We have used and loved Math-U-See before, so that aspect was not new to us, however, the digital packs brings a whole new element to the already great program of Math-U-See…..mobility!
If you are not familiar with Math-U-See, it’s a hands on, mastery program. Each level covers a different concept, for example: Alpha is addition, Beta is subtraction, Delta is multiplication and Gamma is division. They have a very unique way of introducing math, one that makes PERFECT sense! It’s a great program for visual, auditory and kinesthetic learners, because it takes such a multi-sensory approach to learning. The program consists of math blocks (a specialized variety of base ten blocks) and video instruction, as well as workbook application.
The Digital Packs, puts the video instruction on your device via the internet. You can now watch the instructional videos on any portal device. It also includes online, digital manipulatives! Math is now portable and at your finger tips, as long as you have internet access (or a device that has 3G).
Lessons typically consist of watching the instruction video. Workbook pages follow, each lesson has 3 workbook pages (additional pages are able to printed from online if more practice is needed) of the newly taught/learned material and 3 pages that has new material AND review of old material. I love that they revisit the old material to keep it fresh! Since this is a mastery program, you can move ahead as fast or a slow as is needed to really grasp the concepts. There is also a testing workbook available with tests for each lesson and each unit available.
As mentioned, we have used and loved MUS in the past, but my son really enjoyed the digital aspect of the manipulatives and the ability to watch the lessons on the laptop or iPad.
I loved that the digital packs made the program more mobile, and also more affordable (no need to purchase the manipulatives, the instruction pack, or the CD song book!! You will still need the student workbooks).
Some down sides to the digital packs, however,are:
- The purchase is only good for a year, after 12 months you no longer have access to the item and would need to repurchase.
- The log in is sort of complicated. You have to log into the store, and then click on My Digital Packs, then choose which pack you want to use (if you have more than one) and then go to the lesson you want to use. I had to log my son in every time, it wasn’t something he could just get on and do himself. Also if the store was down, so was your access to your digital pack.
I would love to see this as a FULLY FUCTIONING DIGITAL program, and maybe in the future it will be. I’d love for the workbook problems to be online as well, self correcting and score keeping! That would make my life so much easier!!
As it stands, however, this is a great way to have access to the high quality MUS program in a more portable fashion! It makes homeschooling on the move (which tends to happen a lot, at least in our home) a lot easier!
We used the program 3-5 times a week during the review period. We did 2 workbook pages per lesson (one new and one with review). The concepts were easy for him and mostly review in the beginning lessons. He would watch the lesson the first day, do the workbook page, the 2nd day he would do the workbook page with the review, and then repeat. One of my favorite things about MUS is that you can easily move forward if concepts are easily grasped, or take your time on concepts that need more time!
The Digital Pack is $38.00 for most levels, and the student pack is $40 for most levels. You have 12 months access to the Digital Pack.
Math-U-See goes from Primer (the lowest level) to Calculus.
We have always recommended Math-U-See, and continue to do so. The Digital Pack just makes a great math program even greater and more flexible in meeting the needs of homeschool families!
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