Get a sneak peek behind the scenes in a week with Math-U-See! Learn how our mastery-based maths program can seamlessly fit into your life. Math-U-See follows a cyclical pattern that makes it easy to fit into the rhythm of any classrooms. Let the program work for your child, and progress at their pace so that they have the time to become confident and to be inspired in their understanding of maths.
Kick off the week with new concepts! Monday is for diving into new concepts in this week’s lesson. Watching the DVD lesson together is a great way to start. Then you can move on to reviewing the written lesson in the instruction manual. Depending on the age of your student you may want to do this together. With that complete, work on the new concepts using the example problems making sure to use the Build, Write, Say model. Using the hands-on manipulative for the level you are working on is essential, even if your student is convinced they don't need them. The manipulatives will support the student to progress from concrete manipulation to a full understanding and ability to use each maths lesson in an abstract real-life setting.
Teacher Tip: If you’re new to Math-U-See or need a maths refresher, you might find it helpful to watch the DVD and read the Instruction Manual before working with your student.
The first practice assignment is Lesson Practice A, if the student hasn’t completed it on Monday, start with it and follow up with completing Lesson Practice B. While you should offer support, it is best to encourage the student to work independently on this lesson because Lesson Practice B represents a fork in the road. If the student can complete it independently with confidence, it is time to check for mastery.
Teacher Tip: Allow the student to become the teacher. Let the student teach the concept back to you , using the Build, Write, Say model. Encourage them to teach you with confidence and accuracy! Once your student is able to do so, move on 🙂
When you’re planning your instruction for the week, your eye should be on the student, not the calendar. Let your schedule work for you with Math-U-See, and you will help your student become a confident problem solver who enjoys maths!
If the student didn’t master the Lesson Practice A and Lesson Practice B, additional practice is on the menu. You should work through Lesson Practice C and provide additional practice problems, until the student is able to work independently and show mastery. It's okay to use the manipulative still at this point.
Teacher Tip: When checking the student’s work, if you notice they have struggled or have significant errors you may want to proceed with using the online worksheet generator for extra practice. It’s also a good idea to review sample problems and the DVD again as needed, and to have them teach the lesson back to you when they are complete.
If the student is successful in their teaching back of the concept, these two days can be spent on the Systematic Review pages for the lesson. Don’t be tempted to skip this step! It is essential that the student work through at least one Systematic Review. This allows them to apply new concepts to material they’ve already learned. It also keeps their skills sharp!
Friday is Try-day! If your student has mastered the lesson concepts, it’s time to bring the week to a close. Have the student “try” out the learned material with the Lesson Test. This gives you a record of their achievement as well as confirms what they know. In the upper levels, you can also continue with the Application and Enrichment/Honors page to extend their learning. Now it’s time to congratulate your student on a job well done!
These ideas are just a “recipe” to get you started. Math-U-See is not a “cookie cutter” program. It is meant to be adapted to ensure your child maths mastery. You can “tweak” the recipe however you need. When you’re planning your instruction for the week, your eye should be on the student, not the calendar. Let your schedule work for you with Math-U-See, and you will help your student become a confident problem solver who enjoys maths!