Today is Day 3 of “5 Days of Homeschooling Essentials” and I’m sharing about my favorite math elementary math curriculum: Math-U-See. I love that this curriculum has the lessons on DVD (Steve Demme is funny and connects well with the kids). But most of all I like his approach of trying to help the kids “see” math rather than just memorizing how to do it.
One of my children just started with the Alpha level. Place value is being taught in the first lesson. We created a Decimal Street lapbook for her to practice using the units (ones), tens, and hundreds place. I’m sorry I can’t give credit to the lady on whose blog I first saw this. It was many years ago and the blog site no longer exists.
What we do is write a number in the boxes at the bottom. If the number is 632, she’ll put on 6 red “hundreds”, 3 blue “tens”, and 2 green “units.” The boxes are covered in clear packing tape, so it wipes off really easily using a dry erase marker. Then we practice with me putting the blocks on and she writes down the number. After a few days of practicing this, I think she understands!
And my younger kids just like playing with the blocks!
The blocks are what makes Math-U-See unique. The units are green, the tens are blue, and the hundreds are red. The kids can see and count them in each spot. And they can see that only 9 can fit in each house. This is important for them when they start learning about carrying or regrouping. No, Math-U-See doesn’t completely eliminate math tears, but it helps!
Do you have a favorite math curriculum? Please share in the comments!
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