Math-U-See Beta Level Up Set

Math-U-See Beta Level Up Set

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Product Description:

The Beta Level Up Set is designed for families who own the Integer Manipulative Set. The Set includes the Instruction Manual, DVD, consumable student books and lifetime access to the Digital package.


Publisher Description:

For customers who already have the required Integer Block Kit, this Set includes Beta: Instruction Manual with complete solutions, Instruction DVD, Student Workbook, Tests booklet, and lifetime access to the Beta Digital Pack, which includes the Skip Count Songs MP3s and Songbook PDF. The Beta level covers addition and subtraction of multiple-digit numbers and other topics.


Category Description for Math-U-See Beta:

Mastery of place value and using it to add/subtract-specifically multi-digit addition and subtraction. Additional topics include telling and writing time by hours and minutes, adding and subtracting US currency, measuring and estimating length with inches/feet and centimeters/meters, comparison of numbers and lengths, perimeter of polygon, and interpretation of data in plots and graphs.


Category Description for Math-U-See:

We are excited to 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 had learned math in this manner?

Utilizing a Four-Step Approach, Math U See provides a K-12 mastery-based math program.

  • Step 1 - Prepare for the Lesson
  • Step 2 - Present & Explore the New Concept Together (incorporating Build - Write - Say interactive teaching methodology)
  • Step 3 - Student Practices for Mastery
  • Step 4 - Student Progresses After Mastery
  • Truly multisensory, each level offers DVD instruction for the parent/teacher and student, manipulatives (through the Algebra level), and worksheets for practice. Mastery of math concepts is evidenced by the student's ability to teach the parent the concept by the end of the lesson. The authors have chosen to use letters of the Greek alphabet (Alpha, Beta, Gamma, Delta, Epsilon, and Zeta) to identify the sequence of concepts taught at the elementary level rather than a grade level designation. The Primer level is designed to provide an introductory broad overview and to encourage the love of math. Upper levels are titled more traditionally (Pre-Algebra, Algebra, etc.) Because Math-U-See (MUS) is mastery-based, students may enter the program at any level depending on their concept proficiency. Accordingly, it is highly recommended that all students take a placement test (opens in new window) to ensure mastery of any previously taught concepts. Placement tests are now readily available at rainbowresource.mathusee.com/

    Courses provide 30-35 lessons and will usually take about one year to complete, although with mastery as the goal, this is flexible. Lessons follow a similar pattern. Watch the DVD, work through lesson examples in the instruction manual together with the parent, then the student completes worktext activities. These include practice (2-3 worksheets), review (3 worksheets), and an additional activity called the application and enrichment page. These contain topics not included in the lesson as well as familiar concepts in a new format. If your child masters the lessons quickly, skip the additional practice sheets and move to the review. Due to the mastery focus of the course, the amount of time to complete a lesson will vary. You may find it necessary to spend 2-3 weeks on one lesson, while others may be grasped quickly and completed in 2-3 days. For students needing more practice, additional worksheets are available on the MUS website.

    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 rather than in the Primer.

    Course components each play a role in the program's success.

    Instructional DVDs provide parent-teachers an introduction to the MUS vision and methodology before transitioning to the 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 (upper levels are longer; 10-15 minutes) and is taught in front of a group of students and parents, who occasionally you will hear responding. 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. Providing much needed teaching support, these DVDs are a big part of the appeal of the program.

    The Instruction Manual. is also essential to the program. This hardcover book provides a curriculum sequence and introductory "how-to-use" information that outlines the MUS four-step teaching process. 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.

    The 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.

    The 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.

    The Demme Learning Manipulatives are unique. The Integer Block Set is 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.

    The Digital Pack provides lifetime access and includes streaming Instruction Videos, an 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. Digital Packs do not include Student Workbook or Test content. Digital Packs cannot be purchased separately; these are only available as part of the Sets.

    The Skip Count CD and Songbook is optional but a suggested complement to the Primer through Gamma courses. With it your student will learn their skip counting and addition facts. There are two versions of the songs on the Skip Counting CD; one with Christian lyrics and the other with the lyrics taken from science and literature. Universal Kits for Primer through Gamma 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 but not the Christian version.

    All products marked as Set include: Instruction Manual with complete solutions, Instruction DVD, Student Workbook, Test Book, and lifetime access to the Digital Pack. In addition, Universal Sets include all the manipulatives needed for the selected level. Level Up Sets are for families who already own an Integer Block Kit (or Fraction Overlap Kit for Epsilon). Level Up Base Sets were created for families that own both the Integer Block Kit and the Algebra/Decimal Inserts.

    As one who used this program in the early days of homeschooling, I appreciate many of the changes that have been made over the years. One of these is the systematic review as well as the additional level of challenge through the Application and Enrichment worksheets. Students who need additional review and practice will benefit from the focused practice that promotes mastery. Conversely, students who are math-gifted and require less practice to master the concept have the freedom to skip worksheets and move into the Application and Enrichment worksheet, unlike math programs with spiral review that become drudgery to exceptional math students. Additionally, the enhanced teacher explanations in the Instructor Manual and the DVD introduction will help parents feel prepared and more competent to teach math in this non-traditional, tactile way. It may be worth mentioning that if standardized testing is required by your state or organization, you may want to add a grade-specific workbook to ensure students are covering all that is required for the test. The final change I noted is that MUS has added additional topics to all levels to reflect current math standards.

    As I look back on my children and our MUS experience, these improvements would have made the course easier to implement with Child B who enjoyed the hands-on approach while learning various approaches to solve equations. The philosophy of MUS was not as well-suited to Child A, who was my “just show me the steps and let me do it,” “I can memorize it through drill” child.

