How Multi-Sensory Maths Works
At Maths Australia, we base all numeracy instruction - Pre-school to Year 12 - on multi-sensory, student-paced learning.
We focus on achieving maths mastery at every stage before progressing to learning the next concept.
Our multisensory maths approach uses innovative 'manipulatives' (specialised, hands-on maths learning tools), which create the foundations for mastering maths. In our search for maths materials that follow our recommended research-based methodology, we have found the Math U See program to most closely integrate these recommendations.
Using our specially developed 4-Step Method and cumulative reviews, we then help students refine and retain their knowledge in maths.
The end result? Maths becomes concrete, useful and relevant to their everyday lives. And students feel more engaged, empowered and confident in their maths ability!
BRAND NEW TO MULTISENSORY MATHS AND LOOKING FOR WHERE TO START?
Our free diagnostic placement testing tool will give you an accurate snapshot of where your student is up to with maths right now. You can then make an informed decision about which program level you'll need.
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THE FOUNDATIONAL LEVELS
( Pre-school to Grade 8 and Intervention )
Our current recommended program, starts with 7 Foundational Levels that follow our methodologies for teaching maths in a multi-sensory way using manipulatives (hands-on tools) and our 4-step methodology.
SEE IT
FEEL IT
WRITE IT
SAY IT
Students progress through each level sequentially (left to right below) to build on the foundational principles learnt in the previous levels. For some kids, a particular level will be easy and they'll breeze through. For other kids, that same level may take a little longer. That's what's so great about our multisensory maths program. The layout and sequence of the lessons caters to any child's learning speed.
Simply take your time on the levels you're struggling with, and breeze on through if you're mastering it quickly. Each level comes with lessons and materials to make sure 'mastery' of that level has been achieved before you move on to the next.
THE ADVANCED LEVELS
( Grade 8 to University Level )
As students progress into our advanced levels, the understanding developed in mastering the early levels form the backbone of knowledge as we move into more abstract concepts. Each level continues to sequentially build on previous mastery, all the way through to our final university-grade Calculus level.
For a full description of every level, video demonstrations, practice tests and to work out which level to start on...
Watch the methodology in action
Demonstrations from foundational Math-U-See levels
Demonstrations from the advanced levels
Our teaching approach is entirely adaptable to every learning style and level of maths, making maths accessible to anyone.
What materials do you need to teach ?
Manipulatives
One-time purchase
These are the main teaching tools and form the basis of concrete, hands-on learning You need the relevant manipulatives sets to teach almost every level of the Math-U-See*
Instruction Manual & Videos
One-time purchase (per level)
The instruction manual and online videos are your lesson materials as the teacher. There's only one teacher (you), so these are a once-off purchase for each level.
Student Kit
One per student (per level)
This is the only 'consumable' part as each student needs their own workbook. This becomes your only cost for every subsequent student after your first.
*The integer block kit is a one-time investment that is then used for up to 9 levels (approx. nine years). If you have multiple students doing lessons together, one integer block kit could be shared between 3-4 students.
For first-time users, our complete set has all the teaching tools you'll need to completely transform your students' experience and engagement with maths
WHAT DO YOU GET IN A COMPLETE SET?
If you're just starting out, a complete set is the best value for money. It provides you with everything you'll need to get started with the Math-U-See program. Each set includes the relevant manipulatives, instruction manual and student kit. You can see the complete sets here:
Here is an in-depth look at what comes in the complete set:
MANIPULATIVES
Manipulatives are a crucial learning tool which help students understand maths in a concrete way before translating this to the abstract (letters and numbers on a page)
Manipulatives
The manipulatives in each complete set will differ slightly according to the topics that are taught in that level. For example, the Integer Block Kit is used to teach addition, subtraction and basic foundational maths, whereas the Fraction Overlays are used to teach fractions and the Algebra Decimal Inserts are used to teach algebra, decimals and percents.
CRA MATHS MULTI-SENSORY
integer block kit
levels: primer, alpha, beta, gamma, delta
The CRA Multi-sensory Integer Block Kit is the ONLY teaching tool you'll ever need for teaching place value, addition, subtraction, time, multiplication, division & more. Their larger 'lego-compatible' size and accuracy of fit means they can be used with confidence in all applications.
The attractive and durable storage box with two inner trays keeps the blocks tidy, simplifies clean up, and is a useful teaching tool for select students.
One CRA Multi-sensory Integer Block Kit is suitable for 1-3 students.
