Math Mammoth Light Blue Series Grade 4 Colored Package

Math Mammoth Light Blue Series Grade 4 Colored Package

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Category Description for Math Mammoth:

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
4
Format
Product Bundle
Brand Name
Taina Maria Miller
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recommended by a friend
Christina S on Aug 9, 2020
Highly recommended
Deanna W on Aug 5, 2020
recommended by a friend
Christina S on Aug 9, 2020
Highly recommended by many homeschooling friends.
Arkaidy W on Aug 7, 2020
Highly recommended
Deanna W on Aug 5, 2020
I am homeschooling for the first time this fall. A dear friend who has been homeschooling her two children for several years suggested this math curriculum. I am excited for my 1st and 4th graders to use this!
Sharon K on Aug 3, 2020
cathy duffy reviews
Maria H on Jul 31, 2020
It came highly recommended!
Jared B on Jul 30, 2020
Kathy Duffy Review top 102... it's like Singapore but reasonable price
Debbie E on Jul 28, 2020
Somebody who is a math major and now teaches at a tutoring center recommended these and I jumped at them. Your cost was a huge factor too.
Mr Orange Vest on Jul 26, 2020
Came highly recommended
Cynthia D on Jul 24, 2020
great reviews and a nice merging of singapore concepts but with more repetition.
Mark T on Jul 11, 2020
Your catalog
Erin M on Jul 1, 2020
Homeschooling and this math curriculum was recommended
ghada a on Jul 1, 2020
We love math mammoth! Love that it is taught directly to the student.
Magdeline S on Jun 18, 2020
It is a great math curriculum. I have used it with all my kids and it is comprehensive, easy to use, and affordable.
Magela G on May 31, 2020
Highly recommended by friend!
JulieAnn C on Apr 27, 2020
Math Mammoth is an excellent, easy to use math curriculum we have used year after year with all our children! This will be our 3rd time through the 4th grade material. It just works!
Elizabeth L on Apr 27, 2020
I have had success with this program. My kids have an excellent math foundation because of this program.
MG H on Apr 17, 2020
This is just the easiest to implement, the easiest to follow, the easiest for kids to read and follow on their own. But it also best prepares them for algebra and middle school math.
Amy R on Apr 6, 2020
i loved working with grade 1 and 2
Sireesha P on Mar 25, 2020
Based on the assessment I think this will be a great fit for my student.
Amanda H. on Mar 23, 2020
Simple, straight forward, easy to understand instructions. My son has done great with Math Mammoth!
Erin M on Feb 19, 2020
Math Mammoth's website gave Rainbow Resource as a vendor for their products
Lee H on Dec 30, 2019
My son struggles with dysgraphia and works well with well organized information. Color also helps him process the information.
Kristy T on Sep 30, 2019
I like color in the math pages, also a straightforward curriculum with teacher keys and plenty of help from MM site. My daughter is a rising 5th grader who struggles in math. She will be starting in this and, hopefully, plowing through to G5 so that by next year, she's on track.
Jennifer T on Sep 1, 2019
It fits my 9 year old's learning style well.
JAVALVR on Aug 15, 2019
The focus on grade level math is excellent with appropriate amounts of color to keep it interesting.
AMY B on Aug 13, 2019
WE LOVE COLOR, TRYING OUT A NEW CURRICULUM... HOPEFULLY THIS WILL WORK FOR US!
olga s on Aug 8, 2019
Math Mammoth is phenomenal! It is super user-friendly and comprehensive. I like how the pages do not have distractions but are simple and easy on the eyes. The built-in review is fantastic, and the mastery-based approach is helpful.
Debbie B on Aug 6, 2019
Recommendation from a friend
Lauren D on Aug 6, 2019
we have used it for many years and love it
Benjamin M on Jul 31, 2019
My wife chose this curriculum. She really likes how the author, Maria Miller spent a great amount of time observing other curriculums, homeschool Moms, and made revisions every year with feedback given to her. She really likes the layout for our boys and looks forward to teaching them this year with Math Mammoth!
Terry M on Jul 31, 2019
My math lover really likes the idea of being able to teach herself and have color worksheets.
Nathan P on Jul 31, 2019
Awesome program! 4th time using it!! The books might not be that "animated" but are super complete and the kids can understand just by reading the instructions and the samples! These books teach the kids to think, not just to "do math"! I love it
Carmen T on Jul 26, 2019
We've loved this math program!
valerie b on Jul 14, 2019
I really appreciate the format and Mrs.Maria is AWESOME and truly cares( to have you teach your children) to see ALL CHILDREN SUCCEED.
JudithK L on Jul 13, 2019
Wonderful math program. Visual and requires thinking! It is worth the extra $ to have it printed in color.
Philip K on Jun 10, 2019
I like that the student instructions are crystal clear.
gina a on May 30, 2019
I have happily used Math Mammoth since the first grade. My math inclined daughter thrives with it.
Amy V on May 30, 2019
Cathy Duffy recommended
Cathy C on Apr 12, 2019
We tried this after several other math programs weren't working and/or my child did not like them. We all love this program!
Stacy W on Mar 5, 2019
It is a no-nonsense, straightforward and complete math curriculum.
Jill M on Jan 13, 2019
It looks like a great curriculum for my new to homeschool 4th grader :)
Terry G on Oct 28, 2018
Even though it's a little more expensive than Amazon, this is the only place I could find the colored version. My twins are dyslexic (this program works great for them) and have red-green colorblindness (so I like to give them as much color as possible).
