The link to this special online feature can be a little tricky to find. It is located on the right sidebar but looks like a title rather than a link. Once you click on it you get a page similar to what you see above. That page allows you to work with digital manipulatives on a grid or white page. You can even write or draw on the page! It also includes special features for fractions, decimals, and exponents. I had fun getting in and trying out all the features. Apple has not needed the manipulatives in the lessons she has been working on in Algebra 1.
It takes a few steps to access the Digital Pack. You must login on the Math-U-See website and then click through "My Digital Packs" link. Then you access a drop down menu to select the level you need. After that you select the lesson you are working on through another drop down menu. Then your student can watch their video lesson. There are also links along the right sidebar for a lesson summary, lesson solutions (that seems very tempting to have those right there!), and test solutions.
We have used Math-U-See for about 6 years. It is our base math program. Both kids have excelled using it, and they both enjoy it (most days)! I think the Digital Packs are a step in a good direction. An online program would be easier to update than a paper one. I typically still enjoy the good old pen and paper approach to most subjects but this has been a great review item for us. I do wish there was a dedicated link to take the student straight to the login page. That would make it easier. All in all, I think this is a great product that would work well for many families.
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