CRA MATHS MULTI-SENSORY
ADVANCED kit
level: epsilon, ZETA, PRE-ALGEBRA, ALGEBRA 1
Used for teaching fractions, decimals, percents and algebra, this CRA Multi-sensory Advanced Kit is the only kit you'll need for extending a student's understanding beyond whole numbers.
Based on the rectangle model and made of high quality, uniquely colored cards, clear plastic overlays and a full set of math symbols, these can be used either as a stand-alone teaching tool; for Maths Australia's Fractions Training; or with Math U See Levels Epsilon, Zeta, Pre-Algebra, Algebra 1. Note: no other kit is required here.
IMPORTANT: You do not need to purchase manipulatives every year. See graph here
INSTRUCTION MANUAL & VIDEOS
The Instruction Manual has all of the lesson materials for you to teach each lesson. This has been designed in collaboration with the videos so you'll know exactly how to teach each lesson.
Instruction Manual & Videos (below)
This Instruction Manual includes step-by-step worked solutions and will provide you with clear and easy-to-read instructions to teach each lesson to your student/s. This manual should be used in collaboration with the video lessons. You only need to purchase instruction manuals once for each level (you can then use them for multiple students!)
STUDENT KIT
The Student Text workbook and Test Booklet gives your student extra practice on what they've been taught from the Instruction Manual and video lessons - and should be used by the student in conjunction with the appropriate manipulatives.
Student Kit
Each student should have their own text workbook and test booklet - this encourages them to take ownership and control of their learning and have something 'theirs'. Being able to flick back through all the concepts they've already mastered is an excellent way for students to see how far they've come - a great way to keep them engaged and develop their confidence with maths.
Instant Online Access
Online Membership & Video access
When you purchase a complete set or Instruction Manual for any level, an online member account will be created for you and you'll receive an email with login credentials. This gives you access to all the instructional videos, additional level resources, completion certificates, as well as member downloadable resources for your specific Level.
Any additional complete sets or instruction manuals are then automatically added to your account for easy access.
Skip Count Audio & Booklet
When you purchase a complete set or Instruction manual for any level, an online member account will be created for you and you'll receive an email with login credentials. This gives you access to all the instructional videos, additional level resources, completion certificates, as well as member downloadable resources for your specific Level.
Any additional complete sets or instruction manuals are then automatically added to your account for easy access.
Bonus Resources
Ongoing Support
Please note: the images are examples only and differ according to each Level.
How does Each Lesson Work?
Each lesson, from the Foundational Levels to the Advanced Levels, is laid out in a similar step-by-step format. This is the winning formula when teaching maths - and the entire process is based on the CRA (Concrete-Representational-Abstract) methodology. This helps students translate maths concepts from the manipulative blocks (a concrete concept they can touch and feel) to a 2D representation of the blocks (representational) and then into the numbers and symbols (abstract).
This simple lesson format is easy to teach too, even if you don't have prior teaching experience. Many parents, teachers and tutors highly recommend the program because of its simple approach and ease of use.
The program includes the following key aspects:
Step-by-step instructions are provided for every lesson so you know exactly what to teach and how to teach it.
Lesson-by-lesson online videos explain each topic you're teaching - like your very own private tutor.
The student workbooks provide your student/s with practice questions to reinforce what has been taught.
The use of manipulatives in each lesson is research-proven to dramatically engage and enhance learning for each student
End of lesson tests make it easy to see what your student has understood - and which topics needs more work.
Having a complete testing pathway is research-proven to work for your student in helping identify the gaps they have missed, as well as being a great tool for you to know what to continue to focus on.
The first step is to figure out where your student is at and determine their level of maths understanding. Then you know where to start, what topics to focus on, and what gaps need to be filled in. Your student's results are then automatically calculated and you're directed to the recommended level to start on, based on your student's understanding.
You can take the free online Placement Test here.
What manipulatives do you need for each level?
Header | INTEGER BLOCK KIT | ADVANCED KIT |
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PRIMER | Cell | |
ALPHA | Cell | |
BETA | Cell | |
GAMMA | Cell | |
DELTA | Cell | |
EPSILON | Optional | |
ZETA | Cell | |
PRE-ALGEBRA | Cell | |
ALGEBRA 1 | Cell | |
GEOMETRY | Cell | Cell |
ALGEBRA 2 | Cell | Cell |
PRE-CALCULUS | Cell | Cell |
CALCULUS | Cell | Cell |