Terry M on Oct 25, 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 ordered this for my daughter in law as she home schools and this is what she wanted.
Nancy C on Sep 18, 2018
The reviews were great and my son was excited about the layout. I was impressed by the simple and clear directions. It really seemed to make the math easy to understand. We will see how it works out this year!
Kristina P on Aug 25, 2018
We used Math Mammoth for third grade and had great success with it. Very thorough math curriculum!
Jami G on Aug 12, 2018
I have been using the Math Mammoth curriculum for two years and it has been very thorough and straight-forward. The explanations are clear and easy for my daughters to understand. The layout/design is attractive and flows well.
Christina M on Aug 9, 2018
I was pleased with the grade 3 curriculum, so we're using it again. It's affordable, and the concepts are explained in a way to really understand how numbers work not just to memorize how to do a problem.
Celeste M on Aug 8, 2018
I have used the Light Blue series for grades 3 and 4 already, and I love how the curriculum circles through all the skill sets and then comes back to some. I believe this method is great for learning. I also appreciate that the curriculum teaches the core skills without using "time wasting" methods that I see so much these days.
Vanessa H on Aug 6, 2018
Highly recommended by many homeschooling friends.
Arkaidy W on Aug 7, 2020
I am homeschooling for the first time this fall. A dear friend who has been homeschooling her two children for several years suggested this math curriculum. I am excited for my 1st and 4th graders to use this!
Sharon K on Aug 3, 2020
What kind of binding do these workbooks have? Like glued/like regular workbooks or are they spiral bound?
A shopper on Dec 28, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Hi .... the workbooks have a regular glued binding, not spiral bound. They hold together beautifully. Also, since there are 2 workbooks for every level, it is not one thick book for the whole year. Highly recommended by us....my daughter is learning her math!
Are these pages perforated?
A shopper on May 27, 2018
BEST ANSWER: No, the pages are not perforated. Just in workbook form.
Math Mammoth is an incredible math program and my two kids have learned so much this year using MM.
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Thorough and affordable!
Math Mammoth makes me feel confident that my kids are covering everything they need and more. The website provides lots of extras too. The curriculum is easy to follow and is a very affordable option.
May 27, 2020
Purchased
3 months ago
Finally a math curriculum I love
We really love this math curriculum. I like how it's pretty open and go. My kids can work independently, and I can be there to help teach a new concept. I really like how it focuses strongly on mental math. I also find the answer key helpful for me. One thing I also really like is that there is great attention to detail. I've come across many curriculum books with typos or wrong answers in the answer key. So far, there seems to be strong attention to detail in this product.
April 23, 2020
Purchased
4 months ago
We are only a few weeks in but so far I’m pleased with it. I bought 5th grade because he’s going into fifth then was I was surprised by the fact that my sons placement test put him a year below. Definitely do the placement test before ordering!
August 26, 2018
Purchased
over 2 years ago
Excellent Curriculum!
My son has been using Math Mammoth for 3 years now and I couldn't be happier with his progress. When he was younger, we would read the instructions together and he would do the problems I circled. I usually only have him do about half the problems, unless he's struggling with a concept. Now that he's older, he reads the instructions on his own and does the problems and I just go over it with him when he's done. Being able to do a lot of his math independently has been great for his confidence as well as his reading comprehension. I love how the program is spiral. He's currently working on learning to tell time, for the third time. Each time the complexity has increased as well as his understanding. We add in other math books for fun. For example, my son likes the Bedtime Math book series. Also, he occasionally does Xtra Math to make sure he's really understanding and memorizing basic math facts. Math Mammoth is an excellent and solid math program. My son has never loved doing math, but this program has really allowed his math confidence to grow and with that his enjoyment of math.
July 6, 2018
Great Math Program, needs some editing
I love the concept behind this program. The visual explanations make it easy for both parent and student to use. I also love how they encourage an understanding of the material.

I found a handful of errors in the workbook and answer key that the company needs to correct - so just be aware of that. Also, it could use some fact review pages into the curriculum (I wish someone would combine the strengths of the spiral and mastery approaches).
May 28, 2018
Purchased
over 3 years ago
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
Purchased
over 3 years ago
Awful
This is a terrible curriculum. It has no flow that I can see, and it does have common core methods. If you want a traditional math that has a good flow and builds upon concepts DO NOT purchase this.
August 30, 2017
Purchased
over 3 years ago
Math Mammoth is awesome!
Math Mammoth provides excellent teaching in conceptual math without neglecting the fundamentals. Once the word spreads, I think Math Mammoth will become the #1 homeschool math curriculum. I switched all three of my kids, and I absolutely love it!
February 15, 2017
Purchased
over 3 years ago


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