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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Wanted to go with RightStart math but too expensive. This was recommended.
Angella K on Aug 12, 2020
I've been looking at A LOT of math curriculum and I went with this instead of Saxon because I have a high math learner and I hope this will engage and challenge him.
Jilayne M on Aug 5, 2020
Wanted to go with RightStart math but too expensive. This was recommended.
Angella K on Aug 12, 2020
For my upcoming 1st grader. Recommended by other homeschoolers
Samantha B on Aug 7, 2020
I've been looking at A LOT of math curriculum and I went with this instead of Saxon because I have a high math learner and I hope this will engage and challenge him.
Jilayne M on Aug 5, 2020
Comprehensive, (somewhat) hands off for parent (if child can read), answer key and teacher book included, instruction is mapped out for me.
Megan C on Aug 1, 2020
cathy duffy reviews
Maria H on Jul 31, 2020
For my first grader
Jenna C on Jul 30, 2020
starting homeschool.
Jodi V on Jul 29, 2020
Kathy Duffy Review top 102... it's like Singapore but reasonable price
Debbie E on Jul 28, 2020
good reviews, looking for a math curriculum that emphasized mental math
Elisabeth M on Jul 26, 2020
I am a former math teacher, and I am very impressed with the layout of this program. I like that it is user friendly and allows for deep understanding of concepts.
Robyn R on Jul 21, 2020
We want to start Beast Academy for 2nd Grade, and Math Mammoth seems rigorous enough to prepare us for that. It's also on the cheaper end, and well regarded amongst homeschoolers.
April B on Jul 20, 2020
Recommended by a friend, looks comprehensive and economical.
Jennifer W on Jul 19, 2020
complete set
Krystal S on Jul 16, 2020
After watching so many you tube review videos, decided Math Mammoth would be best for our first year in homeschooling.
Teresa F on Jul 15, 2020
Great deal for all 4 ! Thank you
amber P on Jun 19, 2020
Great reviews, right price, and ease of use- no teachers instructional manual needed.
Maggie H on Apr 16, 2020
for homeschool
Angelica P on Oct 17, 2019
The way this teaches kids to logically do math and build on skills is brilliant!
Ellen S on Sep 3, 2019
heard great things!
Angie R on Aug 29, 2019
homeschooling math curriculum, liked the colored pages at an affordable price and seemed like this will really help our daughter excel in math
Amy S on Aug 27, 2019
Explanations for foundational concepts are good.
AMY B on Aug 13, 2019
Same as above
Lee S on Jun 10, 2019
I've heard good things about this program. math you see was moving to slowly for us and we need more color in our lives. I love the mastery based approach while also adding in spiral so that they wont be bored.
Dahlian V on Apr 4, 2019
We used this program with my older daughter (and mix in Beast Academy sometimes) and love it. It makes it so easy!
Bryan R on Mar 27, 2019
Reviews from Kathy Duffy's site.
Caitlyn B on Mar 13, 2019
Comprehensive program. Solid reviews. The Math Mammoth explains the “why” in the child’s learning.
Mario G on Jan 7, 2019
because i knew it is effective and solid math curriculum and i want my daughter to be clever in math
Khaled A on Nov 9, 2018
for my daughter, we homeschool grade 1
Joe G on Oct 29, 2018
I watched multiple reviews on youtube to decide on this. Rainbow resource had the best prices that I could find
Mitchel J on Oct 15, 2018
I work with a group of adults with disabilities and we are hoping to be able to learn better math skills. All Levels of comprehension will be working on this.
Erin G on Oct 2, 2018
It is recommended by many parents who use the Ambleside Online curriculum
Meagan N on Aug 19, 2018
The workbook is visual and will help my son enjoy math more.
Kelly V on Aug 17, 2018
Recommended by homeschooling mom of 4 and focuses on skill mastery.
Elizabeth J on May 21, 2018
I first heard about this program from a homeschool blog that I stumbled across and after reading reviews, it seemed to be the perfect fit for my child.
User on Apr 15, 2018
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Ashley C on Jan 26, 2018
Based on Cathy Duffy's homeschool curriculum reviews
Kristine E on Jan 2, 2018
We chose Math Mammoth because of the language rich learning we've heard about on so many great reviews. Can't wait to get started!
Ashley B on Dec 12, 2017
recommended by a friend; current curriculum not a good fit for my child
ashley j on Nov 16, 2017
1)better method for teaching math reasoning<br />2) good reviews<br />3) geared toward homeschool<br />4) good price
William T on Sep 26, 2017
It was recommended to me by a friend for a homeschooling math curriculum.
