Math Mammoth Light Blue Series Grades 1-7 CD

Math Mammoth Light Blue Series Grades 1-7 CD

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Category Description for Math Mammoth:

Theres a whole lot to like about this well-conceived and inexpensive math program. The main features of this program, according to author Maria Miller, are:

  • Focus is on conceptual understanding rather than rote problem-solving
  • Teacher instructions are right in the book; no need to buy a separate teacher book
  • Clear explanations are written for the student, so the lessons are virtually self-teaching
  • Lessons use lots of visual and pattern exercises
  • Mastery oriented:concentrates on each topic for a long time studying fewer topics per grade than with spiral
  • Emphasis is on mental math and number sense
  • Very little teacher preparation is required
  • Content aligned to Common Core Standards

These are all valid claims and sum up this approach nicely. Its linear approach is similar to that of the MCP Math program. Topics are introduced, studied in depth, then the student proceeds to the next topic. Visually, it reminds me of Developmental Math because of the extensive use of pictorial representations. Users posting online have compared the course to Singapore Math, but I don't really see much similarity. While they both emphasize conceptual learning and mental computation skills, Math Mammoth has a much more traditional feel. A distinguishing feature of this program is the authors amazing ability to simplify and clarify math processes so children can understand them easily. Even in printed form, this course is the easiest on the budget using a strictly by-grade comparison. And for those purchasing the complete program on CD (or download), the savings are even greater. Imagine getting a complete, masterfully taught math curriculum for grades 1-7 for less than $150. I would call that frugal and smart.

Each Grade Level Set consists of four components: Student Workbooks A & B, an (optional) set of Tests and Cumulative Reviews, and an Answer Key containing answers to both workbooks and tests. Currently, we carry the curriculum in print format or CD format by the grade level, Grades 1-3 and 4-7 combined on CD, and the entire course on CD. The course is also available as a download (go to mathmammoth.com site) for slightly less than the CD price. Both download and CD have colored student pages. All grade levels of printed materials are now available in your choice of black and white or color. Currently, the CDs also include bonus software, Soft-Pak - for Windows only (math, language arts and testing).

Student Workbooks A and B for each level have varying numbers of chapters, each focusing on a math topic. These are sometimes very broad. For example, one very large chapter (68 pages!) in Worktext 4-B is simply titled, “Division”. It reviews division, and then covers every facet of fourth grade division. Since division skills are being built step-by-step throughout the chapter, there’s really no need for review or testing until the end; but it does make for a long teaching unit. Each chapter begins with a short introduction. This is where you will find any teacher instruction for the chapter, including background information, strategies and ideas for teaching lesson concepts, a summary of lessons by title (including number of pages for each), and a list of Helpful Internet Resources for further exploration, practice and enrichment. If the chapter is on a skill introduced in a previous grade, the skill is reviewed before the new material is introduced. Lessons each include a complete explanation of each skill being taught, numerous examples and models (many visual) to help students understand the concepts behind the math, and a reasonable number of problems for students to work to ensure comprehension.

The lessons vary from 1-5 pages each. For planning, the author suggests simply dividing the number of pages in each book by the teaching days rather than planning to teach a lesson a day. This would generally mean covering 1-2 pages a day depending on grade level. After the last lesson in each chapter there are one or two reviews. Chapter tests are contained in the separate Tests and Cumulative Reviews Book, as are cumulative reviews (taken upon completion of each worktext chapter) and a comprehensive test for the grade level. A nice feature is the inclusion of grading instructions and scales. If remediation is indicated, the author provides a website (www. homeschoolmath.net) for additional math worksheets by grade level and skill. Worksheets are randomly generated within your provided parameters, so each is different.

Use the Skills Review Workbooks books alongside the Math Mammoth curriculum to review concepts that are being taught. Each book is divided into chapters that correspond with the curriculum chapters. These workbooks are optional, and are intended for those who want a spiral review. Each review in the workbook is one page in length and includes a variety of math exercises. Students might write math equations, color pictures, or solve puzzles to put their math skills to the test. Some children require more practice than others, so use only the review pages you need. Skills Review Workbooks are printed with color for a little more visual appeal, and the number of reviews vary from book to book. Answer Keys are a separate book and are also printed in color.

