Math is not our favorite subject. I love math and have been struggling to get my kiddos to love it as well. It just doesn’t click, yet. Workbooks are not their style, or mine really. For that reason I have been eyeing Demme Learning’s Math-U-See products for a while and with the Digital Packs to go along with it, I thought it just might be the interactive math we needed.
I was pleasantly surprised at how quickly things started to click in Mister Man’s head as he worked through the problems, he really saw the solution and how it all worked. His math computation is much quicker and he is enjoying his 30 min of math each day instead of dreading it!
I love that the manipulatives are easy to work with, the problems in the book are simple, to the point, and do not belabor the point. He gets things quicker and is not overwhelmed by a sheet full of problems he has to complete. I have been adding in a few extra problems just to be sure he is understanding, but so far he’s had no problem at all. In fact, a few times, he actually asked to do more math!
In addition to the Beta Universal Set, which included the manipulatives, teachers manual, workbook/test book and instructional DVD, we also received access to the Digital Pack which has even more resources to make math come to life.
The Digital Pack proved to be a very helpful tool. The instructional videos are all loaded for streaming on the site, no need to pop in the DVD, just drop down to the lesson you are working on, and click play! This makes finding the right video for the lesson a breeze!
You can also print the lesson instructions, answers and additional worksheets right from the main screen. There is a link to the Skip Counting Songbook and mp3, which both kiddos enjoyed and a fun drill game for extra practice.
We’ve been using the Digital Pack to print off extra worksheets for practice, doing drills and for watching the lesson videos. I am sure the answers will be very valuable in the coming years, but we didn’t need that extra option for the simple math he’s working through now.
Math-U-See has transformed our daily math lessons. Mister Man is loving it, and I am in the process of finding the right fit for Sunshine, who is a very visual learner as well. I am hopeful that math will start to click more and more each day. Already our school days are going smoother and I can see a lot of progress!
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