Math U See GammaWhat level/age is your child? Did that influence your decision to use this particular program (or not to use another?)
My oldest is 8, going into 3rd grade. This was one program that went along with styles we had used before.What sort of learning style does your child have? Are we talking about a mathematically-oriented child? A visual learner? Kinesthetic? (A brief description will help other parents who may have a similar type of child to make this decision.)
He is a very kinesthetic learner. The hands on + visual approach helps him immensely (we watch the dvd together. He liked math before, now it's one of his favorite subjects.Describe your math program: does it use a lot of manipulatives? Rely on visual indicators? Is it compatible with other programs? Does it require a great deal of parental preparation/intervention/active guidance? Do you think that the program is suited to home educators, or is there a heavy focus on busy work and classroom managment? What about repetition, is there enough? Too much?
It uses blocks, mainly, but also goes along with other items we use. I made a checkerboard with beads the year before that corresponds to the colors used for the blocks/place values in MUS. I'm not sure about how compatible it is with other programs, but it seems to work well with the Montessori principles already in our home. I don't prepare a whole lot - I watch the video, we watch it together, and then as soon as he feels he is proficient, there's two tests: written and teaching. If he can teach me the material, then I know he knows it. We don't do a whole lot of repetition. There's 6 pages per lesson, 3 covering only the new material and 3 review. I don't think we've done all six yet. It's only as much repetition as needed.Why did you decide to use this particular program? Was it to suit your individual child, or because it was recommended by a book/another homeschooler/a post here?
I had heard about it on a Montessori board I was on, but it took a while longer for me to order the demo disc. It seemed to fit in with his learning style the best out of all the other programs we looked at/used.What do you like/dislike about the program?
I love how visual it is. It's brought in new approaches to how I learned math and new ways of looking at things.
I think so far, the only thing I dislike is how long the gentleman on the dvd can talk. My 8yo hates that the book is pink.
Half his books this year seem to be pink or reddish colored. He's trying to move up to Delta (yellow) by Dec.Will you/would you continue at different levels, or do you think that another program might be better suited to your child as s/he progresses? Why?
We will probably continue with this as long as he's homeschooling. The set up is fantastic and I can still incorporate our other learning tools into it. I especially like the fact that there is a practical math course at the end of the high school levels for everyday skills - balancing a checkbook, getting the best price for your money, etc. Obviously skills that can be taught without the book, but I like having it all in one place so I don't feel like we missed anything.