Math-U-See Elementary

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This was my daughter's first math program. I researched various programs thoroughly and landed on this one. The videos seemed fun, and it looked great ... and both my daughter and I hated it. While the videos are engaging, the workbook itself, in our opinion, was very dull. It felt like an endless rotation of black and white questions that asked some variation of 1 + 2 =, 4 + 5 =, 8+ 7 =. I felt it completely lacked depth and that I could have written it myself. Disappointed, we moved on to another program that had the depth we were looking for.

The program uses terms like onety, twoty for the numbers eleven and twelve. Demme reasons that English-speaking kids have a harder time with numbers because numbers like eleven and twelve don't really make sense, whereas in some other languages, they use something comparable to onety and twoty. Now, we may indeed have a problem with the logic of the names for used for our teen numbers -- however, it is what it is. My daughter already knew how to count when we started the program and her response to his logical idea of renaming numbers was "what on earth is he talking about??" I kind of agreed. I think it is quite confusing.

Positives include the use of the base ten blocks, which help to visually illustrate concepts, and couple of tricks to easily calculate equations with +9 and +8.

The program also does a great job explaining place value -- the best I've seen. We still use his method for explaining place value.
Grade levels used
1
Pros
easy to use, kind of fun
Cons
not very comprehensive
Do you recommend?
not really
N
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My kids used the manipulatives for younger ages but did not need the special kit for learning fractions.
Grade levels used
  • K
  • 1
  • 4
  • 5
Pros
Easy to use for independent learner. Very silent layout. No distracting cartoons.
Cons
Teaches long division and multi different multiplication differently. Had to use another resource.
Do you recommend?
Yes for elementary levels.
D
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As we are just starting out program this year, I have not personally used this product but, a best friend of mine uses this for her son and it seems really awesome and easy to use and understand.
Do you recommend?
yes
RP
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We've finished Alpha, Beta and are part way through Gamma. The manipulatives allow the student to "see" the problems, which is just what my daughter needs. There is some review of previously learned material without being too much. We love Math U See!
Grade levels used
  • 2
  • 3
Pros
Easy to use. Quick but with enough work to learn the topic
Cons
None
Do you recommend?
Yes
CG
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This curriculum really works! My daughter struggles with math, but this program, especially the manipulatives, helped her become much more confident. We took a year off in 3rd grade to try a different approach (more workbook type) and boy, did I regret it. She even asked to get back to Math U See at the end of the year. I love it!
Grade levels used
  • 1
  • 2
  • 4
Pros
It works!
Cons
Costly
Do you recommend?
Yes
TM
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I loved using this with the math blocks to teach my kids. They picked up the addition easily.
Grade levels used
1
Pros
easy to use
Do you recommend?
yes
KM
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We have six children and have used Math-U-See since we started homeschooling. It is easy to use. The video teaching is fun and easy to understand. All of my kids have enjoyed math using this curriculum.
Grade levels used
  • preK
  • K
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
  • 6
  • 7
  • 8
  • 9
Pros
Easy to use
Do you recommend?
yes
J
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Mr. Demme is a great teacher. He teaches each concept in simple steps and is funny at times too. This has been a blessing to our family as my boys now enjoy math.
Grade levels used
  • 2
  • 5
Pros
Very thorough!
Do you recommend?
yes
P
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I have been homeschooling for 9 years. I used this curriculum with my first born the longest. He got kind-of bored with it, so we tried something else. I think the lessons are taught well on the videos. It is very simple and easy to follow.
Grade levels used
  • K
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
Pros
Easy to use, affordable, mastery based
Do you recommend?
sure
CP
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I have ONLY used Math-U-See in our homeschool and have not researched any other math curriculum. That said, my kids and I LOVE Math-U-See. As someone with a minor in mathematics, Math-U-See is how math SHOULD be taught in school. I was the kid who wanted to know the WHY of math (which is actually important) and Math-U-See gives that. I actually can't wait to get into higher mathematics with Math-U-See that I NEVER understood. With Math-U-See I feel like all the blanks I never understood or never had explained during my schooling years (public and private, Kinder thru College) and because of Math-U-See I now have a better understanding and grasp of mathematics!
Grade levels used
  • preK
  • K
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
Pros
Explains the WHY of math
Cons
Sometimes Mr. Steve makes a mistake in the video, however, he usually corrects himself. This COULD cause some confusion with the student. The parent/teacher, however, can pause the video and give the correction.
Do you recommend?
HIGHLY Recommend
GH
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I used this for my daughter who really struggles with math. I purchased the foundation levels (even though she was older) after realizing that she really did not understand math. It helped her get a good foundation and move ahead.
Grade levels used
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
Pros
Easy to use, mastery
Do you recommend?
yes
A
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I LOVE Math U See! It has a great systematic approach to help students commit the addition and subtraction facts to memory. My kids like the DVD instruction and the math blocks =)
Grade levels used
1
Pros
Systematic
Do you recommend?
Yes!
KR
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My children and I love this program! I love how the creator of the program presents the topics in a way that is very easily understood. My children and I watch each video lesson together and then each child works on their workbook independently. I have learned a lot with my children working through the curriculum. My son said to me how he wished he had Steve Demme as his teacher when he was still in public school!
Grade levels used
  • 4
  • 7
Pros
Hands on, very thorough, mastery approach
Cons
Topics are a little drawn out
Do you recommend?
Yes
EL
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This program, with the manipulatives, provides a great foundation for elementary math facts. Using the blocks, numbers and their relationships are visual instead of just conceptual. The tricks given to memorize the facts are very helpful. I even learned somethings!
Grade levels used
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
Pros
Gives a great foundation
Cons
Worksheets can be repetitive
Do you recommend?
Yes
K
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My son enjoys the mus series. Like that it is to mastery.
Grade levels used
1
Pros
Very thorough
Cons
None
Do you recommend?
Yes
B
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We love MUS! The teacher guide and DVD make it easy to teach. My son loves learning with the blocks too!
Grade levels used
  • K
  • 1
Pros
Hands on learning, easy to teach
Do you recommend?
Yes!!
JN
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My daughter struggled through Math the first year of homeschooling. We tried different math programs and nothing really worked. I actually won a Math-U-See pack from a homeschooling blog. I fell in love with the program. You watch a video, do some worksheets, has blocks to help with the programs and even a teacher's textbook. Math is so much better for us now.

