Torah Day School’s core use of the Singapore Math curriculum in grades K-6 aligns us with the chief goals of the Common Core State Curriculum, which drew in part on the same international data that led to the use of Singapore Math in the U.S. Both the Common Core and Singapore math stress the need for a deep conceptual understanding of mathematics. Problem-solving is emphasized beginning in Kindergarten, and students spend a significant amount of time on number sense and concepts such as place value. Visual, concrete aids such as model drawing are a key part of the program, with the ultimate goal being to develop a true intuition about mathematics. The student is not primarily playing with manipulatives, nor is he or she memorizing what procedure to follow. Rather the student is being led to analyze the problem at hand, to draw a diagram that will display the given facts, and to use reasoning to solve it.