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I remember learning my multiplication tables when I was Little Buddy’s age and not exactly enjoying it. And that’s a major understatement.
At dinner time, my Daddy would grill me on my sevens. At breakfast, my mother would quiz me with a that week’s numbers. And I still didn’t get them like I should have. I was multiplication dense.
I was determined to make multiplication fun for Little Buddy. I didn’t want for him to dread the flash cards or get nauseous at the word “math” like I did. That can seem like a very daunting task, can’t it?
But, so far, so good.
We’re using Math-U-See the first half of our year for our math. I say for the first half of the year because we are year-round schoolers and rather than advancing to the next grade, I’m planning on using another math curriculum for the same grade level. I’ll see how that little plan works and keep you posted when we get there. I’m not opposed to changing my mind. That’s for certain!
I love that this curriculum comes with an instructional DVD to cover each lesson (I have to admit, I’ve learned some cool math tricks watching this each week!), a teacher manual, a student text, and a test booklet.
Little Buddy loves that we also purchased the manipulatives. They have helped him to “see” the math problem and solution quiet easily. He also loves to build with them – that’s a good thing when math manipulatives are seen as toys. Right?
For Math-U-See, our math schedule looks like this:
Monday: We begin our week by watching the DVD of that week’s math lesson. Complete worksheet A together. Completes worksheet B on his own.
Tuesday: Completes worksheet C. Play a math drill game.
Wednesday: Completes worksheet D.
Thursday: Completes worksheet E. Completes worksheet F as a practice test.
Friday: Test from test booklet.
Oh, and so far, we’re both enjoying our multiplication tables this year!
What do you use for teaching math?