Math-U-See Homeschool Curriculum

"Math-U-See 's goal is to help produce confident problem solvers who enjoy the study of math."


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Through the use of the Math-U-See manipulatives (blocks, fraction overlays, algebra/decimal inserts), students learn their math facts, rules, and formulas, and learn to use this knowledge in real life applications. The curriculum is comprehensive and each book not only covers a specific theme, but also continuous review of previously mastered concepts. The courses available are:

  • Primer:Have fun introducing math
  • Alpha:Single-digit addition and subtraction and other topics
  • Beta:Multiple-digit addition and subtraction and other topics
  • Gamma:Single and multiple-digit multiplication and other topics
  • Delta:Single and multiple-digit division and other topics
  • Epsilon:Fractions and other topics
  • Zeta:Decimals, percents and other topics
  • Pre-Algebra:Negative numbers, order of operations, solving for the unknown, and other topics
  • Algebra 1:More solving for the unknown, graphing, and other algebra topics
  • Geometry:Geometric figures, area, volume, proofs and other geometry topics
  • Algebra 2:Factoring polynomials, quadratic formula, graphing conic sections and other algebra 2 topics
  • Pre-Calculus:Trigonometric ratios, graphing polar equations, logarithms, limits and other topics needed as preparation for calculus
  • Stewardship:A Christian approach to personal finance and consumer math

How do you use Math U See?

Steve Demme, the author of Math-U-See suggests using these four steps to get the most from the Math-U-See curriculum:

  1. Prepare for the Lesson
  2. Present the New Topic to the Student
  3. Practice for the Student to Acquire Mastery
  4. Proceed after the Student Demonstrates Mastery

1. Prepare for the Lesson

As the teacher, it is recommended that you watch the DVD/video and understand the concept, which you are teaching. In order to teach, you need to have a thorough understanding of the concept and how you can bring that across to your child. The video and the manipulatives and the written words of the Teacher's Manual, are the multi-sensory tools.

2. Present the New Topic to the Student

After watching the video, you can present the new topic to the students. Often children watch the video with you, and then the concept can be re-inforced once again with the steps:

  • Build: Use the blocks or fraction overlays to solve the problem;
  • Write: Write the problems on paper;
  • Say: Express the "why" and the "what" that is going on in the problem;

3. Practice for the Student to Acquire Mastery

Here the children have practice with the problems on their own. Because the aim is mastery, some children will thoroughly understand after 1-2 practice sheets, while other children may require more practice examples. Continue working with the lesson, completing as many practice pages as necessary.

4. Proceed after the Student demonstrates Mastery.

Once the new concept is mastered, the child proceeds into the Systematic Review pages for that lesson. How do you know if your child has mastered the concept? Mastery can be demonstrated if your child is able to teach the new material back to you. Let him build the problem with the manipulatives, write it and explain it. The goal is not to fill in worksheets, but to be able to teach back what has been learned.

Math U See Homepage

Math-U-See has an on-line drill and worksheet generator for extra practice pages of free math worksheets. International Versions are available: The Student Textbooks and Teacher Manuals have been edited to reflect the appropriate money and measurement (metric or imperial) for each country.

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I have used Math U See from the start for all my boys and they are learning and understanding at an incredible rate, they are ahead of their peers in knowledge …

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Beginning with Math-U-See was the best curriculum change I ever made. My older two had always used Saxon Math. But after the 7/8 book for one and after …

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I have three children ages 6,8, and 11. I used several other math programs before trying Math U See. All three of my children learn in a different way …

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I was a homeschool student for my 6th and 7th grade years of school and used the MUS program. I honestly hated math in grades 1-5 but now I LOVE it! …

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I have various aged children,from 16 down to 6 that are using the Math-U-See. I have tried other Math programs and have always been met with frustration …

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