Math-U-See Primer Universal Set

Math-U-See Primer Universal Set

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Product Description:

Unlike the other levels, the Primer, the entry level, is designed to provide a broad overview and introduction to various math topics which will be mastered in later levels. 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 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.

Primer Universal Set includes everything necessary for success at the Primer level including manipulatives, the Instructor Manual, DVD, and consumable Student Worktext. Also included is lifetime access to the digital package for that 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. Digital Packs do not include Student Workbook or Tests.

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 Primer Universal Set includes everything you need for a successful experience with Primer: Instruction Manual with complete solutions, Instruction DVD, Student Workbook, Integer Block Kit, and lifetime 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


    Category Description for COMPREHENSIVE PROGRAMS - ALL GRADES:



    Primary Subject
    Mathematics
    Grade Start
    PK
    Grade End
    K
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    Other
    Brand Name
    Demme Learning
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    It was refer by an experienced mom.
    Milka V on Jul 21, 2021
    I was referred to it by a friend.
    Amanda S on Aug 3, 2020
    It was refer by an experienced mom.
    Milka V on Jul 21, 2021
    Recommended by fellow homeschool mom
    phylicia s on Apr 2, 2021
    I was referred to it by a friend.
    Amanda S on Aug 3, 2020
    It looks like something my son will do well with, hands on and interactive, not just listening or doing busy work.
    Katherine D on Aug 1, 2020
    My children came out of Montessori and this was very similar to the learning style.
    Domine P on Jul 28, 2020
    This was recommended for dyslexic kids, so I decided to try this for homeschooling my dyslexic son.
    Shannon M on Jul 22, 2020
    recommended
    Julia C on Apr 26, 2020
    For my 3 year old daughter who is already counting and wanting to do EVERYTHING her older siblings are doing. Even if she grows into this kit, I am excited to be able to teach her the concepts while the older ones are working on their work.
    Trisha W on Feb 25, 2020
    Everyone I know had wished they began with this curriculum. It comes highly recommended.
    Stefanie S on Aug 7, 2019
    looks like a great program for learning math the right way
    Monica T on Apr 29, 2019
    CURRENTLY USING WITH ANOTHER CHILD AT HOME
    LISA B on Jan 24, 2019
    Easy to use, laid out for me as a new homeschooler. I think my son will do well using the block set.
    Anna G on Sep 5, 2018
    Highly recommended for kinesthetic learners. Looks like something my right brain can handle teaching.
    Leigh T on Aug 24, 2018
    Recommended to me by several other people.
    Bryan B on Aug 23, 2018
    While my daughter is very likely above the Primer level, I ordered this set to give her some practice using the blocks, and to give her an easy workload as we get used to a more structured learning environment at home.
    Samantha S on Aug 17, 2018
    Good Reviews easy to use
    Rachel S on May 16, 2018
    I like that its hands on and looks like its easy to follow
    Victoria Y on Apr 27, 2018
    Tried and true curriculum. Absolutely wonderful system!! Lots of families I know that homeschooled before me used this as well and that is how I wound up with this resource.
    Stephanie P on Apr 26, 2018
    I choose Math U See because it is a multisensory mastery Math program.
    Sheena H on Apr 26, 2018
    It was recommended to try by a friend.
    User on Apr 4, 2018
    After looking at many reviews, I felt the principles used in this math program would be the best for a very active little boy. The Block kit should help to keep his attention. The extra help with DVD should also be helpful.
    Debbie W on Mar 15, 2018
    Recommended by fellow homeschool mom
    phylicia s on Apr 2, 2021
    It looks like something my son will do well with, hands on and interactive, not just listening or doing busy work.
    Katherine D on Aug 1, 2020
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    Rated 1 out of 5
    A boring program, from the videos to the progression of lessons, at least at the early primary level. Manipulatives are too small for physically struggling hands.
    September 15, 2021
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    3 months ago
    Rated 5 out of 5
    I am so pleased with Primer level of Math-U-See! It is gentle & my K kid & I are progressing at a pace which works for us. I wish some of my older kids (who were in a traditional school for K) had this experience too!
    August 28, 2020
    Purchased
    1 year ago


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