**Math U See**is the math curriculum we have used for several years. Why? Because it works for us. The primary levels include manipulatives that are helpful in understanding the concepts of the lessons. My kids have enjoyed using the blocks, not only for doing their math lessons, but also building things : ^ )

As members of the SRC, we have been privileged to review Math U See's

**Calculus**level. We had previously worked through Trig with my daughter (17yo), followed by their Stewardship level but had not completed Calculus up to this point. We were excited to receive Calculus for review and are just as delighted with this product as we have been with MUS's other levels that we have used.

Math U See was founded by Steve Demme in 1995. Mr. Demme was a math teacher in the public and private sectors, but in 1989 was approached to teach math to a homeschool co-op. From there, he developed materials to sell, then videos and manipulatives, until MUS was incorporated. Since then, MUS has continued to grow and their curriculum can be found at many conferences and conventions. You can read more about the history of MUS here.

MUS has curriculum from the Primer level (beginning) through Calculus, including a Stewardship level, which is a Biblical approach to personal finances. There are no set ages or grades assigned with each level, but MUS does offer a placement test to help you determine where your child should start. There are several FAQ's that can answer questions you might have about which level to start with, as well.

MUS's Calculus level is a full year, complete course. As you can see the from the scope & sequence (below), it covers everything that would be expected from a great Calculus program.

**What's Different About Math U See**? MUS not only teaches the concepts of solving a problem, but why it's solved that way, and where/when to apply the specific concept. MUS encourages all students to

*master*each concept before moving on to the next. It is designed to ultimately have the student understand the concept enough that he/she can "teach it back".

"Math-U-See is structured with step-by-step procedures for introducing, practicing, mastering and reviewing concepts. This gives the parent clear understanding of when to move the student to the next lesson."(MUS)

Their Calculus program is no exception. As with all of the other levels, the full set consists of the instruction manual, DVD, student manual, and tests. The instruction manual contains "lesson-by-lesson instructions and detailed solutions" and the student manual contains the lesson-by-lesson worksheets. The DVD is comprised of videos for each lesson of Mr. Demme at a whiteboard teaching the lesson step by step. He breaks it down to the simplest form and builds the lesson in an understandable, manageable way. In the earlier levels of MUS, the videos are intended for the teacher, who then instructs the students. At the Calculus level, the student and teacher can watch together, or the student can be independent and watch alone. A sample of the video can be seen on MUS's calculus page.

The textbook has the same lessons that Mr. Demme teaches on the video, but without the personalization that he offers in the video : ^ ) Using the textbook along with the video allows the student to listen and watch as they are following along. Mr. Demme explains each step of the equation/process, which is wonderful for anyone who isn't sure how to get from step A to step B. The student lesson pages have questions applicable to the lessons and the answer guide in the instruction manual breaks down each problem and doesn't just give the answer. Another great aspect about MUS is that if you have any problem with any concept or question, "lesson support" is available by phone, chat, or email. Though we did not use this option, it is incredible to have that access to someone that can help.

The student text has 4 sets of lesson practice pages for each lesson with multiple questions per page. Each question has space to perform the problem on the page, instead of being cluttered with other problems. You can see a sample lesson on MUS's calculus page. It will download as a PDF file and includes the lesson from the instruction manual as well as the lesson practice pages from the student text.

**How To Purchase**: The Calculus curriculum can easily be purchased through Math U See. The Instruction Manual and DVD set is $92 & Student Text and Test Booklet are $32.

It is ideal for the student to have both sets to complete this comprehensive course. Calculus is a difficult subject, but Mr. Demme, through the video and the instruction manual, make it much easier to learn than I remember when I took it in school.

**What We Thought**: Since we have been using Math U See for several years, I did have a preconceived opinion of what their Calculus level would be. I can say: they did not disappoint : ^ )

I liked this level as much as I expected to. In the last couple of years, MUS has changed the presentation of the texts by moving from a soft cover instruction manual to a hard cover. I like this style much more. It is more durable than before. The student text and test booklet each have 3 hole punches so they can easily fit into a 3 ring binder. I like this, too. The pages of the student text are consumable, but if you choose to not have your student write on the pages, the questions can easily be transferred to a sheet of paper. I had my daughter do this, but with a few of the other levels we've had, I had them tear out the page (along the perforated edge) and put with a blank sheet of paper in a binder so that there was plenty of writing space. Since both of my kids are like me and like to doodle, I would rather have them doodle on a blank page instead of the actual question page.

One of things I liked the most about MUS's Calculus was that the first few lessons are review from the previous levels. This helped my daughter a lot since she completed Trig two years ago. We did have to work a little slower through it to make sure she understood each of the concepts. She is not a huge fan of upper level math, but does well once the concept is grasped. Usually with the products we are reviewing, we try to do a few of the lessons at various stages of the curriculum, with Calculus, or math in general, it's not really feasible. It is very important to understand each concept before moving on, or your student will be lost. Math U See doesn't dictate at what pace each student should move along in their programs. It is actually encouraged to stay in place until the student has mastered it, whether it's days or a couple of weeks. If additional practice questions are needed, the lesson tests could be used. Otherwise, they should be used as a tool to determine if the student understands well enough to move on. For the most part, we completed a lesson per week, with the exception of a couple of the review lessons that only took a couple of days to complete. Being able to set her own pace is extremely beneficial for my daughter, since math frustrates her when she thinks she's not "getting it". But once she's got it down, she wants to move on and not dwell on it.

Another aspect I like about MUS is that it doesn't have a lot of filler. The lesson questions do not drag on forever with hours of repetitive questions. If your student needs it, they can have it, but if they understand the lesson, they can move on to the next. That is important to us.

We really do like Math U See and I believe you will, too. Even if you haven't taken Calculus yourself or are not math friendly, I know that if your student is ready to take Calculus, MUS's program will work for him.