Our 6th Grade Math Pre Algebra
Welcome back to Making Everyday Magic! I’m Shanna, and if you’re new here, we’re a homeschooling family entering our seventh year of homeschooling. Today, I’m excited to share our experience with 6th-grade math pre-algebra.
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Our Go-To Math Curriculum: Math-U-See
Let’s talk about math. I know I’ve talked about it before, and I often receive fantastic suggestions from you all. While those recommendations align with our learning styles, there’s something about Math-U-See that makes it our ride-or-die choice. We discovered Math-U-See through the Timberdoodle curriculum kits, and it has been a perfect match for us.
Math-U-See offers a multi-sensory approach, complete with manipulatives like blocks and overlay kits. It follows a mastery approach, covering single-digit addition, multiple-digit addition, multiplication, division, fractions, decimals, and more.
The Flexibility We Love
What’s great about Math-U-See is its flexibility. We use it differently from the recommended method. Here’s our routine:
– Mondays: We start with the lesson video and the first lesson page of the week to gauge our understanding.
– If we master the “A” level on Monday, we skip “B” and proceed to “C” on Tuesday.
– If “C” goes well, we skip “D” and do “E” on Wednesday.
– If we’re comfortable with “E,” we may tackle “F” or “G” on Thursday.
– We don’t typically do the application and enrichment lessons, but they are there if needed.
We also don’t have school on Fridays, so we complete four days of lessons each week. If we need extra practice, we revisit previous lessons. The key is that Math-U-See’s approach helps students achieve mastery before moving on.
Our Experience with Pre-Algebra
This year, my daughter is tackling pre-algebra, which is technically one grade ahead. We did fractions and decimals last year. Pre-algebra continues with a similar structure of lesson videos, worksheets, and tests.
Our progress is smooth, and we’re currently two lessons into pre-algebra. While it’s early days, we’re feeling positive and optimistic about the journey ahead.
A Glimpse Inside Math-U-See Pre-Algebra
In the video, I shared a look inside the curriculum materials, including the DVD, student workbook, and test booklet. The student workbook is perforated, making it easy to work through. There’s also a digital toolbox available for online access.
I highlighted the major concepts and skills covered in pre-algebra, showcasing the comprehensive curriculum sequence.
We’re thrilled with our experience using Math-U-See for math in our homeschooling journey. It’s proven to be a reliable, flexible, and effective choice for us. As we progress through pre-algebra, I’ll keep you updated on our experiences.
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Thank you for joining us on our homeschooling adventure, and I look forward to sharing more insights with you soon!
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