Math-U-See Algebra 1
Math-U-See Algebra 1 is typically a good fit for a student entering eighth grade; to find the Math-U-See level that best fits your child you can try the placement test here.
You're Going to Love This Multisensory, Manipulative-Based Curriculum!
If you are looking for a manipulative-based curriculum that ensures your children will be able to fully understand each mathematical concept before moving on to another one, you have found it. For more than 20 years Math-U-See’s renowned mastery-based, multisensory, student-paced program has been the answer for countless families. Math-U-See is a complete, comprehensive K-12 math curriculum that uses manipulatives to illustrate and teach the concepts. If you regularly experience tears from your child whenever new mathematical topics are introduced, you need Math-U-See’s systematic, precept-upon-precept math program.
The Tools and Format You Need to Master Math
With simple, uncluttered pages, Math-U-See is mastery-oriented, clear, to the point, and effective. In Math-U-See, new ideas are introduced step by step in a logical order, while concepts that have been mastered are reviewed periodically. The lessons are short and there are lots of opportunities for multisensory experiences, using tools such as videos and manipulatives.
About the Books
Math-U-See books are organized into levels, not grades, so students can proceed at their own pace as they master concepts. This is particularly helpful for the child that is not performing at grade level but would rather not have a daily reminder. Student workbooks and test booklets are softcover, and the pages are perforated and punched so they can be removed, completed, and placed in binders if you choose. Occasional fun exercises, like dot-to-dots and crossword puzzles have been incorporated into the student workbooks. Test booklets for each course have tests to be used at the end of each lesson, plus four unit tests and a final exam. Student workbook pages and tests are consumable, so each child will need their own copy. Instruction manuals, however, are hardcover books and should last the life of your teaching career. Complete answer keys with solutions are included for all problems at all levels, more a necessity at the upper levels than the lower ones.
The Math-U-See Manipulatives are more than a supplement, they are an integral part of the curriculum. Used from the Primer through Algebra 1 levels, the manipulatives build each concept from place value through polynomials through the use of Integer Blocks, Fraction Overlays, and Algebra/Decimal Inserts.
For the Parents
Unlike our other math programs, Math-U-See does require a fair amount of parental involvement, especially in the younger grades. They have bent over backwards to make the lesson planning as painless as possible, but to get the most out of Math-U-See, parents should be prepared to plan, and not start the lessons unprepared. Math-U-See’s teacher guide and supplemental DVD will teach you, the parent, more than just how to solve a math problem, they will also show why the problem is solved in this manner, and when to apply the concept. On the DVDs, each lesson is demonstrated with such kind-hearted enthusiasm, I now understand why children line up at homeschool conferences to give the instructor, Steve Demme, a hug. DVDs can be played on a DVD player or computer; however, Windows 10 users will need to download a separate video player.
It Is Time for the Student to Become the Teacher
If the lesson planning has been your least favorite part of Math-U-See, you will be thrilled to know that in all the high-school-level books, your child will be expected to work more independently. The instruction manual is written for the student and he will be the one watching the DVD presentation before beginning each lesson. The instruction manuals also include complete answers with step-by-step solutions for all the exercises and tests and there is extra instruction for the enrichment problems.
Digital Pack Included!
Every Math-U-See Algebra 1 set purchased from us will also include the new Digital Pack. Accessible through any internet browser, you will have streaming video versions of Math-U-See’s Instructional DVD, a PDF of the Instruction Manual, access to an online version of their Digital Manipulatives, and convenient links to a number of their free online resources. Lifetime access to all of these resources is included free with the purchase of the Math-U-See Algebra 1 Curriculum set.
Feel Good About Knowing Your Child Is Really Getting It
Math-U-See is laid out with step-by-step procedures for introducing, practicing, mastering, and reviewing concepts. How do you know when your child has "mastered" a math concept? Not just when he gets the answers right but when he can teach the concept back to you, especially if he is able to do so with a word problem. Math-U-See will show you how. So, if you want to give your child an exceptionally solid mathematical foundation; if your child is shaky on the basics; or if you are just looking a no-frills, common sense program; you are sure to be pleased with Math-U-See.
