review – math mammoth

Math Mammoth has been one of my favorite products to review! I chose the First Grade Complete Curriculum (Light Blue Series) for my son (7). We started the year out with Saxon Math. I used it successfully with his older sisters, but he was bored out of his mind. Math is extremely easy for him and Saxon’s spiral method wasn’t challenging him.

I was clearing out my computer files when I came across Division I (Blue Series) – I received a free download a couple of years ago, so I decided to use it for this review too.

Here are the workbooks available:

Blue Series – Worktexts by Topics

  • Worktexts with both explanations and problems.
  • Each book is on a particular topic, such as clock, multiplication, or geometry.
  • Cover topics in grades 1-6.

Light Blue Series – Full Curriculum

  • Covers grades 1-5.
  • Mastery-oriented.
  • Emphasizes conceptual development in a logical sequence.
  • Practically self-teaching – only a little teacher involvement needed

Golden Series – Worksheets by Grade

  • For grades 3-8, organized by grade.
  • Contain problems only

Green Series – Worksheets by Topics

  • For grades 3-7, organized by topic.
  • Contain problems only

Making It Real Learning

  • activities contain challenging parts and therefore allow students to practice real problem solving – not just apply knowledge from textbook examples to other almost identical problems

States by the Numbers

  • the problems in each workbook are based on data from the Census Bureau’s 2008 Statistical Abstract of the United States50 workbooks in the series — one for each state
  • each workbook includes basic instruction and 80 practice problems. The problems can be used on grades 3-7; probably the best fit is for grades 4-6.

How we use Math Mammoth:

My 7 yr. old does 2-3 pages of First Grade Light Blue a day. He is able to pretty much work on his own. (I stay close by to help him along.) The problems are designed to help all types of learners – counting objects under each problem, drawing objects, using mental math. I don’t make him draw everything unless he needs it to figure out the problem. He loves this because he can fly right through without having to do busywork.

Around the beginning of the year, Hubby & I decided to make a major shift in math for our older girls (11 & 12) and my niece (11-she schools with us). We decided to transition to living math. My girls were doing a good job in math. They could answer the problems quickly and correctly. What they couldn’t do was explain why they got the answer, and their textbook learning wasn’t carrying over into daily life. Our first step was to go back & really nail down the basics, and that is where Division I came in handy. The girls love working through the same topic everyday. It is finally starting to click! My niece, who struggles with math, told me that it really makes sense to her when she is not skipping around.

You can view samples by clicking on each workbook. You can can also receive 300+ free worksheets by signing up HERE.

The Nitty Gritty:

  • Blue Series  $2 – $7 each
  • Light Blue Series  $15.50 – $29.70
  • Golden Series  $7.25 – $13.50
  • Green Series  $4.25 – $9.00
  • Package Deals Available

Value: You can’t get much cheaper than this! They are e-books, so they can be used for several students.

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I received a free download for the purpose of writing an honest review. No other compensation was given.

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