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Math-U-See AIM {Review}

(Disclaimer: I received a FREE copy of this product through the HOMESCHOOL REVIEW CREW in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way.)

My son “The Batman” is developmentally disabled, and we have tried ever since he was little to help him learn just addition and subtraction, but he has just never been able to do it. I was very happy to receive Accelerated Individualized Mastery (AIM) for Addition and Subtraction  from Math-U-See for review, because I thought maybe it would help. And oh my word, it is slowly but surely helping!



Accelerated Individual Mastery is a program with both physical products and a digital toolbox. Here is what we received:

This is the book, the integer blocks and the special colored pencils.


Here you see the 13 Fact Check Strategy posters.


And finally, the Fact Check Cards which are printed on perforated Cardstock.


I wasn’t paying attention and didn’t realize the fact check cards were in with the Fact Check Strategy posters, and printed them out on paper! But the ones in the box are so sturdy that we will be using them.

Because “The Batman” has always had such a problem with even the simplest of math, I am so happy that this is working, even though we have to go very slowly for him. Where others might be able to get through this program in one multi-part lesson per week, we have to go MUCH slower. Because this is an individual mastery program, the pace will look different for everyone.

“The Batman” really is enjoying this program, and not becoming frustrated! He is even asking every day if we can do some more of it. I think this is partly because of the hands on manipulatives, but also because he isn’t feeling as though he has to push through faster to “keep up.”

Before beginning, I went through the Before-AIM Assessment with “The batman.”


You can download the assesment here before deciding to purchase this program. It will quickly help you to see where your child is with addition and Subtraction facts. Here is where “The Batman” was at the end of the assessment:

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At the end of this program, we’ll go through a post AIM assessment to see how much he’s gained.

Here is his first worksheet, which we downloaded from the worksheet generator in the Digital Toolbox, which you will have a one year access with your purchase of this program.


After the lesson, I read the math facts to him and mark off those that  he now knows.


Yiu can see that at this point, he’s all over the board.

After each lesson, I’ll do this again, until the whole sheet is marked. Then, we will move on to subtraction.

In the Digital Toolbox you’ll also find review activities and games to aid in memorizing the math facts. “The Batman” likes everything in the toolbox!

AIM  was created  many different students in mind, such as:

  • Those who have done other addition and subtraction fact methods without mastery (even adults!)
  • still need to tally marks or count on their fingers
  • struggle as they face harder math concepts
  • Have not mastered many math facts at all, like “The Batman”

This program focuses on:

  • Specifically single-digit addition and subtraction fact mastery
  • Uses language and activities that are updated for more mature students
  • does not use distractions and additional topics beyond the fundamental facts

Each lesson has a short video to help you teach the concept. That is where I went to learn how to use the integer blocks most effectively. Below the video, there were links telling me what I needed to print out, what physical materials to remove from the box, and what games there are to cement the concept taught. there are also sometimes activity pages like this coloring page:


One activity that “The Batman” can do is a matching game. Here, he is using a printed out chart of the integer blocks to color the game cards. The numbers are the same color as the matching integer block cards. He is coloring them with the Math-U-see pancils, which match the color of each integer block.


Now, when he wants to play, either his brother or I will do it with him.

“The Batman” really likes this program, as I said above. He feels so much more confident than with any other method we have tried.

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Accelerated Individualized Mastery (AIM) for Addition and Subtraction {Math-U-See Reviews}

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Matific Galaxy {Our Review}

Matific Galaxy is an online math resource that provides fun activities for learning or practicing math skills such as counting, ordering, addition, and subtraction. We were given this online program for the purpose of this review, and “The Puzzler” has been enthusiastically using it ever since. I can honestly state that he really, really likes it!

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“The Puzzler” has learning disabilities, particularly when it comes to math. While he can count his 0ne dollar bills and pennies, he cannot count money beyond that, so after looking at the skills per grade,

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I went with K, because as I said, math is where he struggles the most, not matter how hard we’ve worked with him. If the time comes that he’s getting beyond this level, it is a very easy option to change where I have him set.

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You really CAN easily see their progress from the parent zone of this site! Here is one of the progress reports I have been able to see . . .

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As you can see, *I* need some more practice though, in doing screen shots! But this is just one of the screens in a long page of results.

One of the things we like is that the lessons are very short, which works well with the short attention spans I deal with around here. At the same time, even though I told him to use this at least 15 minutes 3 times per week, “The Puzzler” regularly went longer, AND asked me to log into my laptop so that he could play Matific Galaxy at additional

As he goes along, “The Puzzler” can check his own achievements, without waiting for me.

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“The Puzzler,” working in different lessons.

Here he is in an activity he didn’t care for, he said it was hard to draw the numbers with the mouse. The number he drew is at the very left, almost out of view, and he’s about to do one in the upcoming blank square.

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One of the reasons I think that this program is one that he is frequently wanting to use is that it has the feel of a video game, wherein he must complete each section befor he can as my boys put it, “Level up!” This means, until he is ready to move on, he cannot level up, so he is learning all the time. We limit the boys to one hour each per day on video games, so I’m thinking this was to him, a legitimate way of getting around the time limit! Because “it’s SCHOOL, Mom!” Well, I’m totally OK with that!

I really am happy that we were chosen to review Matific Galaxy! I think you should go and check it out!

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