Math-U-See Alpha Universal Set

Math-U-See Alpha Universal Set

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Item #: 071148
Grades: K-1
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Product Description:

Universal sets include everything necessary for success at that level including manipulatives, the Instructor Manual and DVD, and consumable student worktext and test book (test book not available for Primer). Also included is 12-month access to the digital package for that level. Digital packages include streaming instruction videos and online Instruction Manual, lesson solutions, and other online resources from any browser. You'll also have access to the MUS Digital Manipulatives, using Chrome or Safari browsers. Primer through Gamma digital packages include Skip Count Songs MP3 and PDF songbook. Please note that a completely secular version of the Skip Count Songs is available only from Demme Learning.

Publisher Description:

The Alpha Universal Set includes everything you need for a successful experience with Alpha: Instruction Manual with complete solutions, Instruction DVD, Student Workbook, Tests booklet, Integer Block Kit, and 12 months of access to the Alpha Digital Pack, which includes the Skip Count Songs MP3s and Songbook PDF. The Alpha level covers single-digit addition and subtraction, place value, and other topics.

Category Description for Math-U-See:

We are excited to now offer this "tried and true" homeschool favorite math program! It sets itself apart from other math curricula with its focus on creating effective problem solvers who understand the underlying concepts in math and can apply math to real life situations. Honestly, as an adult, how many of us wish we would have learned math in this manner?

Following a 3-step learning method: build, write, and say, Math U See is truly multisensory.

Each level offers DVD instruction for the parent/teacher and student, manipulatives (through Geometry level), and worksheets for mastery of math concepts evidenced by the students ability to teach the parent the concept by the end of the lesson. Because Math-U-See (MUS) is mastery-based, students may enter the program at any level depending on their concept proficiency. The authors have chosen to use the Greek alphabet to demonstrate the sequence of concepts taught rather than a grade level. It is highly recommended that all students (unless beginning with Primer) take a placement test (opens in new window) to ensure mastery of any previously taught concepts. Placement tests are now readily available at

Lessons follow a similar format. Watch the DVD lesson (parent first and then child/parent), work through lesson examples in the instruction manual together, and complete worksheets. Each lesson concludes with a test. Cumulative unit tests are scheduled regularly to assure students retain previous teaching. Each level concludes with a final test covering all concepts taught. These tests begin in Alpha, not Primer.

Lets explore the components necessary for success. Instructional DVDs are available in the Universal and Level Up Sets (more info on sets below). The DVDs provide parent-teachers an introduction to the MUS vision and methodology before transitioning to instructional lessons. Teaching lessons are designed to be viewed by the parent first, followed by the student and parent (or student only at the upper levels or as the student demonstrates the ability to view independently). Each teaching segment is 5-8 minutes in length and is taught in front of a group of students and parents, which you occasionally hear responding (or building with the manipulatives). The camera is focused on Mr. Demme, who explains and demonstrates the lessons on a large white board with magnetic manipulatives (or drawings). Lessons are clearly explained and easy to follow. Integral to the program, the DVDs provide much needed teaching support.

Also essential is the Math U See Instruction Manual.

This hardcover book provides a curriculum sequence and introductory "how-to-use" information that outlines the MUS four-step teaching process: Prepare for the lesson, present the new topic, practice for mastery, and progress after mastery. Teaching instruction with example problems for each lesson, solutions for the worksheets and tests, and a helpful glossary and index are included. The instruction is not scripted but is clearly presented and easy to implement.

Demme Learning Consumable student worktexts

contain a mix of practice problems and word problems. Space is provided to work out the problems, but some students may prefer having access to "scratch paper" to work problems, especially at the higher levels. The front of the student worktext includes space to record grades for worksheet pages and tests.

Demme Learning Consumable test booklets

are provided to evaluate student progress. Parents are encouraged to reteach previous lessons if the student does not do well. Mastery is the goal, and lessons build upon one another so that future success is dependent on students really knowing the previous concept.

Demme Learning Manipulatives Integer Block Set

Additional components include the Integer Block Set, a 133-piece manipulative blocks set that is used from Primer through Algebra 1. This is a set of plastic interlocking blocks with blocks in different colors designed to represent each number from one through ten (there is a hundred block as well). A Fraction Overlay Kit is utilized in the Epsilon course to teach fractions. This set is color-coordinated with the Integer Block Set to aid students in learning fractions. Beginning with Zeta and utilized through Algebra 1 is the Algebra/Decimal Insert Kit which is used with the Integer Block Kit to teach advanced decimal and algebra concepts. Finally, the optional Skip Count CD and Songbook is a suggested complement to the Primer through Gamma courses and will help your student learn their skip counting and addition facts. There are two versions of the songs on the CD, one with Christian lyrics and the other with the lyrics taken from science and literature. The Primer through Gamma Universal Kits include online access to the Skip Count Songs MP3s and songbook PDF. Please note, the online Skip Count MP3 includes the Science and Literature lyrics and not the Christian version.

