COURSE NO. MAT-514

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COURSE OVERVIEW

Math U See Primer

COURSE NOTES

Math U See Primer.  You will need the Primer Instruction Pack (teacher manual/answer key and DVD set), the Primer Student Workbook, and the Manipulative Block Set (just one block set per family). About 20-25 minutes of formal math daily, three days weekly.  The other days of the week have the child play board, card and dice games, hopscotch (very important!), sort and stack mixed coins—any and many different kinds of math experiences.
       Math U See Primer is a practical, hands-on math program that goes beyond teaching just math.  It actually teaches us moms how to love our children through teaching—worth every cent you spend on it!  Program components are: lessons-by-lesson DVD presentations, teacher manual, student text, and basic manipulative set.  (Add the Bible skip counting CD if you would like, though we get more serious about math facts in Grades 2 through 6.)  Each lesson starts with a five to seven minute DVD presentation, supposedly for teacher training, but the kids learn as much from it as Mom.  So, at the beginning of each new lesson, watch the DVD together.  Then work a few minutes together through the teacher manual presentation.  Then start assigning the worksheets.  When your child proves to you that he has the new concept (i.e., he achieves 91% or above, before corrections, on two consecutive attempts of new-concept worksheets), then move him on to the next lesson.  This keeps Math-U-See self-paced—one of its most valuable strengths!  Be patient.  Be supportive.  Be thorough.
       Use the manipulatives as much as possible, and always have them strewn out in the open on the table whenever you are doing math, for easy access.  Whenever a student refuses to use the manipulatives and really needs to, gently use them yourself, Mom: stand behind him and, reaching around his shoulders, work the manipulatives in front of him.  

Scheduling Suggestions: 3x/wk for 20-30min



BOOKS AND MATERIALS

 

Math U See Primer : Student Kit

  • Author: Math U See
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  • Supplier: Math U See

Math U See Publ.; Student kit includes student text and test booklet; See www.mathusee.com for placement tests, complete tables of contents, and scope and sequence lists.

 



 

Math U See Primer : Instruction Pack

  • Author: Math U See
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  • Supplier: Math U See

Math U See Publ.; Contains the Teacher Manual/Answer Key, and the DVD set

 



 

Starter Set 1 (Manipulatives)

  • Author: Math U See
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  • Supplier: Math U See

Math U See Publ.; “The initial Starter Set is an 80-piece set of colorful, base 10, stacking blocks used to teach all aspects of arithmetic. These are also used with the Inserts to illustrate beginning algebra and decimals.” - www.mathusee.com

 

One set per family.  This manipulative set is necessary to the Math U See program and is used from the first level through the Algebra 1 level of Math U See.  (We recommend tossing them into a cake pan or strewing them across a dishtowel for math time, so students are not reluctant to break up the neat array in the storage trays.)
 


 

 
An upgrade to Math U See would be Singapore Math: see their website for best placement and how to use it.  Almost equivalents to Math U See would be Horizons Math or ABeka Math, standard workbook address with lots of color and activities.  A very inexpensive math program would be Modern Curriculum Press Math (aka MCP Math), a simple workbook approach that’s been around forever.  This program covers all of the material recommended for this grade level with little wasted ink.  You will need to remember to add regular review throughout the year: we recommend you make copies of all reviews, quizzes, and tests as you come to them, and have the student work them again as workbook pages at the end of each quarter.  We recommend against Saxon K: it can grow to fill up to two hours daily if you aren’t careful, burning out Moms and students. An enrichment to Math U See would be Miquon Math Orange with its Cuisenaire Rods manipulative set and Teacher Annotations book, or Peggy Kaye’s Games for Math.  Our very favorite enrichment of all, always, is Ruth Beechick's The Three R's with its teaching tips, attitude adjustments and awareness points regarding math (--and composition, and reading).
 



LESSON PLANNER

WEEK A

Preparatory Week A: Use this school week to gather the materials for this course and thoroughly read the book notes, course notes, and, if applicable, the weekly lesson plan in your St. Thomas Aquinas Academy curriculum guide.


WEEK B

Preparatory Week B: Use this school week to complete Preparatory Week A and explore the materials for this course. Flip through all of this course’s materials. Make mental notes about the design and organization the resources for the course (editor’s notes, table of contents, maps, charts, forms, appendices, glossaries, bibliographies, end notes, internet supports, etc.).


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[ ] Select a work sample from this quarter to submit with your semester reporting packet. Your Semester 1 reporting packet should include work samples from Quarters 1 and 2 and is due before February 28. The Semester 2 packet should include work samples from Quarters 3 and 4 and is due before June 30.


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Preparatory Week C: This is a bonus week. Use it for Semester 1 catch-up, corrections, review, assessment testing, standardized testing, or semester reporting.


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Preparatory Week D: This is a second bonus week. Complete Preparatory Week C or begin the Semester 2 course plan.


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[ ] Select a work sample from this quarter to submit with your semester reporting packet. Your Semester 1 reporting packet should include work samples from Quarters 1 and 2 and is due before February 28. The Semester 2 packet should include work samples from Quarters 3 and 4 and is due before June 30.




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