My only issue would be that it can be costly as it teaches by concept and not so much by grade-level. For my family, the cost is worth it as we no longer cry through math. :)
Grade levels used
  • 4
  • 5
Pros
hands-on, easy to understand, mastery based
Cons
Can be costly as it focus on concept not grade level
Do you recommend?
Yes!
JM
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We have used MUS starter with the Primer for my now 9yo. Typically for each of the 30 lessons there are 3 practice sheets, 3 review sheets, an application/enrichment page, and a test. For each lesson we watch the video together and then work through the 1st practice sheet. Then depending on how much the "get it" in subsequent days we will move through the rest of the sheets typically skipping the other 2 practice sheets and 1 or 2 of the reviews before the test. Sometimes I feel that the application/enrichment pages are busywork so we just skip those. When my boys started primer they were still learning to form their numbers and since there is not much number writing practice I bought a set of dotted stamps, let them select the correct answer then practice writing. We plan on continuing on sticking with MUS through high school.
Grade levels used
  • K
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
Pros
Helps kids (and adults!) to visualize math
Cons
workbooks are black and white
Do you recommend?
Yes!
MM
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This mastery-based curriculum effectively teaches math concepts and skills. We've been using this curricula since my daughter was a toddler (Prima). She zipped through the first couple books. She always asks me to start the next level even though some concepts are difficult. She's 8 years old and will start ZETA next year. She retains MOST of the information taught. The more advanced concepts may require extra practice, but MUS has an Online Worksheet Generator to help you with this. My daughter watches Steve's video lessons with me and sometimes independently. The concepts taught have given her a strong foundation in Math and prepped her for advance math courses. I believe the math manipulatives are essential especially when working with younger learners - they help reinforce and solidify their learning concretely making it easier to move into abstract thinking. They may eventually outgrow the blocks. :) She uses them for the first couple pages and then only uses them when needed during systematic review. Yep! The curricula includes built-in review, tests, unit tests, and enrichment pages. There a fewer problems to complete in a day when compared to other curricula options which makes the lesson more manageable. You can work at your child's individualized pace . . . slowing it down if needed or speeding it up if the materials is already mastered. We love this curriculum!
Grade levels used
  • preK
  • K
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
  • 6
Pros
Systematically Taught; Strong Math Foundation
Cons
Cost
Do you recommend?
YES ABSOLUTELY!
TM
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we use Primer. and it is a nice overview of some different concepts for my young student. My daughter likes the videos with Mr. Demme... she likes having another teacher.
Grade levels used
K
Pros
Video Instruction. Short Lessons. Reasonable progression of Concepts
Cons
No additional materials if a student gets "stuck". limited manipulatives.
Do you recommend?
i do recommend this
J
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