Hey everybody, I’m Shanna, and if you’re new here, welcome to our homeschooling journey. We’re a family of four in our seventh year of homeschooling, with a second-grader and a sixth-grader. Today, I want to share how we are tackling multiplication in 2nd grade.
But before we dive in, you can also find me in the comments or on Instagram at @makingeverydaymagic.
If you’re here just to see inside the Math-U-See Gamma program, I’ve included timestamps below the linked YouTube video for your convenience.
Introduction to Math-U-See Gamma:
Our journey with multiplication in second grade began with Math-U-See, specifically the Gamma program. Math-U-See is a multi-sensory approach to mathematics that has been a game-changer in our homeschool.
One of the standout features of Math-U-See is its use of manipulatives, like blocks that fit right onto the page. The program also includes instructional videos, which means I get to play a supportive role in my children’s math education.
Math-U-See Gamma is linked HERE
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Building a Strong Foundation:
Before starting with Gamma, we prepared our second-grader by priming the pump. We used math wrap-ups and watched Times Tales videos to get her comfortable with multiplication concepts. Schoolhouse Rock’s Multiplication Rock was another fun and educational resource we utilized.
Math-U-See takes a mastery approach to mathematics. It builds a solid foundation by teaching one concept thoroughly before moving on to the next. This approach can be quite different from the traditional spiral method used in public schools.
The program includes DVDs, a teacher’s guide, a student workbook, a test book, and online resources. You can customize your purchase based on what you need, which can be cost-effective if you have multiple children.
Our Weekly Routine:
We’ve established a weekly routine for Math-U-See Gamma. On Mondays, we watch the instructional video together and I have my daughter complete the “A” page. If my daughter grasps the concept quickly, we skip “B” and move to “C.” By Thursday, we have completed 4 of 7 sheets usually. We don’t do lesson tests but do complete the cumulative Unit Tests.
Progress and Confidence:
We’ve already covered multiplication by 0, 1, 2, 5, and 10, and we’re making great progress. What’s amazing is that Math-U-See makes learning multiplication manageable and builds confidence not only in our children but also in me as their math teacher.
She scored a 93 on her first Unit Test!
In conclusion, I cannot recommend Math-U-See enough for homeschooling families. It has transformed the way we approach math, making it enjoyable and accessible for both students and parents.
If you’re wondering how to tackle multiplication or any math concept, consider giving Math-U-See a try. It’s made a world of difference in our homeschooling journey.
Stay tuned for our quarterly updates on our math progress, and if you found this post helpful or have any questions, please leave a comment below. You can also connect with me on Instagram at @makingeverydaymagic.
Thank you for joining us on our homeschooling adventure, and remember, math can be magical! 🌟