Math can be a tricky subject for students with learning disabilities. We recently had the opportunity to review the Accelerated Individualized Mastery (AIM) for Addition and Subtraction program from Math-U-See. What a great way to give that extra practice that students need to have a firm foundation for their math skills.
Included in the AIM program kit that you receive are Math-U-See integer blocks, Math-U-See colored pencils, the Accelerated Individualized Mastery Resource Guide (teachers guide), 12-month Digital content code, fact check flashcards, and math facts strategy posters.
Unlike the traditional Math-U-See, there is not a DVD. The 12 month digital code gives your student online access to their class. They can watch each lesson, and re-watch whatever they are struggling with. I did have PDFs that I printed. These were located in the online area of her login. They were easy to download and print out for the week. This made my planning easy. I simply just stapled her packet together for that week and marked them for her to find easily.
Even though you do have the lesson taught online, there is a thorough explanation for each lesson in the Resource Guide. This allows parents to not only plan what the student will be covering, but also gives them the ability to answer questions.
There are twenty-two lessons in the AIM program. The length of the lesson really depends on the student. Each lesson tackles a new number that needs to be learned. The next lesson continues to reinforce concepts from the previous lesson. Thus just continuing the building of confidence in each student.
The AIM program is very visual (like most Math-U-See levels). Flashcards are made of a thicker card stock and can be used repeatedly. They display the problems that the student is working on in each lesson. They really help students to visualize the how and why of a problem and the solution.
The problems are easy to understand and not overwhelming for students that may already be struggling with learning disabilities.
Caty has struggled with math her whole life. The AIM program has helped her really grasp some of those hard to remember addition/subtraction facts where she has been struggling. During our review period, we took a step back from her regular math and concentrated on concreting these facts into her memory. She worked hard and managed to now move up to reviewing her multiplication/division facts.
The AIM program really helped her gain confidence and move up to the next level. Each day her lessons only lasted roughly 15-20 minutes, so not an overwhelming time. Very manageable for someone with ADD and other learning disabilities.
The Accelerated Individualized Mastery (AIM) for Addition and Subtraction program can be used with students from ages 8-16, and with any learning style.
Click on the link below to see how other members of the Homeschool Review Crew used the Accelerated Individualized Mastery (AIM) for Addition and Subtraction program from Math-U-See. See how they used this in their home and the benefits they have seen.