# Singapore Math Summer Camps

**Welcome to Singapore Math camps site!**

Holiday breaks are great times to explore the beauty and the enjoyment of math. During the school year, students have to learn specific math lessons from the school curriculum. Not much time remains for acquiring mental math strategies, solving challenging word problems, exploring deeper math concepts, or just simply enjoying the fun of math (yes! Math can be fun!) Singapore Math camps are striving to stir the students' interest in math outside of the time pressure from school exams and homework. Students will learn **mental math strategies** and solve many **challenging word problems.**

*Examples of Mental Math Strategies:*

- 245 - 99 = ?

(245 - 100) + 1 = 145 +1 = 146

OR

145 + (100 - 99) = 145 + 1 = 146

- 25 x 32 = ?

25 x 4 x 8

= (25 x 4) x 8

= 100 x 8

= 800

*Examples of challenging word problems:*

- I transferred 1/2 of the jelly beans from Jar A into Jar B. After that there were 96 jelly beans in Jar A and three times as many in Jar B. How many jelly beans were in Jar A and Jar B at first? (Singapore Math 3rd grade question)
- A rectangular plot of land has an area of 240 meter square. The width of the land if 3/5 that of its length. Find the perimeter of the plot of land. (Singapore Math 6th grade question)

Most students dread math and consider that math is full of drudgery and drills because of the conventional way schools approach math. Math does have the aspect of drills, but drills should compose only a very limited portion of it. The majority of math should consist of enjoyable **problem solving challenges with appropriate strategies**. Singapore Math camps hope to reverse the mostly negative impression students have concerning math and to excite students about math!