As mentioned briefly before, I find the author’s teaching methods very solid, efficient, and effective. Her goal is to imbue the student with an understanding of the concepts in math rather than just how to solve problems and this is evident in her instruction. She consistently shares strategies, “tricks” and revealing insights into the mysteries of math, essentially putting a teacher right on the page. An example is in teaching beginners to add numbers with sums greater than 10. She tells students that when adding 9 to a number, the 9 “really wants to be a ten”, so you should take one from the other number to make it a ten, and then add the rest. I have seen few other curriculums (see Miquon Math) that teach students alternate, flexible ways like this to approach operations. Another feature I liked in the book was using gridded workspaces for solving problems. Especially for students just starting to use multiple-digit operations, it’s helpful to get them in the habit of keeping answers neatly aligned in columns. I also like the scale problems in Grade 4’s multiplication and other chapters. These are much like the ones in CTP’s Balance Math program and very effective for understanding how equations work. There’s also a healthy balance of word problems in the lessons with realistic, practical contexts. The geometry sections are particularly good, too, with ample hands-on work. The author even includes printable manipulatives for constructing your own geometric solids.


Category Description for COMPREHENSIVE PROGRAMS - ELEMENTARY:

Primary Subject
Mathematics
Grade Start
1
Grade End
7
Format
CD-ROM
Brand Name
Taina Maria Miller
Weight
0.15 (lbs.)
Dimensions
5.0" x 5.75" x 0.25"
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IT WAS ALL THE GRADES TOGETHER IN ONE PACKAGE TO MAKE IT EASIER
Charity R on Sep 28, 2020
Loved the format of the program and i can use it for my kids for many years to come. Plus it is a great deal for the price
valerie c on Aug 10, 2020
IT WAS ALL THE GRADES TOGETHER IN ONE PACKAGE TO MAKE IT EASIER
Charity R on Sep 28, 2020
Great!
Naomi M on Aug 26, 2020
Loved the format of the program and i can use it for my kids for many years to come. Plus it is a great deal for the price
valerie c on Aug 10, 2020
seems like a great value for our 3 kids and comes highly recommended
Lisa H on Apr 1, 2019
I wanted to make a choice that would give me options for multiple children at different levels of learning.
Linda M P on Sep 19, 2018
Daughter having trouble with math concepts. She is a visual learner and I think these books will really help. Everything I have purchased in the past has been even better than expected!
TERESA F on May 16, 2018
Due to noticing holes in my child's math, even though we were using Singapore (from K-3rd grade). I loved how Singapore math is mastery and uses word problems, but it wasn't thorough enough for us...from reading reviews, MM is similar to Singapore in all the good things I liked about it, but MORE thorough.
Miriam W on Apr 10, 2018
The complete package will be useful to my four children.
George M on Apr 8, 2018
cathy duffy 102 best homeschool curriculum
Kristin W on Nov 20, 2017
great value, great program
Matthew a on Nov 2, 2017
I used the 2nd grade curriculum with my son and we both loved it! I would like to continue with a teaching approach that encourages his enthusiasm for math.
Tasha V on Sep 30, 2017
Both of my children are doing very well with this curriculum! It helped us keep moving forward, and my son has really improved.
Angela E on Sep 18, 2017
based on reviews to supplement sons math program at school. he is a grade ahead in math
Nicole B on Sep 13, 2017
reviews.
Carrie M on Sep 8, 2017
I've seen the author's youtube videos and her methods are easy to understand.
Amanda C on May 30, 2017
Cathy Duffy's reviews said good things about it.
Angela K on Apr 14, 2017
Try new math curriculum
Jennifer M on Feb 24, 2017
I heard great things.
Steve H on Aug 10, 2016
We have issues w our internet at times. It feels more reliable to me than downloads only and I liked the boys like working on the computer as well.
Melanie C on Aug 5, 2016
pre viewed this item through math mammoth web site and very impressed with the book, and price is great for 7yrs of math
JOY B on Aug 5, 2016
I chose this because Teaching Textbooks was leaving my girl behind. I like the in depth approach and there were things that TT was failing at, like money math, so I was happy to buy all the grades at once, so I could go back and copy off all the money lessons. This is also much further advanced from TT which she was doing well grade wise on, but I could tell she was missing some core information. This has been very easy to do with her, not need to make lesson plans ahead of time.
Melissa J on Jul 7, 2016
I have heard good reviews of this product and felt it would be a good fit for my homeschooling.
Beverly W on Jun 24, 2016
Strong academics, similar to Singapore, and affordable price.
Alisa E on May 23, 2016
I homeschool my children and I am looking for math curriculum for my 4th grader. I need it to be complete, challenging, not too time consuming (for me), fun, and cheap. Math Mammoth came highly recommended from Cathy Duffy. And so I decided to give it a try.
Rebecca L on Feb 7, 2016
I've really loved how this series follows the Core Curriculum and also what our school uses. In addition, it's explanations are so easy to follow that my son can read along. They are easier for him to follow than the explanations at school.
Sandra P on Feb 5, 2016
Great value! I will use this year after year, and nice to be able to print only the materials I need.
Elizabeth B on Jan 2, 2016
Great!
Naomi M on Aug 26, 2020
seems like a great value for our 3 kids and comes highly recommended
Lisa H on Apr 1, 2019
Does this pack include the lesson plans?
A shopper on Aug 25, 2019
BEST ANSWER: It does not. There are instructions at the top of each assignment. When a new term like perimeter is introduced it is explained well in a page or so. I have not looked higher than the 4th grade work, but I don't think that lesson plans are needed for the lower grades.
Does this CD work on a Mac?
User on May 15, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Yes, you will be able to use most of this CD with a Mac. It includes pdf files which can be opened with Preview (Mac program) or with Adobe Reader (free download). The CD may include Soft-Pak which is a program made for Windows.

