The woman who tested my sons today suggested we try MUS. I understand MUS has a new version that was just released. We will be using Alpha. I was wondering if anyone has thoughts on whether the new version is worth the full asking price, or if the cheaper used versions would work as well. I go back and forth in my thinking: MUS has been well-respected for some time so the old version should be good enough vs But they changed it for a reason and I have a child who is really struggling with math so ‘get the best’. If any of you MUS users have an opinion on what a new family should get, please let me know!TristanParticipant
We’re a MUS family. We’re using the old version, but that simply means we use the old teacher’s manuals/dvds. The workbooks offered now go with the new manual. That means they have an extra workbook page per lesson for the ‘common core’ concepts MUS had to add in to keep their accreditation. We skip that page for each lesson.
Also, the teacher’s manuals were updated to teach that new content and some explanations were streamlined/clarified from the original lessons. But the first 6 workbook pages for each lesson are still the same as before the revision, as are the tests.
Why did we stick with old manuals? Because we already had them! I’m not investing hundreds of dollars more for new manuals. Important to note that only the younger level manuals up to Zeta were updated. Not the older levels (Pre Algebra on up).TristanParticipant
One more thing – if you decide to go with the old manuals/dvds you can buy used (what I’ve done) or they are in the clearance section on MUS’s store right now. You can also still get the workbook sets (called student kits) for the old version in the clearance section of their store right now too. These are all cheaper than the updated versions.sherazParticipant
From what I understand, the only thing that they did to change it was add an extra page of word problems and review in order to meet Core Curriculum standards (which most states have adopted, so it can become a requirement in some states that your curriculum meet the CCS). If you oppose the CCS, you are free to skip that extra page. There was a thread about this recently, I think.
ETA: Tristan and I were typing at the same time. Thanks for the explaination about the different teacher manuals. I have some of both! =}HollySParticipant
I’m trying to switch all of my DC over to MUS next year, so we need several levels (especially if I can manage to get my oldest up to speed)! I’m definitely buying used…it doesn’t look like a huge amount of changes were made and I’m not concerned about being up to date with CCS. 😉
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