Math Mammoth Light Blue Series Grade 7 Colored Package

Math Mammoth Light Blue Series Grade 7 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
7
Format
Product Bundle
Brand Name
Taina Maria Miller
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Highly recommended by many homeschooling friends
Arkaidy W on Aug 7, 2020
Word of mouth recommendation.
Joy H on Jul 29, 2020
Highly recommended by many homeschooling friends
Arkaidy W on Aug 7, 2020
It is what Country Lane Classroom uses and we are following their scope of learning
Blake D on Jul 31, 2020
Word of mouth recommendation.
Joy H on Jul 29, 2020
This curriculum came highly recommended by a good friend.
Julie K on Jul 15, 2020
Cost effective. My son in 6th grade wanted to try this.
Antonette R on Jun 30, 2020
Clear and challenging program.
Jarrod D on May 25, 2020
I 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
My son has used these workbooks every year for years. They are open and go and lack too much boring repetition. The instruction is clear. The color in these is a helpful visual aide.
Amy P on Aug 13, 2019
Looking for a comprehensive mastery curriculum that exceeds common core, but is still manageable for students to do mostly independently.
Nathan P on Jul 31, 2019
We've used her grades 1-6 program and absolutely loved them. Excited for Grade 7 - Pre Algebra
SaDonna H on Jul 23, 2019
We've had great success with grades 5 and 6!
Nicole L on Jul 13, 2019
I wanted to change from our previous book and the reviews were good for this one. So we'll see how it goes.
APRIL H on May 10, 2019
simplicity
Leslie J on Mar 10, 2019
I appreciate the convenience of having the text materials open and go ready.
Stephanie H on Jan 29, 2019
I need a transition curriculum between Singapore 6B and Algebra I
Emily J on Dec 26, 2018
Recommended by online math reviews
Davida L on Nov 28, 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 have heard many people recommend Math Mammoth and decided to try the downloadable version for the sixth grade curriculum. My daughter loved it and I was more than satisfied with the scope and design of the program. Going forward, I decided to purchase the program for all of my children. The bound version saves a lot of printing time and ink and my oldest child wanted a "real" math book. Very, very happy with this math program! Interestingly presented and aims for concept mastery.
Bianca T on Sep 4, 2018
recommended
Heidi F on Aug 27, 2018
Research showed that MMLBS is one of the best math curriculum available to home school families. I have used it in the past and loved it.
Tana P on Aug 16, 2018
I was pleased with the grade 6 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
Required text for Onward Christian Academy.
Barry G on Aug 7, 2018
Home School; Curriculum
Rebecca N on Jul 25, 2018
Good reviews on this product convinced me to order.
Patricia W on Jan 30, 2018
Because we just finished grade 6 and look forward to starting grade 7 pre algebra
Christine P on Jan 20, 2018
Continuation from previous curriculum
LIXENIA M on Nov 29, 2017
Good reviews; cost effective.
Andrew C on Sep 6, 2017
Math without Borders recommends Math Mammoth for grades 1-7. <br />Grade 7 is Pre-Algebra
Julie M on Jun 19, 2017
My daughter-in-law is home schooling my grandkids and this is what she wanted because she felt it was the best.
Nancy C on Jun 12, 2017
I used Math Mammoth this past year and was extremely pleased with the series.. so were several friends that saw the work that the kids were doing
Donna W on May 31, 2017
Was told this was a good pre-algebra curriculum to prepare for Foerster's Algebra 1.
Sherri W on Jan 11, 2017
I was looking for lightweight math text book + worksheets. We are going to give this materials to our tutor we hired for our kid (6th grader), I wanted to give a simple instruction set just to go over the concept to prepare for coming year. I read the reviews on the web, and this book looked adequate.
Yasushi O on Nov 3, 2016
It is what Country Lane Classroom uses and we are following their scope of learning
Blake D on Jul 31, 2020
This curriculum came highly recommended by a good friend.
Julie K on Jul 15, 2020
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