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Multiplication can be hard for children to learn, but it is a skill that needs to be learned. When children struggle though, they may just pretend to know the skill to keep moving forward, I know mine do. Math-U-See has come up with Accelerated Individualized Mastery (AIM) for Multiplication with a Bridge to Division to help children who struggle with multiplication.
What Is It
AIM for Multiplication with a Bridge to Division is not a full math curriculum. Instead, it is a way for students 10 and older who are looking to increase their confidence in math and retention of multiplication facts.
AIM for Multiplication with a Bridge to Division uses the Math-U-See manipulatives and varied instructional methods. The lessons are student-centered with the instructor helping to guide.
Not only do we have the manipulatives that make Math-U-See different, but we also have an instructor resource guide, fact check cards, math facts strategy posters, and digital resources like videos and activity pages/worksheets.
How We Used It
Ray Ray is great at school. He has always been above his age in learning. However, multiplication has hit him. He struggles with this part of math. I don’t want him to struggle, so we added this into our school schedule.
The first thing started with was watching some of the videos and reading through the resource guide. This allowed me to get the idea of how we would be doing this. Since this is student-centered and focuses on mastery, I did not “plan” any lessons. Each day, we just do the next thing or focus on mastery when there is a struggle.
We used this every day with our regular school schedule. We made sure to not exceed 15 minutes of practice at one time. Some days we would watch the video introducing the new concepts or practice the new strategies that were presented. If the strategy was not mastered right away, we would spend more time on it. While there are worksheets to help practice with the digital pack, we also made some of our own, it was not hard to do.
What We Thought Of It
I really like the approach of AIM Multiplication with a Bridge to Division. Ray Ray is a visual, hands-on learner. Flashcards have never been a strong practice tool with him before, so learning his multiplication facts a different way has really helped him.
I love that there are many ways to practice each new strategy. It is nice to have the manipulatives, and they were gradually removed from practice, but I could tell he was still picturing them as we worked without them. Since he really enjoys building with similar blocks is a major thing for him. This really made it a fun way for him to practice math.
Ray Ray only had one complaint, the manipulatives didn’t stack as nicely as his blocks would. I had to remind him these were not for building with! But, honestly, if that was his only complaint about math, that is a huge compliment for Math-U-See!
We have not reached the bridge to division section yet, we have been working on the mastery and enjoying the fun games that are in the appendix. I did check this section out, and I really love the way that it is explained. This will really help Ray Ray when we get to this point and I really look forward to seeing more understanding of math in his future!
If your child is struggling with multiplication facts, loves visual and hands-on learning, I would recommend Accelerated Individualized Mastery Multiplication with a Bridge to Division from Math-U-See.
If you want to see what other families thought of this program, check that out right here.