MathUSee provides a firm foundation in mathematics for students struggling in mathematics and with special needs. Teachers are provided the tools, skills, and training needed to present an explicit, structured, systematic, and cumulative program using multisensory teaching techniques.
MathUSee was written by Steve Demme, a homeschool dad, for the homeschool community. MathUSee's unique approach targets each individual student and focuses on their specific needs. Rather than a curriculum designed for a classroom, MathUSee is designed with the homeschool "tutor" environment in mind.
How does the program work in home school setting?
Because we focus on the individual student, we are able to meet the unique needs of each student. The mastery approach utilized by MathUSee is designed to give the parent clear understanding of when a student is ready to move to the next lesson.
MathUSee is broken down to teach students specific skills that build as the student progresses. This systematic and cumulative approach uses a definite, logical sequence of concept instruction. The MathUSee system is structured with stepbystep procedures for introducing, reviewing, and practicing concepts.
There are many styles of "home schooling" and because of its flexible approach MathUSee fits well with each style. Here is a brief overview of how MathUSee fits with a few different styles.
How does MathUSee fit with the Charlotte Mason approach?
The lessons are short and free of "twaddle." There are lots of opportunities for handson experience, and students are encouraged to "teach back" the concepts to the parent (narration).
How does MathUSee fit with Classical Homeschooling?
Memorization of facts is encouraged in the early grades, and mastery of concepts required at every level.
How does MathUSee fit with Traditional teaching methods?
Concepts are taught on dvd, and workbooks are used for practice and review.
How does MathUSee fit with a Relaxed or Unschooling approach?
The books are not assigned grade levels, so it is easy for students to work at their own pace or interest level.
How does MathUSee fit with Unit Studies?
Topics are grouped together by concept, helping students to see how math ideas are related to each other and the whole structure of mathematics.
A little more about the program.
Steve Demme, author of MathUSee, describes the levels of arithmetic as follows:
1. Counting
2. Addition (Subtraction)
3. Multiplication (Division)
4. Exponents (Roots)
Each of these levels is a progressively faster way of doing the prior level and the concepts are used in all levels of mathematics. The difference is what kind of numbers the student is using. In the MathUSee system we will teach students to learn the first three levels with whole numbers first, including memorization of the facts without finger counting. Once that is mastered then we will move to fractions, then decimals, then integers, and finally algebra.
The students will see that each of the first three level concepts is repeated using the different kinds of numbers. As a student's foundation is solidified, he is able to successfully build upon each new lesson.
During the instruction we provide explicit instruction for the teacher by directly teaching skills for math through our video presentations. Author Steve Demme's video lessons are short and to the point (average 47 minutes each). Each lesson specifically teaches using the MULTISENSORY tools, designed to engage the visual, auditory, and kinesthetic channels simultaneously in rapid succession. These tools and videos communicate clearly so the teacher can understand how to teach the student. Many students enjoy watching the video lessons as well!
Each level contains ongoing assessment and frequent opportunities to reteach. This kind of PROGRESS MONITORING provides valuable feedback to ensure the student is mastering the materials.
Program Highlights:
1. Math skills are taught explicitly
2. There is a definite, logical sequence of concept instruction that is systematic and cumulative
3. A structured, stepbystep procedure for introducing, reviewing, and practicing concepts
4. Multisensory tools to engage the visual, auditory, and kinesthetic channels simultaneously in rapid succession
5. Continuous, ongoing assessment and progress monitoring allow for frequent opportunities to reteach
To find out where to begin visit our placement page
or contact your regional representative:
Jacki Knight 8888546284 or 2505906761 mathusee@shaw.ca



