In our Preschool Package, hands-on activities encourage the development of math readiness skills. The MFW activity booklet explains how to use these items to teach early math skills. Those educational toys that most directly relate to math are:

Tall Stacker Pegs & Pegboard

Shape and Color Sorter

Number Express

Number Puzzleboards & Pegs

Fit-A-Space

8" Pegboard

In God's Creation from A to Z, math is taught using an informal, integrated approach. Many skills are woven into the lessons as students cut an apple in half, measure and compare the lengths of dinosaurs and whales, and order leaves by size. All typical kindergarten goals are taught, including counting objects, writing numerals, preparing and understanding charts and graphs, comparing, classifying, sequencing, ordinal numbers, fractions (whole/half), clocks, coins, and an introduction to addition and subtraction.

Learning God's Story uses an informal, hands-on approach to teach math. A combination of hands-on activities, oral activities, pencil-and-paper tasks, and real-life situations more than adequately covers first grade math goals. Math becomes part of daily life, is practical, is well understood, and is usually even enjoyable! The Teacher's Manual lists first grade math goals and contains flexible plans for an informal, hands-on approach.

Initially I was concerned about which mathematics curriculum to use. For Kindergarten and 1st Grade, I did exactly what My Father's World recommends in their curriculum (i.e. hands-on activities, oral and real-life situations.) [I did not add any other math program.]

Then, for 2nd Grade I purchased a separate math curriculum. It recommended completing one lesson per week. [At that time, MFW did not offer Singapore Math.] However, due to the math preparation learned from MFW in Kindergarten and 1st Grade, my son was able to do one lesson per DAY. He, therefore, completed the 2nd and 3rd Grade material in his 2nd Grade year! He completed his Standardized Achievement Tests this year with outstanding results. Thank you MFW for laying such an outstanding math foundation!

--Joan in Minnesota

Singapore's Primary Mathematics U.S. Edition has an impressive scope and sequence that introduces skills early with unique and well thought-out methods. For example, simple multiplication and division readiness concepts are introduced in Level 1. (read more)

Another strength of Singapore Math is the strong mental math component. Logical, unique strategies are taught that help students truly understand mathematical concepts. Students are then able to solve problems mentally without always relying on paper and pencil.

Singapore Math was written for schools in the country of Singapore, which is an English-speaking nation. Singaporean students are distinguished among their international counterparts for receiving high marks in math. Singapore Math is gaining respect and popularity as students worldwide benefit from its unique approach. The Primary Mathematics U.S. Edition includes measurement units relative to American culture (U.S. currency, pounds, ounces, etc.).

We also appreciate the manageable number of workbook problems students are expected to solve on a daily basis. Its effective, parent- and student-friendly format, which we have witnessed in our own home school, makes this a program we highly recommend to others.

Before you order Singapore, your child must take a placement test. (read more)

Singapore Math is a very strong program; do not expect your child to test into a level that matches their grade level. Singapore books do not necessarily correlate to U.S. grade levels. The goal is to complete at least Level 5B by the end of the 6th grade. (Some students may easily be able to reach 6B, and should be encouraged to do so.) Many children who switch to Singapore after 2nd grade will need to complete more than one lesson a day until they are on target to reach this goal.

To decide which test to give your child, look at the tests that are at and below your child's grade level. Ignore the grade level on the test; look at the content. Select the placement test that you are confident your child can complete with more than 80% accuracy without your assistance. It is very important that you don't begin with a placement test that is much too hard for your child because he will probably become very frustrated. Expect to give more than one test to your child in order to accurately place him.

The placement tests are divided into two sections, A and B, each representing a half year of work. If necessary, you may give the first half (A) one day and the second half (B) the following day. Score the two sections (A and B) separately and calculate the percentage of correct answers for each one. Each question has a point value assigned in square brackets [ ] to the right of the problem. For tests 1A through 5B add up the points in the brackets for each correct answer. The total correct points on the test is the percentage of correct answers. For tests 6A and 6B add up the points correct and double the number. This will be the percentage of correct answers.

If the student scores 80% or above, and you are confident he has really mastered that material, then continue on and give him the test for the next level (on another day). When he scores below 80% (or you believe that he has not mastered the content), that is the level at which you should begin teaching. For example, if your child scores 92% on Test 2A, and 70% on Test 2B, purchase the Primary Math 2B and 3A package.

Placement Tips: If your child is uncomfortable with basic addition/subtraction concepts, begin with Primary Math 1A and 1B without taking the placement test. Older children may be able to do a quick overview of 1A and 1B to learn the foundational principles Singapore Math teaches in preparation for the more advance concepts in 2A and beyond.

