
  • Rack-O – Players race to be the first to get all their cards in sequential order.  A fantastic game for all ages, and is especially fun with groups.  Promotes critical thinking and number sense!
  • Tenzi – One of the most versatile games I’ve ever played.  There are over 77 different ways to play with the dice included in this game.  The classic version (which can be played in under 5 minutes) involves being the first to roll the same number on all 10 of your dice, but with so many other game alternatives, kids can work on everything from probability to recognizing patterns.  A simple, addicting game that deserves a spot in every home and classroom.
  • Phase 10 – An exciting card game that requires players to compete against each other to be the first to finish a series of 10 varied phases (combination of cards). Players must complete one phase before moving on to the next.  Finish all 10 phases, and win the game.  The twist, is there are special action cards (“wild” and “skip”), that help players, or hinder their opponents.
  • Monopoly – The game so many of us grew up playing, encourages kids to use addition and subtraction skills continuously as they explore financial concepts such as budgeting, dollar value, and investments.  Monopoly provides a fantastic opportunity for children to count money and make change as well.
  • Qwirkle – If you’re looking for a game that will allow children to practice spatial recognition, planning, and problem solving skills, this is it.  A straightforward and engaging game that involves matching tiles to earn points, using strategy, reasoning, and critical thinking.
  • Prime Climb – This beautiful and colorful math game offers kids a unique way to practice addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division skills.  Players roll the dice, and use mathematical knowledge (and a bit of luck) to work their way to the center of the board, bumping opponents back to the start, as they move along.  A great way to inspire critical thinking while learning and having a blast!
  • Set- The Family Game of Visual Perception. Great family game, kids can compete with adults which is easy to learn, a fast paced game with no turns and no luck.
  • Zingo 1-2-3! Counting, Number Sense, Word Recognition, Addition. Zingo is a highly recommended board game that works like bingo with a math twist!There are two sides to the Zingo boards. The green side is the easier side that focuses on counting and number recognition. For kids who have mastered counting, you can turn the Zingo cards over to the harder side and practice addition.
  • All Hands On Deck and Shuffling Into Math are two best selling books utilizing dice and cards to play any number of challenging, yet fun games individually or with a group or family. The books are a wonderful resource from PreK-12th grade! You can find a few of the games if you click on the link above or you can purchase the complete set on Amazon.
  • I Sea 10! I Sea 10! is a pure addition blitz. The rule of the game is simple, the one with the most number combinations amounting to 10 wins.

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About the Author

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Dana Kohls, Lower School Director

Dana holds both a Bachelors Degree in Liberal Studies and a Masters Degree in Development and Technology from California State University. Dana brings 18 years of teaching experience to Aspen Academy and has served as a Mathematics Committee Leader, District Professional Learning Advisor and Technology Team Leader.

 

Education

B.S., Liberal Studies, California State University
M.A., Development and Technology, California State University