Hey, did you know there’s a Math-U-See blog now?
Those pictures of the kids hugging their MUS books and cheering? Totally believable. No joke, my kids feel the exact same enthusiasm for Math-U-See. I finally broke down and ordered Rose a new Gamma workbook last week. I had planned on having her use the empty pages in Jane’s old one…there are six pages per lesson, and Jane usually only does two. I KNOW I unpacked that book after we moved in, but I can’t find it anywhere. How much do you want to bet it turns up sometime this week?
Anyway, when the UPS guy rang our bell yesterday, Rose went running to greet him, on the off chance the delivery was for her. She didn’t know her book was on the way; she just has high hopes for every package that arrives.
"Rats," she said gloomily, carrying in the package. "It’s not for me. It’s for YOU." Her tone was accusing and despondent, full of subtext: YOU, dear mother, get too many packages. YOU get all the good stuff.
"I think you are mistaken," I singsonged, after a glance at the return address. Rose stared at me blankly for a moment, then lit up. Gasped. Clasped her hands.
"Is it my Gamma book????" she shrieked. You could hear the multiple question marks. Also half a dozen exclamation points. She fairly snatched the package out of my hands and began struggling with the tape. Shoved it back my way, asked me to help rip it open. Snatched again the moment the first box flap broke free.
"IT IS!!!!!!!!!!!! MY GAMMA!!!!!!!!!!" Exclamation points were zinging around the room. I narrowly escaped being bashed in the face by one. Another one landed right beside the baby and I am pretty sure she ate it. She has been interjecting little excited yelps ever since.
This passion for MUS is the reason math studies have never been an issue around here. It’s a method and presentation that Jane and Rose really click with. Beanie is hounding me to "do Alpha." I’ll be interested to see, four or five years from now, what Wonderboy thinks of it. Assuming I can remember where I’ve put the darn books.
Jenny in Ca says:
I love hearing your praise of Math U see. We are just finishing up the Abeka K book with my son and I am planning on ordering Math U see to work on this summer. I am struggling with the switch tho, because we have always used Abeka. But, I don’t think they understand many things as well as they could, or at all in some cases. they can do the problems, but they don’t get it. And, we don’t love math here. I would be so blessed if a child of mine enjoyed math. O.k. just gotta get the courage up to place the order. If it goes well, I am hoping to switch my older girls over too.
On May 8, 2007 at 11:31 am
We just finished Alpha with my six year old. We loved it. I did think at one point she developed block dependency, but we are working on that. I am getting ready to order Beta right now.
On May 8, 2007 at 1:14 pm
U (haha) are lucky to have a program that your children love. I’m not really surprised they do love it, I watched the demo tape recently and the guy who developed it was so charming and fun. Unfortunately, the whole concept only bewildered my child, so its not the right one for her. I wish we could find a math package that would be taken so joyfully.
On May 8, 2007 at 1:57 pm
Angela, Mother Crone says:
It is the same here with my son. Of course, he is 15 and too cool to show that much exhuberance for anything but a football game, but he actually enjoys math since switching to MUS. SO much that he asked if it was okay to finish up his algebra book even though his “year” is offically over!
On May 8, 2007 at 2:16 pm
Jennifer in OR says:
This was sooo funny! I think one of the exclamation points actually jumped off the screen and hit me, too. Must order MUS…
On May 9, 2007 at 12:19 am
Wendy in VA says:
Ooooh, thanks for the blog link! We are huge MUS fans here, too! (Notice the exclamation points? LOL)
On May 9, 2007 at 8:21 am
Glad you kids love getting there math books 🙂 Keep up the great blogging 🙂
On May 9, 2007 at 11:59 am
We love Math U See too!! The kids love the videos and I do too. Steve cracks me up.
On May 9, 2007 at 9:04 pm