For this review, we received 1 Math-U-See Gamma Universal Set which includes Math-U-See Gamma Digital Pack, and the complete Math-U-See Gamma physical set that includes tests, student book, teacher's instruction manual with solutions, DVDs, and manipulatives.
The digital set, which is a 12 month access period only, includes all of the videos online for you to stream, as well as PDF versions of the teacher's instruction manual, digital manipulatives, and solutions keys. There are also a variety of resources available such as log sheets, worksheet generator, graph paper to print, skip counting song, etc.
How did we use this?
I love that I can pull up the instruction manual in a pinch! It is so handy to use!
The answers to the practice work and tests are also included online. This is really great because he can do his work, give it to me, and I can grade it while he's working on other things. I can just pull it up, check it off, and go back to other work I'm doing.
The digital manipulatives are GREAT! We have had a LOT of fun with these!
Ok, so I admit it. We didn't JUST use it for math!
Mr. B really liked using these not only for the lessons, but for fun. These go to a higher number than you can go with the physical set of manipulatives. In our case, I found Mr. B got a little too distracted playing and drawing, so for the most part I had him work with the physical set of blocks. I think it also helped him to be able to physical grasp the blocks.
It was very nice to be able to refer to the instruction manual online. If you have the physical copy, you could refer to one while your child refers to the other. It was handy to be able to just click a hyperlink and have the PDF pop up exactly where it was needed. The same can be said for the digital solutions. I can just click the set I need and *POOF* there it is. No need to go grab another book or risk sneaky eyes seeing the answers.
Does Demme Learning Math-U-See Digital Packs Pass My 4 Ingredient Test?
1.) Customization: Is it easily adaptable? Can we customize it to fit “us?” Can we modify or set our own schedule? Can we take breaks, jump ahead, or flat out skip?
You can easily set your own schedule. The digital is a 1 year membership, so there is a time limit of sorts. Once I knew Mr. B had sufficiently mastered a lesson, we moved on. I did not have him complete each and every worksheet just because it is included. You could skip, but since this is math, and each lesson builds on the one before it, I don't suggest doing so unless your child has mastered the previous sections already.
There is no specific grade mentioned, just levels. The website features placement exams that will help you to determine the proper level placement. The digital packs are only for the specified level, as are the physical sets. There are no hidden fees that I have found. The digital pack is only able to be accessed for a period of 12 months.
3.) Attention span: Is it boring? Is it engaging? Is it varied enough for ADHD? Does it last too long?
You can shorten the lessons if you need to. We found the daily work to go by smoothly and quickly because I spaced out each lesson. So we would do page 1A on Monday, 1B on Tuesday, 1C on Wednesday,...and so on. Once he had that mastered, we moved on to lesson 2. Then it was 2A, 2B, etc. We never experienced any issues with Mr. B getting too bored, or anything like that. He loves the blocks and all of the colors. The digital manipulatives are great, and we used them to play games together, also.
4.) Does it tie into other things we already have.
It is not unit study based. It's math. Simple as that.
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