Math Mammoth Light Blue Series Grades 1-3 CD

Math Mammoth Light Blue Series Grades 1-3 CD

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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 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. 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.


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I saw a friend with this curriculum and thought it would be perfect for teaching my boys. Can't wait till I can use it!
Morning P on Aug 26, 2021
It looks really good for both my kids to use.
Angela L on Aug 22, 2020
I saw a friend with this curriculum and thought it would be perfect for teaching my boys. Can't wait till I can use it!
Morning P on Aug 26, 2021
Recommended by a homeschooling friend
Ashley C on Dec 28, 2020
It looks really good for both my kids to use.
Angela L on Aug 22, 2020
It was recommended to me by many other homeschoolers.
Rachel M on Aug 18, 2020
Great reviews from fellow moms and it was a good price for 3 years of curriculum
Paola G on Jul 24, 2020
Meets the needs of my students in special education
Diana M on Jul 1, 2020
other homeschool parents recomendations and youtube reviews and info
Jeremy G on Apr 2, 2020
I did a lot of research and saw many positives to this one. Also, we are on a budget and it's affordable with few manipulatives to buy. We can also reuse this curriculum with our other child when he is ready. I got the bundle so my child can work in whatever level...he is pretty advanced in math.
Heather H on May 24, 2018
This product has been recommended to me and is a great price!
Ahnada S on Aug 22, 2017
Top pick by Cathy Duffy and recommended by a homeschooling blogger.
Tracy B. on Aug 9, 2017
recommendation from a home-schooling friend
Laramie L on Jun 23, 2017
A friend highly recommended them for my homeschool.
Jenny M on May 3, 2017
My daughter needs that math repetition and constant review of past lessons all year. Math Mammoth does that at an affordable price. We will be getting grades 4-7.
Robin R on Nov 28, 2016
researched -using for homeschool curriculum
Kathryn B on Aug 17, 2016
to increase math competencies
Lynn A on Apr 30, 2016
Recommended by a homeschooling friend
Ashley C on Dec 28, 2020
It was recommended to me by many other homeschoolers.
Rachel M on Aug 18, 2020
Does the CD work on Mac, or only on PC (Windows)? Also, is it possible to download the individual files to the computer (and print from the computer), or must the files be printed directly from the CD?
Jonathan on Jan 5, 2021
BEST ANSWER: Yes. I bought3-4 months ago and that is how I do it. I vaguely remember there being some games or something that I was told would not work on Mac, so I don’t think I copied those, but work texts, answer keys, tests are all there on my Mac, organized in my folders the way I like. I’d add that she has tons of web sights listed in the beginning of chapters and such for games for that subject—- a lot of them are really old school flash, and a lot of web browsers are dropping support for flash, so don’t count on those. I bought in aug 2020, using for 2 second graders and a first grader, and I’ve been happy with it. One of my 2 nd graders had to go back and do some 1st grade place value, but other than that, I actually wish it had kindergarten in it, cuz my kindergarteners curriculum was waayyyyy to wordy and slow
Is this version in color? I see that the print version gives options of B&W or color.
A shopper on Aug 17, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Yes! It prints beautiful color pages. I've loved having the CD. This is my 2nd year using it.
the pack has everything you need for all 3 grades? what is on the cd worksheets or math help with a person? no other books needed?
User on Apr 8, 2016
BEST ANSWER: This cd has all six math books for grades 1-3, 2 for each grade. It contains the answers to all the math books and includes tests for after each chapter and final tests. No other books are needed. There is little preparation for the teacher. The cd also contains the program Soft-Pak. I'm very glad I bought this and plan on buying the next cd grades 4-7.
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Rated 5 out of 5
Definitely recommend.
This is such a great math program. My children have learned so much so quickly.
June 28, 2020
over 2 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Great curriculum
I love this math curriculum so far. It’s very affordable. I’m currently using it for my son and plan to use it I a few years for my daughter. I like that there are three grades worth of math in this CD which saves me a lot of money. Printing is also easy. I can choose what I want to print. Great curriculum at a great price.
July 30, 2018
over 4 years ago

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