This is Part II of a 3-part series demonstrating how we use Singapore Math, **Part I** was finished earlier today. This post will show how we use the extra books – **Extra Practice**, **Intensive Practice**, and **Challenging Word Problems**. All the books are smaller than average size, approximately 7.5 x10.5 inches, just high enough to peek out of a Desk Apprentice. In addition to the stack below, we also keep 1A Intensive Practice workbook around. A total of eight books for one program seems a bit too much, but we typically work with 3 or less books at a time. I guess I think of it as a lot of content, but in smaller, manageable books that we can take out as needed.

## HIG Scheme of Work

First of all, while it isn’t that hard to figure out which pages to schedule to go along with your current lessons, the Singapore HIG (spiral-binded book above) does include the Extra Practice and Tests page suggestions to go along with your lessons. (Click image below to see larger size.) As you can see, it also schedules out the Textbook, Workbook and the Guide itself, broken down into suggested Weeks (18 weeks for 1A, 17 for 1B, total of 35 weeks). We do not use Singapore Tests yet, but I may end up purchasing them for Singapore Level 2.

We’ve finally decided how we’re going to incorporate the three extra books. Our way is just one way, your family may decide to do it differently, or may only use one (or none) of these extras. If we finish our main lesson early, we’ll pull out some of these books. I have scheduled Singapore Math to be 30 minutes. Yesterday we finished our lesson in 5 minutes, so we did a lot of the extras. Today we finished in 15 minutes, so half our time was spent in the extra books. We use this extra time as review and/or added challenge.

### Extra Practice Book

We use the Extra Practice as a review, staggered slightly behind our actual lessons, working about 2-3 units behind our current work. The content is similar to what you’ll find in the Workbook. Answers are in the back of the book. This is a very optional book, I can see many families not purchasing it. If you do, you may prefer to use it alongside your current lessons instead of a review as we do. Or you may wish to only use certain pages that your child needs work in.

Extra Practice books are offered per year, so you only need one for the entire Singapore year, rather than buying both 1A and 1B. Another nice thing is that it is offered for both Standards edition (which we use) and U.S. Edition. The worksheets are perforated, so you can take out just what you need. It is a big book, over 200 pages, so I’m thinking I might want to ProClick it and bind it myself so the pages lie flat. They are $13.30 on SingaporeMath.com and $12.50 on Rainbow Resource.

SingaporeMath.com “They can be used to review for tests or to review concepts taught a while ago, or as a summer math book to keep concepts fresh.Â Although each unit contains â€œfriendly notesâ€ reviewing the topics of that unit, the notes are strictly for review, and the concepts are not developed as thoroughly as in the textbooks, so it is not recommended as a replacement for the textbook.”

As we use Extra Practice as a review, it’s an easy refresher for us and I can catch what may need to be worked on before we continue further in the program. Below are the examples.

There are four total Extra Practice pages for Chapter 6: Subtraction Within 100. There are five lessons covered in Chapter 6. Other chapters may include several note pages for review before hitting the problems. Unit 14 on Multiplication has 2 pages of notes and 6 pages of practice.

### Intensive Practice

We usually try to fit in a few pages of Intensive Practice, but we’re staggering this a whole half level behind what we’re studying. Unfortunately for us, currently they are only offered in U.S. Edition, although we haven’t noticed any issues with that yet. You do have to purchase both A and B for the year, for a total of $18.60 from SingaporeMath.com or $16.30 from Rainbow Resource. The pages are not perforated. Total pages are 152 for Intensive Practice 1B, with answers in the back.

Satori enjoys this book but there are a few here and there that she needs my help to figure out. She’s not a math genius, but if you have an extremely mathy child, I can see them loving to independently figure out these puzzles. In addition to typical math problems, you’ll also find a variety of interesting and diverse problems and puzzles.

The books include a “Topical Review” that exposes students to a variety of questions and then plenty of “Take the Challenge” that develop more mathematical reasoning and higher-order thinking skills.Â The book concludes with a “Mid Year or End of Year Review”. The very end of the books includes “More Challenging Problems” to further challenge the child to think critically and creatively.

As you see, it includes word problems, but if you are really craving word problems, take a look at the book below.

### Challenging Word Problems

I’ve heard such great things about this book, I even purchased this book a entire year before we even started using Singapore Math. There is one book per level, and it works with either Standards or U.S. Edition. It is $10 on SingaporeMath.com or $8.75 on RR. My book (2010) matches exactly to the book on their website, but has a different cover. I hear there are earlier editions, and I am not sure how they differ from this. Book 1 is 218 pages with answers in the back. The pages are not perforated.

The book includes 17 chapters, plus a chapter on Miscellaneous Problems and a chapter with the Answers. The chapters begin with a few Worked Examples such as below.

It then gets into Practice Questions, at a level similar to the normal text/workbooks.

Then you’ll get into the Challenging Problems, which also include a few Worked Examples. Here is an example problem from the beginning of the book:

“A class had 3 fewer boys than girls. After 2 girls left the class, only 5 girls remained. How many boys were there?”

Here’s an example from the middle of the book, in the Multiplication section:

“An ant has 6 legs. A spider has 8 legs. A beetle has 6 legs. There are 2 ants, 2 spiders, and 1 beetle. What is the total number of legs”

Here’s a page toward the end.

### Not Using Singapore Math?

Many families still pick up a copy of Challenging Word Problems and maybe even Intensive Practice. In fact, that was our initial plan before we ended up using Singapore as our main math. Hopefully I’ve given enough information for you to see if these books might be suitable for your current math program.