Thursday, November 17, 2011

Math Mammoth

Math Mammoth
Price: varies between the different options

We got the privilege of Trying Math Mammoth's Light Blue 1st grade book. Navigating through which one to choose was a little confusing to me, but Maria Miller, the author of the books, was EXTREMELY helpful in helping me select which book I thought would be best for DD.

"Math Mammoth offers affordable, yet quality math worktexts and workbooks for grades 1-8, available as both downloads and printed books. These books concentrate on conceptual understanding and are strong in mental math. The directions in the worktexts are written directly to the student, and are often self-teaching, thus requiring little preparation and involvement from the teacher."

We received Math Mammoth 1 A & B, which includes 228 lessons (8 of which are a Kindergarten review)and covers:
addition and subtraction concept and basic facts within 0-10
place value with 2-digit numbers (a.k.a. tens and ones)
some adding and subtracting within 0-100
some geometry and measuring topics
reading clock to the half-hour
counting and using coins (US, Euro, or Canadian)

The Download for the complete set is $34. You can find the printed copy information here . I was a little concerned about having to print the pages off, but it actually became a blessing...if we could not find the page we needed to work on, I could print another off...

Suggested Manipulatives are kept to a minimum for this curriculum, which I appreciate.
A 100-bead abacus (for 1-B; especially in the place value chapter)
An old-fashioned alarm clock or other analog clock where you can turn the minute hand and the hour hand will turn as it is supposed to (for 1-B).
A ruler that measures in inches (for 1-B).
A ruler that measures in centimeters (for 1-B).

So very thankful that there are NO small pieces to lose or step on in the pre-coffee part of the morning.

So, what we thought...

Math Mammoth is almost completely self teaching...DD was able to have a little instruction and then complete the work. It was a little heavy in writing for my young and active boy. I think that just shows his age and is not what I would consider a flaw. I did some of the writing where I thought it was not essential for him to do the writing. Concepts start VERY EASY with lots of pictures and work up to more complex problems within each type of work, addition, subtraction, etc. I really liked that each chapter/subject has a BRIEF introduction and then an index for each concept. I found this helpful when organizing my lesson planning. as well as the pacing suggestions for each grade...helped me see what "normal" might look like if I chose to follow that plan...actually, we stuck pretty close to the suggestions!

When we got our download, it came with a User Guide which had some great helps in it...such as the pacing and FAQs.

If you are considering this curriculum, I would HIGHLY recommend getting the free download of 300 pages...I think that would give a pretty comprehensive overview, and again, Maria is VERY helpful herself!

You can find placement tests here

You can view a sample of the 1st grade books as well...

I think it is a very economical option for math that is well worth looking into.

See what my fellow crew mates had to say about Math Mammoth here

Disclaimer: I received this item for the purpose of writing a fair and honest review. I received no other compensation. All the opinions expressed are my own.

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