Math-U-See was created by Steve Demme, a homeschool dad, for the homeschool community.
Math-U-See’s unique approach targets each student individually and focuses on their specific needs. Rather than a “one size fits all” curriculum designed for a classroom, Math-U-See is designed to work for each child or student individually, which in turn leads to real and lasting math comprehension.
Because Math-U-See focuses on the individual student, it is able to meet the unique needs of each student. The mastery approach utilized by Math-U-See is designed to give the parent clear understanding of when a student is ready to move to the next lesson.
Math-U-See is broken down 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, and practicing concepts.
There are many styles of “home schooling” and because of its flexible approach Math-U-See fits well with each style. Below are descriptions of how Math-U-See fits with different styles.
The lessons are short and free of “twaddle.” There are lots of opportunities for hands-on experience, and students are encouraged to “teach back” the concepts to the parent (narration).
Memorization of facts is encouraged in the early grades, and mastery of concepts required at every level.
Concepts are taught on dvd, and workbooks are used for practice and review.
The books are not assigned grade levels, so it is easy for students to work at their own pace or interest level.
Topics are grouped together by concept, helping students to see how math ideas are related to each other and the whole structure of mathematics.
Steve Demme, author of the Math-U-See program, describes the levels of arithmetic as follows:
2. Addition (Subtraction)
3. Multiplication (Division)
4. Exponents (Roots)
Each of these levels is a progressively faster way of doing the prior level and the concepts are used in all levels of mathematics. The difference is what kind of numbers the student is using. In the Math-U-See system, students learn the first three levels with whole numbers first, including memorization of the facts without finger counting. Once that is mastered then it moves on to fractions, then decimals, then integers, and finally algebra.
The students will see that each of the first three level concepts is repeated using the different kinds of numbers. As a student’s foundation is solidified, he is able to successfully build upon each new lesson.
During the instruction we provide explicit instruction for the teacher by directly teaching skills for math through our video presentations. Author Steve Demme’s video lessons are short and to the point (average 4-7 minutes each). Each lesson specifically teaches using the MULTI-SENSORY tools, designed to engage the visual, auditory, and kinesthetic channels simultaneously in rapid succession. These tools and videos communicate clearly so the teacher can understand how to teach the student. Many students enjoy watching the video lessons as well!
Each level contains ongoing assessment and frequent opportunities to re-teach. This kind of PROGRESS MONITORING provides valuable feedback to ensure the student is mastering the materials.
1. Math skills are taught explicitly
2. There is a definite, logical sequence of concept instruction that is systematic and cumulative
3. A structured, step-by-step procedure for introducing, reviewing, and practicing concepts
4. Multi-sensory tools to engage the visual, auditory, and kinesthetic channels simultaneously in rapid succession
5. Continuous, ongoing assessment and progress monitoring allow for frequent opportunities to re-teach
To find out where to begin visit the assessment Tests page and download the free competency tests or contact the Maths Australia customer service team on (03) 8618 6968.
Links with information on homeschooling:
- Home Education Network (HENCAST) The Home Education Network of Canberra and the Southern Tablelands (Inc) is a network of home educating families from Canberra, Queanbeyan, Bungendore and surrounding areas. Also has a bi-monthly newsletter.
- Home Education Victoria (Otherways Magazine) Our aim is to provide support and information for people wishing to educate their children from a home base.
- Connecting Queensland Homeschoolers C.Q.H.S is a social networking website for all Queensland Home Schoolers, information and chatting on the main forum relates to all.
- Home Education Association (HEA) The HEA is non-profit volunteer association designed to support, encourage and promote the practice of home educating in Australia. Newsletter sign-up available on the site.
- Home Based Learning Network The Home Based Learning Network is a volunteer, non profit organization dedicated to supporting all home based learners based in Western Australia.
- Charlotte Mason Method A method of education popular with homeschoolers in which children are taught as whole persons through a wide range of interesting living books, firsthand experiences, and good habits.
- Homeschooling Today Homeschooling Today is a Christian publication proving encouragement and practical help to families involved in the mission of educating their children.
- Homeschool Australia Teach your children at home!
- Homeschooling Down Under Quality home education made easy.