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