Singapore Math is an internationally-recognized, highly successful, applied mathematics curriculum. Singapore Math is best known for its ability to help students understand the “why” behind math concepts, by teaching mathematical concepts from concrete through pictorial to abstract. This develops key critical thinking skills, linking math to our daily lives.
Singapore Math employs systematic use of word problems as the way of building the semantics of mathematical operations, which teaches students to conceptually understand a problem instead of relying on “clue” words. In addition, pre-algebra is embedded throughout the K-8 scope and sequence.
New York Times article on Singapore Math, 10/1/2010