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Old 02-13-2013, 01:41 PM   #1
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Math U See Manipulatives question

We're starting Kindergarten soon and I'd like to start off MUS correctly.
Are the manipulatives necessary? I really like the concept of them.
I'd like thoughts from both sides.
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Old 02-13-2013, 03:47 PM   #2
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I used math u see when I was in school - from pre algebra through graduation. Now I'm using it with DD - currently in Primer. I feel like the manipulatives are key to this course. It demonstrates how and why math works, not just what to do to get an answer. I love MUS for this reason!

You can usually find manipulatives used - the other day curriculum exchange had a set at a good price. I found mine on Craigslist cheap

Hope that helps! I'm interested to see what others say.

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Old 02-13-2013, 06:00 PM   #3
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Re: Math U See Manipulatives question

It really depends on the child. My oldest could not have done even half as well as she has without the blocks. She is a very hands-on learner. My son, however, has hardly used the blocks at all and he's now in Epsilon (I think -- the fraction book). I'm not sure yet where my youngest will fall.
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Re: Math U See Manipulatives question

I recommend getting them. I have three using MUS, and they've all used them for different things at different times. I think they are worth the price; if you decide later you don't need them, you can always sell them.
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Re: Math U See Manipulatives question

We bought a set to use this year and I'm glad we did! DD uses them a LOT in Alpha. DS9 doesn't use them almost at all for Delta and DS13 has used them here and there for Epsilon. DS3 thinks they are great fun and I love that he is getting used to them early.

But definitely buy them used!! They work the same and cost less!
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They are a key part of the program IMHO.


I did have one child that used them very little. I still feel like they helped her understand math better.
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Re: Math U See Manipulatives question

I'm going to get them! I'll just keep an eye out for a good deal.
My son is very hands-on, so I think they will be good for him.
Thanks, all! That was encouraging
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