Math U see Primer

Unlike the other levels, Primer, the entry level, is designed to provide a broad overview and introduction to various math topics which will be mastered in a later level. Teaching children that math is fun and leading them to love math is the goal at this level. With this big picture approach, this course lends itself to children who are beginning to recognize numbers but have not mastered counting to ten verbally or are unable to recognize the numbers 0 to 10. If your child is comfortable with both and is ready for formalized instruction, the Alpha Placement Test is recommended.

As mentioned, the elementary books are taught sequentially and are

Category Description for Math-U-See Alpha:

Major concepts mastered include place value, single-digit addition and subtraction, and solving for the unknown addend. Additional topics include time (hours and minutes), shapes, measurement (length), skip counting by 2s, 5s, 10s and 100s, word problems and understanding halves and fourths.


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This curriculum is recommended for learners on the ASD
Patricia M on Sep 16, 2019
recommended by friend
Courtney R on Aug 23, 2019
This curriculum is recommended for learners on the ASD
Patricia M on Sep 16, 2019
Recommended by a friend.
Katherine S on Sep 10, 2019
recommended by friend
Courtney R on Aug 23, 2019
great recommendation from multiple friends
Kandice L on Jul 26, 2019
Mastery based and good for all different learning styles.
Mary Elizabeth G on Jul 22, 2019
Saxon wasn't working well for my visual, hands-on learner and the spiral approach was overwhelming her. I've heard great recommendations for Math U See.
User on Nov 1, 2018
Mastery program and hands on. This is a great program to understand and learn the foundations of math that will last a lifetime.
Jamie R on Jul 15, 2018
Recommended by a friend.
Erica C on Jul 11, 2018
This curriculum meets the best standard- my child loves it and I love using it!
Alexandra W on Jul 3, 2018
Suggested by other home-school moms to work well with dyslexic kids.
Emily G on May 21, 2018
I've heard several good recommendations of this curriculum from both parents and teachers who use home-school curriculum for their students.
Elizabeth B on Apr 24, 2018
Online reviews steered me in the direction for this curriculum. Having samples available to look over was a tremendous help.
Sara W on Apr 14, 2018
My son is a kinesthetic learner and we feel that this will help him get the math concepts we are trying to teach him.
Justin H on Apr 9, 2018
My daughter is struggling in math at school, so I am purchasing this to supplement at home.
Kimberly B on Mar 15, 2018
good source of a child education
winfred k on Feb 9, 2018
We are struggling with other math & this seemed like a good fit for daughter.
Alicia G on Jan 26, 2018
I will be using the set with my first grade son.
Emily L on Jan 21, 2018
We are currently using Horizons K for our son who is autistic. Wanted to try Math U See for its manipulatives and different approach to math.
Sandra R on Jan 20, 2018
Recommended by a friend.
Katherine S on Sep 10, 2019
great recommendation from multiple friends
Kandice L on Jul 26, 2019
what is contained in the manipulative set that comes with this kit?
A shopper on Apr 18, 2018
Math-U-See Alpha Universal Set
Math-U-See Alpha Universal Set
Math-U-See Alpha Student Pack
Math-U-See Alpha Student Pack
BEST ANSWER: It has the counting block set. Numbers 1-10, and 100 blocks are all included.
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I am really enjoying this program. My daughter hated math last year and she loves this. I asked her on the first day of homeschool what her favorite thing was and she said "the one with the blocks." I said, "you mean math?" She didn't even realize that she was doing math. Her excitement has waned some but it is still going well.
September 6, 2018
1 year ago
5 year old enjoys Math U See, but no objectives stated
After several recommendations from friends who have homeschooled for years, we decided to start with Math U See Alpha for our 5 year old. She enjoys the visual manipulatives, and grasps new concepts quickly with the methods MUS uses. However, I was disappointed to discover there are no clearly stated objectives in the teaching manuals. As a licensed teacher, I felt this was a HUGE oversight. I had to reread some of the early lessons several times to get to the heart of WHAT exactly I wanted my student to accomplish by the end of the lesson. The instruction manual is basically a lesson narrative, which may be helpful for a nervous beginning teacher, but seasoned teachers will find this frustrating if you are accustomed to building your own lessons around an objective. I'm finding later lessons more straightforward, but the initial acquaintance with MUS ideology was a bit rough for us. Hopefully this will change in the future. A MUS representative replied to my inquiry and explained that objectives and standards were currently being written for MUS programs used in schools. But every homeschool parent is a teacher and should be starting each lesson with a clear learning objective, so I'm baffled to find homeschool material that hasn't provided this crucial information up front.
June 20, 2018
1 year ago

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