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

DISCLOSURE: I received this complimentary product through the Homeschool Review Crew.

I am a firm believer that children learn best by doing.  Multiple exposures, in multiple ways, make learning concepts more concrete.  This is one of the reasons I was so excited to be given the opportunity to review Accelerated Individualized Mastery (AIM) for Multiplication with a Bridge to Division from Math-U-See.



WHAT IS IT?

Accelerated Individualized Mastery (AIM) for Multiplication with a Bridge to Division is a hands-on, instructor led intervention program.  This means that it should not be used as a core instructional program. Rather it should be used to reinforce concepts that have been previously taught and a student is either struggling with or just needs a little extra practice with.

The program is student paced.  This means that students work through the program at their own pace.  How fast they finish is dependent on how quickly they pick up on concepts and how often they work on the lessons. 

WHO SHOULD USE IT?

Accelerated Individualized Mastery (AIM) for Multiplication with a Bridge to Division was designed to be used with students who are ten years old or older and meet the following criteria:

  • Previously completed multiplication facts coursework, but unable to master the content.
  • Struggle to work through more complex math concepts
  • Rely on methods such as skip counting to solve multiplication problems

HOW DOES IT WORK?

Accelerated Individualized Mastery (AIM) for Multiplication with a Bridge to Division is designed to meet student needs through three modes of instruction:

Accelerated (A)-“Students are given the opportunity to move quickly through a skill that they have not yet mastered, without extra distractions.”

Individualized (I)-“This program creates an environment for each student to master the skills they still need at their own pace.”

Mastery (M)-“Mastery means that a student can recall the math facts…to remain engaged in the process of problem solving.”

In order to accomplish the AIM goals, students will receive: explicit teaching of fact strategies, visual representation through the “Build, Write, Say” process, practice with both new and known facts, frequent and short sessions that allow for instruction and practice. 

What is included?

Accelerated Individualized Mastery (AIM) for Multiplication with a Bridge to Division is a combination of digital and physical components.

The Physical Components Include:

The RESOURCE GUIDE contains various components that will help the instructor.  The components include a Before-AIM Assessment, a Roadmap to the techniques and components of the lesson, Lesson plans, After-AIM Assessment, and Next Steps. 

Integer Blocks are plastic, color-coded manipulative that are used to allow the student to physically work with the skills they are learning.

Fact Check Cards are used in most AIM lessons to assess the mastery of facts.

Twelve Math Facts Strategy Posters that help to illustrate the strategies and properties.

The Digital Pack Includes all of the online or downloadable resources that are needed.  This includes lesson video and additional copies of the Fact Check Cards.  There are also resources such as a worksheet generator.

The cost of all of this is $45.00.

Our Experience

My twelve-year-old son was given the opportunity to use Accelerated Individualized Mastery (AIM) for Multiplication with a Bridge to Division.  It isn’t that he struggles with knowing the facts, but he struggles with the confidence to be sure that he knows the facts.  This causes him to second guess himself and slows him down when solving problems, because he must check a multiplication chart or skip count.  My hope through using this program is that we could boost his confidence, making math easier for him.

He loved it.  He loved that the material was presented in a variety of ways such as the videos and manipulative.  He loved that it was self-paced so he didn’t feel stressed or feel rushed during the lessons.  He understood that if it took him a little longer to understand something, it was okay.

 Accelerated Individualized Mastery (AIM) for Multiplication with a Bridge to Division was a positive addition to our homeschool resource library. 

If you would like to view a sample lesson, Math-U-See has provided one.  Use this link to view the sample and see what this program is all about.

Accelerated Individualized Mastery For Multiplication – Product Overview – Accelerated Individualized Mastery (AIM) (demmelearning.com)

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