Math U See
Math U See is a great math curriculum that fits perfectly with my teaching style. First It progresses naturally and comfortably while remaining challenging. Second, it is traditional book work with less than 10 minutes of screen time a week. Elizabeth did Beta this year. The only suggestion I would make is that clock skills are better taught after the lesson on tally marks. My daughter had some trouble grasping the minutes on the clock, but picked up tally marks easily. When clock questions came up on tests and reviews after tally work, it was done well and without question. They are taught sequentially. In the future I will teach tally marks prior to approaching the clock work. You may want to do the same. A big surprise was that this level introduced algebra! I have never seen it introduced so early. I was apprehensive. I hit the blackboard with child friendly examples. I replaced the traditional letters with apples, smiley faces, etc. Very quickly she had it down inside and out with letters subbed back in. How does the curriculum work overall? Her tests come back A's and B's so the concepts are being grasped and retained. The curriculum is heavy on word problems. They really get the children thinking and using newfound skills in a practical way. There is a video lesson once a week. It is less than ten minutes. The teacher is warm, fun, engaging and he occasionally throws out silly jokes that make him personable. A great feature is that once you get rolling with this curriculum you only need to get the level up kit going forward because the integer kit is non-consumable. Most exciting is that I saw my struggling math student who dreaded arithmetic take off with math. She found her flavor. In my house one of the things I have learned over the years is that a great math program that fits your child is imperative. It sets the mood. This is one of the very good ones and well priced. Most programs are under $200 for the year with the integer kit and around $100 without. I highly recommend it. Also, for those who may be wondering, it was stated on a website that they added in the weekly G worksheets to make the curriculum compatible with common core. You can find Math U See products by clicking the link below.
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