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COURSE NO. MAT-328

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COURSE OVERVIEW

Math U See Epsilon

COURSE NOTES

This program is a practical, hands-on math program.  Program components are: video/DVD presentations, teacher manual, student text, 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 them a worksheet of the new lesson.  If they look to have the new concept already, give them the unit test the next day.  If they make 90% or less before corrections, then do the rest of the lesson page-by-page before doing the test again.  If the student makes 91% or more, then move to the next lesson.  Indeed, the goal grade is always 91% or more, “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 you are doing math, for easy access.  Whenever a student refuses to use the manipulatives and really needs to, gently use them yourself, Mom: stand behind him and, reaching around his shoulders, work the manipulatives in front of him.  
 
To place a student correctly in the Math U See program, have the student watch-the-video-take-the-test, one lesson per day.  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.
 
Four and five days weekly, about 10-20 minutes of math instruction, then 20 to 40 minutes of independent math practice.
 
A very flexible math regimen that has proven effective for many of 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.  Then he works through 40 minutes of new material, then checkmarks his own errors, and so on.  As you can see, math can take as little as forty-five 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 counts as part of the 40 timer minutes; practicing math facts does not.)
 
For quarterly reporting, report by the Math U See level 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.  (Remember, for work samples we need the questions or problems as well as the answers.)
 

Scheduling Suggestions: 60min/day



BOOKS AND MATERIALS

 

Math U See Epsilon : 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: Fractions.  PREREQUISITE: The student should have completed the ALPHA, BETA, GAMMA and DELTA curricula, or have mastered addition, subtraction, multiplication & division." - www.mathusee.com


 

Math U See Epsilon : 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

 



 

Fraction Overlays (Manipulatives)

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

Math U See Publ.; Colored vinyl pieces for the numerator, and clear pieces for the denominator

 

This is a second manipulative set, necessary to the Epsilon level of Math U See.  It is used in addition to the starter manipulative set used in Levels Primer through Algebra 1.


 

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 necessary to the Math U See program and 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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[ ] Select a work sample from this quarter to submit in your semester reporting packet. See the sixteenth week of this semester for more details.


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[ ] Select a work sample from this quarter to submit with your semester reporting packet. Your Semester 1 reporting packet should include work samples from Quarters 1 and 2 and is due before February 28. The Semester 2 packet should include work samples from Quarters 3 and 4 and is due before June 30.


WEEK C

Preparatory Week C: This is a bonus week. Use it for Semester 1 catch-up, corrections, review, assessment testing, standardized testing, or semester reporting.


WEEK D

Preparatory Week D: This is a second bonus week. Complete Preparatory Week C or begin the Semester 2 course plan.


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[ ] Select a work sample from this quarter to submit in your semester reporting packet. See the sixteenth week of this semester for more details.


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[ ] Select a work sample from this quarter to submit with your semester reporting packet. Your Semester 1 reporting packet should include work samples from Quarters 1 and 2 and is due before February 28. The Semester 2 packet should include work samples from Quarters 3 and 4 and is due before June 30.




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