Math-U-See Primer Student Text

Math-U-See Primer Student Text

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Item #: 071174
ISBN: 9781608260652
Grades: PK-K
Note: Teacher materials are necessary to use the student materials and these are sold in Universal or Level Up sets only.

Product Description:

Student Worktext only. Tests are not included at this level.

Publisher Description:

The Primer Student Workbook contains lesson-by-lesson worksheets, systematic review pages, and Application and Enrichment pages. 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

    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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    Teacher materials are necessary to use the student materials
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    and these are sold in Universal or Level Up sets only.
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    Supplement videos are helpful, manipulative and hands on approach is a great way to start young learners
    Jennifer M on Sep 14, 2020
    Used with older siblings.
    Celia B on Aug 12, 2020
    Supplement videos are helpful, manipulative and hands on approach is a great way to start young learners
    Jennifer M on Sep 14, 2020
    need for kindergarten
    Jessica H on Aug 13, 2020
    Used with older siblings.
    Celia B on Aug 12, 2020
    required for school
    Anne M on Aug 12, 2020
    It is a well put together curriculum which makes homeschooling easier. User friendly and easy to comprehend.
    Roxanne R on Aug 11, 2020
    I like this curriculum for the beginning stage of math.
    Julia T on Aug 9, 2020
    starting on the primer level with my boys who are entering K
    Stephanie M on Jul 20, 2020
    We love Mr. Demme! We like the combination of video, blocks and exercises! Straight forward. Its easy to supplement with math-themed books from the library.
    Belem G on Jul 18, 2020
    I have a kindergartener and all his siblings have used Math U See. He's next in line!
    Dr. M on Jul 18, 2020
    Needed for a second child.
    Jeffrey S on Jun 22, 2020
    required curriculum at my daughter's university model school
    Julie E on Jun 12, 2020
    I like the hands on visual learning style it gives to children.
    Chelsea R on May 18, 2020
    I have a kindergartener this year and Iam looking forward to taking her through this program
    Candice C on May 16, 2020
    The tactile approach to learning math is perfect for our Autistic, kinesthetic learner.
    Jeff N on Apr 15, 2020
    It's perfect for early math and really simplifies things.
    User on Mar 25, 2020
    easy to teach
    Pamela P on Mar 10, 2020
    I have the cd and teacher materials, this will be a fun Friday supplement!
    User on Jan 29, 2020
    Wonderful math program, simple and easy to understand along with child.
    Belynda E on Jan 24, 2020
    I have another child doing the program.
    Elizabeth B on Jan 15, 2020
    Student workbooks are essential to go with the dvd and teacher's manual.
    Kati K on Sep 15, 2019
    I did Math U See Primer with my son and he really grasped the concepts quickly and easily and I want to introduce my daughter in the same way.
    Kristen B on Aug 27, 2019
    We love math u see products. Starting our third child out on his kindergarten year
    Paula R on Aug 23, 2019
    Excellent; have used before and loved how easy it was for student to grasp concepts with math us see blocks and workbook.
    Laura B on Aug 20, 2019
    Have used with my older children with success
    Stephanie C on Aug 14, 2019
    We've been using Math U See and LOVE IT!
    Jeffrey J on Aug 12, 2019
    It worked for my first child so I plan on using it for my second.
    Mariya B on Aug 2, 2019
    This program is easy to use and my kids are following the material with ease.
    Amy C on Jul 22, 2019
    This book has been a great start for all of my kids.
    Daniel K on Jul 21, 2019
    We are using this with our 3rd child, so only needed to order the student text.
    User on Jun 18, 2019
    Wer love Math U See. Been using them for a while. ach book focuses on one concept at a time.
    Katherine H on Jun 10, 2019
    Rainbow Resource had the best price for the product I needed to complete my curriculum.
    Kristen B on Apr 20, 2019
    My daughter in law enjoys teaching this math to my grandson aged 5 out of the country
    Debbie V on Mar 8, 2019
    My daughter needs some extra practice with number sense. We have Manipulatives and dvd for this course and she is enjoying it so we got the worksheets to continue with the program and boost her excitement for math
    User on Feb 16, 2019
    special needs student
    Minka M on Jan 22, 2019
    My daughter has seen the DVD and enjoyed working with the blocks.
    Candace W on Sep 21, 2018
    We have used this for our older kids. It's hands on and engaging.
    Lisa L on Sep 19, 2018
    great for Kindergarten math!
    Karissa on Sep 12, 2018
    great hands on math choice for kindergarten
    Kristen A on Aug 27, 2018
    A logical approach to math for any learner. It's no frills, but it makes sense!
    Jodi S on Aug 21, 2018
    Loved Math U See with my first kid!
    Alena B on Aug 14, 2018
    Best way to start a solid foundation of place value understanding! We switch to Saxon in later years but always start with Math-U-See. Their math manipulatives are perfect and the instructional DVDs make teaching so easy.
    Sheena V on Aug 6, 2018
    Fourth son using it for kindergarten!
    User on Jul 27, 2018
    I have a 4 year old who is eager to start school but not ready for Alpha
    Alexis H on Jul 26, 2018
    have used math u see with all of my older kids and now the little one wants her own book!
    mona h on Jun 23, 2018
    Needed it for my son who is in Kindergarten
    Cori H on Jun 3, 2018
    Referred by friend
    Hannah A on May 9, 2018
    Used this curriculum for my other two daughters and it was great.
    Stephanie T on May 4, 2018
    I have twins, so I purchased this along side the universal set.
    Stephanie P on Apr 26, 2018
    My kids have thrived mathematically with this curriculum. I absolutely love it!!!
    Tiffany F on Apr 19, 2018
    We have enjoyed Primer as a good introduction to Math-U-See. So delighted that Rainbow Resource is now carrying this math curriculum.
    Laura H on Mar 27, 2018
    need for kindergarten
    Jessica H on Aug 13, 2020
    required for school
    Anne M on Aug 12, 2020
    Do you really need the teacher manual?
    Ashley on Aug 19, 2020
    BEST ANSWER: The teacher's manual has all of the answers along with additional ways to practice the material. I don't think it's necessary for primer but it does make it easier to check their work as they get older and problems become more challenging.
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    We tried sevaral different programs. We found our home with Math U See. We have also loved Singapore, but with my 7th child he NEEDED Math U See. Glad we tried it!
    August 10, 2020
    3 months ago
    Bought this to use with my son (already owned the blocks and DVD). Best math program hands down.
    July 5, 2020
    6 months ago
    My kids and I love Math U See
    We love Math U See. My third child is starting it this year.
    September 25, 2019
    1 year ago
    My son loves these! And I love how each lesson builds on the previously taught lessons. Working great for our learning style!
    April 29, 2019
    1 year ago
    love math u see
    This is a great program that introduces complex concepts such as multiplication and algebra to preK students in a gentle and easy to understand way. I use this with both of my children and they love using the manipulatives with the workbook. Also, there aren't a lot of problems on one page so my children aren't overwhelmed!
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