Math Mammoth Light Blue Series Grade 1 Set

Math Mammoth Light Blue Series Grade 1 Set


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Grades: 1

Product Description:

This grade 1 set includes student Workbook A and Workbook B, the Answer Key and the Tests with Cumulative Review.

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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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was required for program I enrolled child in
Dejonna T on Aug 16, 2022
Affordable, efficient, and well-reviewed.
Corliss K on Jul 6, 2022
was required for program I enrolled child in
Dejonna T on Aug 16, 2022
I needed a fully laid out curriculum that covers all the basics.
Andrea O on Aug 16, 2022
Affordable, efficient, and well-reviewed.
Corliss K on Jul 6, 2022
This curriculum says it teaches the "why" behind math, not just the "how." It also comes with a lot of great, free resources.
Carrington D on Jul 4, 2022
we have been struggling to find the right fit for my daughter and i feel like this might be the one i can only hope we have tried 4 others snd no luck fingers crossed this one sticks
Julia M on Apr 4, 2022
Have used math mammoth for elementary grades for three kiddos so far.
Marie H on Jan 8, 2022
It was recommended to me.
Robin G on Jun 30, 2021
I needed a good math curriculum to go by and so far so good.
Christina C on May 19, 2021
Recommended for my 2nd child who needed a mastery program which was easy to use and affordable.
Danielle B on Feb 2, 2021
Homeschool group recommendations.
Julie H on Jan 27, 2021
Best math curriculum for mastery.
Litisha A on Jan 5, 2021
good price
Erin G on Aug 20, 2020
was referred by a family member due to the ease of use and they were common core so my child could choose to go back to public school and not be behind.
Shannon L on Aug 19, 2020
Friend recommendation
Heather W on Aug 18, 2020
After choosing homeschooling for our kindergartner because of COVID-19, I felt this curriculum was closely aligned with NYS learning standards. I am excited the creator has also posted video lessons to access on YOUTUBE.
Amanda W on Aug 15, 2020
recommended by friend
Jamie C on Aug 10, 2020
Due to Covid 19 I will be homeschooling this year. It looked like a nice curriculum :)
Rebecka C on Jul 24, 2020
I like how this is in depth and has fewer problems that a traditional textbook.
Jenny L on Jul 24, 2020
I've been using Math Mammoth for my elder children for the past few years. Fabulous math program!
Bethany S on Jul 18, 2020
We are home schooling our 5 year old and she is ready for more structured math, Her grandfather in another state would like to also teach one or two days a week via video chat. This curriculum seemed well organized and accessible for both parents and grandparents to alternate teaching days!
Lindsey B on Jul 10, 2020
Liked the samples I saw online.
Sonal D on Jun 19, 2020
After a lot of back and forth between Singapore Math, Math U see and Math Mammoth - Math Mammoth won out! Looking forward to starting this series with my daughter.
Barbara V on Jun 4, 2020
affordable, mastery technique, highly recommended in classical Christian circles
Caren F on Mar 31, 2020
We love math mammoth!
Kate A on Feb 29, 2020
I've been using Math Mammoth Grade 5 for my oldest child, and it's been my favorite, most successful math curriculum out of everything we've used. It's very comprehensive and mastery based, compared to other math curriculums. It's very important to use the suggested videos and Internet games, which can be found in her lesson plans on her Web site.
Erica C on Sep 24, 2019
Smiles, lots of smiles
Marlene W on Sep 19, 2019
I was looking for a replacement for Tiger Math since apparently the series is no longer being published. I had heard a lot of good things about Math Mammoth.
Michelle S on Jun 29, 2019
Recommendation from Well Trained Mind website
Shana J on Jun 15, 2019
secular, comprehensive, great supplementary resources
Sarah H on Jun 7, 2019
Switching FROM Math Lesson for a Living Education. Decided a mastery approach would be better for my child, but needed something a little less rigorous than Singapore Math.
Savannah P on Apr 22, 2019
