Math-U-See Elementary

Hot
 
4.6 (32)
5072 0 1 0 0

User reviews

32 reviews
 
6%
 
9%
3 stars
 
0%
2 stars
 
0%
1 star
 
0%
Overall rating
 
4.6
Personal opinion
 
4.5
Coverage of subject
 
4.5
Ease of use
 
4.8
Support
 
4.5
Back to Listing
Ratings
Personal opinion
Coverage of subject
Ease of use
Support
Reader Thoughts
Comments
32 results - showing 21 - 32
1 2
Ordering
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
Report this review Comments (0) | Was this review helpful? 0 0
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
Report this review Comments (0) | Was this review helpful? 0 0
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
Report this review Comments (0) | Was this review helpful? 0 0
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
Report this review Comments (0) | Was this review helpful? 0 0
Math-U-See has made math possible in our home. Mr. Demme is engaging and his approach has allowed me to learn math in a way that I understand it better now.
Grade levels used
  • 5
  • 6
  • 7
  • 8
Pros
engaging, easy to understand, mastery philosophy
Do you recommend?
yes
IL
Report this review Comments (0) | Was this review helpful? 0 0
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
Report this review Comments (0) | Was this review helpful? 0 0
This is one of those programs that may work for some people and not others. It didn't work for us. While my son did LOVE the dvd's for Alpha the work itself was just not what he was interested in, he had started with singapore math in kindergarten and moving to this with him was a huge mistake, way different way of teaching and the manipulatives made no sense to him whatsoever. For my daughter we tried starting her with Primer and she was just really not interested in the DVDs and only wanted to build houses with the blocks. Bummed it didn't work for us since my son likes the DVDs, but it works for most people so it is what it is, maybe just not the right program to go to after starting with a different one.
Grade levels used
  • K
  • 1
Pros
DVD instruction is really good Steve Demme really appeals to the kids
Cons
way too expensive, manipulative intensive
Do you recommend?
Maybe for some people
TM
Report this review Comments (0) | Was this review helpful? 0 0
Overall rating
 
5.0
Personal opinion
 
5.0
Coverage of subject
 
5.0
Ease of use
 
5.0
Math U See is very thorough, easy to understand, with lots of practice sheets and review. Each concept builds on the other. You master one level prior to starting a new level which allows for the child and parent to see math and not just memorize it. Both of my children learn differently yet Math U See teaches to all four methods of learning enabling you to use it for each child. The DVDs are wonderful to watch with your child and sometimes they may not even need your help. If you run into a subject that is difficult their support personnel is extremely helpful. My father that was a professor of math looked at several different curriculum in order to help me select the best one for our family and Math U See was his first choice. It has truly been a blessing.
Grade levels used
  • preK
  • K
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
  • 6
  • 7
  • 8
Pros
Very thorough
Cons
None
Do you recommend?
Yes
A
Report this review Comments (0) | Was this review helpful? 0 0
Overall rating
 
4.6
Personal opinion
 
4.5
Coverage of subject
 
4.0
Ease of use
 
5.0
Support
 
5.0
We've used MUS since the beginning with Primer. We're now on Gamma. My son likes the DVDs, the blocks and the overall approach. We watch the DVD together on Monday and do one page of work each day M-F. The lessons are clear and concise and in an order that makes sense to this past PS teacher/current HS mom AND to my 7-year-old son. Occasionally, Steve {the author} will go off topic a bit in the DVD lesson and talk about a way to use the particular skill in a more advanced way...and that can be a bit confusing. But, I just tell my son to delete that part of the lesson from his brain. ;) Another con {but it's really just a caution} is that, though it's designed to complete in one school year, you {the teacher} must hold yourself and your students accountable. If he/she is not ready to move on bc she has not mastered that particular skill that week, DON'T move on. Steve is assuming you have mastered it and that skill might not receive any more attention in the following weeks.
Grade levels used
  • K
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
Pros
Well laid out. No prep. DVDs. Blocks.
Cons
Sometimes Steve goes off-topic a bit on DVDs and that's confusing. Cost may be prohibitive for some.
Do you recommend?
Yes.
KW
Report this review Comments (0) | Was this review helpful? 0 0
Overall rating
 
4.4
Personal opinion
 
4.5
Coverage of subject
 
4.0
Ease of use
 
4.5
Support
 
4.5
The only con I've found is that at times, they can be behind the "norm" of public school and it might effect year end test results. For example, here in 3rd grade kids learn single digit multiplication and division and then in 4th grade go back around the learn double digit multiplication and division. With Math-U-See, you learn single and double digit multiplication in one book and then single and double digit division in the other. So a child may struggle with single digit division on the end of the 3rd grade year test (if your state requires it) but would already be able to do double digit multiplication. And then in 4th grade it all comes back together. Hopefully that makes sense - it's not a con of the curriculum, just something to be aware of!
Grade levels used
  • K
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
  • 6
  • 7
Pros
My kids enjoy the mastery concept - they understand all there is to understand about one subject before they move on. I love that I can control their pace. If they grasp a concept, we don't have to do all the different worksheets - we just move on. But
Cons
Doesn't focus on memorizing facts so you need a separate resource for that.
Do you recommend?
YES! I have 3 kiddos that are at different math levels and a 4th that will start next year. Math-U-See makes math fairly quick and easy for all of them!
K
Report this review Comments (0) | Was this review helpful? 0 0
Overall rating
 
4.3
Personal opinion
 
4.5
Coverage of subject
 
3.5
Ease of use
 
5.0
Support
 
4.0
Overall, we're very happy with Math U See. My son was struggling in public school so I pulled him out and started him with this, and we've never looked back. It's been very easy for him to understand and his retention has improved.
Grade levels used
  • preK
  • K
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
Pros
I really enjoy previewing the videos to see exactly how he approaches things. They use different methods then I am familiar with sometimes and it makes it so simple to understand. Most importantly, it saves me time, which I am already short on!
Cons
Price is a bit higher then I would prefer, but with multiple children this can be offset by only having to buy the workbook after the first child.
Do you recommend?
Highly Recommend
SH
Report this review Comments (0) | Was this review helpful? 0 0
Overall rating
 
4.2
Personal opinion
 
4.0
Coverage of subject
 
3.5
Ease of use
 
5.0
I think that Math U See can be great for certain learners. My older daughter who needed to see the concepts displayed really got lots from using Math U See. She was to the point that she could complete multi step math problems and get the right answers, but she couldn't tell you why. after she used Math U See, she had a much better concept of what she was doing.
My son, however, hated the methods and the video lessons. He didn't like focusing on one skill and not cycling through and covering other skills at the same time.
We ended up not staying with the curricula. It was a large investment to use with only one child.
Grade levels used
  • K
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
Pros
Easy to pick up and use; very hands on
Cons
Material not taught in a cyclical manner; very expensive up front investment
Do you recommend?
Maybe
LC
Report this review Comments (0) | Was this review helpful? 0 0
32 results - showing 21 - 32
1 2