When you hear the word math what comes to mind? Something painful, frustrating, and confusing perhaps? My children feel the same way when they see a math worksheet. They like what I call “living math.” Living math is easy to understand because children can see examples of it in their everyday life.
That’s why I’m so excited to tell you all about Homeschooling with Math-U-See in this sponsored review and giveaway post. All opinions are my own. For more information please read my full Disclosure.
What is Math-U-See
Our daily math lessons have become my daughters’ favorite part of their homeschooling day. With Math-U-See, learning new math concepts is easy because my children visualize the problems and concepts with manipulative blocks. The dvd lessons also provide teaching support and reinforce the concepts in each section of the workbook. This takes tons of pressure off of me to explain new material.
Each Math-U-See program has 2 sets; an instruction pack and student pack. The instruction pack comes with a teacher’s manual and instructional dvd. The student pack comes with a workbook and tests. The manipulative blocks are separate, but essential to the curriculum, and you only have to purchase those once.
If your child is in preschool, you will want to start with the very first level called Primer. This will introduce your child to basics of mathematics including counting, number recognition, place value, and basic addition and subtraction.
If you are unsure about what level your child is at there is a simple online assessment. My youngest daughter is 5 and assessed at the Beta level. My eldest daughter is 7 and assessed at the Gamma level. I choose the Beta level to review because both my daughters could use it. My youngest would be learning new concepts and my eldest would be strengthening her skills. However, I plan to get Gamma for my eldest daughter next year!
The BEST Thing about Math-U-See
The first thing we do with every math lesson is to get out our blocks and review the previous lesson. ALL my kids LOVE the blocks. Just playing with them teaches basic skills like patterning, sequencing, and value recognition. The combination of the instructional dvd and blocks really make this curriculum different from all the rest.
Homeschool dad and teacher, Steve Demme, does an amazing job connecting all of the concepts in this program to real life while using the blocks so children can actually SEE the problem being solved. You can view samples of his instruction on the Math-U-See website.
In the first lesson, my children learned about place value. Mr. Demme explained it by drawing a road he calls decimal street. What a great idea! Each house has a different family (units, tens, hundreds, ect.) and the houses are only so big, so if a house gets too many units in it, someone has to move over to the next house. Check out the explanation for yourself below!
That is just one example, but Mr. Demme has lots of other great methods to explain confusing concepts to young children.
Another great new feature, is the Math-U-See Manipulatives App. It is a virtual version of the physical manipulatives so children can practice what they’ve learned while on the go.
There are so many great benefits to the program, but my favorite part is seeing the smiles on my daughter’s faces when they solve a problem correctly. My eldest quickly solved a triple digit addition equation mentally after practicing with her blocks. My jaw dropped, I was just so surprised! Math brings joy to my children which means they are learning to love learning; a priceless gift!
One lucky True Aim reading will win a Math-U-See curriculum of their choice!
I’d love the algebra curriculum
Shecki @ Greatly Blessed says
My son will be going into Zeta in the fall.
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I’d pick Zeta because I just found the Epsilon teacher manual at a used book sale.
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We’re ready for Beta!
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Mary Happymommy says
I’d like Delta.
Hmmm, I guess we’d start at the beginning with Alpha.
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Gamma is on my shopping list for next year.
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Aryn M. says
I’d love to win the Delta curriculum!
Jennifer Gray says
We can use Alpha…we jumped into homeschooling mid way with the older two and don’t have a math program for the youngest now lol.
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Michelle Gockley says
So far my favorite is Alpha.
I’m liking the look of Beta for us..
Jamie @ Coffee With Us 3 says
I would pick Beta. I’ve got a 4 and 5 year old, and we’re on the cusp of the beta stuff with the 5 year old, so it seems like the best choice.
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Lesley M says
Alpha would be perfect for my son! He is just starting to count and work on numbers, so I think it would be perfect!
We are needing Algebra 2
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Nicole Moler says
I’d love to give the Pre-Algebra a try with my daughter. She’s become frustrated with math over the last year and I think she might enjoy this curriculum and learn to like math again.
Angela Still says
We could use the alpha curriculum.
Nancy S. says
I think probably the Beta for my younger though he still struggles with the penmanship part of writing out numbers. For my older, probably Epsilon or Zeta.
I will be starting Gamma with my oldest soon soon!
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I am thinking we will be ready for Alpha by the time we end our ‘summer school’ and start into the ‘new’ school year.
Rachelle Dewey says
Beta would be great for my 4 and 6 year old.
Jennifer Beggs says
I have 5 kids, age 10 and under, so any of the elementary would be great! But I’d probably choose Epsilon if I had to choose just 1.
We would use the alpha curriculum.
