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I decided to introduce multiplication facts to my 2nd grader earlier this year, and he has been able to handle the concept pretty well. He has mastered the lower numbers, and so I felt that this program would be a great way to help him sharpen his skills and learn the higher-level facts.

We enjoyed trying Math-U-See's AIM Program for Multiplication. The Accelerated Individualized Mastery (AIM) program uses the Math-U-See multi-sensory strategy. This worked great for my son! When doing the practice lessons your kids use manipulative blocks, write things out, and say the facts out loud.

I have already taught the commutative and associative properties of addition. Once multiplication was introduced, my son learned that these properties also apply to multiplication. However, for him to not just see multiplication as a set of rules, I wanted to utilize Math-U-See to assist in his calculations and mastery of understanding.

The first step was an assessment of what facts my son already knew. The assessment has several multiplication facts and you quickly quiz your student, and they give a verbal answer. I was pleased with my son’s score but, I could see room for improvement. This assessment has helped me be able to see my child's progress as he moved along through the lessons.

We familiarized ourselves with the numbers that were for each color-coded manipulative block. This helped him to begin memorizing, facts with a little more speed.

After purchasing this set, your access code will give you the ability to watch instructional videos online. The videos lay out specifically how to present each practice lesson to your child. The resource guide included in this kit also has lesson plans and details on how to use manipulatives. There are additional free online drills and worksheets that can be found on the Math-U-See website, to practice facts.

Overall, this program is great for helping with mastery and a bridge for younger students' into division. If you are still on the fence about whether or not to try out this program, read some of the other Homeschool Crew’s reviews and how they have used with various age groups. Just click the link in the banner below!

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Prepared for More

Have you ever been soo overwhelmed, yet grateful for a new task God is calling you to? Just when it seems you have found your rhythm; you see God sending clear confirmation that it is time to do something new. He is calling you to take a step out of your comfort zone and walk by faith.

These situations are a reminder of how much God loves us and desperately wants us to participate in building His kingdom. He wants to use you and me to bring His kingdom glory. Often God will prepare you undercover, but only when He is ready, will He begin to reveal His purpose.

Despite our shortcomings and inadequacies, God will use us. He will revolutionize our lives and mindsets when we look to Him to empower us for whatever lies ahead. God longs to shine bright through our lives to impact the world around us. And whatever problems we face that we deem as hindrances, they are minuscule to His divine plan for us.

Made for This It can still be a struggle to say yes to God’s will. However, you and I have been saved to perform all the works of Christ. No matter how inconvenient God’s plans may feel, He knows the time that is best. Ephesians 2:10 says, “For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.”

You Have a Responsibility We must choose to honor Christ when we feel like and when we do not. We have been bought with a price! Jesus gave His all on calvary and what He requires of us is to yield every aspect of our lives to Him. Matthew 28:19-20 says, “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen! God is calling all of us to “go.” Trust that as you step forward, He will always walk with you.

You Are Being Renewed I get it. You truly do not feel that you have the bandwidth in your life for another thing. But there is nothing that God calls you to, that He has not already prepared you for. “Therefore, we do not lose heart. Even though our outward man is perishing, yet the inward man is being renewed day by day.” (2 Corinthians 4:16) Even when we don’t realize it, every day with Jesus is making us stronger. We have all that we need, and even more!

I received this complimentary product through the Homeschool Review Crew

My son excitedly told me that he is becoming a “master” of the scientific calculator. And that is because, Triad Math, Inc. makes using the scientific calculator easy. Their program, Mastering the TI-30Xa Scientific Calculator: Augmented Intelligence for all 21st Century Students is an online course including video lessons. The course is accompanied by a worktext that supplements the students learning online.

The first fifteen lessons cover pre-algebra and algebra calculator tools. The printed book lessons are also included as a download within the online course, so my son and I ended up using the worktext very little. The tutorial videos allowed him to understand the material much easier, as he is a visual and kinesthetic learner. The quizzes are short and concise, but help ensure that the learner retains the information as they complete each lesson. A full record of the student's progress can be found in the Learning Management System. Included in the platforms is a forum for students to ask questions. We have not needed to utilize it, as of yet.


My son enjoyed using the calculator because he knows it is a useful tool that will help him with high school and college-level math. He knows his ultimate goal is higher education at a University and anything that will help him achieve success, is a win! He also noticed that with the skills he is learning in this course, he will eventually be able to eliminate some of his usage of scrap paper for some of his math problems.


The online and print layout could have been more colorful and engaging. The text in the book is black and white. The videos do not include any music or animation that would make it more fun for students.

My son is currently in the 6th grade and an aspiring engineer. The program has an entire section on STEM, which will definitely be useful as he gets closer to high school-level math. These STEM lessons cover polar rectangular coordinates, units of conversion, density, weight, volume, scientific prefixes, and the technician's triangle.

Higher-level math students can learn how to use the scientific calculator for Trigonometry. Five lessons cover a practical math foundation for measures of an angle. They will learn how to use keys on the calculator to compute the “sine”, cosine, tangent” of an angle. Included in this section is how to find the degree in one revolution or circle, using the DMS system of the calculator.

At the end of the textbook is information for a monthly membership where students ages 10 and up can get additional math teaching online with “Dr. Dell,” the founder, of Triad Math Inc. The name of the program is “Succeed with Math” and the cost is $29/a month. In this program, you will learn all STEM math, basic algebra, geometry, trigonometry, precalculus, calculus, and differential equations. Upon joining the program, you will receive Dr. Del’s book “How and Why Homeschool Math can be vastly Superior to Public School Math.”

This is only one of 22 reviews that are available for the Mastering the TI-30Xa Scientific Calculator: Augmented Intelligence for all 21st Century Students course by Triad Math, Inc. Be sure to visit the Homeschool Review Crew page to read more reviews by clicking on the banner below.

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