What Is Taught In The Algebra 1 Level?
In What Order Do I Use the Math-U-See Levels?
There are seven books for elementary grades which can be used in the following order: Primer, Alpha, Beta, Gamma, Delta, Epsilon, and Zeta. These first seven books are followed by Pre-Algebra, Algebra 1, Geometry, Algebra 2, PreCalculus with Trigonometry, and Calculus. Placement tests for the different levels are available here.
How Do I Choose Which Curriculum Set I Need?
Algebra 1 Universal Set
The Math-U-See Algebra 1 Universal Set includes everything a new customer needs to be successful with Math-U-See Algebra 1. The Instruction Pack, Student Pack, Integer Block Kit, Algebra/Decimal Inserts, and the Algebra 1 Digital Pack are conveniently bundled so customers can be certain they have all of the items they need.
Algebra 1 Level Up Set
The Algebra 1 Level Up Set is geared toward families who already own the Integer Block Kit and simply need the Algebra/Decimal Inserts. If you are looking for a complete set, minus the massive manipulative set, this is what you want. In addition to the Instruction Pack, Student Pack, and the Algebra/Decimal Inserts, the Algebra 1 Level Up Set also includes the Algebra 1 Digital Pack with access to streaming instruction videos, instructional PDFs, and all the other online resources for the Algebra 1 level in one convenient location.
Algebra 1 Level Up Base Sets
The Algebra 1 Level Up Base Set includes the Instruction Pack, Student Pack, and 12 months of access to the Algebra 1 Digital Pack. The Algebra 1 Level Up Base Set is the right choice for families who already own both the Integer Block Kit and the Algebra/Decimal Inserts, or who are purchasing them as part of another Math-U-See Universal Set.
Algebra 1 Student Pack
This is the right choice for families who have more than one student in the Algebra 1 level and who need a second workbook, or for families who have previously used Algebra 1 for one student and already own both the Integer Block Kit, Algebra/Decimal Inserts and the Instruction Pack. The Student Pack includes solely the student workbook and the test booklet; the Digital Pack is not included.
You must have the Instruction Pack to utilize Math-U-See effectively. If you do not already own the Instruction Pack, you should purchase the Universal Set or Level Up set, not the Student Pack.
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Publisher: Demme Learning
CHOKING HAZARD - Small parts. Not for children under 3 years.
While most homeschool parents dread teaching Algebra, I look forward to it! Math-U-See makes the abstract concepts of Algebra concrete with manipulatives and video explanations by Steve Demme. He teaches not only the how, but also the why, which is foundational for understanding and progressing in mathematics.
Math u See is an amazing curriculum, And Algebra 1 is no different. My daughter barely passed Algebra 1 in public school, so when we opted to homeschool, I couldn't move her to Algebra 2 without her understanding 1. We discussed it, and made the decision to redo Alg 1. She is doing great, and seems to be understanding it much better!
At any point in our homeschool journey, one or more of my kids have used Math U See. During the early years we have used it as a supplement for sticking points. For example, my daughter became quite stuck on decimals and when we moved over to Zeta it was like the lights went and it all clicked into place. Steve Demme does an almost magical job of describing complex issues in truly understandable ways. This brings me to his upper levels. Oh my goodness are they fabulous! My husband and I both have graduate degrees in the sciences and have completed higher level mathematics yet I am constantly learning and more deeply understanding complex ideas that I memorized along the way. I am embarrassed to say I never knew why we used the quadratic formula, I just did it. Now I know how it was beautifully derived thanks to Steve. I have seen a deep understanding and use of math in my children that I never had at their age. We are just so very pleased with this program.
Math U see is the best. This works great with her current curriculum.
Always a 5 for MUS! So excited for these to be a part of Timberdoodle! Math U See is SO wonderful. I've purchased nearly all the levels. It just clicks for my 5 children. MUS is mastery based. You never really miss a concept, and the company isn't constantly changing their material so it's easy to grab a workbook and the DVD if you need those or have older parts.