Suzanne S says
I would like zeta for 1 child or precalculus for the other
Sarah M. says
We already use Math-U-See, and my son is ready to move on up to Beta!
I would love to have the Alpha for our Kindergartner! Thank you for the opportunity! 🙂
I would go with Alpha for my upcoming first grader.
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We would be starting with Primer for my pre-K girl.
We’d be ready for Delta!
Anna Arvidson says
We’ll be starting with Alpha soon!
We’d love Zeta as that’s the next book in our sequence.
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I would love Delta for my daughter!
I’d love to get Gamma for my daughter!
Would love to Win Beta 🙂
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My son got frustrated with too much repetition in Teaching Textbook. Going back to Math U See. Would love to win PreAlgebra or Algebra 2.
Beta or ‘Gamma would be awesome.
I think we’d probably start with Beta. Went with another company last year after debating between that and MUS. Not completely happy with the one we have, and will probably be switching in the fall.
Amy M says
We have been using Math U See with my oldest for 3 years. We started with Beta and are now ready for Delta. It would be such a blessing to win! This year we will be starting Primer with my little one also. Love MUS!!
There's Just One Mommy says
I’d love to try the Gamma!
Wendy D says
Alpha or Beta
We would choose Delta. Thank you for the giveaway.
we will be needing Zeta. Thank you so much for this giveaway!
Gamma would be awesome! Thanks:)
Kayla Arrowood says
This year I am in need of Epsilon for my middle child.
My youngest daughter will be ready for Alpha.
Judith Martinez says
I need student kits for several levels but the next full kit level I’m needing is Algebra.
Christina Graham says
We are ready for Delta. Thanks for the chance.
Edie S says
We are somewhere between Alpha and Beta. I definitely need to do the assessment test to know for sure! 🙂
Jen A says
Beta for us.
Allyson @ All Our Days says
I think Beta would be good for us. Thanks!
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Michelle L says
I’d like Alpha.
I would get either Alpha or Gamma
I’ve heard lots of good things about this curricula. I would want to try Alpha.
I am thinking Gamma would be a great start for us.
I’ve been interested in the program so I would love to try it out for free!
we would love to begin with the Alpha. Have heard good things about this curriculum!
I’d like Delta or Epsilon 🙂
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Caroline Frahm says
I would like to have Beta.
Lydia Hostetler says
I wouk like to try pre-Algebra
Would be awesome to win this. =] I think my oldest would do well with Beta.
We are ready for Gamma! We just learned my son has a visual processing disorder so I think this math program would be fantastic.
Kim A. says
We would love Epsilon!
ID like the pre algebra
We are just getting started so I’d love to try Alpha!
I would like Math U See Delta. We are using Life of Fred, but I like to supplement with other resources.
We’d be using Beta. Thank you!
Jenni N says
I would choose Beta!!! Thanks!
karen byassee says
I would like what is appropriate for a 3 yr. old
juli Anderson says
I would love the Pre-Algebra! Hmm, really any level would work for me since I have young ones coming up who have differing learning styles than my eldest 🙂 Thanks for offering a giveaway!
Jen S says
We would definitely start with Beta. Thanks!
Deborah F. says
We will be ready for Zeta this year. Thank you for the giveaway!
brandy grapperhaus says
We would love the Math U See Epsilon!
We would love Math-U-See Gamma. 🙂
J. Bueckert says
I’d like Alpha!
Trish Clapper says
Our son has a bad learning disorder but we have been working hard and he now would be going into the Zeta program
I would love to win this for my daughter to use for Algebra next year.
My daughter is 4 and I think Alpha would be perfect for her!
Jennifer Smith says
I think we’d start with Delta!
Anna Pry says
I think we would start with Delta level
Probably at the beginning with Alpha. 🙂
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jennifer mathesz says
alpha or beta not sure yet
Michelle C says
I’m not sure which one. We have 3 kiddos at different levels. it’s between Gamma, Delta and Pre- Algebra.
Rebekah M says
Better start at the beginning Alpha for my family.
I am looking into this curriculum. I am thinking from the description my dd would be on the Beta. Tried to do a little of the assessment test but couldn’t depend a lot of time needed. Will have to try later. The first two math problems my dd had to count to get the answer. She just completed a K5 program and the addition and subtraction wasn’t in those high numbers as on the assessment test. I will see about doing the Alpha test as well and make my decision.
Ashley P says
I’d love the alpha curriculum for my kindergartner.
Tracey M. says
We would absolutely LOVE to win the Zeta curriculum! She enjoys using this curriculum and we would LOVE to continue using it for years to come.
I would like to start with the Alpha for my kindergartner.
Ashley G says
Beta it would be!