How necessary are the Home Instructor’s Guides for Singapore Math 5A-6B?

Dear Carrie

How necessary are the Home Instructor’s Guides for Singapore Primary Math levels 5A-6B?

I see Heart of Dakota (HOD) carries the Home Instructor’s Guides (HIG’s) for Singapore Math 5A-6B. Do you find most families need the optional teacher’s guides for levels 5A-6B? I was using a different math program. However, I am thinking about doing levels 5A-6B before moving my oldest daughter into Pre-Algebra. I noticed that HOD doesn’t carry the optional HIG’s for the younger levels. My daughter’s other math program teaches math similarly to Singapore. I think she is a bit young to put into Pre-Algebra, and I want to give her brain a little bit more time to develop. So, I am interested in Singapore Math Levels 5A-6B for her. One mother told me she is working all the problems out for her children in Singapore Math Levels 3 and 4 herself. I’d rather not do that! I’m wondering how necessary the HIG’s are? Thanks for your thoughts on this!

Sincerely,

“Ms. Please Help Explain How Necessary the HIG’s Are for Singapore Math Levels 5A-6B”

Dear “Ms. Please Help Explain How Necessary the HIG’s Are for Singapore Math Levels 5A-6B,”

I’d be glad to answer your question about the 5A-6B Home Instructor’s Guides (HIG’s)! With our own sons, we used the HIG’s only to refer to when we were stuck. I did not teach from the guide but continued to teach from the textbook. I believe I used the 5A HIG once and the 5B HIG just a couple of times. We referred to the 6A and 6B HIG’s a bit more than that, but still not terribly often. I will say I was grateful to refer to them when we needed them. I did use the Home Instructor’s guides for 5A on up as my answer key too. It was nice to have more fully worked solutions.

Further Thoughts on the Home Instructor’s Guides for Levels 5A-6B

We carry the Home Instructor’s guides for 5A, 5B, 6A, and 6B . Levels 5A-6B seem to be the levels at which they become more helpful. The Teacher’s Manual is not needed at any level, as it is very classroom oriented. So, whether you get the HIG’s for Levels 5A-6B or not comes down to more of a personal preference. In my experience, the HIG’s were nice to have for Levels 5A-5B because of the fully worked solutions, but not totally necessary. Most homeschool families like to have the HIG’s by the time their kiddos reach Levels 6A-6B. Very few families need the HIG’s for levels prior to 5A, which is why we don’t carry them. You can find all of the HIG’s for Levels 5A-6B that we carry by clicking here (just arrow down to the math section).

Helpful Advice for the Homeschool Mama Working Out the Problems in Levels 3 and 4 to Correct them 

On a side note, to the mama who is working out the problems in order to correct them in the younger levels, we do carry the answer keys for 1A-3B in one inexpensive booklet. The answer key for 1A-3B can be found by clicking here.  Likewise, the answer key for 4A-6B is also in one booklet, and that can be found by clicking here (just arrow down to the math section).

Blessings,
Carrie