Math-U-See Primer Level Up Set

Math-U-See Primer Level Up Set

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Designed for families who own the Integer Manipulative set. The Primer Level Up Set includes the Instruction Manual, DVD, consumable Student Workbook and lifetime access to the Digital package.


Publisher Description:

For customers who already have the required Integer Block Kit, this Set includes Primer: Instruction Manual with complete solutions, Instruction DVD, Student Workbook, and 12 months of access to the Primer Digital Pack, which includes the Skip Count Songs MP3s and Songbook PDF. In the Primer level, your child will learn not only how to write numerals but also addition and subtraction, basic counting, skip counting, geometric shapes, telling time, and they will be introduced to the manipulative block system. It's an introduction to "doing math" the Math-U-See way.

Category Description for Math-U-See Primer:

Primer is considered the entry level and provides 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.

Children learn to write numerals, addition and subtraction, basic counting, skip counting, geometric shapes, telling time, and they will be introduced to the manipulative block system. It's an introduction to "doing math" the Math-U-See way.


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
    PK
    Grade End
    K
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    Demme Learning
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    Billie Jean M on Aug 26, 2021
    I used alpha for my son (who is more advanced in math) for kindergarten and I would like to start with my preschoolers.
    S C on Aug 10, 2021
    requested by school
    Billie Jean M on Aug 26, 2021
    I LOVE THE MASTERY APPROACH TO MATHEMATICS, AND I'VE HEARD REVIEWS FROM TEENAGERS WHO REALLY ENJOYED THE PROGRAM. IT ALSO HELPS THAT THE CREATOR OF THE PROGRAM TEACHES THE LESSONS.
    CRYSTAL N on Aug 21, 2021
    I used alpha for my son (who is more advanced in math) for kindergarten and I would like to start with my preschoolers.
    S C on Aug 10, 2021
    Have a child that has a visual perceptual disability. The neurodevelopmental psychologist recommended it for her for math. We also use it in the upper levels for our kids and are familiar with it.
    Cynthia D on Mar 2, 2021
    changing my students curriculum for a better understanding
    Daniela G on Jan 19, 2021
    Math-U-See Gamma and Alpha have been working well for two of my others so I though I would try starting my youngest in it.
    Jessica O on Dec 7, 2020
    I have heard great things about this curriculum from other parents. I love the teaching style.
    Gabrielle F on Aug 21, 2020
    We have used Math U See for years and love it!
    Joseph A on May 24, 2020
    excellent reviews and hands-on
    SCHAIANE R on Apr 19, 2020
    Beginning to homeschool my 4 yr old!
    Gloria O on Feb 5, 2020
    I recently purchased Zeta for my 12 year old daughter and she loves it. We have struggled to find a math she even remotely enjoys and she has told me several times now that she LOVES Math U See. So, I decided to go ahead and start the Primer with my 5 year old son. Fingers crossed he loves it too.
    Rosaria T on Aug 31, 2019
    best math curriculum!
    Alexandra W on Jul 17, 2019
    It was on my great granddaughters wish list.
    B R on Dec 5, 2018
    My friend told me about it. I liked it better than other options.
    Leah J on Sep 10, 2018
    Recommended by homeschool organization
    Mary K on Aug 23, 2018
    My wife likes the Math you see system. She says she likes the kids to understand math.
    Rob T on Aug 21, 2018
    Used this curriculum before for my older dyslexic daughter after using other curricula from which is still struggled with the basics of math. Starting with Math U See this time.
    Robert G on Jul 29, 2018
    My son is starting school. We've used Math-U-See in the past and like this curriculum.
    Catherine L on Jun 14, 2018
    Purchasing this and Miquon Math Orange Book to see which I like better for my child/children.
    Kelli R on Apr 20, 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
    A friend's recommendation!
    Kera G on Feb 16, 2018
    recommended by a friend
    Julie D on Jan 10, 2018
    I LOVE THE MASTERY APPROACH TO MATHEMATICS, AND I'VE HEARD REVIEWS FROM TEENAGERS WHO REALLY ENJOYED THE PROGRAM. IT ALSO HELPS THAT THE CREATOR OF THE PROGRAM TEACHES THE LESSONS.
    CRYSTAL N on Aug 21, 2021
    Have a child that has a visual perceptual disability. The neurodevelopmental psychologist recommended it for her for math. We also use it in the upper levels for our kids and are familiar with it.
    Cynthia D on Mar 2, 2021
    My 5 year old daughter can count to 10 and much higher. She knows how to count by tens and knows basic (very simple) addition. However she doesn't seem to grasp time and other skip counting (for instance by 2s). She could use work on the harder geometric shapes and other things listed as being taught in the Primer workbook. Should I get Primer or move onto Alpha? I don't want her to be bored, but would still like her to learn more of the other concepts taught in Primer. She could definitely use help in writing her numbers. She just needs practice.
    Sarah on Aug 26, 2021
    BEST ANSWER: Just to give you a little background of my homeschooling adventure.....I am a Grandmother who is helping my daughter ( whom I homeschooled, along with my son) homeschool 3 of her 5 young children.
    My personal opinion when it comes to Math, is to air on the side of going back to the most basic. Math is such a vital concept in all of life. This way they can grasp these concepts with full understanding. If they become bored, I would not have them do all the worksheets or my grandson wanted to do all of the worksheets, so we let him do as many as he wanted in one sitting. He would do as many as 2 full Lessons of worksheets in a day. It is very important to check this work daily to make sure they are doing it correctly. When it came to something more challenging, then he slowed down to a normal pace. Hope this helps.
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    Rated 5 out of 5
    Love math u see, best decision on changing my 3 kiddos curriculum.
    February 18, 2021
    Purchased
    9 months ago
    Rated 5 out of 5
    Great math book
    My 4 year has been using this workbook for about a month and it has been great so far. It has made explaining/teaching basic counting and writing of numbers much easier. I’d recommend using this after your child has worked on some tracing so he/she is somewhat comfortable with writing the numbers.
    January 16, 2021
    Purchased
    10 months ago
    Rated 5 out of 5
    Best program hands down! My son begs me to do it daily. He is learning so much.
    July 5, 2020
    Purchased
    1 year ago
    Rated 5 out of 5
    Perfect intro to math for my 5 yr old
    This is a perfect introduction to math for my 5 yr old that she can do and feel like she is doing school with her siblings. The concepts are very basic but has saved me a lot of time coming up with things to teach her on my own.
    May 19, 2020
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    1 year ago
    Rated 5 out of 5
    5 year LOVES this !!
    My 5 year old daughter started this and TOOK OFF!! She LOVES doing the videos and worksheets and can't get enough. Always asking to do math! She is learning to write her numbers well and correctly and is excelling at counting and drawing patterns and shapes as well. Thank you!
    September 16, 2018
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