Math-U-See Pre-Algebra Universal Set

Math-U-See Pre-Algebra Universal Set

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Item #: 071170
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Pre-Algebra Universal Set includes everything necessary for success including manipulatives, the Instructor Manual and DVD, and consumable Student Worktext and test book and lifetime access to the digital package for the level. 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.

Publisher Description:

The Pre-Algebra Universal Set includes everything you need for a successful experience with Pre-Algebra: Instruction Manual with complete solutions, Instruction DVD, Student Workbook, Tests booklet, Integer Block Kit, Algebra/Decimal Inserts and lifetime access to the Pre-Algebra Digital Pack. The Pre-Algebra level covers negative numbers, order or operations, solving for the unkown, and other topics. (As we reprint our books in each level of Pre-Algebra through Calculus, we are changing the title of the "Honors" pages to "Application and Enrichment" to mirror our lower-level books. This change is intended to clarify that this content extends lesson concepts but does not include academic "Honors"-level coursework and the designation "Honors" cannot be added to student transcripts even if all pages are completed. The content and solutions are unchanged, but for a short transitional period, books within a level may be inconsistent in the name of these pages.)

Category Description for Math-U-See Pre-Algebra:

Basic pre-algebra concepts including negative numbers, exponents, factoring, and ratios. Includes rules of solving equations using the associative, commutative, and other properties; simple operations with polynomials. Also covers geometry concepts of surface area, volume and Pythagorean theorem.

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

    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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    8th grade math
    MARCIEA P on Apr 10, 2021
    Recommended by a friend because spiral approach horizon is not working
    Sarah D on Feb 14, 2021
    8th grade math
    MARCIEA P on Apr 10, 2021
    My daughter is quite visual and needs all the manipulatives to effectively learn.
    Tammy D on Apr 6, 2021
    Recommended by a friend because spiral approach horizon is not working
    Sarah D on Feb 14, 2021
    I used this curriculum for my 19 year old, and can't wait to share with my 7th grader.
    Christina H on Nov 5, 2020
    My son has used the Math u-see sets successfully before for his math and so we are just going to stick with what works. I had actually already ordered the item for the same price through CBD about a month ago but it is still on back order so rather than wait longer with no guarantees I decided to cancel that order and get it through Rainbow resource center. Thanks!
    Kyle W on Oct 12, 2020
    Recommended by friend and best reviews
    Brandy B on Aug 2, 2020
    My daughter is a hands on learner, so these seems ideal for her.
    Jaime R on Jul 28, 2020
    I've read really great reviews about Math-U-See. My son is great at math, but as we got to Algebra, he is struggling. I am hoping this curriculum, with the manipulatives, helps him to understand these pre-algebra concepts more clearly and gain confidence in math again.
    Angela S on Jul 16, 2020
    I love the Math u see sets!
    Erica F on Jul 6, 2020
    Recommended to me by a more experienced homeschooler.
    Beth H on Jun 27, 2020
    I am looking forward to using this with my son who loves math and is a visual and practical/logical learner. I am also excited that it comes with a instructional DVD as he may do better hearing someone else present the lesson and I can aid in anything he doesn't understand.
    Linsay W on May 3, 2020
    Recommended by a tutor
    Leah B on Mar 21, 2020
    Recommended by our tutor for dyslexia. Haven't ever used Math U See before, but am excited to try it .
    Jamie L on Jan 28, 2020
    Mr. Demme is the BEST math teacher, period! Have been through several of the earlier courses, and my son is well prepared for Pre-Algebra thanks to the awesome method by Mr. Demme. We plan to use Math-U-See throughout the high school years.
    Tracy A on Aug 12, 2019
    Camille T on May 29, 2019
    because the program was highly recommended by a respected friend.
    chelsea k on Dec 10, 2018
    We successfully used Saxon Math with my sons. My daughter needs concepts to be explained more than Saxon does in its curriculum. We did research and talked with other families and feel this will be a good fit for her.
    Deana D on Aug 8, 2018
    Trying a new math curriculum for my daughter.
    Kathryn S on Aug 7, 2018
    Needing extra help in math so we are giving this a try!
    Elizabeth C on May 25, 2018
    I am trying to give my son a boost in math before starting his seventh grade year in public school
    Sherri O on Mar 15, 2018
    My daughter is quite visual and needs all the manipulatives to effectively learn.
    Tammy D on Apr 6, 2021
    I used this curriculum for my 19 year old, and can't wait to share with my 7th grader.
    Christina H on Nov 5, 2020
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    Rated 3 out of 5
    Seems good for really struggling learners, but it doesn’t prepare students who will be taking challenging math classes in HS.
    This pre-algebra course doesn’t appear to allow kids to go right into an algebra class once this course is completed. My son that really struggles with math is doing well with it, but his younger brother is also doing pre-algebra & this was just too easy for him so we are using a different curriculum for him. I like the manipulatives, the video lessons, & the built in review, but it really seems like it is for students who don’t do well in math.
    September 5, 2018
    over 3 years ago
    Rated 5 out of 5
    Great for right brainers!
    I do like the program. All three of my children are in different books and are enjoying math again!
    February 14, 2018
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