Jon T on Aug 17, 2017
I watched several Youtube homeschool moms' reviews of this curriculum, and I like the way information is presented in Math Mammoth. The author also has several videos on Youtube explaining various math concepts clearly.
Elsa E on Jul 9, 2017
I don't think math has to be complicated at the young levels. I love how the concepts are explained and look forward to seeing my children understand why math is done the way that it is, and how these skills will relate to more advanced math for them in the future.
Shannon H on Jun 16, 2017
It's one of the few homeschool curriculums that include common core.
David H on Mar 27, 2017
for math curriculum
Karen C on Mar 21, 2017
Math mammoth goes beyond rote memorisation, it really teaches the whys behind math. My daughter, who is a visual spatial learner, looks forward to her math lessons.
Sanna S on Mar 1, 2017
I've tried Saxon, Math U See and others and non of them really worked for my son one was too busy and the other was to slow and didn't explain the concept enough. A friend shared her experience with me, showed me the layout and gave my son an assessment, I ordered it and can't wait for my son to get started.
Kendra M on Feb 26, 2017
I LOVE this program! I have also purchased mathematical reasoning for Grade 1 but it simply does not compare. Math Mammoth has worked well for us and teaches my son that there is more then one way to solve a problem . We will definitely continue with MM as the years go by! Cheers.
Natascha S on Feb 22, 2017
My daughter struggled with Saxon math. It was like pulling teeth to get her to do it. I printed off the samples and she enjoyed doing this curriculum.
Sarah B on Jan 26, 2017
"I heard and read a lot of good reviews of Math mammoth through my online searching about what math curriculum for my kids to use. So I am willing to give a try for Math Mammoth Light Blue Series. I actually first heard about these specific Curriculum from HSLDA emails before I went online to investigate. I will update my review later after seeing and use the books. I am excited!!!"
Nieves S on Nov 26, 2016
Highly recommended.
Christie G on Sep 16, 2016
For my upcoming 1st grader. Recommended by other homeschoolers
Samantha B on Aug 7, 2020
Comprehensive, (somewhat) hands off for parent (if child can read), answer key and teacher book included, instruction is mapped out for me.
Megan C on Aug 1, 2020
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: No. We used this same package last year and never needed the online resources!
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Nice book and worksheets. Great for my 1st Grader.
September 8, 2019
1 year ago
Math Mammoth Blue Light
I recommend this!
August 21, 2019
1 year ago
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
1 year ago
Love MM!
Love this math! Plenty of problems to master concepts. I’m glad I paid a little extra for the color version, too.
July 11, 2018
over 2 years ago
Wonderful! Teaches pre-Algebra in a step-by-step way!
May 5, 2018
over 2 years ago
Great Product!
Price is definitely more economical than some of the other math curriculum I was considering. Happy I went with Math Mammoth based on all the positive reviews and online forums I looked through, my child is breezing through this course since it is easy for the student to understand the instructions and what is being asked of them to do in each section. At first I thought the pages were a little redundant, but I'm not the one trying to master the concepts being taught, my child is, and because of the way the lessons are being taught, my child is actually understanding the material, not just doing it to move on to the next concept. The only additional tool I got was a 100-bead abacus for young counters (helped my child tremendously) , and a toy clock for the later time unit. Thanks for offering this curriculum!!!
September 12, 2017
over 3 years ago
Great math that is common core aligned
My daughter did Go Math last year through our hybrid charter and I found it confusing with directions that often weren't very clear. Math Mammoth has simple instructions with clear examples on each page. It's working out great for my 1st grader.
August 27, 2016
over 4 years ago
A Great Curriculum
I see my son learning a lot faster. I do do flashcard study now. I also use Dollar Tree addition and subtraction timed test for extra practice. Overall a very good Curriculum.
February 9, 2016
over 4 years ago
So far we really like it!
My son is really enjoying this and the repetition of lessons for mastery seems to work a little better for him than primarily spiraling concepts. The page layout has enough color and variation to keep him interested without overwhelming print and graphics, which sometimes makes it hard for him to focus on other workbooks. It is also easy to break up the day's work into smaller chunks. Most importantly he is really cruising along learning first grade math concepts taught in this series and doesn't mind doing it at all, which is great considering he isn't a workbook guy. It is also easy for me to teach the concepts and the teacher instructions are simple and can be modified as needed. I would give it 5 stars but we haven't been doing it very long yet.
November 13, 2015
over 4 years ago

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