Why We Like Math U See: Book GIVEAWAY

August 16, 2010

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We’re starting school with a little math GIVEAWAY: Bat Jamboree by Kathi Appelt. Check the end of the post for GIVEAWAY details.

First, Math U See has absolutely no idea who I am. Second, I have to say that I am not a big curriculum person. Having that out of the way, I use the the Math U See curriculum as a component of our homeschool mathematics workshop.

This curriculum takes a hands-on, manipulative based approach towards learning and applying math concepts. The Math U See lessons are our daily mini-lessons for our mathematics workshop. Then once or twice a week, MacGyver and I pose mathematics questions to investigate. These investigations give MacGyver the opportunity to apply the concepts he has learned during his Math U See lessons in a real life situation. At least it’s real life to a 6-year-old.

How wide is the swing? measuring swing

Some of his investigations include: How wide is the swing? And. . .

How many pattern blocks did I use: completed investigation

How many shapes did I use in building my ship?

Each day, MacGyver and I (and often Miss Enigma) gather in front of the T.V. for our DVD lesson. The lessons are SHORT, simple and very specific.

Skip counting by 2's: Math U See

The lessons have three basic components: first we use the blocks to manipulate (or build) the new concept, then we write the problems we are building, and last we verbally explain the why or how of what we are doing. Miss Enigma often joins us and builds with the blocks along side MacGyver.

For practice, there is a workbook that follows along with the DVD lessons. However, there is limited skill and drill and it is recommended you only have your child do what is needed for mastery. I like the way the lessons build upon one another and all concepts are continuously revisited.

Math U See was recommended to me by another homeschool mother. She had no teaching experience. She watched the DVD lessons with her children and “learned” right along with them. Her oldest son is doing VERY well in college! I have to agree with her recommendation of Math U See. I would not only recommend this curriculum to homeschoolers but also to classroom teachers and parents.

First, teachers this curriculum is simple, yet focuses on problem solving and hands-on applications. It can easily be incorporated into a traditional classroom setting or a workshop approach to mathematics.

Second, parents if you have a child struggling with math in school. I would recommend this for at home tutoring purposes. The curriculum goes all the way through calculus!

How much is a gallon: Mathematics investiagaion

I am not a “worksheet” kind of teacher. I wasn’t in the public school classroom and I’m not as a homeschool Mom. This curriculum has created a good balance in our math program. We learn facts and rules through the Math U See hands-on approach and apply them using our mathematics investigation questions.

Bat Jamboree

We love books! Even books during math time! So we’re giving away one copy of Bat Jamboree by Kathi Appelt.

To enter this contest, just answer the following question in the comments section of this post.

What math curriculum do you use (classroom or homeschool)? (Or just say “Hey.” We’re flexible around here.)

The Rules:

One entry per person, please.

No entries after 8:00 pm Central Time, Thursday, August 19, 2010

The winner must be a resident of The United States.

The winner will be selected at random and announced Friday, August 20, 2010. Check back it might be you!

Life with Jeannine

I’ve tried many different reward systems. By far the most successful was our classroom store.

Join us in our “at home” section I’m sharing the details of our reward system: FREE printable money

“Out in the world” section we are doing real world math.


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Brandy August 16, 2010 at 8:25 pm

When I taught we had Saxon (UGH!), but no one really used it much. We kind of just made our own curriculum as we went based on manipulatives and problem solving. My daughter is in first grade and they use Singapore Math. I like it so far. If we pull her out to homeschool, me may go with that.

Robin August 16, 2010 at 10:14 pm

I borrow from all sources since we are in preschool. We do a lot of hands on things for weights and measure. And we count everything we can find.

Tiffany August 17, 2010 at 8:49 am

I love Math-U-See. Math is not my strongest subject and this program works for both myself and my math-minded son.

Lenore August 17, 2010 at 1:12 pm

I use Houghton Mifflin math which I like somewhat. There are a lot of materials to use. I don’t like the order and pace of the lessons. Addition and subtraction are taught back to back without time for children to get a strong grasp of one before going into the next concept.

Suzanne August 17, 2010 at 2:17 pm

We love using Math u see too. We used Abeka last year, but will be going back to Math U see this year.

Carol Flett August 17, 2010 at 5:50 pm

I have just received the package from Math-U-See and I know we are going to love love love it for our 6 and 8 yr old grandchildren.
(I’m from Canada so I am not trying to win the book, just wanted to comment.)

Maegan August 18, 2010 at 1:12 pm

When I was in school we used Saxon and I did not like it. I like how the math you teach is applicable to the real world and that is what was always lacking during my school days.

Amanda August 18, 2010 at 8:35 pm

Math U See looks like fun! Learning is always more fun when you are doing it with something in your hands.

Anthy August 18, 2010 at 9:52 pm

Hey there – I don’t teach math, but I love counting books. I found one called “We All Went on Safari” that teaches kids to count to 10 in Swahili. I also love books that feature bats since bats are one of my favorite animals. They are much maligned and misunderstood, and it’s wonderful to find a book that make bats look cute instead of scary.

Jennifer H-Q August 19, 2010 at 10:29 am

We use Saxon for our older kids and i’m looking for something different for our younger ones. I’m thinking of trying Math U See.

Heather August 20, 2010 at 12:03 am

We started with Math-U-See last year and LOVED it. I’m not a big text book person either, so we didn’t do all of the workbook pages. I do love how it stresses concepts and lets them learn in a hands-on kind of way. We also just try to bring math into everyday life.

Staci Brian August 20, 2010 at 5:13 am

I love the multisensory learning. I think my kids would love the curriculum. We use legos in our math explorations all the time. Other than that we are hands-on learners and eclectic in approach.

min September 7, 2010 at 10:24 pm

I purchased the Math-U-See teacher’s guide and dvd plus manipulatives. How important is the student workbooks that go along with it? I’m debating whether or not to purchase them.

Jeannine September 8, 2010 at 10:42 am

Here’s the scoop. The Math-U-See manipulatives are great because once you’ve purchased them you can use them from year to year. The manipulatives have been great for MacGyver who needs to learn everything “hands-on.” I have to admit that I don’t use the teacher’s guide much since my children are still young and I’ve been teaching for so long. However, as they get older, I’m sure I’ll use the teacher’s guide more! The student workbook just makes life easier. I didn’t purchase it at first. However, the workbook goes with the lessons and wraps everything up nicely. It doesn’t go overboard on skill and drill. So the long-winded answer . . . No you don’t “need” the workbook but if you have it your life will be just a little easier. Sometimes I need a little “easy” in my life. :)

min September 8, 2010 at 11:23 am

Thanks! Love your blog!

MaggieRuns October 7, 2010 at 8:59 am

We use horizon math! Although I would like more manipulative to use with the program, we like it.

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