Math U See, K-8

February 1, 2011
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Content: Math
Grade(s): K-8
Perspective: Secular
Prep Time: Moderate
Teacher Manual: Yes
Teacher Involvement: Essential
Cost: $$$$ || ?
Pages: Video and Text
Publication Date: 2009

Common Core Aligned: Yes

** From the Publisher’s Website: **

Math-U-See is a mastery approach designed 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, practicing, and mastering concepts. Each lesson teaches using multi-sensory tools such as videos, manipulatives, and other resources, designed to appeal to any type of learner.

Math-U-See teaches more than just how to solve a math problem; it also teaches why the problem is solved in this manner, and when to apply the concept. It is essential for a student to memorize basic facts and formulas, but the actual understanding comes from learning the concepts first, memorizing facts and formulas, and applying this to solving everyday life situations or word problems. Visit the Math-U-See website to preview actual videos.

Math-U-See Levels:

Primer: Gentle intro to math
Alpha: Addition & subtraction for single-digit numbers and other topics
Beta: Addition & subtraction for multi-digit numbers and other topics
Gamma: Multiplication for single & multi-digit numbers and other topics
Delta: Division for single & multi-digit numbers and other topics
Epsilon: Fractions and other topics
Zeta: Decimals, percents, and other topics

About the Author:
Math-U-See is the flagship product of Demme Learning, an independent family-owned and operated publishing company that began with Steve Demme’s passion for helping people understand difficult concepts and desire to promote a lifelong love of learning. His innovative math curriculum Math-U-See has been reaching students for over 20 years with its unique integration of manipulatives and instruction that is focused on concept mastery.

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Because one opinion is never enough! Have you ever used Math-U-See? How did it work for your family? Share your review below.



  • Karen Glaser March 30, 2015 at 1:25 pm

    We have used Primer, Alpha, Beta, and Gamma levels for Math-U-See. We have found it very enjoyable. My kids enjoy watching Mr. Steve in the videos. They especially like his jokes! Concepts are presented in ways that are easy to grasp, and in some cases, differently than the way I learned it. So I’ve learned new tricks to remember my own math facts. The blocks are useful and perfect for kids who love to build with LEGOs especially.

  • Marie Cobb March 30, 2015 at 11:34 am

    We love this program because we like hands on building of the problems that we do! Mr. Demme’s approach to teaching individual skills and then building on them is very easy to work with. If you are a visual learner this is an excellent choice.

  • MUS fan June 4, 2014 at 9:25 am

    We started with gamma when my ds was having trouble with times tables. MUS helped him master hs facts. The DVD explains skills step by step. He can watch them again if he doesn’t understand something the first time. The lessons also review old topics, so they don’t forget the old material. We only use the worksheets we need in each chapter otherwise it would be too much for us. MUS is great for a student that likes to focus on one topic until he’s got it. I’m really satisfied with MUS.

  • Katie Wolfe November 18, 2013 at 10:04 pm

    As a veteran classroom teacher who had always been handed a full math curric with precise directions, concrete expectations and loads of issues, when it came time to choose a math curric for homeschooling, I was pretty intimidated. Literacy, history, science and social studies are all subjects that one can “dabble here”, “add there”, “eliminate this” and “experiment with that” and still have grand success. But, with math, there must be a plan…a specific, concrete, thoughtful plan from start to finish. MUS has that. And, when you combine the plan with the hands-on portion, you have an absolute winner. We’ve done MUS from the beginning of our homeschool journey and are now in the middle of MUS Beta. I will admit, I’ve had a few nervous moments of “oh boy, he’s not ready for regrouping…why are they expecting him to regroup already?” but my six-year-old has done fabulous with each task set forth by MUS. Because of the aforementioned plan, my son has been well prepped for each next step. And like another reviewer said, you can do as much or as little review as is necessary for your child(ren). Oh, and the DVDs? They’re short and dry but my son loves them! He thinks sitting down to watch a DVD for school, even if it’s less than five minutes long and is as unflashy as possible, is a treat. In short: we love MUS and it works!

  • Kelli February 28, 2011 at 8:48 am

    We have tried other math programs and with no success. Since we have switched to MUS my daughter has enjoyed math. We are going into our 3rd book. She is able to understand and enjoys watching the videos. If she does come across some she doesn’t understand, we sit down and rewatch the video and then go through the first couple of pages in her workbook together. I love how all material taught is reviewed for the remainder of the book. The manipulitives also help.

  • Kathy February 26, 2011 at 10:18 am

    My 3 children are using MUS right now and we love it. It is more of an immersion type curriculum and that is exactly what my kids needed. We love the idea that if we need a lot of practice, it is there and if we don’t, we can skip right to the review pages. I really like that once a topic is taught, it is reviewed throughout the book. The blocks are also a BIG plus for my visual kids. I watch the DVD myself and then teach my kids using a combo of his method adding tweaks that will help my kids understand. The pages are not over full with problems and words, so it is not overwhelming when the child looks at the page. It is certainly not colorful either, but for us that is ust fine. I tried other Math programs and different methods, but for us this is the best one.

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