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COURSE NO. MAT-350

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COURSE OVERVIEW

Math U See Delta with its accompanying Basic Manipulative set.  This is a full spectrum math program, with its central focus this year on mastering multiple digit long multiplication and long division.  The student needs to spend about 40 to 45 minutes in math daily, four and five days weekly.  (Math facts practice and mastery are not counted as part of the 40

COURSE NOTES

 
Math should be worked four and five days weekly, for 40 to 60 minutes altogether.  If a student finishes his math lesson early, then have him move on to the next lesson, filling up 40 to 45 minutes.  If a student is consistently working on math more than 50 minutes daily, then call your STAA advisor and let's talk about how to make math more successful for your student.  It is better for your student to learn less math more deeply than to push him on with holes and and insecurities undermining his success.
  
A very flexible math regimen that has proven especially effective for our families is to have the student work through 40 minutes of new material, on a timer, then have him checkmark his own errors using the answer key.  The next day he does all of his corrections first, working any problems that he can’t correct on his own with you on a good- sized white/chalk board.  After completing his corrections, he sets his timer for 40 minutes and, picking up right where he left off the day before, he works through 40 minutes of new material.  Then he checkmarks his own errors from the answer key.  The next day he does all of his corrections, and so on.  As you can see, math can take as little as 40 minutes per day, or as long as an hour or more, depending on your student’s carefulness and effort—the student controls the length of time he spends daily on math and is discouraged from doing rushed, shabby work.  Watching the DVD instruction, talking through the teacher manual presentation, problem sets, quizzes, and tests all count as new material; math facts remediation and corrections do not count as new material and are done off the timer.
 
Take copies of all quizzes and tests used.  We use these quiz sets over and over again through the years for proper placement and for simple reviews.   
 
Math-U-See, RightStart Math, and Saxon Math are our favorite programs.  There are other math programs—Abeka, Horizons, and Rod & Staff, to name a few of the more popular ones.  These are more traditional worktext or textbook-based programs.  Let us know if you have another program you would like to use or discuss.  We’re very flexible regarding math programs.
 
For quarterly reporting, report the math level you are using and the lesson numbers, i.e. MUS/Epsilon, Lessons 7 to 22.  For a work sample, send a copy of the latest broad-based review worksheet with the errors clearly marked and a grade noted at the top.  For work samples we need the questions or problems as well as the answers.

Scheduling Suggestions: see notes



BOOKS AND MATERIALS

 

Math U See Delta : Student Kit

  • Author: Math U See
  • ISBN:        
  • Supplier: Math U See

Math U See Publ.; Student kit includes student text and test booklet; See www.mathusee.com for placement tests, complete tables of contents, and scope and sequence lists

 

 
"Focus: Single & Multiple Digit Division.  PREREQUISITE: The student should have completed the ALPHA, BETA, and GAMMA Curricula, or mastered addition, subtraction and multiplication." - www.mathusee.com
 
This program is a practical, hands-on math program.  Program components are video/DVD presentations, teacher manual, student text, test booklet, and basic manipulative set.  Each lesson starts with a five to seven minute video presentation, supposedly for teacher training, but the kids learn as much from it as Mom.  So, at the beginning of each new lesson, watch the video/DVD together.  Then work a few minutes together through the teacher manual presentation, then assign the student a worksheet on the new lesson and a review worksheet.  If he looks to have the new concept already, give him the test the next day.  If he makes less than 91% before corrections on the test, then do the rest of the lesson page by page before doing the test again.  When a student makes 91% or more, before corrections, then move to the next lesson.  Indeed, the goal grade is always 91%-or-more-before-corrections on any quiz, review, or test—“mastery” level rather than “performance” level.  Be patient, supportive, and thorough.
  
Use the manipulatives as much as possible, and always have them open on the table whenever your student is doing math, for easy access.  Whenever a student refuses to use the manipulatives and really needs to (he’s hit a stubborn correction he cannot work through independently), gently use them yourself, Mom: stand behind your student, reach around his shoulders, and work the manipulatives in front of him.  Be patient, supportive, and thorough.  (Sensing a theme here?)
 
To place a student correctly in the Math U See program, have the student watch-the-video-take-the-test, one lesson per day.  Make copies of the tests to give to the student (we’ll be using these tests for placement and review over and over again throughout high school!).  If the student makes more than 90% before corrections, then move to the next lesson; if the student makes 90% or less before corrections, then have him do a worksheet or two and try the test again.  When he is consistently having to work through worksheets to pass the test, then back up a lesson or two and start there in the teaching sequence in earnest.  Encourage deep review.
 


 

Math U See Delta : Instruction Pack

  • Author: Math U See
  • ISBN:        
  • Supplier: Math U See

Math U See Publ.; Contains the Teacher Manual, and the video in either DVD or VHS format

 



 

Starter Set 1 (Manipulatives)

  • Author: Math U See
  • ISBN:        
  • Supplier: Math U See

Math U See Publ.; “The initial Starter Set is an 80-piece set of colorful, base 10, stacking blocks used to teach all aspects of arithmetic. These are also used with the Inserts to illustrate beginning algebra and decimals.” - www.mathusee.com

 

One set per family.  This manipulative set is used from the first level through the Algebra 1 level of Math U See.


 

 




LESSON PLANNER

WEEK A

Preparatory Week A: Use this school week to gather the materials for this course and thoroughly read the book notes, course notes, and, if applicable, the weekly lesson plan in your St. Thomas Aquinas Academy curriculum guide.


WEEK B

Preparatory Week B: Use this school week to complete Preparatory Week A and explore the materials for this course. Flip through all of this course’s materials. Make mental notes about the design and organization the resources for the course (editor’s notes, table of contents, maps, charts, forms, appendices, glossaries, bibliographies, end notes, internet supports, etc.).


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