## #SG50 Singapore’s Birthday (National Day Song)

This year’s national day song is being sung by JJ Lin, a very famous Singaporean songwriter and artiste who has become famous in China and Taiwan.

Hope you enjoy the song and music video! JJ Lin’s vocals are indeed very good, and for him to sing the national day song is really a good thing.

From an educational perspective, one thing special about Singapore is Singapore Math. I have written a very long article on what is Singapore Math, and the benefits of Singapore Math, and also some key books that exemplify the techniques of Singapore Math.

Hope that more and more people can appreciate and utilise Singapore Math for the benefit of their students and children! Singapore Math is the key secret that has led Singapore to progress up in the educational rankings, especially in early education stages. Students and parents all over the world, including the United States, have been using Singapore Math syllabus to great success.

For readers who are interested to learn more about Singapore Math, do check out some of my earlier blog posts on Singapore Math:

## Singapore Math (High School): Logarithm Question

The following is a follow up video on my earlier post on Logarithm Question (Challenging).

The video is posted on: http://mathtuition88.blogspot.sg/2014/12/singapore-math-high-school-logarithm.html

Thanks for watching!

Featured Book:

John Napier: Life, Logarithms, and Legacy

Featured Posts:

Recommended Singapore Math Books

## Lunes (Mathematics)

What are Lunes? Check out this absolutely interesting video:

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hippocrates_of_Chios

“As it is, the book is indispensable; it has, indeed, no serious English rival.” — Times Literary Supplement
“Sir Thomas Heath, foremost English historian of the ancient exact sciences in the twentieth century.” — Prof. W. H. Stahl
“Indeed, seeing that so much of Greek is mathematics, it is arguable that, if one would understand the Greek genius fully, it would be a good plan to begin with their geometry.”

## Singapore math

Singapore math (or Singapore maths in British English[1]) is a teaching method based on the national math curriculum used for kindergarten through sixth grade in Singapore.[2][3] It involves teaching students to learn and master fewer mathematical concepts at greater detail as well as having them learn these concepts using a three-step learning process.[2][3] The three steps are concrete, pictorial, and abstract. In the concrete step, students engage in hands-on learning experiences using concrete objects such as chips, dice, or paper clips.[4] This is followed by drawing pictorial representations of mathematical concepts. Students then solve mathematical problems in an abstract way by using numbers and symbols.[5]

The development of Singapore math began in the 1980s when the country’s Ministry of Education developed its own mathematics textbooks that focused on problem solving and heuristic model drawing.[3][6] Outside Singapore, these textbooks were adopted by several schools in the the United States (U.S.) and in other countries such as Canada, Israel, and the United Kingdom.[7][1][8] Early adopters of these textbooks in the U.S. included parents interested in homeschooling as well as a limited number of schools.[3] These textbooks became more popular since the release of scores from the Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS), which showed Singapore at the top of the world three times in fourth and eighth grade mathematics.[9] U.S. editions of these textbooks have since been adopted by a large number of school districts as well as charter and private schools.[3]