__Characteristics of Singapore Math__

**Greater Depth/Less Breadth: ** More time is spent on each topic. Fewer topics are covered in a year. Greater emphasis on mastery.

**Problem Solving Emphasis**: Model drawing diagrams are used to promote understanding of word problems and provide a bridge to algebraic thinking.

**More Multi-Step Problems**: Problems often require the use of several concepts.

**Mental Math**: Techniques encourage understanding of mathematical properties and promote numerical fluency.

**Absence of Clutter and Distraction**: Presentation is clean and clear and uses simple, concise explanations.

**Coherent Development**: Topics are introduced with simple examples and then incrementally developed until more difficult problems are addressed.

**Teacher and Parent Friendly**: Since mathematical content is clear, it is often easier for teachers to plan lessons. Parents can read the books and help children.

**Review of concepts is not explicitly incorporated **into the curriculum. Students are expected to have mastered a concept once it has been taught.

**A high level of expectation **is implicit in the curriculum.

**Stress on Developing Conceptual Understanding**: Students and teachers learn to focus on “why” not just “how.”