Math Mammoth Light Blue Series Grade 2 Colored Package

Math Mammoth Light Blue Series Grade 2 Colored Package


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Grades: 2

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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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Need it for my second grader.
Jennifer M on Dec 29, 2020
Math Curriculum with tons of support.
Elaine R on Nov 9, 2020
Need it for my second grader.
Jennifer M on Dec 29, 2020
a lot of good reviews on youtube from other homeschool mamas. <br />it seems like it will be the perfect fit for my oldest son!
marria D on Dec 1, 2020
Math Curriculum with tons of support.
Elaine R on Nov 9, 2020
Using Level 3 and addition/subtraction skills book for my older son and we like how clearly and thoroughly it teaches math concepts and how open and go it is for teacher (mom!).
Cynthia B on Oct 28, 2020
I have used grade 1 on the reccomendadtion of my friend and my child and i both like it.
Brook S on Oct 24, 2020
Math mammoth has been super easy for me to follow. The lessons are simple and straight forward. I am a brand new homeschooler and found this system to be incredibly easy to for us to just pick up and go.
John-Michael F on Sep 25, 2020
We loved the Grade 1 series and want to continue with the next book.
Ryanne H on Sep 21, 2020
We used the Grade 1 set last year, and I found it very useful as a curriculum guide, and my daughter has done well with it. Following along through these books keeps her moving forward at a good, maintainable pace.
Brian H on Sep 2, 2020
I have a special needs child with ADHD who requires a lot of time to learn new concepts, and also needs a lot of review in order to understand math.
Rachel P on Aug 20, 2020
referred by a friend
Tiffany D on Aug 19, 2020
Decided upon this curriculum after researching similar options.
Krystal C on Aug 2, 2020
Virginia Y on Jul 31, 2020
Required as math curriculum for our hybrid homeschooling.
Erica M on Jul 31, 2020
Kathy Duffy Review top 102... it's like Singapore but reasonable price
Debbie E on Jul 28, 2020
First I like that it is student driven and seems to try to teach the user of the book rather than having me teach it. Also it seems like a great price for a Math program.
Mindy L on Jul 27, 2020
recomended by other homeschool moms as a good but budget friendly math curriculum
katherine M on Jul 18, 2020
i like hands on, no screen time.
lauralee w on Jul 6, 2020
Recommended by Aquinas Learning
Shannon C on Jun 26, 2020
Positive reviews on a homeschool math website; it seemed like the best fit for my upcoming 2nd grader.
Avril C on Jun 1, 2020
It was less expensive to purchase the whole bundle in color than to purchase some b&w and some color.
Melinda W on May 16, 2020
We liked Math Mammoth Grade 1, so we bought Grade 2.
Michelle L on May 10, 2020
love how this is written to the child. It is also very straight forward. It is not overly complicated and teaches a strong foundation.
Arleen H on Apr 27, 2020
recommended by other home schooling group
Chloe B on Mar 20, 2020
I chose this curriculum because my son works better with a mastery approach . I Like how simple the lessons are but at the same time challenging . I like the simplicity and that my son can work independent most of the time
cristina t on Jan 17, 2020
It seemed to be a thorough open and go curriculum that my granddaughter will enjoy.<br />I like that you can add manipulatives but it's not manipulatives-dependent, as those can be a distraction to some kids.
Melanie R on Sep 10, 2019
friend recommended
Amber W on Sep 9, 2019
I like the emphasis on mental math and understanding numbers and relationships, not just memorizing facts alone. It doesn't have page after page of busy work problems, but still engages kids enough to make sure they understand a concept before moving on. I prefer the convenience of pre-printed workbooks, and the colored illustrations are helpful when explaining number lines, etc., compared to the B&W version. To me, both features were worth the extra cost this year. Might buy CD in future.
Amy J on Aug 5, 2019
I chose Math Mammoth because I needed something to help master math skills while we work through Beast Academy.
Shana C on Jun 22, 2019
recommended by friend
Jennifer M on Jun 14, 2019
I was comparing MM with Primary Math as a mastery based curriculum. They were both very similar in content and teaching technique.Therefore, I decided on MM based on the cost and multiple ordering options - download, CD, book, etc. The new color option sealed the deal for us.
Susan P on Jun 10, 2019
I'm hoping this curriculum will be a good fit for me children, others are either too expensive or too advanced. Math Mammoth from what I understand is also advanced but I'm hoping this will work for us...
Lee S on Jun 10, 2019
After using Math Mammoth for the first time last year, I am all in for this program- engaging, simple and clear explanations- it made Math the easiest part of our homeschooling.
Rachael B on Jun 5, 2019
Math Mammoth complements the current math program we are using offering additional problems and explanations to further the understanding of a particular concept. I chose the colored package believing it helps make things stand out and the experience more lively.
Debra C on Jun 1, 2019
Affordable and came highly recommended
Morgan E on May 20, 2019
Jessica H on May 15, 2019
Have heard great things, so we are going to try it out!
Ahna C on May 10, 2019
Searching for a mastery math curriculum - was referred to this curriculum by a fellow home school mother.
Kelsey M on Feb 27, 2019
Having trouble finding a curriculum that my son doesn't dread doing. He currently has a 2nd grade curriculum, but I'm buying this to use as a review and gap filler, then hopefully move on to 3rd grade MM
Elizabeth M on Feb 27, 2019
WE have been using Level 1 for our first grader and she has almost completed it, so we are buying Level 2. Math Mammoth is an excellent program.
Michael C on Jan 26, 2019
Heard good things through friends and 102 Curriculum Picks
Rachana B on Jan 9, 2019
Evolve community recommended
Blanca F on Nov 13, 2018
We are a small private school and this is a replacement set for us.
Janice B on Nov 4, 2018
