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TypeAMom 02-05-2013 07:48 PM

Is Singapore Math expensive?
 
I heard it's inexpensive, but the year is split in 2 parts so once you start 1st grade, there are 2 textbooks, 2 workbooks and 2 instructor's guides per year. Then I saw it's recommended that you also get the intensive and/or extra practice books, too. Wouldn't you be spending ~$100 per year plus manipulatives (which aren't required but may help some kids). Is it just considered inexpensive compared to Saxon or other products?

mysticmomma1879 02-05-2013 09:56 PM

We are in 3a and have never bought the texts or the instructors manual. We buy the workbooks for $10 on amazon.

mysticmomma1879 02-05-2013 10:00 PM

Our manipulatives are generally pennies, beans, paper clips... Stuff lying around the house. Honestly, of your child needs all the extra practice and long drawn out lessons, you should go with Saxon. Saxon is mind numbingly dry and boring for my kids. Singapore is pretty open and go. I rarely even teach a lesson to my second grader and just briefly describe the topic for my kindergartener. They are mostly self taught in math. The do some oral drilling or online drills for facts, but if they get the concepts I see no reason to linger.

blondeviolin 02-06-2013 06:03 AM

Re: Is Singapore Math expensive?
 
We do HIG, text, wb, and CWP. It runs about $40 per semester.

HeatherlovesCDs 02-06-2013 09:24 AM

Re: Is Singapore Math expensive?
 
I get mine directly from the site or used if I see it cheap enough. (It has to be a very good deal for me buy used because I have a strong preference for new. :blush:) The text and workbooks are both $10.80 and the Home Instructor's Guide is $17.50 for a grand total of $40 plus shipping. That is $80 + shipping if you buy two a year. I do have some connecting blocks as manipulative, but that was a one time buy for $10 or so. That's it. We haven't needed extra practice so far, but that is only $10.20, so up to 100 a year. I don't find that expensive and it seems that most other programs are a good bit more. Maybe I'm misinformed.

Here are the links I got my info from:
http://www.singaporemath.com/Primary...US_Ed_s/39.htm
http://www.singaporemath.com/Extra_Practice_s/149.htm

Oh and subsequent children only need the workbook since you have the text and guide. So...$10 a semester, $20 a year.

HeatherlovesCDs 02-06-2013 09:24 AM

Re: Is Singapore Math expensive?
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by blondeviolin (Post 16254532)
We do HIG, text, wb, and CWP. It runs about $40 per semester.

What is CWP?

mysticmomma1879 02-06-2013 09:40 AM

Re: Is Singapore Math expensive?
 
The word problems book.

mysticmomma1879 02-06-2013 09:41 AM

Re: Is Singapore Math expensive?
 
http://www.singaporemath.com/Challen...S_Ed_s/148.htm

HeatherlovesCDs 02-06-2013 11:19 AM

Re: Is Singapore Math expensive?
 
Thanks! I've seen that. I wonder if it's something we should get. :giggle:

tibeca 02-06-2013 12:50 PM

Re: Is Singapore Math expensive?
 
I use singapore and don't bother with the "extra" workbook. When my daughter needed "More" we just grabbed some worksheets from education.com. Chances are your child won't need extra work for each subject.

I regret buying the "text" for 1st grade. We don't even use it. The workbook is all we need so far.


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