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## THE GIVEAWAY

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## Our Giveaway Rules:

- The giveaway is open to US residents ages 18 and older.
- The giveaway ends on Sunday, August 17, 2014, at 11:59 pm EST.
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Lillian M says

This is my first year HSing and I wanted to know. Do you find it helpful for the children to watch the video and learn from it or do you watch the video for approaches on teaching and then give your children the lesson yourself. My daughter enjoys the Math U See videos but my son can’t sit still for it.

Cathie H says

I really find it helpful to see the varieties of ways that MUS is helping families. Our family is just starting our MUS with our oldest hopefully soon starting Primer. I would love to know more about how often you “do math” everyday or a few workbook pages a day? We haven’t yet started using MUS but we did check it out at a convention and hope to start it soon with our boys.

Rosenda Valenzuela says

Does Math u see work for a very creative hands-on musical mover? My nine year old daughter is all that! It’s been so hard to find a math she finds interesting and that helps her retain what she has learned. I saw math u see at a homeschool conference, but wasn’t sure spending all that $. However, from what you explained how it can help all learning styles, I feel more confident to try it. I hope, no, I pray I win this to try it out! Thank you. 🙂

Chris Lee says

It is helpful for me to know that this program is good both for students that seem to understand math easily and those who don’t. Thank you!

Stacie Lewin says

I really like Math U See. It has worked perfectly with my daughter. She will do a whole chapter of math at one time most days. There are some days when she isn’t into it and it’s ok. I like I can go at her pace. The videos are not long at all so the kids don’t lose interest in what they will be working on. My daughter loves the manipulatives as well.

Holly says

Thinking about using MUS for my preschooler. Encouraging to hear about someone who has used it for a long time and had success

Tracey M. says

We’ve been using MUS for years! My daughter’s confidence level especially with regards to the word problem work has shown dramatic improvement. I love that the curriculum is easily adaptable. She also doesn’t have to do numerous problems to prove that she’s mastered the concept – we can choose how many problems and worksheets “NEED” to be completed. MUS is also based on mastery of a concept – this allows Alyssa to work at her own pace based on her abilities rather than the grade level scope and sequence. She’s been known to complete two levels in one year which can be hard on the budget. She gets so excited when she finds out she’s ready for the next level. She enjoys watching the DVD with me and adores Steve. The curriculum is user-friendly, the lessons are short for us, and the built-in review is awesome. The manipulative work balances out the worksheet portion of the lesson. Several different learning styles are addressed which helps my daughter learn the skill using a hands-on approach. She’s still very young and we appreciate the concrete aspect yet love that she can still learn advanced concepts. Steve also explains neat teaching tips in the manual and on the DVD which enables us to understand the concept at a deeper level. I would absolutely LOVE to win the next level of our favorite math curriculum. She’s quickly working through Delta and I would like to continue using the program without any breaks. Thank you for the opportunity!

Billie says

I love the little tricks that Steve Demme gives for speeding up your mental math. My math has improved since teaching!

Susan @ Homeschooling Hearts & says

MUS has been a great addition to our homeschool for my special needs kid. We modify it somewhat by doing the practice problems either orally or on a whiteboard (there’s something about a worksheet full of problems that makes him want to run for the hills ;).

Cynthia Ellsworth says

My son has an IEP in math and I will be homeschooling him this year. This might just be what will help us out. Thank you

gingergould says

We used MUS Primer and Alpha for Kinder. I loved it and my son loved it. We have switched to a different program for now, b/c ds needed something more challenging. However, I really think this program brought out his natural mathematical talent! I’d like to start a younger cousin on Alpha!

Heather Wood-Duncan says

I have been considering it for my soon to be high schooler. He is a visual learner and just reading a text does not work for him.

heather k says

I’ve been considering using MUS but like others am hesitant on purchasing it. If it suits many different learning styles it makes feel better about purchasing it.

ticiaM says

It’s let them SEE what math looks like.

Amber says

We like it because it works! I have one in Primer and one in Delta

Emily says

We love the simple straight forward approach that encourages the use of manipulatives.

Lindsey Woolard says

this will be our first year using MUS! Can’t wait to see how we all learn together.

Jackie Ryan Masek says

Please let me clarify the prize. The winner will get to choose ONE level and receive the 1 Teacher’s Guide, 1 DVD, and 1 workbook. There will be four winners, though. Does that help clarify, April?

