Math Mammoth Light Blue Series Grade 6-B Worktext

Math Mammoth Light Blue Series Grade 6-B Worktext

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ISBN: 9781979294973
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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 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
6
ISBN
9781979294973
Format
Softcover Book
Brand Name
Taina Maria Miller
Weight
1.05 (lbs.)
Dimensions
10.88" x 8.5" x 0.5"
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Jennifer B on Jun 9, 2019
After spending much time researching different options for our homeschooling math curriculum, this fit best with my expectations and state requirements for the math education of my kiddos. I also really like the fact that they have the lesson right before them, so they can independently learn, and I am there in a support role.
Amanda E on Aug 7, 2018
Tutoring
Jennifer B on Jun 9, 2019
best math homeschool curriculum and great price
Kathryn F on Nov 27, 2018
After spending much time researching different options for our homeschooling math curriculum, this fit best with my expectations and state requirements for the math education of my kiddos. I also really like the fact that they have the lesson right before them, so they can independently learn, and I am there in a support role.
Amanda E on Aug 7, 2018
Moving on to the next level
Marion G on Jun 14, 2018
My daughter went back to school, but said the light blue books had prepared her so well, so now I want to have the older grades ready to go at home if review/reinforcement is needed. This is the BEST no-frills math curriculum available (coming from an engineer and scientist mom).
Anna W on Mar 2, 2018
We were looking for a change from Singapore Math, which I LOVE and highly recommend. But after four years of it, my daughter wanted something different. We went with Math Mammoth and the transition was seamless as it is also a conceptual program. I am a big picture thinker, an English teacher, and math is not my best subject. But I have no trouble teaching from these programs. Thumbs up on both!
Catherine V on Feb 23, 2018
Recommended by a teacher as a good "right-brain" curriculum
Danielle R on Jan 25, 2018
Bargain Books are great to purchase a head of time.
JENNIFER B. on Oct 5, 2017
great series
Cynthia J on Aug 23, 2017
I've taught middle school math grades 5-9 for 10 years and I've evaluated lots of curriculum. I've found the Math Mammoth is top notch!
Matt J on May 23, 2017
My daughter enjoyed this math and it was easy for me to help her.
Leigh Ann P on Aug 3, 2016
Curriculum choice for our school.
Patty R on Jul 29, 2016
The Math Mammoth series teaches the lesson and then gives practice problems. The student writes in the workbook which works much better for us!
Kathleen G on May 18, 2016
We use this program at our co-op and have had great results with it. I sometimes change up some of the assignments but I feel that this is a great program at a great price. It fully prepares students for other programs as well.
Denise B on Jan 21, 2016
best math homeschool curriculum and great price
Kathryn F on Nov 27, 2018
Moving on to the next level
Marion G on Jun 14, 2018
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Math Mammoth is a great math curriculum
Math Mammoth is a solid math program that builds understanding of math concepts. My children and I like the fact that they are consumable workbooks with lesson instructions and examples. They are able to do their math lessons without waiting for me to teach the lesson. The lessons vary from two to four pages which we sometimes split into two days to complete. The test book also has additional practice/review lessons that can be utilized as well as the additional practice pages the author has available on her website. We've tried other programs such as Saxon, Teaching Textbooks, and Singapore Math and Math Mammoth works well for us, I would definitely recommend it!
June 19, 2016
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