Disclosure: I received this complimentary product through the Homeschool Review Crew.
My girl (9) has recently started learning some multiplication. My younger son (11) loves math but still struggles a bit in this area so I thought it would be fun to give them both the chance to build their skills using Accelerated Individualized Mastery (AIM) for Multiplication with a Bridge to Division, a product from Math-U-See designed for ages 10 and up. This uses a multisensory approach that includes: manipulating blocks, writing, and verbalizing the facts to build their understanding.
Included with this kit is:
● Integer Blocks
● Resource Guide
● Math Fact Strategy Posters
● Fact Check Cards
● Digital Pack – this includes lesson videos, instructions, solutions, and
This program follows a mastery-based approach. That means you go at your student’s pace- one 15-minute session per day. With my younger daughter we would repeat a lessons until she felt she got it. With my son, there were days that he would do two or three lessons; working quickly through the ones he had mastery of and taking his time working on those he struggled with more. There are ten multiplication lessons as well as two lessons designed specifically to bridge the gap between multiplication and division. This was very helpful for my son!
There are three modes of instruction used:
- Accelerated – Students have the opportunity to move quickly through a skill set they have not yet mastered.
- Individualized – Every student is different, their learning preferences are too. Using various approaches, this program creates an environment enabling the student to master the skills needed.
- Mastery – Here, mastery means a student is able to recall all math facts using as little mental energy as possible, engaged in the process of problem solving.
For my daughter I have to say this approach is very much helping her to build her confidence as she slowly masters multiplication in a relaxed way. In the past we have used this program for addition and subtraction (again with great success).
The build, write, say method used here directs the student to use the manipulatives to “build” the problem. They are then to write the problem (my daughter has a cute notebook for this very thing), then answers the problem aloud when it is repeated. This is the structure for new lessons. Simple right?
Once we have learned it, it is time to demonstrate it. After taking some time away, we come back to the problems to ensure that the information is still well known. In some situations I could see that my daughter had mastered the information, other times we would go back and review material as I would see her uncertainty.
Next comes transitioning these math facts to the visual memory. How do we do that? This is where we draw, write and say the facts from the lesson. Here we can have some fun with the math fact cards included with this set. And of course CELEBRATE those facts that are known as you go along (we have some yummy flavored cocoas that my girl loves to treat herself to).
You can have so much fun with the math fact cards. Shuffle them really well and then see how many you can get right, how quickly you can answer. I know my girl had fun quizzing me some days too. I guess I need to master my facts a bit more too.
This program has so many great resources additionally, both online and off, to help encourage your struggling students in a fun way. You can even generate your own worksheets! This was great for encouraging all of my kids – without even knowing they can gain mastery and understanding as they quiz their sister and play math games. Learning CAN be fun!
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