Melissa Bell says

I really want to try Math U See, but I’ve been so hesitant to make the investment. I am a bit more convinced though after learning that it suits most learning styles.

Karen says

We LOVE Math U See. Great for both my kids learning styles. Even my number-challenged kid “gets it” as she can do word problems in her head using the concepts taught.

Brenda S. says

MUS is particularly helpful to my visual/hands-on learner, who just thrives on Mr. Demme’s visual ahaa moments that help make math relevant (a biggie for my kids), interesting, and clear.

April Jones says

I have an up-and-coming ADHD child to school. I am excited to hear that there is a good math curriculum that will be helpful for her. I was given some MUS manipulatives, and my oldest has enjoyed them. Having the whole curriculum would be AWESOME!! Thanks for posting this! I am enjoying your blog.

Christine says

I have used primer and am ready for Alpha. My oldest is ASD so this helps with the visuals and actual hands on math. This has helped bith my boys as they ate active and visual learners.

Michelle says

I have been homeschooling for 8 years now. I have tried several math curriculums and none have been so helpful as Math u see. I have loved how not only kids have learned better but even I have learned things I never did during my years of public school. The lessons are easy to teach and easy for my kids to follow. I won’t ever switch curriculums again.

Melissa G says

This is my first year homeschooling my 3 kids, they’re in 6th, 4th, and 2nd grade. I had gotten another, computer based, program for my older two and Math U See Alpha for my 2nd grader who I thought would enjoy the hands on manipulatives used in the lessons. In just 5 weeks she has declared Math to be her favorite subject and eagerly looks forward to her math lesson every day. My older two become bored with their math program, so I had them watch one of the video lessons from Alpha and they were hooked. Mr. Demme’s mastery approach to math makes so much sense, once you understand a concept, you can approach the challenges of the next level with confidence. I’m currently returning their math programs to replace with Math U See.

Jill says

Decimal Street has been the most helpful part of teaching my son place value, which he had the toughest time understanding. I also enjoy all the extra practice games instead of dry boring worksheets.

tammy cordery says

I love your review. I have been wanting to try Math-U-See for a long time and we are just going to use it this year. My daughter has been having problems with math for a long time maybe this will help.

Heather S says

I picked another curriculum to start our homeschool journey before I learned about MUS. For now I’m going with what I already invested in, but if/when we decide it’s not the best fit this is what I want to use. I appreciate learning how you use the program in your home.

Becky says

This year is the first time I am using Math-U-See. So far, my daughter really likes it.

ZNR says

I really enjoyed reading the review. This is one program I have thought about for my boys. One of my sons has some delays and processing issues so the use of manipulatives is key for him.

Yvonne Ferlita says

I like how you talked about how MUS wasn’t your first choice, but that in the end it was the best thing for your family. I’ve been wanting to try Epsilon or Zeta with my daughter, but it wasn’t in our budget this year. Thank you for sharing your experience with MUS and for offering this give-away opportunity.

Jennifer says

I’ve been thinking about trying MUS for awhile. I think the manipulatives will help me explain some things better. You helped clarify some of the things I had been wondering about.

MaryAnn C. says

We love MUS, but don’t currently use it because of the costs involved. We use the blocks, though, every single day–this manipulative makes other math programs work better. Would love the next level of MUS!

Melissa Collins says

We love Math U see… It’s even time to order the next level! Thanks for the awesome giveaway!!

Sybil Brun says

This was a super helpful review to read, as I’ve been considering MUS for quite awhile now! Thanks so much for the opportunity!

Heather O says

I was looking for a new approach to math when I came across your post -I appreciate the insight as to how it works, and the different approach.

Kristy Smith says

We are a Math U See loving family! The simplicity and visual support it offers is unbeatable! Thanks for this awesome chance!

Jeanette L. says

Helpful to hear how you are using it.

Shecki Grtlyblesd says

I like the blocks, too. I even made number flash cards using the block colors to introduce/reinforce the concept of the value of each numeral.

Marya Mesa says

Thanks for the info. I’ve been considering one of MUS’s consumer math for the future with my daughter who is LD.