The Soft-Pak consists of 6 programs (4 math, 1 language arts, 1 list maker). These are low-graphics, high content, on-task software programs that offer on-screen and printable activities, complete with printable session results for recordkeeping. The Soft-Pak programs are made for Windows, and suit best ages 6-13.
Does this include student workbooks and tests and answer keys?
User on May 14, 2019
BEST ANSWER: The CD for Math mammoth light blue series, contains worksheets, tests and answer keys that can be printed out to make a student packet. It has been the BEST math purchase I have made in my 6 years of homeschooling. It provides appropriate math work for grades 1-7 and the chapter reviews can be used as tests if wanted to.
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Fantastic for learning Math
Like this resource for Math. There are enough questions to cover the topic with a lot of clarity. I especially like the questions that are given to teach kids how to verify their answers. It teaches them tricks on gathering clues to check if their answer is right just at a glance.
October 23, 2020
Purchased
2 months ago
I really enjoy having several grades of math curriculum at my finger tips and that I can print out what I need for each of my children that pertains to their grade and/or skill level.
August 26, 2019
Purchased
over 2 years ago
Good if you like worksheets.
August 25, 2019
Purchased
over 2 years ago
Love the savings of purchasing for our family with 3 kids. Lots of resources included on the CD. It's helping my 1st grader gain confidence. Love the teaching style and the exercises!
May 1, 2019
Purchased
1 year ago
great to have all the grades
I have a 1st and 5th grader using this series. Both are advanced in math and both feel challenged with this program. My 5th grader is in his first yr with homeschooling and we are able to move through the easy stuff quickly and go back to 4th grade for basics that he did not get in public school. I print the work in black in white, but when doing lessons my kids follow along on the computer so they can see the different colors on the pages, which helps them to "get it". We have also tried Math U See and both like Math Mammoth much better. Very pleased. Also company had been very responsive with any questions.
September 5, 2016
Purchased
over 4 years ago
First I just want to say this is such a great value for everything you get! Each lesson is laid out very thoroughly which I really liked and it was very visual which would appeal to a lot of younger kids just starting out I was using this with my 1st grader and it just doesn't work for her If your child has problems writing or is overwhelmed by a lot of writing or bookwork this program may not be right for your child I wont say anything wrong about the actual program because I personally really like it but it didn't work for my child that likes to do math in her head as appose to writing out each step and problem
September 9, 2014
I like the way this curriculum teaches directly to the child so that the explanations and worksheets are intermingled right in front of the child's eyes I also like how they teach each concept from different approaches to help the child understand it thoroughly
February 21, 2012


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