    Keep in mind that using the mastery approach means that students spend more time on building solid foundational math skills, so it may appear that students are behind their peers in the early elementary years. They will catch up quickly and by upper middle school will be on target (if not ahead of) their peers. This is an excellent program for your hands-on student or one who wants to understand, really understand, the how and why of mathematics. There is much to appreciate in this unique program and it has tremendous potential for gifted, typical, or struggling learners. ~ Deanne


    Category Description for COMPREHENSIVE PROGRAMS - ALL GRADES:



    Primary Subject
    Mathematics
    Grade Start
    2
    Grade End
    3
    Note 1
    This item is ineligible for return unless returned complete.
    Format
    Other
    Brand Name
    Demme Learning
    Weight
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    My children have grown by leaps and bounds, in math, and it's because Math U See is so much fun and easy to use!
    Donnesa M on Aug 4, 2020
    Great math program that gives kids a strong math foundation through visuals.
    Megan B on Jul 11, 2020
    My children have grown by leaps and bounds, in math, and it's because Math U See is so much fun and easy to use!
    Donnesa M on Aug 4, 2020
    Continuing on from Alpha level
    Cecelia M on Jul 25, 2020
    Great math program that gives kids a strong math foundation through visuals.
    Megan B on Jul 11, 2020
    My child just completed Math_U-See Alpha and so far it is working well for her.
    User on Jun 5, 2020
    We have tried several other math curricula , this works much better for our boys!
    Jacquelyn O on Apr 22, 2020
    I have been using this so far and my kids enjoy it and it's got great review.
    Melissa W on Apr 9, 2020
    Plenty of practice learning a skill. No rushing into next step. Worked well for us.
    Hope M on Apr 6, 2020
    We have really enjoyed using the Alpha set. It has worked wonders for our daughter who struggled with some other math programs.
    Joanna T on Mar 26, 2020
    I love Math-U-See, my girls are doing great and looking forward to their new books.
    Kathleen F on Mar 5, 2020
    that is what we have been using since we have been homeschooling.
    Mary Kate P on Aug 20, 2019
    Son is leveling up from Alpha.
    Lisa H on Aug 6, 2019
    The Alpha was a great choice for my kindergartner last year so I chose to use Beta for the upcoming year in 1st grade.
    Kalee S on Jul 27, 2019
    I have use other levels before with other children
    Sonja J on Jul 26, 2019
    love this math program, especially helpful for kindergarten through 3rd grade
    Brittany M on Jul 16, 2019
    We've been working with Mathusee since we've started homeschooling. It's a pretty easy curriculum to follow for a busy mom like me and gentle approach for my kids who wants to be an engineer in the future.
    Sherryll C on Jul 5, 2019
    2 reasons: It was suggested as a good math curriculum by Ambleside and I have family that speaks well of math u see.
    Becky S on Jun 25, 2019
    I'm looking for a hands on method of learning math.
    Tammy I on Jun 1, 2019
    We used Alpha level and are ready for Beta.
    Jennifer T on May 6, 2019
    We used Math-U-See Alpha with our son and he has done very well with it! He's now ready for the next level and I want him to continue with the Math-U-See program.
    User on Mar 19, 2019
    We started with the Math-U-See program and it has totally been a success.
    Debbie W on Mar 1, 2019
    I like the way that Steve Demmi makes math visual!
    Joanna M on Jan 25, 2019
    great curriculum for my kiddos
    Natalie S on Nov 30, 2018
    dyslexic son
    micah s on Oct 4, 2018
    Our son loves the Math U See program. We've been through Primer and Alpha, so naturally Beta is our next step. He is amazing at math and I presume this program has something to do with it, plus his natural ability. He looks forward to math and we usually do a few sheets per day as he begs to do more than one. Hopefully this love and understanding of the material continues.
    Inna A on Sep 30, 2018
    we're ready for the next level of math in our homeschool adventure!
    Jessica C on Sep 1, 2018
    My son needed the next level up in this math program
    Calli W on Jul 31, 2018
    WE have used Math U See for two years prior and love it.
    Iris P on Jul 24, 2018
    Great curriculum!
    Gabriela P on Jul 18, 2018
    I have been using this curriculum from the beginning of our homeschool journey ,and I love it!!!
    Amy S on Jul 6, 2018
    My daughter is moving up from Math-U-See Alpha. We like the math-u-see method.
    Catherine L on Jun 14, 2018
    We finished the Alpha set and it worked great. Time to level up ;)
    Jamie D on May 28, 2018
    We used the Malth U See Alpha and were happy with it so are now trying the next level of Beta.
    Cherrise P on May 24, 2018
    Our daughter excelled with Alpha so we are continuing the Beta.
    Ashley H on May 13, 2018
    I love the hands on math and the visual learning as well as the hearing with songs and such. Thank you!
    Kera G on Apr 13, 2018
    homeschool friends recommended to me
    Britney b on Mar 26, 2018
    We are trying this out for the first time. What I am attracted to is the practicality of the method. It uses Math as a language that is universal, rather then by sub standard grade level requirement for marked intelligence. I will review it once we've used it and I am sure of its quality. However, I'm sure we will not be disappointed.
    Lyndsey L on Mar 20, 2018
    I am already using Math-U-See with my other older children. My 7-year old needed more challenge in his math, so I decided I would switch him over already.
    User on Mar 20, 2018
    Math U See is a great program for all our four boys! The manipulatives, video lessons and progressive concepts make math easy and fun for our kiddos!
    Rebekah S on Feb 5, 2018
    We have really enjoyed the Alpha series for "Math U See" and are ready to start another year!
    Andrea G on Jan 29, 2018
    Continuing on from Alpha level
    Cecelia M on Jul 25, 2020
    My child just completed Math_U-See Alpha and so far it is working well for her.
    User on Jun 5, 2020
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