# Math-U-See Primer

**Math-U-See Primer **

Math-U-See Primer is a gentle introduction to math. This year the emphasis will be less on mastery of concepts and skills and more on becoming familiar with them. Your student will learn how to write numerals and do basic counting. He will be introduced to addition and subtraction, skip counting, geometric shapes, and telling time.

Every Math-U-See Primer set also includes a 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 Primer 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 Primer Curriculum set.

**About Math-U-See Curriculum**

For more than 20 years, Math-U-See's renowned mastery-based, multi-sensory, student-paced program has been the answer for countless families.

Math-U-See is a 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.

This manipulative-based curriculum ensures your children will be able to fully understand each mathematical concept before moving on to another one.

Math-U-See is mastery-oriented, clear, to the point, and compelling with simple, uncluttered pages. In Math-U-See, new ideas are introduced step by step logically. At the same time, concepts that have been mastered are reviewed periodically.

The lessons are short, and there are many opportunities for multi-sensory experiences using videos and manipulatives.

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 that be a daily reminder.

Student workbooks 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. Student workbook pages are consumable, so each child will need their own copy.

Instruction manuals for most MUS levels include complete answer keys with solutions for all problems. However, the Primer Instruction Manual includes answers for some, but not all, of the problems in each lesson. The answer keys are 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 Integer Blocks, Fraction Overlays, and Algebra/Decimal Inserts.

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 also show why the problem is solved in this manner and when to apply the concept.

Each lesson is demonstrated on the DVDs 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.

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 can do so with a word problem.

Math-U-See will show you how. So, if you want to give your child a rock-solid mathematical foundation, if your child is shaky on the basics, or just looking for a no-frills, common-sense program, you will be pleased with Math-U-See.

**Note:** Math-U-See manipulative comes in a standard cardboard box with a lightweight plastic tray. These do not hold up well, either in shipment or 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.

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**What Is Taught In The Primer 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?**

Primer Universal Set

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

Primer Level Up Set

The Primer 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 Primer Level Up Set also includes the Primer Digital Pack with access to streaming instruction videos, instructional PDFs, and all the other online resources for the Primer level in one convenient location.

Primer Student Workbook

This is the right choice for families who have more than one student in the Primer level and who need a second workbook, or for families who have previously used Primer for one student and already own both the Integer Block Kit and the Instruction Pack. The Primer 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 Workbook.**

**From the Manufacturer:**Math-U-See focuses on Building Understanding. What began as a simple, effective way to show students “why” math works has grown into an award-winning K-12 program, products focused on specific intervention strategies, and a classroom system that can be used alongside any existing curriculum.

**Primer Overview:**

**Primer Lesson 9 Sample:**

**Place Value:**

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**Subtraction:**

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**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.

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”What I desire most for math curriculum for our family is a solid, practical program that allows me to teach the concepts without a lot of busywork. So far, we are thrilled with Math-U-See Primer and enjoy the lessons together.”

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”We have been so impressed with the way that the Demme Learning Company approaches math concepts and feel like they have suited our older daughter's learning style very well. ”

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