Math-U-See Gamma Universal Set

Math-U-See Gamma Universal Set

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Product Description:

The Gamma Universal Set includes manipulatives, the Instructor Manual and DVD, and consumable Student Worktext and Test Book. Also included is lifetime access to the Gamma Digital Pack. Digital Packs 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 Gamma Universal Set includes everything you need for a successful experience with Gamma: Instruction Manual with complete solutions, Instruction DVD, Student Workbook, Tests booklet, Integer Block Kit, and lifetime access to the Gamma Digital Pack, which includes the Skip Count Songs MP3s and Songbook PDF. The Gamma level covers multiplication for single and multiple-digit numbers and other topics.


Category Description for Math-U-See Gamma:

Mastery of multiplication for single and multiple-digit numbers. Additional topics include adding and subtracting time in hours and minutes; multiplying, adding, and subtracting US currency; recording and interpreting data; understanding basic fractions and estimating and solving measurement problems.


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
    3
    Grade End
    4
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    Format
    Other
    Brand Name
    Demme Learning
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    Why did you choose this?
    Rainbow Resource Center Store
    I have only heard great things about Math-U-See and I am excited to use it for my very tactile son.
    Hannah F on Aug 29, 2021
    slow learner
    abby s on Dec 2, 2020
    I have only heard great things about Math-U-See and I am excited to use it for my very tactile son.
    Hannah F on Aug 29, 2021
    Homeschool
    Brenda B on Apr 6, 2021
    slow learner
    abby s on Dec 2, 2020
    I have already used the AIM program from MUS and loved it, so this was a no brainer for my son!
    Melanie W on Jul 8, 2020
    excellent reviews and hands-on
    SCHAIANE R on Apr 19, 2020
    Teaching several different ages in our homeschool and am happy they will all be able to benefit from the different levels and also be able to revisit anything they may struggle with or need to review down the road.
    Trisha W on Feb 25, 2020
    I chose this course to help my son learn math. He is a very visual and hands on learner and I really am excited to try this course.
    Jennifer P on Feb 12, 2020
    I watched a demo on Math u See's website and it made so much sense to me. I want to try this for my children this year. I have high hopes!
    Shell R on Jan 6, 2020
    Researched for my student who is not proficient in math.
    Diana G on Aug 16, 2019
    We are switching from Saxon. This series is highly recommended.
    Daniel R on Apr 24, 2019
    to use with my gandson
    Marcia B on Mar 6, 2019
    Looking for more of an interactive math program and the manipulatives look like they will do a great job and reinforcing the concepts
    Lisa N on Nov 17, 2018
    For Homeschool
    Deborah G on Aug 23, 2018
    Wanted new curriculum for my kids.
    Stephanie S on Aug 13, 2018
    Highly recommended by other serious homeschoolers
    Laura W on Aug 9, 2018
    It had good reviews and the level I needed for my son!
    haley t on Aug 3, 2018
    Because love Math U See
    Kyla F on Aug 1, 2018
    Heard it was a fantastic curriculum. This will be our first year, we are switching from Saxon math.
    Amanda C on Jul 26, 2018
    Have used it before
    mona h on Jun 23, 2018
    I like the dvd teaching with manipulatives
    Tammy M on Mar 30, 2018
    our current math program is not working and this was recommended
    Melissa S on Jan 14, 2018
    Homeschool
    Brenda B on Apr 6, 2021
    I have already used the AIM program from MUS and loved it, so this was a no brainer for my son!
    Melanie W on Jul 8, 2020
    How do I access the Digital Pack once purchased?
    Brooke on Aug 23, 2020
    BEST ANSWER: Rainbow Resource should send you an alphanumeric code. Once you have that, go to MathU See website and add Gamma Digital pack to your cart. Then enter your alphanumeric code and apply it & complete transaction as if you were purchasing, but with your code, it's free.
    Do you need the whole universal set (is everything in the set a necessity) if you are just starting with math u see?
    A shopper on Apr 12, 2018
    BEST ANSWER: Yes, all the items in the set are necessary with the exception of the Digital Pack (which is an online duplication of some of the other material). We don't sell the Digital Pack separately and it's added to the packages as a type of bonus. The Student books, Teacher Book, manipulatives, and videos are all necessary components.
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    Rated 5 out of 5
    Time saving math curriculum
    Great curriculum! Each lesson will follow one new concept. The child is expected to grasp the concept enough to "teach" it back to the parent or teacher, obviously at a child's level of narrating back math concepts. Each lesson also includes some review work, but not as heavily as other programs we have used. Just enough to not lose those skills. My child has not needed to do every single page for each lesson. Once she has mastered and fully understood the new skill and can explain it to me, she can move on without doing pages and pages of practice. Having a teacher on video has helped elevated some of the effort for me, having 3 other children I teach and care for.
    April 14, 2021
    Purchased
    7 months ago
    Rated 5 out of 5
    Perfect for what we needed
    My kiddo struggles with math because he doesn't care about the details. He would speed through the math curriculum we chose and not understand what he was doing and wouldn't be able to apply it to other situations. We ordered Math-U-See Gamma to bring him back to multiplication basics so he could have a firmer base before he moved on. I like the fact that MUS is repetitive and detailed. It really hammers the point of the lesson with the focus and repetition my kid needs. He is speeding through what he already knows (I skip pages if I feel he has the concept) but the mix of word problems has given him enough of a challenge that he hasn't just glossed over everything. He enjoys the manipulatives though we don't use them as often and the DVD lessons are clear so he is able to watch them and glean what he needs for the chapter. We are 5 chapters in at this point and so far it has made a difference with his understanding and application. I wish I had started this system sooner!
    September 9, 2020
    Purchased
    1 year ago
    Rated 5 out of 5
    Love MUS
    All four of my elementary age boys are finally enjoying their math thanks to MUS!
    September 9, 2018
    Purchased
    over 3 years ago
    Rated 5 out of 5
    Math-U-See is the best math curriculum EVER!!!
    Math-U-See has become a lifesaver in our homeschool! We did Saxon K-3rd and my kids were exhausted by the continued spiral method. I wish I would have switched to MUS sooner. My children love the video, and extra instruction from me. They love the format of each worksheet. It's not overwhelming like Saxon was. MUS mastery based approach is exactly what they needed, and they do review previous concepts each week. It has been a welcome change and I'm thankful we are able to now do math each day in a normal amount of time.
    August 27, 2018
    Purchased
    over 3 years ago


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