Homeschool Math Curriculum
Finally! Math that actually sticks with your kids so they can use it in real life!
Have you heard of Math-U-See? It's a product our customers have been raving about. So we did some research and we agree: It's a great way to help your kids understand (and actually enjoy) math. We like it so much that we'll be including it in many of our All-Subjects Packages this year. Click here for a brief demonstration how Math-U-See works.
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In the Primer level your child will learn not only how to write numerals but also addition and subtraction, basic counting, skip counting, geometric shapes, telling time, and they will be introduced to the manipulative block system. It's a gentle introduction to doing math.
Age Range: 5-7
Grade Range: K
Alpha focuses on teaching the concepts of single-digit addition and subtraction. We use systematic teaching strategies to help students commit the addition and subtraction facts to memory.
Age Range: 6-8
Grade Range: 1
Beta builds on the foundation in Alpha by applying students' mastery of single-digit addition and subtraction to multiple-digit addition and subtraction. One of the stepping stones between these two levels is the concept of place value, which is an important milestone for truly grasping any multiple-digit operation.
Age Range: 7-9
Grade Range: 2
Once students have mastered the concepts of addition and subtraction (covered in Alpha and Beta), they are ready for multiplication. Gamma teaches single-digit facts and multiple-digit multiplication skills.
Age Range: 8-11
Grade Range: 3
Division is presented as the inverse of multiplication. Single-digit division facts are learned and the concepts of division and place value are applied when solving long division problems.
Age Range: 9-12
Grade Range: 4
Now that students have learned basic operations with whole numbers, Epsilon covers these same operations with fractions. Fractions are presented in an intuitive way with visual explanations of equivalent fractions, common denominators, and fractions and numbers larger than 1.
Age Range: 10-13
Grade Range: 5
Zeta extends the student's concept of place value to the right of the decimal point. Students learn to complete core operations with decimals. The connection between fractions and decimals is presented.
Age Range: 11-13
Grade Range: 6
Negative numbers, order of operations, solving for the unknown, and other topics.
Age Range: 12-14
Grade Range: 7
Math-U-See Algebra 1
Graphing, simultaneous equations, exponents, polynomials, unit multipliers, and more.
Age Range: 12-16
Grade Range: 8
Points, lines, planes, angles, circles, triangles, quadrilaterals, Pythagorean Theorem, conic sections, proofs, and more.
Age Range: 14-18
Grade Range: 9
Math-U-See Algebra 2
Factoring polynomials, quadratic formula, graphing conic sections and other algebra 2 topics.
Age Range: 15-18
Grade Range: 10
Trigonometry, identities, polar equations, logarithms, sequences, limits and other topics to prepare for calculus.
Age Range: 16-18
Grade Range: 11
Derivatives, integrals, calculus applications, differential equations, and more.
Age Range: 16-18
Grade Range: 12
Due to restrictions by the publisher, Math-U-See doesn't qualify for Sonlight discounts. Math-U-See is the default homeschool math program in Sonlight All-Subjects Packages, but can be substituted when customizing your package online.
Created by a longtime teacher, Math-U-See is a hands-on, student-paced, mastery-based approach that focuses on developing a true understanding of mathematical concepts transferable to real-world application.
You'll follow a 4-step approach to introduce, review, practice and master concepts. Since math is learned sequentially – independent of age or grade – the program teaches skills that build on previous principles as your child progresses.
The multisensory "Build it — Write it — Say it" method of instruction lets children explore each new concept and helps you assess their understanding before continuing. A favorite component, manipulatives (Lego-like pieces), help students visualize what they're learning.
- Concept-driven: Children gain thorough understanding by learning how to solve math problems, why they're solved in the prescribed manner, and when to apply the concept.
- Mastery-based: You'll know when they've mastered a concept when they teach it back to you, indicating readiness to learn the next skill.
- Skills-based, multisensory approach: Math-USee addresses the different ways we process information. As your children incorporate all senses in meaningful ways that aid retention, they'll build essential cumulative skills.
Because this homeschool math program isn't grade-based, we offer a free Math-U-See placement tool to determine where to start your student.
- Math has traditionally been taught by having students memorize facts and formulas. But memorization alone doesn't ensure that learners understand concepts. Math-U-See shows your children how to solve a problem, why it's solved in the manner prescribed, and when to apply the concept learned to solve real-life situations (and dreaded word problems)!
- Math-U-See emphasizes mastery. How do you get there? The program is carefully structured with step-by-step procedures: Introduce. Practice. Master. Review. Your student will actually teach the concept back to you before you move on. As a mastery-based program, your student sets the pace. It's a surefire way to build skills and confidence.
- Math is cumulative and sequential; one concept builds on the next. That's why it's nearly impossible to keep up if you've missed out on a foundational skill. Math-U-See uses a systematic approach that follows the logical sequence of learning: Your student masters counting before moving on to addition before moving on to subtraction, etc. Curriculum is based on the Greek alphabet (Alpha, Beta, Gamma, etc.) to emphasize the sequence of concepts taught (rather than a grade-level association). This gives your children a solid foundation on which to build upper-level math.
- Math-U-See is multisensory. Your children are each unique in their learning styles. How to make sure everyone learns? Teach them using multiple senses! Math-U-See uses manipulatives – small colored, Lego-like pieces – that help kids visualize what they're learning, for all levels through Algebra I. Students first Build the problem. Then they Write the problem. Then they Say (speak) the problem. With each sense they use, the learning gains an additional mental hook that supports long-term memory.
- Math-U-See curriculum is easy to teach (even if you're no math whiz, Mom or Dad). If you're willing to watch a short video (your kids can watch right along with you), you can do this. Math-U-See offers everything you need – instructional videos, manipulatives, drills, worksheets, and complete solutions. If you're able to be actively involved, your children will be successful with Math-U-See … and you'll probably learn a few things, too!
- Universal Sets include everything you need for a Math-U-See level—the Instruction Manual with complete solutions, Instruction DVD, Student Workbook, Tests Booklet, all manipulatives required for the level, and login information for the Digital Pack for the level.
- Level Up Sets may be right for you if you have some or all of the required manipulatives. Includes the Instruction Manual with complete solutions, Instruction DVD, Student Workbook, Tests Booklet, and login information for the Digital Pack for the level. Basically everything that is included in the Universal Set except for the manipulatives.
We're elated to have the opportunity to share Math-U-See with your family. As with all of the best-of-the-best programs we offer, the proof is in what homeschool families are saying about how Math-U-See is changing their children's educational experience:
Each day I ask my 9-year-old son what subject he'd like to start with, and every day, it's math. Before Math-U-See, he never wanted to even look at math. He loves the blocks and really is getting it (funny thing is, so am I)." – Stephanie L.
Math-U-See could (and possibly should) be the only math curriculum taught. I'm amazed at what I've been able to learn as I teach. The most practical thing is mental math. My husband and I watch the videos with the kids and look at each other in awe at the shortcuts that we were never taught but are so useful." – Bridget A.
You may want to review the video instruction prior to each lesson to ensure that you understand how each concept is best taught. You'll find that using every component of the program – instruction manual, video lessons, manipulatives, practice and review pages – will contribute to your student's success.