Math-U-See Epsilon Universal Set

Math-U-See Epsilon Universal Set

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Product Description:

The Epsilon Universal Set includes everything necessary for success: Fraction Overlay Kit, the Instructor Manual and DVD, and consumable Student Worktext and Test Book. Also included is lifetime access to the Epsilon Digital Pack. 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.

Please note: The Integer Block Kit is not included in the Epsilon Universal Set.The Integer Block Kit is available separately or it is possible to use any small countable items: pennies, raisins, M&Ms, etc. as a work-around.

Covers mastery of fractions including equivalent fractions and basic operations with fractions becoming fluent with adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing fractions and mixed numbers. Also includes common factors, grouping symbols and order of operations, comparing and converting decimal fractions, area and circumference of a circle, classifying quadrilaterals, fractional measurements on line plots and number lines, and using coordinates to represent ordered relationships


Publisher Description:

The Epsilon Universal Set includes everything you need for a successful experience with Epsilon: Instruction Manual with complete solutions, Instruction DVD, Student Workbook, Tests booklet, Fraction Overlay Kit, and lifetime access to the Epsilon Digital Pack. The Epsilon level covers basic operations with fractions and other topics.


Category Description for Math-U-See Epsilon:

Mastery of fractions including equivalent fractions and basic operations with fractions becoming fluent with adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing fractions and mixed numbers. Also includes common factors, grouping symbols and order of operations, comparing and converting decimal fractions, area and circumference of a circle, classifying quadrilaterals, fractional measurements on line plots and number lines, and using coordinates to represent ordered relationships.


