Math-U-See {Review}

My 6 year old started Kindergarten this past fall. I pieced together his curriculum from various sources, and was given the opportunity to try out the Beta level of Math-U-See. This is a program that uses blocks/manipulatives to give a hands-on approach to learning.


Math-U-See is designed to teach students specific skills that build as the student progresses. This systematic and cumulative approach uses a definite, logical sequence of concept instruction. The Math-U-See system is structured with step-by-step procedures for introducing, reviewing, practicing, and mastering concepts. Each lesson teaches using multi-sensory tools such as videos, manipulatives, and other resources, designed to appeal to any type of learner. With these resources, we are able to adapt to a variety of homeschool styles.

My little guy isn’t so fond of math. Well, it’s really he’s not fond of having to sit still and listen or do work on paper.

But, when I introduced him to the “counting blocks”, also called Integer Block Kit, at least he was able to interact more with his math lessons. Since we had already started working on addition and subtraction up to 12s, I decided to start with the Beta level (Addition & subtraction for multiple-digit numbers and other topics).

We are using the Beta Universal Set which includes:

Includes everything you need for a successful experience with Beta: Instruction Manual with complete solutions, Instruction DVD, Student Workbook, Tests booklet, Integer Block Kit, and 12 months of access to our new Beta Digital Pack, which includes the Skip Count Songs MP3s and Songbook PDF.

While the video isn’t really for the student, I have him watch it with me. Even if he only watches and absorbs the example the teacher is showing on the video, it’s one more time he’s seeing it being taught. Then we will talk about the lesson and start on the workbook. The workbook is broken up into individual lessons, and within each lesson are 3 practice worksheets and 3 systematic review sheets. We take a short test after each section, and then there’s a larger unit test after every 7 blocks of lessons, plus a final test over the entire book.

Math-U-See is available from a Primer level to Calculus. Math-U-See isn’t really broken down into grade levels, but they do have online placement tests available, plus you can see sample lessons and videos so you can see which set you should order for your students. Plus they have a great customer service group to help you if you still aren’t sure or have any questions.

You can learn more about their programs and products on the Math-U-See website. Plus, you can hear about the latest news and sales by following them on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest!

And as a bonus…. we are giving away a copy of Math-U-See right here!



Disclaimer: I received free product so I could provide a fair and honest review. All opinions are my own, regardless of any product provided.

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