Math U See Epsilon~Review

by adustyframe ~ September 27th, 2011

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What a wonderful opportunity I had to review Math U See’s program Epsilon!

Math U See’s Epsilon includes a teacher book, test book, student book, and fraction overlays, as well as a DVD with Mr. Demme introducing the concepts in each lesson.

Here’s how we’ve been using this program.

At the beginning of the week, James and I watch the DVD together. Some families prefer for the parent to watch the DVD alone, but I like the fact that another teacher is showing James what to do. Mr. Demme can be humorous too and there’s nothing better than giggling over a math lesson together!

We watch the segment for the current lesson and then James does 2 pages per day and takes the test on Thursday or Friday.


There are 30 lessons in the book and I’d like it to last most of the year, so we go slowly.

James is doing SUPER with the fractions. He enjoys figuring out how math works and I love Math U See.

We’re still trying to get the hang of using the fraction overlays, but we’re getting there–we’ll keep trying.

He’s working on equivalent fractions this week. It took him just a little while to catch on, but he’s understanding it now and breezing through the lesson.

I appreciate the fact that the teacher book explains how Mr. Demme wants the concept taught. Math (and Science) are my weaker areas, so the help and new ways of learning things is great for me too!

Here are some of the contents of the Epsilon program:

  • Fraction of a Number, Symbols
  • Fraction of 1 Using the Overlays
  • Add and Subtract Fractions with the Same Denominators
  • Equivalent Fractions
  • Add and Subtract Fractions with Different Denominators
  • Rule of Four
  • Compare Fractions with the Rule of Four
  • Add Three Fractions with the Rule of Four
  • Multiply Fractions
  • Divide Fractions with the Rule of Four

Math U See offers a sample lesson and scope and sequence on this page.

They also offer resources online–check out this page.

I’m making use of the worksheet generator this week. James is staying with my sister in law while I’m at Women of Faith. He’ll be done with his math lesson for the week, but it’s easy to take along a worksheet to keep him busy. It was super easy to set up and print–great for a little extra practice.

The Math U See curriculum offers math for primer level through calculus.

Most of the levels cost about $65.00 which is very reasonable in my opinion. For Epsilon, there’s the additional expense of the overlays and you will need to buy the manipulative blocks when you start. You may want to use a few of their other resources–it’s up to you!

Watch an online demonstration to see if you think Math U See is a fit for your homeschool.

If you’re not sure which level to start with, try the free online placement test.

**Disclaimer~I received a copy of the Epsilon program (student book, test book, teacher book, DVD, & fraction overlays) for this review. The opinions stated are mine alone.

 

Lizzie

2 Thoughts Shared to Math U See Epsilon~Review

  1. Susanna

    We are doing Math U See! Started it in September and loving it. Working through Alpha pretty quickly (D was in school for 2 years) …looking forward to the fuftre of maths education in our home 🙂

  2. Maria

    I have 3 children; 2 finishing up Delta and one on Alpha. Great to read about Epsilon which we start next. So far the youngest has done Primer and Alpha and the other 2 started on Beta and have completed that and also Gamma. I really like the way it teaches each technique to mastery unlike what we encountered in school before I took them out in 2010. A great maths programme 🙂

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