Math Mammoth Light Blue Series Grade 1 Colored Package

Math Mammoth Light Blue Series Grade 1 Colored Package


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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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Recommended by Logos Press
Josh B on Aug 29, 2023
Wanted to try this after friend recommendation
Heather W on Aug 7, 2023
Recommended by Logos Press
Josh B on Aug 29, 2023
As a former teacher, I like the mastery approach and a fellow homeschooling mom recommended it!
Carrie R on Aug 21, 2023
Wanted to try this after friend recommendation
Heather W on Aug 7, 2023
My son is just starting with math, I thought this was the correct level fro him
Jessica B on Aug 1, 2023
a friend recommended it.
Jennifer G on Jul 22, 2023
teacher-friendly math curriculum that well planned and thorough
Meghan C on Jun 26, 2023
Math mammoth is a great curriculum! I've used it for years with my son and will now be using it with my daughter.
Melissa H on Jun 22, 2023
I wanted my child to have a more in depth understanding of math concepts, after using a spiral program I felt some concepts were not reviewed enough.
Cecilia M on May 16, 2023
For a first kindergartener color make things interesting and he gets for the next school year
leonora K on May 15, 2023
I loved it with my older child
Robin R on May 2, 2023
Recommended by Fossil Distance Learning Program
Christina L on Feb 6, 2023
I think that the simple format with colored visuals will help my grandson who has some add issues.
Lisa F on Nov 16, 2022
My child has been enjoying the mastery style learning with math!
Eden T on Nov 2, 2022
supplemental education
Lisa S on Oct 20, 2022
After speaking with other homeschool moms and comparing math curriculum, I felt this one covered the needed topics thoroughly, without being overwhelming on the number of problems required for each lesson.
Adrienne S on Sep 15, 2022
Based on recommendation from my sister who has been using these books for her children
Adedamola F on Sep 2, 2022
It was very affordable and highly recommended.
Kaitlin R on Aug 30, 2022
Homeschooling my kids and saw this was recommended by a homeschooling mom on YouTube :)
Grace B. on Aug 20, 2022
I've heard good things about this math curriculum. - I like the simplicity and direct instruction. I hope it is a good fit!
Kaia B on Aug 12, 2022
Recommended by a friend
Aila & Tessa D on Aug 11, 2022
It is an affordable curriculum, looks nice, and has videos to go along with the lessons.
Ashley C on Jul 28, 2022
Homeschooling my first-grader.
Katy M on Jul 18, 2022
I am a homeschooling mom and I think it will be beneficial to my child's learning math
Meghan D on Jul 4, 2022
Watched a Youtuber video share this curriculum
Jessica G on Jun 21, 2022
Highly recommended and looks like a great low-prep math option!
Sarah H on Jun 19, 2022
My 12 Year old who had been doing Teaching Textbooks switched over to Math Mammoth this year and has loved it. Now, as my younger boy has finished a level K math curriculum with Singapore Math, we are switching him to the same course. We love how it teaches and the workload is very manageable. Great course, and hoping our youngest enjoys and learns as much as our oldest!
Alisha and Reilly D on Feb 14, 2022
i heard a mom talking about it on a podcast. i liked the complete lessons
BRITTANY S on Feb 10, 2022
Recommended as secular homeschool math curriculum. Not much more expensive than buying the digital version and printing myself.
WHITNEY on Dec 28, 2021
came recommended as a good secular math curriculum
Kathryn M on Nov 16, 2021
I used the fourth grade set and loved it last year.
sara m on Sep 10, 2021
I have used this with my other children in the past and they did very well with it. It is our math curriculum of preference. We use it up until Pre-Algebra.
Gina A on Aug 16, 2021
Price and Cathy Duffy review
Kari V on Aug 14, 2021
I read it was a comprehensive, well-designed math program.
Sadie B on Aug 14, 2021
Used it with our older kids and it has been fabulous so we wanted to try it for our youngest.
Lanie T on Aug 7, 2021
really great reviews and i like that its a teaching text and spiral learning
Amy K on Jul 8, 2021
affordable, simple to teach, video lessons to go with many lesson in the books.
TINA L on Jun 28, 2021
used MM with a 3rd grader. Believing our Kindergartener will love it as much.
Melonie H on May 31, 2021
For my 7 year old
Taren F on May 9, 2021
My daughter is already is excited about math! I see how thorough this curriculum is! I'm so excited to get her started with this!
Tabitha B on Apr 24, 2021
I chose this curriculum after reading the comments on many different homeschool pages. It seems like a great curriculum for learning the "why" behind math instead of just the "how". I was taught to memorize math, never to understand it. I do not want this approach for my children. I'm hoping to relearn math through my children. Also, it seems the curriculum is not too parent intensive. I am teaching 2 children at different levels so some independent learning is important to me.
Kelli E on Feb 5, 2021
Need it to get my first grader caught up.
Jennifer M on Dec 29, 2020
Was referred
Kevin C on Dec 8, 2020
Reviews on Youtube and what were on is not working
Rachel W on Nov 8, 2020
Someone recommended it in a homeschooling group I am in on facebook
B R on Nov 5, 2020
because I need math to do with my children before the year is over!!!ugh!
kristina k on Sep 30, 2020
Recommended by a family member
Lindsey H on Sep 22, 2020
Highly recommended program.
Amy M on Sep 19, 2020