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


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    Primary Subject
    Mathematics
    Grade Start
    5
    Grade End
    6
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    Format
    Other
    Brand Name
    Demme Learning
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    I like the way this is taught on dvd and the teacher is good at explaining things. I also like the digital manipulatives
    Harmony J on Oct 10, 2021
    I needed video lesson support for my older child and manipulatives.
    Stephanie c on Aug 16, 2021
    I like the way this is taught on dvd and the teacher is good at explaining things. I also like the digital manipulatives
    Harmony J on Oct 10, 2021
    Looking for a Math program that is not Saxon.
    Dan S on Sep 12, 2021
    I needed video lesson support for my older child and manipulatives.
    Stephanie c on Aug 16, 2021
    I like the idea of using manipulatives for math learning - it seems like it will bring it to life by catering to multiple learning styles.
    Elizabeth W on Aug 10, 2021
    Math U see is a great curriculum. This will be our fifth year using it and we find that Mr. Demme is an excellent teacher and really makes math understandable. Great time saver for Mom too.
    User on Jul 10, 2021
    I love the simplicity of Math u see. All three of my daughters use it.
    April M on Jun 29, 2021
    I’m currently using Math U See and my child loves it.
    Marie D on Apr 9, 2021
    We love Math U See it has been our math program from the begining of our homeschool journey.
    Brittany T on Mar 26, 2021
    We are continuing with Math-U-See for its mastery approach...very helpful for my student.
    Renee B on Mar 25, 2021
    Because we have used math-u-see from the start and it is very intuitive for kiddos.
    Alicia H on Mar 12, 2021
    We have been using Math U See from the beginning (my oldest is in 5th grade now) and it works really well for our family. I love the hands on manipulatives and the aid of the teaching videos. It is pretty much open and go from a teaching standpoint, which is what I need with four kids in different grades!
    Kristina Q on Jan 19, 2021
    I loved the Delta pack we used and knew this would be a good fit now that she is ready to move up a level
    Amanda D on Jan 13, 2021
    Where I normally order is out and someone told me about this place
    Theresa D on Sep 2, 2020
    My fifth grader has enjoyed using Math-U-See Delta, so we are moving on to Epsilon. I like the mastery approach (that still incorporates review), the DVD lessons, and how every lesson really does help students "see" the concepts taught, rather than simply having students memorize facts and formulas without understanding.
    Daniel R on Aug 24, 2020
    Have used previous levels.
    Celia B on Aug 12, 2020
    read that it was helpful for visual learners who may struggle in math
    Alicyn A on Aug 7, 2020
    This is a great Math curriculum. It is very easy to use and his lots of review that our kids need.
    John W on Aug 3, 2020
    My Daughter has been following this cause without any intervention from me (except to mark it). Very thorough and I am thrilled with her progress and math ability.
    User on Jun 10, 2020
    My daughter finished Delta, so we needed the next level up.
    Sara B on Jun 8, 2020
    I love math-u-see. We've been using it since the beginning of our homeschooling adventure.
    Kristen on May 28, 2020
    My child struggles with math. We've tried different programs. I hope to build a more solid foundation of understanding with Math-U-See before moving on to higher levels of math.
    Jennifer B on May 8, 2020
    I am looking forward to the mastery approach. I am excited to use the visuals to aid in the learning.
    Linsay W on May 3, 2020
    friends' recommendations
    Julie F on Feb 26, 2020
    Needed this for 5 th grade math
    Amy S on Jan 28, 2020
    Math U See has been very helpful in teaching my daughter with dyscalculia.
    HOPE K on Sep 28, 2019
    Recommended by a friend
    Nick C on Aug 1, 2019
    Math U See has helped my children actually understand math more fully than other programs.
    Sheree D on May 16, 2019
    This is the next level for my eldest son
    Kelly B on Apr 8, 2019
    To help my students to get a better understanding of fractions.
    User on Mar 22, 2019
    Math u see is a simple easy look at math that builds concrete foundations for later math skills.
    Jessica P on Mar 13, 2019
    Highly recommended for children with dyslexia.
    User on Feb 8, 2019
    Home School Math
    Starsha C on Jan 14, 2019
    Lots of practice until master is achieved. Simple, direct instruction.
    Diane H on Jan 11, 2019
    We have used the previous sets and are ready for Epsilon. We really like this math program.
    User on Jan 1, 2019
    A friend recommended this math because it had lots of repetition of new concepts. And I like how like problems are grouped together. I also like that I can print up extra problems at the math u see website.
    Erica F on Aug 11, 2018
    We've tried several programs, Math-u-see is what my child likes...the one I don't have to fight her with.
    brooke s on Aug 1, 2018
    Been using this series since the beginning of our homeschool journey. Although not all my kids use it, my son really benefits from the one concept at a time factor.
    Shawna C on Jul 25, 2018
    I have used Math-U-See for nearly 15 years and have never been disappointed.
    Hannah H on Jul 24, 2018
    My homeschool student has used Math U See in the past.
    Sarah H on Mar 6, 2018
    I have used Gamma & we are finishing Delta
    Kristina H on Feb 18, 2018
    read good reviews on it
    Staci P on Jan 23, 2018
    Struggling Student needed change. Already have this product for another student. Impressed with the format.
    Gretchen C on Jan 4, 2018
    Looking for a Math program that is not Saxon.
    Dan S on Sep 12, 2021
    I like the idea of using manipulatives for math learning - it seems like it will bring it to life by catering to multiple learning styles.
    Elizabeth W on Aug 10, 2021
    Does the universal set contain everything I need to teach or are there other parts I would need to purchase?
    A shopper on Aug 31, 2020
    BEST ANSWER: If you have used previous math-u-see kits then yes. If this is your first year using math-u-see you will also need to purchase the math interger kit (https://www.rainbowresource.com/product/071166/Math-U-See-Integer-Block-Kit.html?) you can also find objects to count and group if the interger kit is unavailable. I used plastic knives when my kit was instorage.
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    what does it mean when it says digital pack?
    A shopper on Feb 5, 2020
    BEST ANSWER: It just means that you get digital access to the Material that is in the dvd as well as the ability to create worksheets etc, for extra practice. You can also use the manipulatives digitally if you don’t want to drag the box out!
    Approximately how long do each of the video sections last for epsilon?
    A shopper on Sep 22, 2019
    BEST ANSWER: The Epsilon videos usually last 5-10 minutes. This is just enough information to get students started.
    Does this come with an answer key ?
    User on Mar 11, 2019
    BEST ANSWER: Yes, it does. Solutions for the workbook problems are in the Teacher Instruction Manual.
    Do I need the integer block kit for the epsilon universal set?
    User on Mar 6, 2018
    BEST ANSWER: No, you do not but you do need the integer blocks for levels after epsilon.
    my child just finished Delta Math U see, does she need this universal kit or will just the student kit for the next one work?
    A shopper on Jan 25, 2018
    BEST ANSWER: To move from MUS Delta to MUS Epsilon, your student will need the Universal Kit because you will need the Instructor Manual, the DVDs, and the Fraction Overlay Kit in addition to the Student Books.

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    Another winning level of Math U See!
    August 10, 2020
    Purchased
    1 year ago
    Rated 5 out of 5
    Great curriculum!
    I have tried Saxon and Teaching Textbooks, this is by far my favorite! It really makes teaching math easier. I will use every level!
    September 25, 2019
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    over 2 years ago
    Rated 5 out of 5
    Great product
    Just began using MUS. My daughter has gone from defeated to empowered with just one lesson.
    March 6, 2019
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    over 2 years ago
    Rated 5 out of 5
    Great for dyscalculia!
    This is our 2rd year with MUS. My daughter with dyscalculia has advanced to her 3rd book. It is amazing how much she has improved in math. Well recommended!
    October 22, 2018
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    over 3 years ago
    Rated 5 out of 5
    Epsilon
    I would recommend the Epsilon set for homeschooling without a doubt. The books include an instruction manual, student workbook and test booklet, instructional DVD and fraction overlays. The instructions are clear and easy to read/teach/learn. The instructional videos are a wonderful addition for an additional 'boost' in teaching in any given area, as needed. The overlays are fantastic as well for an visual representation. My favorite part about the books is how they are free they are of visual clutter. The pages are just words and problems - no tacky visuals to distract from the math itself. Most importantly, my homeschooler is learning fraction math rapidly and stress-free.
    April 5, 2018
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