At Seriously Addictive Mathematics (S.A.M), we know children learn math better when they truly understand the concepts before learning the procedures. Our multi-award-winning S.A.M thinking math program has helped children not only to excel in math but also to develop thinking skills and problem-solving skills to prepare them to take on future challenges.
Established in 2010, S.A.M is the world’s largest Singapore Math enrichment program for children aged 6–14, with more than 200 centers in 20 countries and counting.
Prepares your child to ace P1 through to PSLE
Developed by a team of former school teachers and textbook publishers
100% aligned to Singapore MOE syllabus
Personalised learning plan to suit each individual child’s level and pace
Fun, hands-on activities to learn new concepts
Mastery worksheets to help children build a strong math foundation
Low teacher to student ratio
Build a Strong Foundation and Excel in Math
Our students develop deep conceptual understanding and can explain concepts behind the procedures.
Acquire Thinking and Problem-Solving Skills
Our students can analyse, select the most appropriate heuristics and solve challenging problems efficiently.
Increase Confidence and Motivation
Our students enjoy learning and discovering math through the coaching approach with fun, hands-on activities.
Establish Independence and Self-Discipline
Our students develop good study habits that allow them to learn in class and at home.
At S.A.M, we believe every child can be great at math if they understand it.
Unlike other math enrichment programs, we teach children to understand what math concepts really mean, so that computations are no longer a jumble of numbers and symbols; they hold meaning and dictate numerical relationships. By developing students’ critical thinking, logical reasoning and problem-solving skills, we equip them with the tools to tackle math with total confidence.
- Thinking math that emphasizes problem solving, conceptual learning before procedural learning
- Fun, hands-on activities using the CPA approach
- Worksheet reinforcement with variation
- Explicit teaching of problem-solving heuristics and process
- Coaching approach to facilitate understanding
- Traditional math that emphasizes procedural learning, memorization and repetition
- Drill and practice
- Tell and give knowledge to student
The S.A.M thinking math program complements Singapore schools' curriculum with a two-pillared approach of hands-on Classroom Engagement and Comprehensive Worksheet Reinforcement to develop interest and mastery in math.
Research has shown that children aged 12 and below learn better when they have close adult supervision and tactile activities. This is why we have designed our class size to be small and trainers have one-on-one time with each child.
We use the Concrete-Pictorial-Abstract approach to help students understand an abstract subject such as math.
- Concrete stage is the “doing” stage where children use physical objects such as manipulatives.
- Pictorial stage is the “seeing” stage where children use drawings or pictures.
- Abstract stage is the “symbolic” stage where children use abstract symbols to represent math.
Created by a team of former Singapore school teachers and textbook publishers, S.A.M worksheets’ tasks are comprehensive, varied and incrementally advanced, so that learning is kept challenging yet achievable, to keep children motivated.
Through guided practice in class and independent practice at home, children develop mastery in math, problem-solving and thinking skills, self-discipline and good study habits.
We use a comprehensive diagnostic assessment to pinpoint the topics a child has mastered and the topics the child needs more support with. Then, we prescribed a personalized learning plan tailored to each child at their own skill level and pace, because no two children learn alike.
In addition, we use the coaching approach with probing questions and a lot of encouragement to help students explore, discover and build confidence towards math.