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Confession: I have not been known to be always consistent in our homeschool- we were guilty of switching our curriculum in the early years quite often. We were always looking for the next best thing, or something better. I learned over the years, however, that when you find something that is working, stick with it. One of those things for us has been Math U See.
We have used Math-U-See since my oldest was in 1st grade. (she is now in 8th!) All of my children have used it, and we were never tempted to look elsewhere. This was rare in our early years of curriculum hopping! So far, we have gone through anywhere from grades 1-8 with three children!
What I love:
- The DVD’s are awesome. My children watch the lesson that Mr. Demme teaches. He is so much fun to watch and really explains the concepts in a manner that doesn’t just teach how to do the problems, but why it works. I found myself in the early years, saying, “Wow. I never realized that!” No joke. I had just learned how to do the math growing up, and never really the “whys.” As my children have gotten older, I sometimes watch with them, because truth be told, yes I need to learn it too 😉 Mostly this has been true for Algebra which my daughter is doing this year.
- Teacher’s Manual. If you need helping reinforcing the lessons, the teachers manual also explains the concepts for each lesson. I usually use this only after I have watched the DVD lesson.
- Practice Pages. After the DVD, the children have 6 workbook pages to complete. The first three are mastering the concept, and the last three are reviewing previous lessons, plus the new concept. If the child understands the concept well, they do not have to complete all six pages. Math-U-See recommends not moving on however unless the concept is mastered. There are also “honors lessons” or application pages depending on the level.
A Mastery Approach to Math
Math-U-See uses the mastery approach as opposed to the spiral approach. This means that they spend time mastering a concept, rather than learning it and then mixing in review. For us, this just works. Many people prefer spiral method, but just as many prefer mastery. It really just matters what your family decides works for you or for each child individually. Even though the focus is on mastery, each lesson includes review after mastering the concept.
One of my favorite parts of the Math U See approach is the manipulatives. For the earlier years, there are blocks that represent ones, tens, hundreds, etc. These are a great way for a visual learner to “see” math. Using the manipulatives is key to understanding how the concepts work.
Using a hands on approach works very well for those learners who love hands-on activity. They literally can “see” the concepts in real life- hence the title, Math-U-See!
Mr. Demme also recommends in the earlier years that they children teach back the concept to their parent. Once they can teach it to someone, it shows that they have mastered it. This is another key step to mastering the concepts.
Besides their basic curriculum, Math-U-See also has songs available for memorization, on-line classes, online practice, and more. There is something for everyone!
I am extremely grateful for Math-U-See for the last seven years of math instruction in our home. Mr. Demme has become part of our homeschool family in a sense since we see him weekly in our lessons! We are grateful to have this program.
Head over to visit Math-U-See to learn more about their program. You can find levels from Kindergarten through High School. I am really looking to use their Stewardship Level in High School. I love the biblical basis and all this program will teach. Head over to visit their website. Or you can find them on Facebook.
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Must be 18 years or older. One winner will be selected at random. Must live in U.S. Winner will receive one level of choice.