Finding a math curriculum that all three of my older kids enjoy? With all of their different needs for independence, hands-on learning, and one-on-one instruction when I was searching for math curricula, it seemed like it would be a terrible task. Or that I would have to deal with several different curricula. Or spend hours every day teaching math lessons. Don’t get me wrong. I love math. But the thought of spending my entire day teaching it, does not sound fun to me. When I discovered our sponsor, Math-U-See, nine years ago, I was so relieved. After using it with three children over nine years, I want to share my Math-U-See homeschool math curriculum review with you.
Math-U-See Homeschool Math Curriculum Review
We have been using Math-U-See as our go-to math curriculum since my oldest was in the Primer (Pre-K level). This year she is taking Algebra, so we have tested all of the elementary levels of the curriculum.
My second daughter needed some additional practice after she finished the Delta level, so we switched her to another curriculum. Let’s just say that was not an enjoyable school year.
Here’s what my kids have to say about Math-U-See:
8-year-old: “[The math blocks] are fun to build houses with.”
This is actually mentioned in the Primer and Alpha levels to encourage kids to explore the blocks and how the numbers compare to each other. Love it!
11-year-old: “It has easy to use items to help you figure out the problems.”
Number blocks are used in all levels of Math U See. They have overlays that help kids visualize fractions and a supplemental pack of manipulatives specifically for decimals and algebra. And if you want to school on-the-go, there is an app with ‘blocks’ for the kids to use.
13-year-old: “The problems and the lessons are explained very well and it’s easy to understand.”
Every lesson has a video with the lesson being taught, shown and tried by the kids. In addition to the video, the teacher’s manual has great practice problems and includes several ways to explain each new skill.
This year we will be conquering Algebra, Zeta and since my 8-year-old is part way through the Beta book, we will be adding Gamma in a couple months.
My 13-year-old was so excited that the night that she received this year’s books, she immediately opened them up and began taking the Algebra readiness test. (I love that they had this! It was helpful to see if we had any gaps that would cause her issues as she took on this higher level of study.)
Every Math-U-See level uses a mastery approach, so one main skill is covered in each book. With supplemental skills such as time, money and word problems being worked on in many levels. Each book also includes review questions to keep skills fresh.
Alpha-learning about numbers, addition to 10
Beta-Addition and Subtraction, from simple to four-digits and beyond
And after the elementary levels, you enter into the traditional high school levels starting with Pre-Algebra. If you feel unable to teach any of the high school levels, Math-U-See offers co-op classes.
You can find all of the levels, here, on the Math-U-See website.
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