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The best hands on math curriculum for homeschoolers

Math seems to be one of the most difficult subjects for homeschoolers. Finding curriculum that your children not only enjoy but actually retain and understand the concepts can seem daunting, if not impossible. I have a very kinesthetic learner as well as a very visual learner. For both of these children, traditional math workbooks are useless. My visual learner needs to see the problems broken down and my kinesthetic needs to actually do, build, create, and solve the problems… physically. Before I found out about Math U See we were doing two times the amount of math. We would do a traditional textbook and then I would have to adapt it and do additional activities with more hands on math applications to help my children understand. Math U See changed everything for our homeschool! I am so excited to share with you the BEST hands on math curriculum PLUS an amazing giveaway for you to win a level of your choosing, so make sure to pin this image for later!

The Best hands on Math for Homeschoolers plus a HUGE giveaway! Enter to win a math u see universal set with everything you need for a level of your choosing! $139 value!!!!!


What is Math U See? Is it Common Core Aligned?

Math U See is a multi-sensory math curriculum for children from K through 12. It focuses on not just teaching a concept but mastering it. Available resources include:

  • Student Workbook.
  • Student Test and Activities Booklet.
  • Teacher Manual.
  • Instructional DVD.
  • Integer Block Set.
  • Skip Count and Addition Songs CD.

We purchased two sets of blocks plus the beautiful block storage boxes to keep them all organized. This allows us to use the blocks with all our children, even if they are all doing math at the same time. Although it was a bit of an investment the initial year, each year becomes less expensive as we build our library of DVD’s and teacher manuals and I now spend less than most my friends do on their math. If you are purchasing from, you may be wondering whether this curriculum is common core aligned or not. I wanted to make sure I was up to speed so I asked the company personally and was told that it is not common core aligned. Because their program is not based on grades but rather on concepts, they cannot be common core aligned.

Hands on math for homeschoolers

Hands On Math that Helps Children SEE the Problem.

Before children begin in their workbooks, they start with watching their lesson on the instructional DVD. This is a video lesson taught in a classroom setting. The teacher on the video speaks and engages with a classroom full of kids, which my kids love! They love the little math jokes and feel like they are part of a larger class. During the lesson, they see what they will be doing that week in their workbooks, how to do the problems, and how it looks using the blocks. Your week is divided into daily lessons which are 2 pages each. During the week, students use their blocks to help visualize their math problems as they are working through them. The visual aspect of the videos combined with the colorful blocks help students form connections between numbers and tangible objects.

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Hands on Math that Allows Children to DO the Problem.

During their lessons, not only will children be seeing their problems (not to mention hearing them through the use of the instructional DVD), but they will also be physically DOING their math. They will build the problem using blocks, they will physically remove blocks when they are subtracting, or group blocks when they are multiplying. For my kinesthetic daughter, this math curriculum is the only one we have had success with. We keep on coming back to Math U See and the instant calm that comes over her once she has her blocks is really amazing to see. She stops doubting herself, her confidence is coming back. The lost look on her face disappears and she is so proud to show me that she CAN do it!

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Hands on Math that Helps Children MASTER the Concept.

My favorite aspect of Math U See that I don’t see a lot of other math curriculum’s adopting is concept mastery. [tweetthis remove_hidden_hashtags=”true”]Our society views education with a blanket philosophy: covering a little bit of everything[/tweetthis]  The problem is that kids are left floundering. Many children do not fully understand the concept before they move on, when the book goes to review time, they haven’t actually retained the idea. Other children catch on quickly but while they understand it at that level, instead of approaching it from multiple angles, they move on and lose progress. Math U See’s mastery approach ensures that your child not only understands addition (for example) but can add without their fingers, add quickly, skip count, has memorized their addition facts, etc. They even have a handy skip counting and addition songs CD to put the facts to music. Play that CD in the car while you are driving around and your kids will have their skip counting (and therefor the foundation for multiplication) and addition facts down in a jiffy!

I put together a fun little video for you guys showing you how Math U See approaches place value. My son had so much fun with this activity and within about 30 minutes, he fully understood place value!


Enter the Giveaway to Win a complete Universal Set!

Math U See is generously giving away a complete Universal Set! This is $139 value and includes the Instruction Manual with complete solutions, Instruction DVD, Student Workbook, Tests booklet, Integer Block Kit, and 12 months of access to their new Digital Pack, which includes the Skip Count Songs MP3s and Songbook PDF! Get it all… for FREE!

This giveaway is open to both residents of the USA and Canada! Before you enter, take a look at the website at figure out which level your child would need. You can find that out by taking the placement test online. Also be sure to use a valid e-mail address as that is how I will contact you if you win! Don’t forget to add to your contact list so my email doesn’t go to junk!


Have you heard of Math U See?

For more information, check them out online on Facebook, Twitter, or their website in Canada or the US!

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  1. I think this would be great for my kiddos! My oldest is starting kindergarten next year so that’s where we would begin! ??

