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Great pics, thanks! Have you tried using any manipulatives with it? I think what Im realizing is that I'd like to use them when necessary (when they really impact a lesson or when DS is stuck and needs something more to understand a concept) but not sure I want to use them for everything. He is a kid that likes workbooks

I guess I'm just wondering if the abacus would be hard to teach and hard for him to get.

Okay  caveat emptor, I'm not an expert on Singapore. I've only seen bits and pieces of it.
But from what I've seen, it's still just the same math curriculum as almost everything else. ... The pages of Singapore I've seen were virtually indistinguishable from the pages of the $3 math workbooks I used to get for DS in the regular bookstores, the ones that are just intended for "school enrichment" etc. 
Mountain mama to three great kids and one great grownup
I wanted to say that unless you've used Singapore Primary Math, you probably wouldn't realize the subtle ways in which it's different. The presentation format is fairly mainstream, but there are some very important differences in the way in which concepts and skills are introduced and linked. In how the operations are introduced, for example... Subtraction is never conceptualized as "taking away." Addition and subtraction are the same set of numerical relationships looked at in different ways, and so they're introduced alongside each other. Ditto for multiplication and division. Both the partition and measurement conceptual models of division are taught. Mental math skills are stressed from very early on. (My 5yo can easily do 184  98 by subtracting a hundred and adding two, thanks to Singapore.) Multistep word problems are introduced at a basic level at the 2nd grade level and further developed during 3rd grade. A bardiagram approach allows kids to solve complex ratio and fraction problems which would otherwise require algebra at the primary level.
I was intrigued by RightStart but found it a poor fit for my kids in terms of the sequence of introduction of concepts and skills. Certainly the presentation is different  more like how we used Miquon, which I liked. But placement turned out to be a huge conundrum because RS didn't seem to follow the natural order of skills acquisition that my kids had spontaneously undertaken. Miranda 
Mom to DS(8), DS(6), DD(4), and DS(1). Â "Kids do as well as they can."
I was intrigued by RightStart but found it a poor fit for my kids in terms of the sequence of introduction of concepts and skills. Certainly the presentation is different  more like how we used Miquon, which I liked. But placement turned out to be a huge conundrum because RS didn't seem to follow the natural order of skills acquisition that my kids had spontaneously undertaken.

Is Singapore easy to teach (not the Earlybird, Im sure I can handle those ) ? I've read that the Home Instructor's Guides don't always give enough info to explain things (as compared to the guides for say, Saxon)

The HIG's contain coordinated schedules, mental math exercises, explanatory material for the parent, answers to workbook and textbook problems, and complete lesson plans including activities and games. However, the lessons aren't scripted like in Right Start. Ideally you'd do the lesson first( taking as much time as necessary to master the content), then the text, followed by the workbook exercise.
I can't compare the HIG's to Saxon, as I've never used the latter. I do know that many, ourselves included, don't use the teaching material in the HIG's and find the textbook to be sufficient. I purchase the HIG's for the extra mental math exercises and materials. IMHO, parents new to Singapore/Asian math methods should get the HIG's at least for their own benefit, so they have a better understanding of why things are presented the way they are. I also highly recommend reading Knowing and Teaching Elementary Mathematics by Liping Ma. 
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