Fairman says

We have been using mus for a few years now. I really like the visual hands on approach

Ami says

I guess I am wondering how it is graded … as in where to start with review. I saw another post that said the test revealed her children needed the back portion of a certain curriculum before moving on. I think I will just start with Alpha and go through to be sure they have all of the basics before trying to move on. Thank you!

Jackie Ryan Masek says

Ami, here is a link to the answer keys for the placment tests: https://mathusee.com/secure/teacher-resources/unit_tests/Answerkey-toschoolplacementtests.pdf

Jackie Ryan Masek says

Math-U-See’s levels are skill level, not grade level, because it teaches all of one concept (a book just for addition, another just for subtraction, etc.). So as you do the placement test with your child keep that in mind. You can find that here: http://mathusee.com/schools/getting-started/placement/placement-tests/

Jackie Ryan Masek says

Amen! I have what would be considered a great education yet I am constantly learning, and re-learning, things all the time with my boys as we home educate. That is the best part, besides the free hugs.

Jackie Ryan Masek says

Hi, Brent! The answer is yes, yes, and yes. It really depends on the topic being taught in that chapter how much one-on-one tutoring each child needs. Some chapters and concepts are easier than others, some days are better than others. That’s the beauty of homeschooling, we can go at the child’s pace and not some predetermined schedule.

Ami says

Thank you so much for all the information. I will be homeschooling my 2 oldest this year. We will be using Math U See. I am wondering how you “score” the placement tests.

Anne says

I know Math U See doesn’t use typical grade levels but has created their own levels/names. How do you figure out which level your child should start with? Do they have placement tests online that you can use before you start the program?

Kristen M Matherly says

I love the fact math u see is based on the child and not on lesson plans. The quicker they get it the quicker you can move through it. My children shocked me with their ability to grasp subtraction so quickly. Math u see really sets them up for success

Rebekah W says

I am a math person and was really struggling to explain it patiently to my struggling 6 year old. The MUS instructor’s guide is so well-scripted that I finally feel confident that I am explaining the concepts in the most coherent way possible!

Monica says

MUS is hands on AND I get to learn along with him. I was horrible in math, maybe still am! Learning WITH my children is such a joy!

Brent D. says

Just getting started with homeschooling our 4 year old and have purchased MUS Alpha and Beta. Do you watch the videos and then instruct your children? Do you watch them with your children? Do your children watch them alone? What works best for you?

Sarah Longhenry says

I love Math-U-See because it gives my kids the chance to “see” another teacher while still schooling at home, and the extra help in the videos, workbooks, and now online features make me feel like we can do this together.

Jackie Ryan Masek says

I may or may not have watched the DVD because I couldn’t remember how to teach a certain aspect. I plead the Fifth. 😉

Jackie Ryan Masek says

That is awesome to hear, Kassie! We do as many as 5 lessons a week to two. It really depends on the concept being covered and how easy or hard it is to grasp. We also have no problem stopping and doing flash cards or playing math games because we feel burnt out or our schedule gets crazy. That is the beauty of homeschooling – our schedule fits to our needs and not the other way around.

Jackie Ryan Masek says

That really all depends on several factors: How does your child learn best, how far “behind” are they, what kind of math learning has he already had, etc? Placement in Math-U-See is based on skill level, not grade level. I would strong suggest doing the placement tests to see where your child is strongest and weakest and go from there. http://www.mathusee.com/parents/getting-started/placement/

Jackie Ryan Masek says

This is “the” math class for a tactile/visual learner because it incorporates all of the senses in learning. You can read more here: http://www.mathusee.com/parents/why-math-u-see/what-makes-us-unique/

Kayla Arrowood says

MUS has helped me educate all 3 of my children. I have used MUS for 5 years and we have done all levels up to Pre Algebra which is this year for my oldest. I can’t express how simple it is to use and how blessed I was to find this company. I am not good at math and when it came to homeschooling I was so scared I was going to mess up math for them. My husband however is great at math but he wasn’t the one teaching everyday. There is where MUS came in – Steve does all the instruction for me and I have even had to watch with my children at times to make sure I understand the lessons so I could help. Love MUS and how they have helped our homeschool for years!

Kassie says

We love mus and are almost done with primer with my oldest and my middle child is starting primer this month. How many lessons a week do you guys do?