  2. I’ve been dying to try Math U See but I don’t know if I can afford it full price here in Canada. My daughter would be started on Alpha!

  3. I would love to get my hands on Alpha! I understand this program was created by a parent of a child with Down syndrome. I am homeschooling my little guy who also happens to have Down syndrome, and would greatly appreciate a chance to see if this program would be a good fit for him 🙂

  4. Homeschooling mother. My children are 3, 2, 1, and due in April. If we could have the Alpha set it would set us up on the right track for years to come!

  5. What a great giveaway! We love MUS here, I’ve got two MUS students right now – one in Primer and one in Beta. If I won, I’d chose Gamma, and then we’d be all set for the next level 🙂

  6. We love MathUSee! The next level we need is Algebra 2, but I’m not sure if that is included in this giveaway. If not, I would choose Epsilon, as we only have the older version of that one.

  7. I would love to win this. I have 7 children which are homeschooled. I would probably pick one of the beginning levels.

  8. Math U See looks like great learning fun. I would LOVE to try out the ALPHA set with my girls. I really like how it covers math topics/concepts all the way through K-12, but not hy grade. Excited!!

  9. Since we’ve never tried MUS, I’m not sure what set we would need. My 11yo grandson has learning disabilities and is working on about a 2nd or 3rd grade level in both Math and Reading. Thank you for the opportunity.

  10. We would be using beta if we won, my twins are loving math u see and are begging me to let them start the new program before we start school back up in January (they are going to wait though) my 2.5yr old is picking up on so many concepts just from watching the twins.

  11. We would use Alpha if we won. My daughter who cared less about numbers before starting Primer loves counting, adding, and writing her numbers thanks to MathUSee! Thanks for this opportunity!

  12. I would love either the Gamma or Zeta. My oldest is using Epsilon and we Love it. My youngest will be using Gamma next year.

  13. I need my 3rd grader in gamma…. My middle schooler is already in zeta and is learning and RETAINING math!! My oldest needs help in algebra as its his second time through and he’s still struggling!

  14. I wondered how he could get A’s in school and not know how to add or subtract. Math is FINALLY clicking for my son. He started Beta at the beginning of the school year and is almost ready for Gamma. Thank you Math U See for making a big difference for my son.

  15. I would start with the alpha and primer, as we will only be starting home schooling next year (3 weeks away wow). and I need all the help I can get 🙂

  16. This I t first I h looked into math u see. I h several levels of learners so have a hard tim deciding which I would choose. Epsilon, if I could only choose one!

  17. This is great! I would probably purchase gamma, even though I’m tempted to back track to beta for boys who are almost 10. I feel like they never got the foundation they needed because we started with public school-the beginning of 3rd grade. Then I went through a charter and had to try to keep up with their math requirements so now I feel behind. Suggestions?

  18. I would love the primer level for my daughter! We just started homeschooling and I have heard such great things about this product!

  19. I would probably get Algebra although our Alpha teacher materials are getting a little worn out. I LOVE Math U See.

  20. My daughter is doing kindergarten currently, with more kids following her and each possibly with different learning styles this would be great!

  21. Hi! We love Math-U-See. Both my children use it successfully. We would need Algebra1 next with the Algebra inserts.

  22. we are loving MUS… we have worked through nearly two levels. We would love to win this, if we do we would need a Beta set. Good Luck to all!!!

  23. We have loved Math U See! We tried other programs, but nothing worked like Math U See for my daughter. We would want Gamma because we are finishing up Beta now.

  24. Beginning homeschool for first time. Daughter in middle school. Would love to use this curriculum, starting with PreAlgebra.

  25. I thought my daughter would be in Alpha, but after looking at the website, we need to start with Primer to get a firm base.

  26. Been using MathUSee since I was first introduced to it. My boys started with Beta and my Daughter with Primer. My boys are almost done with Fractions/Epsilon and my daughter is working her way through Multiplication/Gamma. All 3 maintain an average in the 90% and continually master each concept. When we don’t we keep at it until we do. MathUSee has been awesome not just for my kids but for me as well. I barely passed math in school and have learned right along with my kids mastering it myself. Concepts I never understood or never grasped before I can do with ease know. I already have their next levels as we continually do math year around. So If we won I would need the Pre Algebra.

  27. I would start with alpha for my boys. They are 20 months apart but I do their school time together and on allot of subjects they are on the same page 🙂

  28. My wife and I have been looking at this program for our kids. We’d probably need alpha, beta, and gamma to get started.

  29. Grade 6 would be great to have for our school year this fall which is when my daughter will start 6th grade.

  30. This is an awesome set! I would love the pre-alegbra. Although my little guy isn’t there I think I have the earlier levels covered. I’m nervous for when we get into algebra. Thanks for the opportunity!

  31. I have prek – 3rd grade children so any of those level sets would be a great help to my children. We have very hands on learners here.

  32. I would love to win this for my daughter. Math is super hard for her and she is a hands on learner so I believe this would really help her. We would start with the alpha level.

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