- Reviewed on Monday, September 9, 2013
- Grades Used: Primer-Pre-Algebra
- Dates used: 2009-2013
After checking out math u see from my homeschool assistance program for several years, I decided to invest in purchasing my own copies this year because there were new editions (2013).
However, I am disappointed with the quality of the paper in the workbooks. The new enrichment pages (that were part of their selling point for a new edition) are see-thru and therefore the coloring and other activities in the second-grade-level book are useful only on one side as any colors show through and even pencil and the printed info is visible.
I find it distracting and disappointing as I feel I trusted math u see as a Christian company. I would like to see them succeed, but feel that cutting such corners is not honorable or doing the best by kids.
- Reviewed on Saturday, August 24, 2013
- Grades Used: 1st - 5th grade
- Dates used: 2010-2013
DO NOT GET MATH U SEE!
Except for the blocks, which are excellent, do not use this curriculum. It is awful, once you get up to 3rd grade, and gets worse from there.
It is so bad that I almost wonder if the creator of this is part of the "Deliberate Dumbing Down of America" program (see http://www.deliberatedumbingdown.com - written by a woman who worked for the Reagan administration).
To learn maths a child needs lots of practice, in lots of different ways of using numbers, in slowly increasing complexity. Plus you must teach easy division soon after easy multiplication, as the two reinforce each other. Plus there are lots of little things that should be taught and explained fairly early on , because they reinforce each other (eg money, decimals).
This guy does not do this. And he does NOT do what he said he would do - there is very little revision, if any, and SO MUCH is left out.
Plus there are newfangled ways of learning multiplication which are ridiculous. And the child totally forgets all the previous stuff they learned. And he throws really tough words and concepts in to really small children. On purpose? Maybe. Read this article on the 4 barriers to learning:
and as you get more and more into mathusee you will see that he violates these rules over and over again.
And also read this article, "55 reasons why you should homeschool"
Stick with Saxon math. I had my son doing mostly mathusee plus a little saxon. I could not understand why we were having so many problems, since I know that my son is very smart. Maths is EASY! If it is not, the curriculum and teaching is wrong.
By 5th grade I threw out the mathusee and did only saxon, getting him to read the brilliant introduction to each lesson, out aloud to me. Now that we have been doing saxon for a month, he is getting marks in the 90s, which is what should have been the case all along, and is now begining to enjoy maths, which is the way it should be. Only NOW has he realized that "math is easy!".
ALL THE CONFUSION IS GONE. Get the mathusee blocks and Saxon curriculum. The early books may look great - but that it just to sucker you in.
- Reviewed on Thursday, May 31, 2012
- Grades Used: Alpha (1st)
- Dates used: 2011-12
Buyer beware: read full review
We really loved Math-U-See. I have a young first grader who was understanding and doing really well in math but for some reason could not absorb the simpler foundational concepts I find important to long term mathematical success. For example at the beginning of the year (age 5 then) she could add complex number and subtract, but she was having trouble absorbing place values, or whether 34 or 43 was greater. No matter how many ways I showed her or how much we practiced it just wouldnt stick. I was getting very frustrated I just couldnt understand why it wasnt absorbing I figured it was intellectual maturity and her age but didnt want to hold her back. Alpha was perfect it was very easy compared to where shed been but then again thats just what she needed she needed time to go over basic concepts in a visual and simplified form. She LOVES math now! We had the option to go slow or fast as the wonderful way the program is done it allows you to adjust it to your childrens needs. We were able to go nice and slow and make sure it was all fully absorbed and retained before moving forward and what she has been taught she does with perfection, confidence and ease. I have some minor concerns that if I ever put her in public or switch to another curriculum she may struggle since it is taught somewhat differently but for now that is minor because her loving math and being able to learn it is way more important, the trade off is definitely worth it. I also believe if that ever did happen she will be at an age where it would be much easier to change her way of thinking and quickly adjust any details or concepts or fill in any blanks that maybe a public covers or another curric. I do know some public schools that are starting to use this program too so it must not be a major issue.
Eta: After a full year of mathusee I have changed my opinion. The problem is that the curriculum is primarily memorization. She spent her whole first year memorizing addition facts. She knew them too, however she never got into the practice of actually adding in her head. The curriculum doesn't teaching solving just memorizing. After 2 months off for summer break she remembers nothing, I thought she just needed refreshing but not so she retained nothing. What a waste of a year, I know have to start all over with first grade even though she is suppose to be in second. Not saying it can't work for some people, I just don't feel it's a sound method of learning math. She is known to have a great memory too. As a family we've always had an ongoing joke that if we can't remember something ask her. I think it's really easy to get excited at first about this curriculum as its fun with songs and blocks and it's great to not feel frustrated since it goes so slow and again is fun. However although fun is a high priority on our list so is learning.
- Reviewed on Wednesday, April 11, 2012
- Grades Used: K and 2nd
- Dates used: 2011-2012
My 4 year old did the Primer for his 4 year old Math. And my 7 year old did Beta for his 2nd grade math.
Both did well. My 4 year old found the primer to have just enough work each day but not too much. Only 2-4 "problems" generally speaking. There are 6 pages per chapter and 30 chapters. We usually just did 5 of them. He liked watching the videos like his big brother. And maybe the material seemed to simple to me? Then again, did it need to be more time consuming/ complex? Sticking with Math U See, I can trust we will hit everything we need to in time. He has come out of the primer with two ideas. "I like math. I am good at math"
My 7 year old did well with the Beta. He liked that he could move through certain chapters very quickly (and indeed even "test out" of a few.) And I liked that I had the ability to print out extra worksheets on the website with some review and some of a tricky new concept to buy an extra week once or twice when he wasn't ready to move on. There are 30 chapters with 6 worksheets and 1 extra and 1 test per chapter. 3 new material worksheets and 3 new/ review worksheets, 1 extra fun assignment and 1 test. We usually do 2 new worksheets, and 2 new/review worksheets and 1 test in a week. If something is harder to grasp we do all 3 new worksheets and just one new/ review. If it is really hard to grasp, we do everything and just go into the next week.
The biggest reason I didn't want to use math u see initially was the manipulatives. I thought I was going to have to sit and do fancy lessons with manipulatives all the time. It isn't like that. You have the manipulatives and every so many lessons, the lesson demonstrate a topic using manipulatives to understand it. And yes, IF YOU NEED THEM, you have them. And even then it is something the child mostly does independently as they do their sheet. But you don't have to use them for every lesson every day. For example, my 7 year old has only needed them once. For the money section. He has never fully grasped money.
But doing his math for a week on his own using the giant place value poster and laying dimes in the tens place and pennies in the ones place.... it finally clicked. 3 days of manipulatives and he "got money", using blocks and the equating the money to blocks (quarters are two blue blocks and 5 greens ones). And then he didn't need them again after a week and now figures out money like a champ.