Very pleased with the Grade 1 package. Look forward to using this one.
Anita H on Oct 26, 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
I've read great reviews on this curriculum and combined with the price, it seems like it will be a good set for my 2nd grader.
Riley W on Sep 28, 2018
It has great reviews on other sites, and my sister uses this program and loves it.
Kristin K on Sep 12, 2018
Description and reviews sound like a good fit for our homeschool.
Patrick L on Aug 30, 2018
Positive reviews
Rachel B on Aug 30, 2018
highly recommended
Tina R on Jul 9, 2018
We have been using Math Mammoth Grade 1 and my daughter *LOVES* math, so we're sticking with it!
Adrianna O on Jun 9, 2018
a lot of good reviews on youtube from other homeschool mamas. <br />it seems like it will be the perfect fit for my oldest son!
marria D on Dec 1, 2020
Using Level 3 and addition/subtraction skills book for my older son and we like how clearly and thoroughly it teaches math concepts and how open and go it is for teacher (mom!).
Cynthia B on Oct 28, 2020
If you purchase the print version, do you still get access to the online worksheet maker?
A shopper on Jul 16, 2020
BEST ANSWER: Yes, the worksheet maker is found on Maria Miller’s (author) other website homeschoolmath where there are free resources for teaching math.
At mathmammoth website you can find free video lessons as well.
Are these pages perforated?
A shopper on May 27, 2018
BEST ANSWER: No, they are not. We work in the book and I occasionally cut it out with a scissor if needed.
What set includes everything I need, colored, for grade 2?
Star M on Oct 5, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I ordered the Revised Light Blue Series Grade 2 Colored Package and it comes with everything you need. However, there is no teacher manual because this curriculum doesn't have a manual. The problems are easy to teach though, so a teacher manual is not necessary. There are lists of extra resources to use like links to computer games if your child needs extra work in an area.
Can this be copied for a class or does each student have to have their own?
A shopper on Sep 27, 2016
BEST ANSWER: It does not come with rights to photocopy, however you can purchase digitally instead which would let you make multiple copies. If you go to the Math Mammoth website you can find information on digital copy purchase. If you go with preprinted books, they are consumables that each student would need their own of.
Do you have to print from home?
A shopper on Jul 24, 2016
BEST ANSWER: This particular package provides print versions of all the products. However, we do have a CD available that provides the same material in pdf files that you can print at home.
What is included in this? Is it just 2-A and 2-B workbooks? More to it? There is literally no information and only a price..
A shopper on Feb 9, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I absolutely love this math curriculum! It comes with the 2A and 2B workbooks, the test workbook, and the teacher's answer key.
4.6 / 5.0
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Rated 4 out of 5
It’s working
I like the curriculum. It’s easy to follow and very thorough. I’m still waiting on the 2nd book, however, so hopefully it will come in time for our needs.
October 14, 2020
4 months ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Excellent Curriculum including videos by the author for many lessons and Links to online games. It's very reasonably priced too!
I couldn't be happier with my math mammoth purchase. This was for my 7yr old granddaughter and it seems very easy to understand and is colorful without feeling cluttered. I have a feeling that she is undiagnosed ADHD and when there is to much on the page,she gets distracted. The online videos and Links to online games are fantastic. I have a feeling this is actually going to work!
August 28, 2020
5 months ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Math Mammoth 2nd Grade
We are loving this program! It was recommended by Project Happy Home on YouTube.
August 19, 2020
6 months ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Excellent math curriculum
Our 7 year old daughter began MM Light Blue Series for the first time this year, and is LOVING it! I can see her thriving with the mastery method used. So much research went into selecting curriculum, and I am so happy we went with MM. Also, the price for the entire series is unbelievably affordable.
September 13, 2019
1 year ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Arrived in a timely fashion and material was as expected! Excellent condition!
May 23, 2019
1 year ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Great purchase
This is our 5th attempt at a math curriculum. I wish I had chosen this sooner! It is perfect for my son! Open and go!
March 29, 2019
1 year ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Affordable & Thorough Math
I think this is a great math program that my 2nd grader is able to do mostly on her own. Directions are easy to follow but curriculum does a good job of addressing concepts that are common core aligned. That was important to us because we will be sending our kids back to school at some point and we wanted to make sure they were on the same level. The price is great too.
February 16, 2019
over 2 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
We love Math Mammoth!
This works perfectly for my math minded daughter. I love how flexible it is. We are part of a coop that meets weekly and this curriculum allows me to move at our pace without feeling "behind".
January 30, 2019
over 4 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
My kids do very well with this curriculum. I love how it gives different ways to solve problems. Also the word problems are more in depth than other curricula we've tried.
April 30, 2018
over 2 years ago
Rated 2 out of 5
Didn't Work For Us...
I really wanted to love this math series, but there were so many tears and so much confusion in the first two weeks, that we sold it and moved back to our standard homeschool math program that we had been using for several years. I don't recommend this one....
April 20, 2018
over 4 years ago

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