Demme Learning blessed my family with the Primer Universal Set of Math-U-See for us to use in the review as we have not used Math-U-See before. The universal set includes an instruction DVD, teacher’s manual, one student workbook, integer block kit, and a 12 months access to their new Primer Digital Pack. My family purchased two additional student workbooks so all three of our girls could do Primer together.
Math-U-See doesn’t go by grades but instead levels. Their levels are:
- Algebra 1
- Algebra 2
Digital packs are offered for all levels! The Primer Digital Pack includes 12-month access to Primer streaming instruction videos, Instruction Manual PDF, Lesson Solutions, Skip Count Songs MP3s and Songbook PDFs, and Digital Manipulatives. You can access all of these files on a browser of your choice. The digital pack also gives you access to the Math-U-See Digital Manipulatives but you must use Chrome or Safari browsers to use these digital manipulatives. If you prefer having the teacher manual and lessons on DVD as well, the digital packs can be purchased as part of the universal or level-up sets. They are NOT included in the instruction set. You can also purchase a 12 month subscription separately if your student needs additional time to finish the level or already have the materials.
I love being able to watch the lessons from any device. It allows us to take Math-U-See anywhere we go! We are not tied to a room with a television and DVD player to watch the lessons. One day we took our school work with us to the park! All you need is your device to watch the lesson and use the digital manipulatives and the student workbook and you can do your work anywhere!
The digital maniuplatives are very nice! Sweet Pea loves using the digital blocks. She has been practicing what she has done in Math-U-See Primer. We haven’t used the other features beyond the maniuplatives on the board but there is the ability to work on fractions, decimals, and algebra with the board as well. There is also the ability to write notes, zoom in & out, and lock the background! There are a few background options including Decimal Street. When your student is ready to work on another problem erasing the board is easy with the garbage can in the upper right hand corner. If you have any questions about what the buttons are on the board there is a question mark that you can click and it will tell what everything is!
Usually we do math at the same time and I have the girls rotate who is doing what. Sweet Pea will watch the video while Peanut and Lil’ Bit finish up any worksheets from their prior lesson. Sweet Pea goes on to her workbook pages while Lil’ Bit and Peanut take turns watching their lesson. I check their worksheets as they go and have them make any corrections that are needed.
My oldest, Sweet Pea, is flying through the lessons and only has a few more lessons to go before she is done with the Primer Level. I expected her to go through the lessons quickly as we wanted her to do Primer Level as a review. She is loving Math-U-See! I can hand her the phone or laptop and let her watch the lesson online and when she is finished watching it she takes the worksheets for the lesson and completes them with ease. One night she wanted to use the Math-U-See Digital Manipulatives in her free time. When it was time for bed, her dad told her it was bed time and she needed to put the tablet up. She didn’t want to and he said you are playing and it is time to go to bed. She said, “No, Daddy, I am not playing I am doing school.”
Peanut and Lil’ Bit are going at a much slower pace. We have been covering 1-2 lessons a week. They are only 5 & 6 and they prefer the physical blocks over the digital blocks.
Math-U-See has been such a hit with our girls that we will be continuing to Alpha when they are through with Primer.