Accelerated Individualized Mastery (AIM) for Multiplication with a Bridge to Division from Math-U-See Review

I received this complimentary product through the Homeschool Review Crew.


Does your child really struggle with multiplication tables? Mary has struggled ever since we started trying to teach her when she was in the 3rd grade. No matter what we have tried or what programs we have used, she really does have a hard time remembering them. But it's not just multiplication tables. She needs a calculator to do a lot of basic math like me. We weren't really sure what the problem was as the years went by and she still struggled but after we found out she has Asperger's like me, it became a lot more clear. Mary is also a very visual learner so trying to teach her math from a book is pretty much useless. So that's why we started using Accelerated Individualized Mastery (AIM) for Multiplication with a Bridge to Division from Math-U-See. 

Math-U-See is a great program because it really is a visual way to learn math with flashcards and bricks. This is an instructor guided program that is designed for ages 10+ who are struggling with their multiplication facts. What is neat about Math-U-See is that they use a 3 step way to teach kids math: 

The Accelerated step helps students move quickly through a skill they haven't mastered yet.

The Individualized step recognizes that all students learn differently and helps kids learn at their own pace.

The Mastery step is when the student can remember their math facts with little difficulty.

Not being able to remember your times tables from a young age will definitely put you behind as math progresses. For some problems in later math, you can use a calculator, but for others, you just need to know it from memory. When you can't memorize times tables at a young age, it will put your further behind and then it becomes a gradual slope. Personally I did well in math in school up until around 5th grade. During that time, something just stopped clicking and even though I was confused, the class still moved on. From then on, I was never able to catch up, even with extra tutoring because I couldn't understand the basics everything else would be founded on.

So what did we think of Accelerated Individualized Mastery (AIM) for Multiplication with a Bridge to Division? Since Mary is so visual and she loves color coded things, it was a perfect fit. You don't really use it for more than 15 minutes each day since you integrate it with your normal math. But after you start using the manipulatives, you will see a difference. I highly suggest checking them out if you have a child that is struggling with multiplication facts. Watching the videos and doing the worksheets from the digital kit really does help you understand how to use everything too. Eventually you won't need the blocks at all and will be able to remember everything you have practiced.

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