It is usually better to start teaching on a level that is slightly too easy than one that is slightly too difficult.

Placement for Grade 2

Students who have completed the math lessons in MFW's first grade curriculum (or any first grade math program) should take the 1A test. If they pass at 80% or better, they should begin at 1B.

For second graders, we don't recommend skipping 1B unless they have truly mastered all of the 1B content. This book sets an important foundation in understanding key Singapore Math® concepts.

1B includes concepts generally taught beyond first grade, such as 34 - 9, 28 + 5, complex story problems, and multiplication/division. A quick glance at the 1B placement test will show you the difficulty level of 1B.

Second graders should also focus on learning addition/subtraction facts, using Horizontal Addition and Subtraction Flashcards (available from My Father's World) and other methods.

Math should take a child at this age no more than 40 minutes per day. Initially, it may often be quite a bit less.

Placement for Grades 3-6

A student new to Singapore Math should take the Singapore placement test and begin where placed. Don't think of the Singapore books as being tied to grade levels; Level 2B does not necessarily correlate to 2nd grade. Singapore Math is a very strong program; expect your child to test one or two (or more) levels below his actual grade level. As your child works in Singapore, remember the goal is to complete at least Level 5B by the end of 6th grade (Some students may easily be able to reach 6B, and should be encouraged to do so.)

Many children who switch to Singapore after 2nd grade will need to complete more than one lesson a day until they are on target to complete this goal. The following time recommendations will help your child catch up.

3rd and 4th graders (who are behind) should spend at least 45 minutes a day on math.

5th graders (who are behind) should spend at least 60 minutes a day on math.

6th graders (who are behind) should spend at least 75 minutes a day on math.

Once your child has progressed sufficiently so that he is on track to finish at least Level 5B by the end of 6th grade, he can complete one lesson per day as scheduled in the MFW lesson plans.

To select and print a placement test, click on the appropriate link below. Answers are included on the last page of each test.

Each two-semester set below contains lessons for a standard school year. (If your child is working at an accelerated pace then you will need more than one set per school year.) It includes two reusable textbooks (one for each semester), two consumable workbooks, and two lesson plan booklets written by My Father's World. (Lesson plans include answers.)

Workbooks for an additional student are also available.

Regular practice of math facts must be added to the program. This can be done quite simply with the regular use of flashcards:

For students in 7th - 12th grade, we recommend Saxon Math with one year of Jacobs Geometry.

Our complete packages include the tools you need for older students to work more independently. Daily Lesson Plans written by My Father's World assign specific problems each day. DIVE CDs use your computer to teach each lesson in the Saxon textbooks. Solutions Manuals show each problem worked out step-by-step.

Sequence of Courses:

A 7th grader who has completed Singapore Level 5B or higher should begin Saxon Math at level 8/7.

All other 7th - 12th graders who are new to Saxon Math should take the Saxon Placement Test and begin where placed.

If your child is in 8th grade or above and hasn't been using Saxon Math, he should take the Saxon Placement Test and begin where placed. (Any 7th or 8th graders who test below 8/7 may call our office for recommendations.)

After completing Saxon level 8/7, students with test scores consistently at 80% or more may skip Algebra 1/2 and go directly into Algebra I.

After completing Saxon Algebra I, students are strongly encouraged to study a full year of geometry using Geometry: Seeing, Doing, Understanding by Harold Jacobs (not published by Saxon).

After Jacobs Geometry, students return to the Saxon Math sequence with Algebra II, Advanced Math, and possibly Calculus.

Complete Package Contents:

Each complete package includes Daily Lesson Plans written by My Father's World. These plans assign the problems in each lesson that are most important to complete. While other retailers often sell the Solutions Manual separately, our packages include the Solutions Manual. We consider the Solutions Manual an essential component because it shows each problem worked out step-by-step-very helpful when your child needs help and you aren't even sure how to begin! For Saxon Math we include DIVE CDs so that students are more self-directed. These are excellent CDs for use on your computer that teach each lesson in the Saxon textbooks. This is especially helpful if your time is limited, or if your higher level math skills are rusty.

Saxon Math 8/7 Complete Package includes paperback textbook, tests and worksheets, Solutions Manual, MFW Daily Lesson Plans, and DIVE CD (which teaches each lesson).

Saxon Algebra 1/2, Algebra 1, Algebra 2, and Advanced Math Complete Packages include a Homeschool Kit (hardcover textbook and homeschool packet with test forms and answer key), Solutions Manual, MFW Daily Lesson Plans, and DIVE CD.

