Are you feeling frustrated with scheduling and using Math-U-See in your homeschool? I have seen comments across many homeschooling communities from parents who are having trouble scheduling and implementing this curriculum. The result: kids crying and sometimes, parents crying. But it doesn’t have to be this way.
Math-U-See: 215 Days of Work!
For every level workbook in Math-U-See, there are 215 sheets, a combination of worksheets and tests. Each workbook has 30 chapters:
- 3 lesson practice sheets (worksheets A, B, C)
- 3 systematic review sheets (worksheets D, E, F)
- 1 application & enrichment activity (worksheet G)
- 30 lesson tests
- 4 unit tests
- 1 final
It seems like a lot, but I find this to be just the right amount of practice sheets and tests to confidently measure my children’s mastery.
How I Schedule Math and Still Enjoy Summers Off
If you already familiar with Math-U-See, you know that it comes with a DVD where students and parents can watch Mr. Demme explain a new concept and then demonstrate ways of solving them. These lessons are short and sweet, averaging about 5-10 minutes. Not too bad. Listed below is how I schedule a particular chapter.
- Day 1: we watch the video clip for that lesson/work on sheets A & B. (Sheet A usually has the first two problems already done, so assigning both sheets isn’t a big deal. Plus, it gives them enough practice to learn that new concept.)
- Day 2: we work on practice sheet C
- Day 3: we work on practice sheet D
- Day 4: we work on practice sheet E
- Day 5: we work on practice sheet F
- Day 6: I use practice sheet G as a bell ringer and give them their lesson test
In this way, I am able to fit 8 of those sheets into 6 days….except when practice sheet F lands on a Friday. I am reluctant to giving kids a math test on a Monday after a weekend. In this case, I have the kids do their sheet G on that particular Friday and save sheet F for Monday. Then I give them their test on that following Tuesday. Below is what our math schedule looks like for a typical month.
This cuts down that 215-day year into a reasonable school year. If giving them two sheets the first day seems excessive to you then skip A and give them B for more practice. Click here: Our Math Schedule if you would like to copy and edit it in your Google Drive for your own homeschool.
Go as Fast or Slow as You Want
Math-U-See is not assigned or designed to a particular grade level. This means that you don’t have to finish an entire math book in a year. You can do 20-25 chapters then resume the rest the following year.Math-U-See levels are not assigned a particular grade so you don't have to finish an entire level in 1 year.Click To Tweet
Quick Tip #1: The Goal is Mastery
In math, the goal is mastery, not memorization. Practice is key because it provides different ‘scenarios’ to apply what they have learned. My children’s mastery of math has made learning new concepts easier and less frustrating. So try not to skip practice sheets.
Quick Tip#2: Don’t Hate Math
For those of you who ‘hate’ math: instead, embrace it. And above all, don’t convey your hate of math to your children. They will see it as this evil thing and follow your behavior. If you really, really hate math, then perhaps have someone take over that part for you. Have your spouse, an older child, a friend, or maybe a next door neighbor work with your child.
To learn more about Math-U-See, visit their website at: http://www.mathusee.com/ They have plenty of videos demonstrating their products.
So how do you schedule Math-U-See into your homeschool? Let me know below in the comment section. I am curious to see what you do.
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