If you use MUS for elementary, how do you fit in all the worksheets in each lesson? They go from A-F and then a test. Do you do them all or do you skip some? Thanks!
Hi Erin! Steve Demme says to do the practice worksheets until the child understands, then skip to the review worksheets. We almost always did every single page as we are not math people here and needed the practice.
Oh, and we skipped the tests for years as I’m not a fan of testing and I already knew how my kids were doing from working with them every day.
Later on I realized that it was much more efficient to complete the tests so that I could just keep the small test booklet for documentation instead of the large student book. After that, we skipped the last review page and did the tests instead.sarah2106Participant
We usually do all the practice sheets (A, B, C) and review sheets (D, E, F) unless it is a concept they really grasp easily then we skip some. I like all the pages because we do not finish in a school year. We continue 2-3 days a week in the summer finishing a book and then start the next book for the next school year. If we take a full break from math jn the summer so much is forgotten so we do not rush to finish a book in a school year, just continue doing a few lessons in the summer and finish the book when we finish the book.
I like the tests because they are simply a review of everything learned. I like them because they bring up things maybe forgotten and I can easily see what might be being forgotten to help remind the student. I see that happening more in later levels, we are almost finished with pre algebra for my oldest and with so much learned it is easy to forget certain concepts and the tests help student and me see what has been forgotten to practice a bit more.ErinDParticipant
Thanks. If you do them all, how do you schedule it? Or do you continue doing one per day and just take longer than a week to complete each lesson?sarah2106Participant
Yes, one worksheet a day. We do not worry about finishing a lesson a week because some weeks we have only 3 or 4 days because a holiday or field trip and no need to feel rushed. We just simply do one work sheet a day. Early grades it takes 10-15 minutes and pre algebra is usually 20-30 minutes so they still fit in the short focused lesson time frame.
We always set the timer for an age appropriate amount of time and worked on math until the timer went off. Some days my kids would complete several pages if the lesson were easy. Other times, they might not even finish a whole page on more difficult lessons. It all evened out in the end and we never had trouble finishing a level each year.
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