Real Solutions for Parents & Homeschooling

Gain the confidence to teach maths and give your child the support they need 

Learning maths is like learning a language

If you were a child being introduced to a language for the very first time (you had no prior knowledge), which of the following would be most helpful for you to understand?

The word 'cat'

OR

An actual cat

When you learned the word "cat", your mum or dad took you over to pat the neighbour's cat and said "cat". You touched the cat, stroked its soft fur and felt what a cat is. Then you saw pictures, books and videos and heard stories of cats. So you spoke "c-a-t". Then finally, after learning how to hold pencil, you learned to write "cat" much later in the process. 

Eventually your brain learned to link C-A-T with the multi sensory experience of seeing, feeling, hearing and saying it first. Had you just been thrown the letters C, A and T on a page without context or visual cues you would have absolutely no idea what to do with that.

The same approach needs to be used for teaching the language of maths.

If you were a child being introduced to maths for the very first time (you had no prior knowledge), which of the following would be most helpful for you to understand?

Maths symbols on a page

OR

Purpose-built blocks you can feel, see and interact with

Side note: books with "1 ball", "2 elephants", "3 flowers"... etc fail to help children understand numerical relativity (the difference between numbers), so specific manipulative (hands-on) tools are far more effective.

Many children struggle to understand maths because important concepts are either taught improperly or brushed over too quickly for them to fully comprehend why and how it works. 

Maths Australia recommends and provides homeschool maths curriculums that are tailored to maths mastery. This helps students build the skills and confidence to achieve better results with maths.

"If a child can't learn the way we teach,
we should teach the way they learn" 

Ignacio Estrada

Maths Australia supports home educating parents

No prior teaching experience required

You don't need to be a trained teacher to use our recommended programs. Every level comes with video lessons, student and teacher workbooks and solutions, so you can be confident to deliver the program accurately. We also offer training for those who want to extend their understanding of the Maths Australia approach to really solidify how you teach your child.

Based on mastery, not speed

If your child is either struggling to keep up or zooming ahead of a school curriculum, our programs are the perfect option for you. We don't base lessons on keeping up... we base them on your child mastering a topic area and then moving on to the next. As a result, children develop a deeper, more satisfying & concrete understanding of maths that sets them up for life.

Designed to be hands-on

Our programs are multi-sensory, meaning your kids will learn maths using real objects, rather than just learning from a book and trying to conceptualise the squiggles on the page. Our manipulatives (hands-on tools) are adaptable to suit all learning styles and knowledge levels, and have been proven by thousands of Australian parents and home schoolers to be incredibly effective.

Cumulative reviews built-in

We encourage built-in mechanisms to ensure that you know (and your child knows) where they're up to at any point. Maths is a sequential subject. Each concept builds on each other (you can't learn multiplication if you don't know addition and subtraction first). Reviews at the end of each lesson ensures your child has fully understood the concept that has been taught before moving on.

Based on ability level, not grade

Our free online placement tests allow you to fully understand which level is appropriate for your child despite their expected school grade. By teaching based on what they do and don't know, you can instead fill the gaps or accelerate them at the appropriate pace as they learn. This is critical: to meet them where they're 'at' and effectively progress them so they know they've 'got it'.

Foundational through to University level 

Students can start with a fun introduction to maths and progress all the way through to an advanced Calculus level. Each concept sequentially builds on the previous. As a parent teaching these concepts, each level comes with a teacher and student booklet, as well as video explainers for every lesson, so you're never left feeling out of your depth or unsure of what to teach.

Aligned with the Australian Curriculum

According to research and evidence-based methodology, learning occurs best when children master each concept before moving on to the next. Maths Australia therefore encourages programs that align to ACARA guidelines in a modified sequence based on mastery of each maths topic (rather than on a grade level basis). Talk to us for more information.

Complete research-backed program

Maths Australia only recommends programs that actually work, are engaging and proven by research to support children learning exactly the way they learn best. From all our research and practice across 22+ years, the Math-U-See program aligns best with researcher's “Best Practice” Recommendations. You can read the research here.

What other parents say...

I have 3 children who have used Math-U-See from Preschool up to Year 10. All of them have enjoyed the clear video lessons, followed by the practise worksheets and tests. They mark the practise worksheets themselves and I mark the tests. The children all work independently on their maths and because Steve is so clear in his video explanations, rarely do they come to me for assistance. A great program for us!

Paula Vidilini

We have been homeschooling with Math-U-See for 8 years... and still love it! My oldest is working in Algebra 2 (the advanced levels). I appreciate the emphasis on mastery, which builds a good foundation for higher maths and for working diligently. I also like the way more difficult concepts are introduced in a simple context, and then built upon as the student progresses. Thanks so much!

Amie Baird

As a home educating family, we have been using Math-U-See for about 9 years and for all 4 of our children. We love how sequential the lessons are, as they build upon previous knowledge learnt. The videos do a great job at thoroughly bringing understanding to each concept. The manipulative blocks help to bring concrete examples to abstract topics and our children have a really solid grasp of the mathematical concepts they've learnt. So many people seem to flit from resource to resource trying out a whole range of curriculums, and yet we have never been tempted or had need, to try anything else. MUS has been a great fit for our family! Thank you 🙂

Taya Joppich

Your next steps

Need to know what materials you'll need for your child?

Already know what program level/s you need?

If you need to keep track of multiple students' results when taking the Placement Test, here's an easy spreadsheet to help out (this can be used for up to 10 students). You can download it here.

Quick guide: Program levels

For a more in-depth look at every level and for demonstration videos on every level, visit our levels page.

THE FOUNDATIONAL LEVELS

( Pre-school to Grade 8 and Intervention )

Primer

A Fun Introduction to Maths

Alpha

Mastering Single Digit Addition and Subtraction

Beta

Addition and Subtraction for Multi-Digit Numbers

Gamma

Multiplication for Single and Multi-Digit Numbers

Delta

Short & long Division, Solving problems with all 4 operations

Epsilon

Fractions, Factors, Mixed Numbers and more

Zeta

Decimals, Percents and Conversions

Our 7 foundational levels focus around multi-sensory maths 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 above) 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 a mastery-based approach... The layout of the program caters to any child at any 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 )

Pre-Algebra

Order of Operations, Solving for the Unknown and more

Algebra 1

Graphing, Exponents, Unit Multipliers and more

Geometry

Using Geometry to Understand Shape and Solids

Algebra 2

Factoring Polynomials, Quadratic Formula and more

Pre-Calculus

Prepare for Calculus with Trigonometry and more

Calculus

Derivatives, Integrals, Calculus Applications, Differential Equations, & more

As students progress to more advanced topics, the mastery of the early material forms an incredibly strong 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 material.

What manipulatives do you need for each level?

Header

INTEGER BLOCK KIT

Fraction Overlays

FRACTION OVERLAYS

ALGEBRA-DECIMAL INSERTS

PRIMER

Cell
Cell

ALPHA

Cell
Cell

BETA

Cell
Cell

GAMMA

Cell
Cell

DELTA

Cell
Cell

EPSILON

Optional

Cell

ZETA

Cell

PRE-ALGEBRA

Cell

ALGEBRA 1

Cell

GEOMETRY

Cell
Cell
Cell

ALGEBRA 2

Cell
Cell
Cell

PRE-CALCULUS

Cell
Cell
Cell

CALCULUS

Cell
Cell
Cell

Because our manipulatives can be used for multiple levels, you do NOT need to purchase them every year.
Simply go to the level of choice and only add the products you need to the cart.

Get started with Maths Australia today to experience those
'a-ha' moments with your child

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