Originally Posted by Lisa1970
The reason the Standards edition would have been better for kindergarten is because Singapore does not really have the Kindergarten so that was written just for the US market.
Singapore has 2 years of Kindergarten. The original US edition of EarlyBird Math was based on that written for the Singapore market, which was not part of the Primary Maths series. IMHO, the Earlybird Standards Edition is far superior to the US Edition. All pages are in colour and there are many more activities.
|The Standards edition was US written to fit US standards. The US has never had the best standards and consistently ranked at the lowest in math on internationally tests. So, you can take that for whatever you want. Some say the Standards edition still keeps with the Singapore way, but it devotes way less time to it as it is spread to thin adding in all the extra, unneccesary, superficial topics of typical US books.
This isn't the case. The Standards Edition rearranges some topics relative to the US Edition and adds a very few back in. The topics added in are among those removed from the Singapore 2nd Edition Primary Maths in the 3rd Edition (which the US Edition is based on) and include negative numbers, co-ordinate graphing, and some basic probability. It's all right here
in the US publisher's FAQ.
- Is the Standards Edition of Primary Math "dumbed down" compared to the US or third edition?
No, it is not. It does meet the math requirements per grade level for California, and so some topics were added and rearranged, but it maintains the integrity of the Primary Mathematics curriculum. Most of the content is the same as in the US edition and thus the third edition of Primary Mathematics, and some content was added in from the second edition of Primary Mathematics. In fact, it is probably in places a bit more challenging than the US edition because of the addition of material from the second edition of Primary Mathematics. This is one series that has not followed the trend of decreasing challenge with each new edition! Some topics were added, which could lead to concern that it is becoming "mile wide and inch deep" but the additions are fairly minimal. Some of the additions were simply made in order to be more explicit on material that was already in the curriculum, or to cover some of the same material at more grade levels. For example, some content that was repeated between grade levels was removed in going from the second edition to the third edition to create a "reduced content" edition. It is now back in the Standards edition, such as a review of equivalent fractions now in 4A, or the connection between division and fractions now in both 4A and 5A.