Topic | Talk to me about MUS for elementary

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  • ErinD
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    I have an 11yo who may benefit from a more mastery approach to math. I’m looking at MUS Epsilon because he needs to work on fractions. The entire level is focused solely on fractions, judging by the table of contents. Is there review of other topics, like long division or multiplication? Or is it really an entire year of only fractions? I’m not sure I want to focus on fractions to the exclusion of all else for that long. Thanks.

    sarah2106
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    Yes, it does review past concepts in the books. We have use MUS all along with great success. My oldest is finishing pre algebra right now.

    I did not think I would like the scope and sequence but once we committed to it, it has been a great fit. I like that there is focus and review but not jumping around. It has been a great fit for two of mine that are not strong in math as well as one that is stronger in math. All going at their own pace.

    Melanie32
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    Hi Erin! I used MUS with both of my kids through pre algebra and through algebra and geometry with my daughter. I love MUS through pre algebra and I also love their geometry course. Their algebra courses didn’t work so well for us. We needed more hand holding and  switched to TT as you know.

    If I had more children to homeschool, I would use MUS through pre algebra and then switch to TT for upper level math. I might go back to MUS for geometry as well.

    Their are several worksheets for each lesson; half are practice and half are review.

    ErinD
    Participant

    Thank you! I am seriously considering this. It’s like this kid needs mastery plus a lot of review, and I think MUS does this well. TT has worked very well for him up to now, but now that the concepts are getting a bit harder, I think he needs more practice on the new things before doing all the review, and often there isn’t enough.

    But it’s good to know that Epsilon has more than just fractions in it. 🙂

    ErinD
    Participant

    Ok, I actually have a few more questions about this.

    Are the videos at this level for the child to watch or the parent?

    Is it possible to do this curriculum without the blocks? I confess, I find some of the block building stuff to be very confusing, and I would rather do without them, or use something like Lego pieces instead. It’s just too expensive to buy the whole set of everything.

    sarah2106
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    I watch the video with my student. He presents it better than I ever could but I need to watch the video so I can be consistent and through in my weird tricks I learned a long time ago.

    The blocks are hit and miss. Some kids really need them to help them understand other kids do not. We used them more in Alpha through Gamma but did pull out the fraction overlays a few times. I picked them up used for about 1/2 the price

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