I heard so many wonderful things about Mammoth Math, so I bought the grade 1 package. I can't wait to get it in the mail and start using it! I wish though, they offered a kit for kids who learn better hands on. I will buy my own and and see what happens.
tanya b on Sep 16, 2020
It was recommended
Ginger S on Sep 10, 2020
I like to count
Justin S on Sep 7, 2020
As a former teacher, I like the mastery approach and a fellow homeschooling mom recommended it!
Carrie R on Aug 21, 2023
My son is just starting with math, I thought this was the correct level fro him
Jessica B on Aug 1, 2023
Does the way this is bound allow it to lie reasonably flat? I'm concerned about how easy/difficult it will be to write in.
A shopper on Aug 18, 2021
BEST ANSWER: We haven't had an issue with it. I actually prefer this type of binding to the spiral ones of some of my other curriculum, because while those do lay flat, they tend to come apart by the end of the school year with so much use. So I like the "real" book binding, personally.
which one will you choose Go math or math mammoth? can you tell me the difference between the two?
A shopper on May 7, 2018
Math Mammoth Light Blue Series Grade 1 Colored Package
Math Mammoth Light Blue Series Grade 1 Colored Package
Go Math! National Homeschool Package Grade 1
Go Math! National Homeschool Package Grade 1
BEST ANSWER: I purchased the Math Mammoth series for my granddaughters. I am a certified Eleemntary and Special Education teacher. I left public school and now help with homeschool. The series is excellent in my opinion. The visuals and directions are easy for the student to understand. It is rigorous and complete.
How are the books bound?
A shopper on Apr 3, 2018
BEST ANSWER: They have a standard paperback binding.
Do I need to purchase manipulatives or anything else if I purchase the Grade 1 Set? Does it come with manipulatives?
A shopper on Jun 2, 2017
BEST ANSWER: All you need is the books. They don't come with manipulatives, but the books are easy enough to do without manipulatives. I have colored counting bears that I use often with the books, which you can buy separately if you need to or want. You could get the books and see what you think. I have the whole set of these books and have found them easy to use, just pick up and go...meaning no prep work ahead of time. I have used them with my children aged 7 through 16. They really do a good job teaching math concepts in a step by step process, so you can teach it to the student, and the student can learn the material on lesson at a time.
do I still have access to the online resources if I buy the actual books?
A shopper on Aug 10, 2016
BEST ANSWER: There are videos on the math mammoth website that corresponds to chapters in the books. Not every day has a lesson...but when new ideas are presented, there are often corresponding videos. There are also web addresses listed in the book that correspond to lessons.
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Rated 5 out of 5
My favorite Math curriculum after trying 5 other ones.
September 8, 2023
1 month ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Great for my 1st grader
Mammoth fits perfectly for my son's learning style. He must learn topics in detail instead of jumping around throughout the curriculum and Mammoth provides just that. So far it's been a hit. He might actually enjoy math more now.
March 13, 2023
7 months ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Great program that makes concepts clear and easy to grasp. My daughter was struggling in a different curriculum and I am happy we made the switch. She is much happier and doesn’t fight me when it’s time for math. I will be switching my older son from a Singapore Dimensions to MM in the fall.
May 15, 2022
1 year ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Making Math Simplified
This is our first year using Math Mammoth, and all three of my kids are using, level 1, 5, & 6. I love the ease of use and the examples before each lesson.. makes math a little more enjoyable..for all of us! I will definitely continue to use next year. ??
September 24, 2021
over 2 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Great Math Program
My older child has been using Saxon her whole homeschool life, but when I saw that this was the wrong approach for my youngest I started searching. So glad I found this program! It's Mastery approach is just the right balance between repetition without making her hate math! The books are well organized and easy to use either straight through or jumping around in order to combine lessons about different topics.
March 13, 2021
over 2 years ago
Rated 4 out of 5
Good resource
So far, this has been a great resource with lots of visual aides. I find some of the mental math problems out of place. The kids are still learning basic addition facts yet there is a section for many assignments where the kids find the missing addenda rather than the sum. This is way too hard for an early learner. Otherwise, we like the series so far.
September 24, 2020
over 3 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
We are loving this so far! It’s broken up very nicely
August 26, 2020
over 3 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Nice book and worksheets. Great for my 1st Grader.
September 8, 2019
over 4 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Math Mammoth Blue Light
I recommend this!
August 21, 2019
over 4 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Simple yet thorough
I love the simple and repetitive nature of this series. The concepts seem to continue for mastery. My daughter especially enjoys the associated computer games recommended by the book for math play.
December 19, 2018
over 4 years ago

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