The goal of Math-U-See is to encourage students to be confident problem solvers who understand and enjoy the study of math. The reason we study math is so we can apply what we learn in everyday situations. Math-U-See wants students to learn their math facts, rules, and formulas, and they also want students to be able to use this knowledge in everyday life.
The Math-U-See strategy involves three components: video instruction for the teacher and student, hands-on manipulatives to illustrate abstract math concepts, and textbooks to provide plenty of practice, systematic review, and real life application.
As the teacher, watch the DVD to learn the concept yourself and see how to demonstrate this concept with the appropriate manipulatives. Have the students watch the video with you, if you think it would be helpful. The Teacher Manual provides written instructions, examples, and answer keys for each of the 30 lessons. The instructions provide the written explanation for the new concept and several examples illustrate the new concept. The answer keys are for the Student Text and the Test Booklet. The video and the Teacher Manual are designed to easily familiarize you with the new material. They are your multi-sensory, educational tools.
The Student Text has six worksheets per lesson. There are three Lesson Practice sheets focusing on the new concept. These practice sheets include word problems which are designed to apply the concept being taught in the lesson. There are also three Systematic Review worksheets covering the new material as well as providing practice of the math concepts previously studied. The word problems on these pages reinforce math concepts mastered in past lessons. The Test Booklet has one test per lesson (30 lessons), four unit tests, and a final exam. These may be used to help determine mastery or as an extra worksheet. There are slight variations in the number of worksheets, lessons, and unit tests in the upper level material (Algebra 1 through PreCalculus and Stewardship).
Each of the Student Kits below has sample video lessons and textbook pages. You can also request a free demonstration DVD from Math-U-See that provides an overview of math from place value to algebra and demonstrates the program's unique philosophy. You can get it from your authorized representative by calling (888)854-MATH(6284).
Math-U-See does not sell their materials to retail bookstores, preferring instead to sell their products at home school conventions or through their website. We often have used copies of their materials available, but if you don't see what you're looking for, their website is the only reliable source.