All About Pre-school Math Enrichment

Discussions on tuition centres/enrichment services that specialise in Mathematics.

Which is your preferred Math Enrichment Programme for Pre-schoolers

CMA Mental Arithmetic
50
26%
E&P Learning Place
5
3%
E.nopi Math
12
6%
Edufarm Learning Centre
8
4%
Just Education
4
2%
Kip McGrath
4
2%
Kumon
38
20%
MPM Math
55
29%
Sakamoto
5
3%
[Others - Please specify in thread]
9
5%
 
Total votes : 190

All About Pre-school Math Enrichment

Postby clulez » Thu Mar 20, 2008 3:50 pm

Title: K1 & K2 Maths Enrichment - Is It Necessary?

Hi all, I'm new here, AND.. I need some opinion. What do ya'll think? Is it necessary for K1 and K2 to be enrolled in math enrichment classes? Also, which is your recommendation, if necessary? Tks![/b]

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Re: K1 & K2 Maths Enrichment - Is It Necessary?

Postby ChiefKiasu » Thu Mar 20, 2008 5:01 pm

clulez wrote:Hi all, I'm new here, AND.. I need some opinion. What do ya'll think? Is it necessary for K1 and K2 to be enrolled in math enrichment classes? Also, which is your recommendation, if necessary? Tks!


The answer to your question is: PREFERABLY. MoE will be the first to tell you that your kid will be taught everything they need to know to PASS the exams in primary schools. But doing well in class in an increasingly competitive academic environment is another question. There's still a strong dependency on natural talent and ability for the child to succeed in school.

I never sent my son to any enrichment classes before P1. While he is able to handle the math quite easily and do well, his computational speed in mental sums is still not as fast as some other children of his age who started with enrichment classes way back in K1 or before. That of course put him at a mild disadvantage.

In general, there are 2 kinds of enrichment for math - the "brain training" type and the academic type. Brain training types focus more on developing the left/right brain for enhanced computational abilities. Some of these have claims that can be quite astounding. Example of the "brain training" type includes things like abacus, and CMA mental sums. Here is an article on CMA on Kiasuparents.com posted sometime ago. You should also check out our enrichment directory to refer to some others.

The academic type are those that focuses on more down to earth and MoE syllabus-related programmes. Kumon is probably the best known for this. It focuses on routine training (children have to spend 5-15 mins per day working on daily worksheets). So the more worksheets they do, the faster they get.

The general view is that you should consider the "brain-training" types if your child is < P1 and the "academic" types if your child is already in primary school. Super kiasu parents will sign up for both... but be careful of burning out your kid!

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Postby clulez » Thu Mar 20, 2008 8:28 pm

Thanks ChiefKiasu. I guess there is no shortcut to the kiasu lots. With your advice in mind, I'm now on the hunt for a suitable math enrichment school for my K1 & K2. Welcome any recommendation! (BTW, I went "wow" when I saw the CMA video clip of the boy-calculator. But an uncomforable level also quickly sets in for me)

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Postby ChiefKiasu » Sun Mar 23, 2008 8:17 pm

clulez wrote:Thanks ChiefKiasu. I guess there is no shortcut to the kiasu lots. With your advice in mind, I'm now on the hunt for a suitable math enrichment school for my K1 & K2. Welcome any recommendation! (BTW, I went "wow" when I saw the CMA video clip of the boy-calculator. But an uncomforable level also quickly sets in for me)



Yes, it gets scary, doesn't it? :shock:
I was like - what have they done to this kid?! - when I first watched it.

For K1-K2, I would recommend Kumon. It is relatively cheap - about $120 per month (from April) for 1 subject. It prepares the kid very well for academic mathematics, and builds discipline in doing daily routines.

I've heard that the quality of the Kumon franchise might be a bit spotty - kind of like KFC where the chicken tastes different in Singapore versus in Australia. But the course materials are standard, so the only variable are the tutors present at the centre. I heard the one at Roxy Square (next to Parkway Parade) is quite good - if you are staying near there.
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Postby phantom » Mon Mar 24, 2008 10:41 am

I think mental abacus courses is a good math enrichment. My nephew who is in k2 has been in abacus for 1 1/2 years and seems quite useful.

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Postby jedamum » Fri Apr 18, 2008 7:13 pm

A couple of popular math enrichment in the market...
1. E.nopi
2. MPM
3. Kumon
4. Montessori math
5. Just Education (mainly tuition...got K2 tuition..they adopt 'Advance Teaching Technique' - very affordable)
6. Kip McGrath (mainly for tuition as they focus more on weak students, not those who want to improve from 85marks to 95marks)
7. Sakamoto

E.nopi, MPM and Kumon allow the kids to progress based on their own ability.
Montessori math and the tuition based ones are classroom based, ie an advance kid cannot progress faster than the rest of the class.
For Sakamoto, feedback is welcome. :)
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Postby jolim26 » Sun Apr 20, 2008 10:18 pm

How abt doing it at home with i-maths.

http://mumnbabes.com/shop/product_info. ... cts_id=433

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Postby ChiefKiasu » Sun Apr 20, 2008 10:30 pm

jolim26 wrote:How abt doing it at home with i-maths.

http://mumnbabes.com/shop/product_info. ... cts_id=433


Hey jolim26, thanks for posting the site. I'm already busy shopping there :). Then again, dunno if I have the time or patience to DIY.

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Postby Ljas1370 » Tue May 20, 2008 2:04 pm

Hi Parents, I have a kid who is in K1 now and I cannot decide whether to send him for "brain training type - ABACUS" or "Academic type". I've phobia on ABACUS because I've sent my elder son for abacus class before at CC when he was in K1/K2. When he was in P1 I really got nightmare because he forgot the abacus formula and end up with wrong answer when doing addition and substraction. In the end I have to use my own method to teach him addition and substraction from the start. SCARY. Nowsday I really scare of sending my youngest son for ABACUS. Wondering for CMA ABACUS does the child has to remember all the formula? e.g +4 = -1+5. etc. Have anyone heard of D'SEED learning Centre located at the basement of Katong Mall? They have maths enrichment called Concept Maths for Kindergarten Students. Can some parents pls give me some feedback. Many thanks.

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Postby jedamum » Tue May 20, 2008 8:41 pm

Ljas1370 wrote: he forgot the abacus formula and end up with wrong answer when doing addition and substraction.

:?:
does he need to use abacus formula for P1 math? i thought some people said that primary school math addition/subtraction is different from abacus formula (cos using number bonds method) and hence some parents (from another forum) do point out that kids learning abacus may get mixed up when learn P1 maths.
my boy had dropped his abacus and he is so happy...cos no more pages of boring abacus calculation...he said. :lol:

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