Saxon Calculus includes all above items except the Daily Lesson Plans.

Jacobs Geometry includes Textbook, MFW Daily Lesson Plans, Teacher's Guide, and Test Bank.

Do you recommend using Singapore math with a first grader?

Learning God's Story first grade curriculum is a complete program which includes math. 1st grade math will focus on real life, hands-on activities and can be supplemented with The Complete Book of Math which is included in the basic package for skills reinforcement. We have found delaying a child's move into a textbook based, formal math program and focusing on hands-on math is beneficial in helping children understand abstract concepts in math and number relationships. Based on observation and experience we recommend beginning Singapore Primary Math in 2nd grade. Your child can take a placement test at that time to determine where they would begin. Many of My Father's World families have been pleased at the placement of their children after following our 1st grade program as written. The Teacher's Manual will list twenty specific goals for numbers, addition, subtraction, place value, money, time, and other foundational math concepts. Our first grade Teacher's Manual also features a library book list of math literature.

Why do you recommend Saxon Math 3rd edition for grades 7 - 12?

Based on our relationship with Dr. David Shormann of D.I.V.E. (Digital Interactive Video Education) and his review of Saxon Math 4th edition programs, we will continue to recommend Saxon 3rd edition 7th -12th grade math programs. He believes the newer Saxon textbooks have strayed too far from John Saxon's (1923-1996) original, tried and tested vision for teaching mathematics. The 4th edition was not written by John Saxon (who died in 1996), but by the current owners of Saxon Math. Dr. Shormann does not believe that 4th edition programs hold to the original, successful Saxon methodology. Therefore, D.I.V.E. will not be developing the instructional CDs we have come to appreciate for the 4th edition. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt assures us that for the time being they will continue to print the 3rd edition materials for the homeschool market. For these reasons My Father's World will continue to sell and recommend Saxon Math 3rd edition programs with the D.I.V.E CD for teaching instruction.

Why doesn't My Father's World use the Standards Edition of Singapore versus the U.S. Edition?

My Father's World has chosen to continue using Singapore's Primary Mathematics US Edition over the Standards Edition (which meets California standards) because it best follows the model for teaching math in Singapore. We do not believe the changes made in the Standards Edition increase the effectiveness of the program. My Father's World maintains that the elements of math added to the Standards Edition were to meet a U.S. standard that is less effective than the standards used in the original Singapore programs. For example, children do not need to be introduced to probability and negative numbers until junior high, when these concepts can be quickly learned at a more mature age. For these reasons My Father's World continues to recommend the U.S. Edition.

My child has taken the Singapore Math placement test and scored fairly low. Do I start where they tested or go with their grade level?

Singapore Math is a very strong program; do not expect your child to test into a level that matches their grade level. Singapore books do not necessarily correlate to U.S. grade levels. The goal is to complete at least 5B by the end of the 6th grade. (Some students may easily be able to reach 6B, and should be encouraged to do so.) Many children who switch to Singapore after 2nd grade will need to complete more than one lesson a day until they are on target to reach this goal.

Why did My Father's World choose Jacob's Geometry instead of Saxon?

My Father's World has reviewed Saxon Geometry and we still prefer Jacobs Geometry. Jacobs Geometry has a wonderful way of explaining concepts and providing background information making it a more easily understood and applied program.

Why does My Father's World not offer the Home Instructors Guide for Singapore Math?

My Father's World has found the Home Instructor's Guide from Singapore overwhelming for most parents, making lessons longer than they need to be. The guide seems to be written to classroom educators not home educating parents.

Of the many families we know using Singapore Math, most are very confident teaching the program with just the textbook and the workbook, along with our Daily Lesson Plans. The parent simply walks the child through the textbook just as it is written.

Our Daily Lesson Plans primarily show you what to complete each day in the textbook and the workbook, with a few suggestions for teaching. The lessons have been scheduled to complete two levels (an A and a B) in one academic year.Â If needed, you may use a manipulative (hands-on) to help learn a concept. The examples from the textbook can be replicated with a manipulative such as Cuisenaire Rods or others that you may already have. This is a great way to introduce the concepts in a concrete manner.

We suggest, if you chose to use the Home Instructors Guide, to choose only a few activities to reinforce the lesson and then only if it is needed beyond what is in the daily textbook lesson activities.

Why does My Father's World recommend Saxon Math for grades 7-12 instead of continuing with Singapore Math?

