Math U See has a way of explaining math in a way that I hadn't heard or read before. They encourage the "build, say, write" approach. The videos explain everything to either the parent or child if you need them. In most cases I was able to glance over the teacher manual and explain the concept to my child once a week.
The pages are easy to read with enough space, but not too much space. I feel that there is enough practice in each lesson. You can purchase extra practice sheets if you find that your child is not getting enough practice. They stress applying the concepts you learn to story problems. There are usually 4-5 pages per lesson labeled A-D or A-E. When the student has a "A" page the parent or video should explain the new concept to them. They do 1 or 2 pages with the new concept and then the rest of the pages have the new concept plus review of what they have been learning the previous weeks.
Math U See is different from a textbook approach in that it encourages you not to move on to the next "A" page until you are sure that your student understands the concepts he has been taught so far. They use manipulatives to help understand math concepts. You don't have to use them, but they are pretty easy to use and really help the child understand math so much better.
This program is similar to a textbook approach in that the student needs to do at least 1/2 page of math per day, but they are not just filling out a page. They are saying and building math in the early years.
I really like the way they explain place value, multiplication, division, fractions and multiplying fractions. If your child doesn't understand the way that you explain something, they can watch the video and hear the author of the program explain it.
The provide placement tests on their website if you want to test your child to see which level they would need to start at. They also have some online worksheet generators and online drills too!
This is a great program that I would highly recommend to anyone looking for a first rate math program. You can order it from the company through a representative.
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