Because of my involvement in Magellan, friends are always pointing out useful resources and articles about education. A friend pointed me to this article about how Jeff Bezos teaches his children math — using a method made popular in China and Singapore:
It seems he and his wife, MacKenzie Bezos, use the same approach for their children’s education.
“We tried all sorts of things … Mandarin lessons, the Singapore math program, and lots of clubs and sports with other neighborhood kids,” MacKenzie Bezos told Vogue.
Learning a second language has been found to have educational benefits, and team activities help create well-adjusted kids. But what exactly is the Singapore math program?
Singapore math, also known as the “mastery approach,” is a method of teaching mathematics that’s most prevalent in Shanghai, China, and Singapore.
It just happens to be the same approach that informs Magellan International School’s approach to teaching math (not to mention, we are also big believers in bilingual education).
One of the tenets of the approach that I see my own children exercise on a regular basis is having more than one approach to solving the same math problem. This gives them a means to test their work when they aren’t sure about an answer, or when they’re still learning a new approach.
It is also a good lesson in life- finding more than one answer to every question is a fantastic way for our kids to grow up understanding the world around them and understanding others’ points of view.