Liz says

We have been using MUS since we started homeschooling. I love how it takes the pressure off of me as a parent. “Mr. Steve” does a nice job teaching on the dvd and then I have the teacher manual for extra teaching if needed. It’s very user friendly.

Terry says

I would ask if they are already behind in math skills how long will it take for them to get caught up.

Nicole says

We are only on our second ever lesson of Math U See, but so far it has helped my daughter understand through the visual cues and the written work.

Jen D says

I would ask how you good of a fit math u see would be for the tactile/visual learner?

Carmen says

Thanks for the recommendation! We’re just on Gamma now, but I had been seeing the fraction overlays in some used sets, and wondered about them. We’ll keep an eye out for a set! =)

Meachie says

We have just started the primer pack. My son of 5 loves doing the worksheets. This is the one subject he does not complain about doing. 🙂 That makes me happy!!!

grettajohns says

We used Math U See for several years and had amazing results with it. Honestly, I stepped away from it when 2 of our kids were diagnosed with Dyslexia. Last year we did not use it and all 3 of the kids complained and begged for it back. So this year we are going back to Math U See. It works great for all 3 of our children and the DVD based lessons make it easy for the kids to both hear and see the math concepts being taught. They love it and as a Mom (who isn’t the greatest at Math myself) I love it too! We haven’t bought the books for this year so I would love to win this giveaway to help with that!

Jackie Ryan Masek says

I give the boys those placement tests throughout the year as well just to keep them sharp. They really are great at helping you, as the teacher and parent, know what your kids really do know.

Jackie Ryan Masek says

Aren’t those fraction overlays the best?! I borrowed some from a friend to see if they were worth the price and then had to get my own.

Jackie Ryan Masek says

The manipulatives are used for just about lesson in the early years. How often you use them really depends on how well your child understands and grasps the lessons. We began with the starter pack and then added on as we went. When you get to Epsilon and work with fractions I highly recommend purchasing the fraction overlays.

Jackie Ryan Masek says

OH, where’s the like button? Yippee!

Jackie Ryan Masek says

Ha! Thank you, Meg. Now you know, too, what I sound like…and what my hair does on humid days. LOL.

Jackie Ryan Masek says

That is so awesome to hear! We love “choc-o-8” the best!

Jackie Ryan Masek says

I do not believe in the idea that lessons have to last x number of minutes. We have no problem doing 15 minutes of math, 20 minutes of history, 10 minutes of science, rinse and repeat throughout the day.

Jackie Ryan Masek says

That really depends on how well your child understands the concepts. Are they called for? Yes. Do you have to use them for every lesson? No.

Jackie Ryan Masek says

Don’t you hate when people think everyone learns the same way they do? I’m glad you came!

Jackie Ryan Masek says

I think with any math program making sure your child knows the basic facts (addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division) by heart is paramount. Math-U-See has online drills that the boys do for about 5 – 15 minutes as a math warmup.

I cannot speak to your second question because I have not used those programs. Once we found Math-U-See, saw how well our children were doing, we stopped looking. Why fix it if isn’t broken?

Jackie Ryan Masek says

Bravo on deciding to live the Homeschooling Life! As to your question, I am not a trained or certified public school teacher. I am a trained and certified software developer who just also happens to teach my kids at home. I know for us that it works really well. When the boys do reviews on Khan Academy they do extremely well. That is what I can attest to.

Laura says

I have been interested in MUS since I decided to HS my twins (5) almost a year ago. The visual, hands-on nature of the program seem like a good fit for how my boys, esp my SPD twin, learns best. Do you find it to be a good, solid complete curriculum for the early elementary ages?

Rachel Bradley says

We used MUS this past year with our 4th grader. She has used Saxon since 1st but when she got to book 54 we hit a brick wall!!! A friend recommended starting with MUS Alpha & Beta and doing them quickly just to get her accustomed to their method. She did very well and we are almost ready to start Gamma. My questions are these:

1. How do you help your child develop fast computations using this method?

2. How do the upper level programs (Algebra, Geometry, etc) compare with some of the other “traditional” homeschool math programs like Saxon, Teaching Textbooks, etc?

Jenn says

I really appreciate the view on kids that learn outside the box. I came here for the giveaway, but I’ll be digging through the archives for sure. My daughter doesn’t have ADHD or dyslexia, and yet she learns in much the same manner as both do. Highly visual, highly kinestetic, whole-to-part learner. It is nice to have resources outside the tired mantra of “just make her memorize!”

