A Message from Math-U-See
We at Math-U-See are excited to release our updated Primer – Zeta books to the United States. As a company we are continually looking for ways to better meet the needs of our customers and to ensure that we have the best math curriculum possible for parents, instructors and students.
As part of this update we have extended the activities, now called “Application & Enrichment” pages, to the entire Greek Letter series — the Primer through Zeta levels. Some of these new pages take concepts presented in a lesson and apply them in real-world settings. Some reinforce concepts through fun and engaging activities. Others introduce topics not previously covered.
We added more teaching tips and more examples to give parents and instructors additional tools to help their students learn. We clarified definitions of terms, made explicit primary concepts that had previously only been implied, and added secondary concepts which had previously been absent.
Overall, this update of Primer – Zeta is intended to draw students into deeper conceptual thinking and into wider applications of fundamental mathematical concepts.
Through the process of updating Primer – Zeta, these books now align with the Common Core State Standards for Mathematical Content for K-6. Our books retain their distinctive sequence of whole numbers, addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, fractions and decimals. The goal of the Common Core State Standards for elementary mathematics is to “provide students with a solid foundation in whole numbers, addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, fractions and decimals,” and, “The standards stress not only procedural skill but also conceptual understanding…”1
We welcome the emphasis on conceptual understanding in the Common Core State Standards because for over two decades, Math-U-See has stressed the importance of conceptual understanding in mathematics education. Our curriculum focuses not only on mastery of procedural skills but also on understanding the concepts and principles which explain and support skill mastery.
Our alignment with the Content Standards does not change Math-U-See’s distinctive sequence or philosophy.
We at Math-U-See know that textbooks don’t teach math; parents and teachers do. We believe that the Math-U-See curriculum, used with our manipulatives, video lessons, and textbooks, provides the best tools to help children learn and understand math — doing our part to Build Lifelong Learners.
President and CEO