# Math-U-See Alpha

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**Alpha: Addition & subtraction for single-digit numbers and other topics.**

Math-U-See Alpha is typically a good fit for a student entering first 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.

**Magnificent Manipulatives**

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.

**Digital Pack Included!**

Every Math-U-See Alpha 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. The Alpha Digital Pack also includes Skip Count Songs mp3s. Lifetime access to all of these resources is included free with the purchase of the Math-U-See Alpha Curriculum set.

**Feel Good About**

*Knowing*Your Child Is Really Getting ItMath-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.

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**What Is Taught in the Alpha Level?**

Major Concepts and Skills Include:

Additional concepts and skills:

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**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.

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**How Do I Choose Which Curriculum Set I Need?**

Alpha Universal Set

The Math-U-See Alpha Universal Set includes everything a new customer needs to be successful with Math-U-See Alpha. The Instruction Pack, Student Pack, Integer Block Kit, and the Alpha Digital Pack are conveniently bundled so customers can be certain they have all of the items they need.

Alpha Level Up Set

The Alpha Level Up Set is geared toward families who already own the Integer Block Kit, or who are purchasing the Integer Block Kit as part of another Math-U-See level. If you are looking for a complete set, minus the massive manipulative set, this is what you want. In addition to the Instruction Pack and Student Pack, the Alpha Level Up Set also includes the Alpha Digital Pack with access to streaming instruction videos, instructional PDFs, and all the other online resources for the Alpha level in one convenient location.

Alpha Student Pack

This is the right choice for families who have more than one student in the Alpha level and who need a second workbook, or for families who have previously used Alpha for one student and already own both the Integer Block Kit and the Instruction Pack. The Student Pack includes solely the student workbook and the test booklet; the Alpha 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.**

Features

**Alpha Overview:**

**Alpha Lesson 9 Sample:**

**Addition:**

**Subtraction:**

View a sample lesson for Math-U-See Alpha.

**Table of Contents:**

*Publisher:*Demme Learning

*Series:*Math-U-See

*Faith-Based:*No

**Please note:**Math-U-See comes in a standard cardboard box with lightweight plastic tray. These do not hold up well, either in shipment or in daily life, so we'd suggest considering a different long-term storage option, such as a bin or bag. Our crew always does their best, but unfortunately we cannot guarantee that the packaging will arrive in good condition.

**CHOKING HAZARD**- Small parts. Not for children under 3 years.

#### review by One Luckey Wife

”Math-U-See Alpha deals with a lot of concepts but it is broken down in such a nice way that it isn’t overwhelming for the student.”

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