Anna Fasteson says

I’m so excited to try MUS with my children who have been having difficulty with math. I think it’s just what we need!

Cassie Watson says

I have never used Math U See. I’ve heard good things about them, but really only considered them for the youngers. Never really thought about using them for my hs and ms students. Maybe I’ll look into it. I like the idea of the placement test telling you where you need to start.

Trinity52607 says

Are manipulatives an every lesson tool or only used occasionally?

Lindsey Woolard says

I love how much Math U See “makes sense”. This will be our first year using it (the alpha program) and we’re all super excited about it! The visual manipulative blocks will be a huge plus.

Tammy Darling says

I didn’t even know that Math U See had high school courses available. I’m currently looking for a new math program and now I’ll go look closer at this one. Thanks!

Janet McMillion says

I have a child that needs short lessons. Does this fit the bill?

Jessica Luby says

My sons love using the blocks and having hands on help in solving their problems. They have a visual to connect when when want to do the math in their head. I hear them in the car, “oh that’s one pink block and one brown block” They feel successful because they can do it on their own!

Billie says

I use Math-U-see for my 2 kids. I really wish I had been taught Math in this format–very thorough, so many great tricks!

Meg Grooms says

Your video is awesome, and your hair is adorable 🙂 I always love seeing how you have the boys set up doing their math!

spesamoracademy says

We love Math U See! My older two did not start out using it, but my younger two did. It amazes me how differently the two “groups” not only feel about math, but how they approach it and work with it. My eight year old does column addition in his head! All thanks to Math U See!

Carmen says

Do you use the manipulatives with all lessons, or are they only brought out as needed? Also – do you have more than one set as you’re approaching higher levels?

Jessica says

Math-U-See has made math fun for my kids, grades seventh and first. The seventh grader thought it was more for younger kids until he used the overlays to help him with fractions. So the visual and tactile approach truly does span all grade levels.

Jackie Ryan Masek says

Hi, Marny! You are so welcome. That was my express hope was to be a Brand Ambassador for Math-U-See and showcase all their wonderfulness for new or potential users.

Jackie Ryan Masek says

You are so welcome! I wanted to bring all that Math-U-See has to offer to LJSkool’s readers.

Jackie Ryan Masek says

That all depends on how your child learns. For Logan, who along with his ADHD also has anxiety, I have to be right next to him as he does his math. Yes, even now. As far as instruction goes, I spend anywhere from 15 minutes to an hour teaching the chapter concept at the beginning of each chapter and maybe 2 minutes grading the worksheet.

Jackie Ryan Masek says

Sandy, Math-U-See goes all the way up to Calculus. I know a lot of moms who say that teaching pre-algebra and algebra can be difficult with any math program. If you don’t feel comfortable teaching those higher math lessons they also offer online co-op classes: http://mathusee.com/parents/on…

Jackie Ryan Masek says

Welcome to LJSkool, Amy. I can’t speak for other moms but Saxon was just so “textbooky” for us. It wasn’t fun, it was too detailed, and boring. In the beginning of our homeschool journey I did not feel at all equipped to teach anything other than Language Arts as my college major was English. Math-U-See gave me Confidence to teach the concepts and that translated into the boys feeling like they could conquer math, too.

Jackie Ryan Masek says

Sandy, Math-U-See goes all the way up to Calculus. I know a lot of moms who say that teaching pre-algebra and algebra can be difficult with any math program. If you don’t feel comfortable teaching those higher math lessons they also offer online co-op classes: http://mathusee.com/parents/online-classes/

Ashley huber says

I would love to know how math you see compares to Saxon math?

sandy chastain says

This program is wonderful! I have for children using it but we are a little behind in may. I am wondering though, is this a good program for middle school and high school students??

Courtney Flinn says

How much parent involvement would you say MUS needs for the upper elementary grades?

Branson Merrill says

I am excited to check out the online resources you mentioned! Thanks!

Marny says

I had heard of Math-U-See, but didn’t know much about it. Your post provided me with easy access to your links, which allowed me to learn more about it’s setup, as well as how to find the introductory video online for free! Thank you for making getting information on them much easier! I hope to be able to win this set, and if not, be able to save up to purchase it in the future. 🙂