I am considering buying Math U See for DD10 5th grade who is really struggling in math and HATES it. I shouldn't say really struggling, she is just barely on grade level, and knows enough to get through, but she doesn't know it the way I feel she should (she hasn't memorized her multiplication facts, division is super hard, she even has to still count for some addition such as 7+5, and she misses a number often resulting in 7+5=11..which also makes her think things like 6x7=41, because she is still adding for some multiplication). For some of this, she just needs to study them more and work on that memorization. But I'm not sure how much she can actually just memorize by going over it repeatedly, or I think she would at least have the 6+4=10 immediately, you know?
So I've heard great things about Math U See and I have found a bunch of them used (teacher's manual and DVD) online...so my question is, what do you HAVE to have for MUS? Do we need all of the manipulatives? Are there other things we can use at home as manipulatives? Is the student pack super helpful and awesome?
What's your experience or what have you heard about this program? We have VERY limited funds, so I would really hate to spend money on something that is not going to work for her, but I need to make sure we are doing what we can to help her learn this stuff!
Thanks everyone for all your help :)