Before making recommendations for math, a career math teacher on our staff evaluated many of the math programs currently available. He recognized strengths and weaknesses in all the programs he evaluated. Our conclusion was that Saxon Math, used with the DIVE instructional CD, is the most complete program for grades 7-12. We have complemented Saxon Math by adding one year of geometry using Jacobs Geometry.Â Jacobs Geometry teaches formal proofs that teach the logic skills needed to prepare for more advanced math.

We would like to continue recommending Singapore Math for grades 7-12, however most parents are not comfortable teaching more advanced math at home. Singapore Math does not offer tools for students to learn independently or for parents to easily teach and/or oversee students using the more advanced programs.Â However, if you are available and willing to continue teaching Singapore to your children for grades 7-12, we would encourage you to do so.

Our Saxon Math packages include the textbook, tests and solutions, step-by-step solutions manual, D.I.V.E CD, and My Father's World Daily Lesson Plans. The D.I.V.E. CD provides oral and visual instruction on each lesson on the computer. The lesson plans select specific problem sets for each unit to meet the needs of the average child. If a child is struggling with a specific unit they may need to do all the problem sets for additional practice.

The testimonies we hear regularly from families who have chosen other math programs continue to strengthen our belief that Saxon Math with Jacobs Geometry is the best choice for grades 7-12. We have also seen strong college entrance exam scores for students using Singapore Math in the elementary years and Saxon Math with Jacobs Geometry in grades 7-12.

MFW Homeschool Curriculum FAQs

Individual Items

Singapore 1A/1B Two-Semester Set

62.2047.00

Singapore 1B/2A Two-Semester Set

62.2047.00

Singapore 2A/2B Two-Semester Set

62.2047.00

Singapore 2B/3A Two-Semester Set

62.2047.00

Singapore 3A/3B Two-Semester Set

62.2047.00

Singapore 3B/4A Two-Semester Set

62.2047.00

Saxon 8/7 Complete Package, 3rd Ed.

Includes Saxon Homeschool Kit (textbook, tests, answers) with Solutions Manual*, MFW Daily Lesson Plans, and DIVE CD. *Solutions Manual is highly recommended and usually sold separately at other sites.

173.90119.95

Saxon Math 8/7, Homeschool Kit w/ Solutions Manual, 3rd Ed.

Includes textbook, tests, answers, and the solutions manual.

Includes Saxon Homeschool Kit (textbook, tests, answers) with Solutions Manual*, MFW Daily Lesson Plans, and DIVE CD. *Solutions Manual is highly recommended and usually sold separately at other sites.

Includes Saxon Homeschool Kit (textbook, tests, answers) with Solutions Manual*, MFW Daily Lesson Plans, and DIVE CD. *Solutions Manual is highly recommended and usually sold separately at other sites.

My Father's World is now the publisher of Jacobs Geometry and have worked with the author to get this book back in print. The content of the book remains the same with the exception of the removal of five questions on page 62 and a few illustrations throughout.

Includes Jacobs Textbook, MFW Daily Lesson Plans, Answers Book, and Test Bank.

Includes Saxon Homeschool Kit (textbook, tests, answers) with Solutions Manual*, MFW Daily Lesson Plans, and DIVE CD. *Solutions Manual is highly recommended and usually sold separately at other sites.

Includes Saxon Homeschool Kit (textbook, tests, answers) with Solutions Manual*, MFW Daily Lesson Plans, and DIVE CD. *Solutions Manual is highly recommended and usually sold separately at other sites.

Includes Saxon Homeschool Kit (textbook, tests, answers) with Solutions Manual* and DIVE CD. *Solutions Manual is highly recommended and usually sold separately at other sites.

190.90139.95

Saxon Calculus Solutions Manual

47.9539.95

Saxon Calculus DIVE CD, 2nd Ed

54.9554.95

Horizontal Addition Flashcards

Flashcards are an effective way to practice math facts. My Father’s World developed these horizontal flashcards to provide practice consistent with Singapore Math®. Addition facts to 18.

4.954.95

Horizontal Subtraction Flashcards

Flashcards are an effective way to practice math facts. My Father’s World developed these horizontal flashcards to provide practice consistent with Singapore Math®. Subtraction facts to 18.

4.954.95

Horizontal Multiplication Flashcards

Flashcards are an effective way to practice math facts. My Father’s World developed these horizontal flashcards to provide practice consistent with Singapore Math®. Multiplication facts to 81.

4.954.95

Horizontal Division Flashcards

Flashcards are an effective way to practice math facts. My Father’s World developed these horizontal flashcards to provide practice consistent with Singapore Math®. Division facts to 81.

4.954.95

Multiplication/Division Horizontal Math Flashcard Set

Used to introduce math facts. Multiplication and Division facts to 81.