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Math-U-See Skills Maintenance Program


The Math-U-See Skills Maintenance Program takes key objectives from the lower levels of Math-U-See and focuses on maintaining the skills students have learned through fun activities, the Math-U-See Manipulatives, and a student workbook.

This spring, we developed a summer skills maintenance program for a school customer. We took the key objectives from the Primer, Alpha, Beta, and Gamma levels and created a program that would focus on maintaining the skills the students had learned through fun activities, the Math-U-See Manipulatives, and a student workbook. We have had similar…
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Are the Math-U-See Videos Necessary?


In short, the Math-U-See videos are essential; they create understanding and model for you where each lesson will take you.

The Math-U-See program provides videos for instruction. For whom are they created? It may not be who you think; parents often mistake the videos as simply instruction for their children and sometimes make a critical mistake of just sitting their children in front of the videos and not gaining the full benefit of using them…
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You Don’t Need to Be a Math Expert to Teach Math to Your Children


Who is a “math expert?” Certainly not me. At best, I have an adversarial relationship with math.

Who is a “math expert?” Certainly not me. At best, I have an adversarial relationship with math. At worst, I have been known to cry – the ugly cry; the snotty, tearful, “I HATE THIS STUFF” cry that comes from the soul. How on earth does someone who feels the way I do about math…
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Introducing Our New Zero Block Kit


Complete your Integer Block Kit with our new zero block! Available now with free shipping.

April Fools’! Are you mad? Read on for a make-up freebie! We’re really sorry for pulling your leg, but hear us out: there’s a very good educational reason why we don’t have a “zero block” in our Integer Block Kit. As Steve Demme says, “How can you represent nothing with something?”   But the concept…
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Why Teaching Place Value in Math is Important


Place value allows your 12-year-old son to understand the difference between the $50 he received for his birthday and the $500 price tag on a tablet.

The little girl sits puzzling over the problem on the page. She’s only in second grade, but the stress of high performance expectations is already in place. Here’s the problem she needs to solve: 500 – 78 The little girl remembers that she needs to cross out the five and make it a four. She…
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Math-U-See Decimal Street® Creations


Decimal Street® is a fun way that Math-U-See teaches the concept of place value in a visual way with manipulatives.

Decimal Street® is a fun way that Math-U-See teaches the concept of place value in a visual way with manipulatives. A poster of Decimal Street® is included with all of the Math-U-See Integer Block Kits, and many of our customers have created their own versions. Instructions on how to make your own are included in…
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Should Your Preschooler Use Math-U-See Blocks?


You can prepare your preschooler for Math-U-See by providing her with purposeful activity and play in advance.

You can prepare your preschooler for Math-U-See by providing her with purposeful activity and play in advance. Perhaps it’s happened in your house. It’s time for Math-U-See, and your older children are getting out their workbooks and manipulatives. In the meantime, your preschooler, drawn to the colorful blocks, asks, “Can I use the blocks, too?”…
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Do You Have to Finish All of the Math-U-See Worksheets?


In this blog post we will explore the different types of Math-U-See worksheets available, the role they each play in the mastery process, and more.

In this blog post we will explore the different types of Math-U-See worksheets available, the role they each play in the mastery process, and more. “Can’t I just buy the student pack? After all, my daughter is only in third grade. I think I can figure out the answers at this level.” It seems that,…
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How to Teach a Child Math Facts


You can teach math facts to your child; learn some of our strategies in this blog post.

You can teach math facts to your child; learn some of our strategies in this blog post. Let’s say you and a friend are each making a cake. You both know how to make it and understand the recipe. However, your friend gets to use the fancy mixer which sits on the counter, while you…
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Am I Spending Too Much Time on Math-U-See Each Day?


If you've ever wondered how much time you should spend on Math-U-See each day, then this blog post is for you.

If you’ve ever wondered how much time you should spend on Math-U-See each day, then this blog post is for you. Be not afraid of going slowly; be only afraid of standing still. – Chinese proverb There’s no doubt about it; we live in a very time-focused and fast-paced society. The evidence is everywhere, from…
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