Thursday, November 17, 2011

Math Mammoth ~ TOS Review

I have a serious aversion to math. I was just never good at it as a child and even worse I think sometimes as an adult. Homeschooling my children has taught me far more math than I ever thought possible. I understand things that would stump me BHS (Before HomeSchooling).
I have 2 boys, 9 and 16, the 16 y/o is pretty good and math or seemed to be while he was in public school but really doesn’t care for it while my 9 year old son is a math fiend and wants to do math all the time. My daughter is 2 1/2 and undecided as of yet.
Reviewing mathy things is always a lot of fun here since I enjoy the excitement my kids have for learning this subject, so I was thrilled to receive Math Mammoth.
I chose to review the Light Blue Series for 4th grade since that is where my DS9 is at. There are many choices to look at with Math Mammoth, work texts by subject or grade level and worksheets collections by topic or grade level.

The Light Blue Series is a complete years worth of work organized by grade level. Each worktext consists of volume A & B, tests, reviews, answer keys, and some manipulatives. Almost too much to name really. While Math Mammoth is for grades 1-12 the Light Blues Series is for grades 1-6.
Highlights of the Light Blue Series books:
  • focuses on understanding of mathematical concepts
  • uses clear explanations and lots of visual aids
  • mastery oriented: concentrates fairly long on a topic, with fairly few topics per grade
  • emphasizes mental math and developing number sense
  • very little teacher preparation needed
C-man’s Thoughts:
  • Mom can I do all of it right now?
  • Do I have to stop and go to bed?
  • Can we do this for school?
  • I love it…but it needs more pictures
  • I like how it shows a lot of different ways to get the answer so I can do it faster!
    Math Mammoth grade 4-2MathMammothgrade4-1And, No I can not keep a shirt on this child!

Mom’s Thoughts: I found these very easy to teach and it was almost independent work for him since each new lesson has a section that quickly teaches the concept. I did think there were more problems on each page than what he is used to so we did have a few frustrating moments when he would make a silly mistake in computation. The really lovely thing about this is I can give him a shorter lesson by only working part of the lesson a day since some lessons are meant to be multiple sessions. These are fully reproducible downloads which make them such a great buy since you can just printout what you need, which may further reduce the “too many problems to look at” issue my child has. I love that there is the option to buy a printed version also from Rainbow Resource and

Prices & ordering

Downloads: (sold at Kagi)
Full set grade 4: $34.00 (part A and B worktexts, answer keys, tests, cumulative reviews, a worksheet maker, and Soft-Pak) Full set for 4-A: $17.50 (part A worktext, part A answer key, tests, cumulative reviews, a worksheet maker, and Soft-Pak) Full set for 4-B: $17.50 (part B worktext, part B answer key, tests, cumulative reviews, a worksheet maker, and Soft-Pak) Supportive materials: $8.95 (Answer keys, tests, cumulative reviews, worksheet maker, and Soft-Pak. NO worktexts. Not needed when you purchase the full set.)
Order downloads at Kagi store

CD: (sold at Kagi)
Full set grade 2: $39.00 (part A and B worktexts, answer keys, tests, cumulative reviews, a worksheet maker, and Soft-Pak)
Order CD at Kagi store

Printed copies:
You can purchase printed copies at Lulu or Rainbow Resource.
At Lulu: Part A worktext $14.95 Part B worktext $14.95 Answer Keys $14.95
Tests & Cumulative Reviews $12.95 (+ shipping)
At Rainbow Resource Center:
Math Mammoth grade 4 books at Rainbow Resource
Follow this link to samples of Math Mammoth Grade 4 complete curriculum: The Light Blue Series Gr. 4

Here is a video from Math Mammoth’s Youtube channel, where author Maria Miller has uploaded tons of great videos to help with teaching math.
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Disclaimer: I was provided with a free download of the above product in exchange for my honest opinion. My review is based on our family’s experience and may or may not reflect your own. No other compensation was received.

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