Deuteronomy 6:6-7

And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. ~ Deuteronomy 6:6-7

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Math Mammoth - A Review

Math has been a subject that has presented some challenges for my kids. We've tried and reviewed various programs with some success and some frustration. Our current choice has actually been working quite well, but I always welcome additional resources that will provide tutoring, and general practice. This month, I was absolutely thrilled to have another chance to review some material from
Math Mammoth . The girls have been working on retaining their multiplication facts, and my younger one in particular still benefits from review of addition and subtraction, so we've been using a couple of the books that focus on those topics from the Blue Series .

 This series is available as a printed book or downloadable pdf. We received the download. With this version, you have the option of typing the answers right on the screen in the pdf. For my daughters, it worked better to print out the sheets as we used them.
The great thing about these books is that you can use them to supplement whatever curriculum you are presently using. That's how we're using them, and they've worked well alongside our regular lessons.

This is not the first time that we've worked with Math Mammoth, and what I just love about it is the fact that it teaches more than simply the drills. It breaks down the concept so the student learns the "why's of  the topic rather than problems only. There is a good emphasis on "mental math", which is one of the things I want my kids to get a strong grasp of in the subject.

You've likely heard talk of learning styles, and I know that when I was a young math student, there was one way that was taught, and that was it. Depending on what was being taught, sometimes I got it and sometimes I didn't. As a result, I struggled to keep up at times. Now that I'm teaching my girls, I've tried to teach in a variety of learning styles as I watch to see what works best for them. Math Mammoth is great for that purpose. They teach the concepts in various ways that help the student to understand the way it works.

They use number lines, drawing pictures, arrays, skip counting, order of operations, multiplication tables, word problems, and more.
Now when it comes to learning new concepts, my girls can get frustrated pretty quickly. I want them to be challenged, but not so overwhelmed that they hate the subject.
We've been using these most days as a supplement, and because they are a supplement, they provide enough variety and challenge that they complement our regular program well without causing undue frustration and tears. There are some ways that are not favorites, the number lines for example. But the worksheets offer a different approach in bite sized pieces, so that they learn a different approach in a palatable way.

You can download a ton of FREE sample pages by visiting their website.

As for the teacher (that's you!), I like how the pdf provides a background for how and why the math concepts are presented the way that they are. I wish that I had been taught this way! It would have saved me a lot of crying!
There are also a LOT of listed resources for the web that tell where to find different games, tables, number lines, and more.

There are other "colors" in the series that expand on what is featured in the blue series so that if you prefer, you can use this as a full math curriculum. We've liked pretty much everything that we've used in this resource, which is amazing for my often math avoiding kids.
To assist you in finding out what level will work best for your children, you can take a little placement test to find the best level to start with. The website also provides detailed descriptions about each color/level.

To make a good thing even better, this is a really affordable program, as you'll see from the pricing below. For the quality that you get with them, it's a super combination.
Whether you're looking for a complete program or a resource to supplement your current math program, Math Mammoth offers a quality curriculum at some pretty good prices. Interested in at least checking them out? Visit the website by clicking on the links below.

Math Mammoth

Multiplication 1
Grades 2-3
Price: $5.00

Add and Subtract 3
Grades 2-3
Price: $5.00

* The grade levels are general recommendations. You may find they are appropriate for your younger or older student.

Our crew members reviewed other titles from this company as well. To read about them, click to
read more reviews from the Schoolhouse Review Crew.

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