My wife used this curriculum with my daughter, and now we will use it with our son. She liked the fact that is open-and-go, does not have a separate teacher guide, allows the student to work independently if they can read, and does a good job explaining and introducing concepts, and reviewing concepts enough but not too much. We highly recommend Math Mammoth!
Bradley on Jan 26, 2019
I've been using MEP with my student, but frustrated with the amount of time it is taking. I liked what I saw from the worksheet samples. I have also used Saxon in the early grades with a previous child, (lvl 2), but it also took a long time. So I'm hoping for good conceptual understanding and a lesson that doesn't take an hour (with a foot-dragging little boy who is not into school at this point)
Jennifer S on Jan 20, 2019
I chose this because I want to try a mastery curriculum and because it says it doesn't take a lot of teacher preparation.
Jamie Dollinger D on Dec 7, 2018
Good reviews, great price
Carmel S on Sep 13, 2018
After extensive research and reading reviews, I came to the conclusion that this product may be the best fit for my child.
iliana f on Aug 17, 2018
My older child uses this curriculum and so I've chosen it for my first grader. We haven't started on it yet, but I have high hopes that this curriculum will be just as successful with my younger child as it is with my older.
ashley p on Jun 7, 2018
I am looking forward to this curriculum as the sample shows a strong foundation of learning facts and number bonds.
Stephanie G on Jun 1, 2018
I chose this based on the many great reviews.
Jennifer J on Apr 25, 2018
Home school
Sandra W on Apr 8, 2018
Recommended to me by another homeschooling mom as similar to Singapore and less expensive (when bought in bundles). She also said it was more comprehensive than Singapore.
Bethany S on Sep 15, 2017
It appears to be a solid program with encouraging mastery but incorporating some spiral. There also appears to be little teacher prep time.
Lori P on Sep 4, 2017
Seems like the perfect blend of Saxon and Singapore
Lynette C on Aug 17, 2017
It seems to have all I need to teach my 1st grader the math he needs, at a decent price.
Melanie M on Aug 15, 2017
Great price for a comprehensive math program.
Chelsea D on Jul 9, 2017
Marvin C R on Jul 7, 2017
Was recommended to me by a math teacher who homeschools her children.
Wendy G on May 8, 2017
To teach my 1st grader math
Younoos L on Apr 30, 2017
A good friend of mine uses this curriculum for her daughters, and another friend of ours that is a retired elementary school teacher gave her approval to the way the curriculum is set up. Both recommended it to me for my son.
Angela E on Feb 7, 2017
Have seen good reviews of this math program, thought we'd give it a try
Bridget W on Jan 14, 2017
Help supplement Math U See Alpha.
Erica H on Oct 12, 2016
I needed a fully laid out curriculum that covers all the basics.
Andrea O on Aug 16, 2022
This curriculum says it teaches the "why" behind math, not just the "how." It also comes with a lot of great, free resources.
Carrington D on Jul 4, 2022
Hello I would like to ask if this version is the International?

A shopper on May 31, 2022
BEST ANSWER: The author is from New Zealand (I think). It's all written in English but I'm not sure what you classify as international?
Are the work texts perforated for easy tear-out?
A shopper on Aug 31, 2019
BEST ANSWER: no they are not. And because this is a text and workbook in one, you often do some work and then turn the page and the back of that page is the next lesson. So I wouldn't want to tear pages out as I'd lose it and then be missing a lesson or instructions. instead I purchase the spiral bound, so that it lays flat and we see only one page at a time, but nothing gets lost. I have also purchased the digital version so that I could print out individual pages and that worked very well, too, when I was catching a student up and only needed parts of the book. then I was able to 3 hole punch the sheets I printed and put them in a binder, or use a stapler to create mini booklets.
Is critical thinking and problem solving skills implemented in the lessons?
A shopper on May 24, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Within the context of the problem solving, the children need to use critical thinking but that’s not directly taught. The problem solving problems are very good though and are in most lessons.
Do we need any additional materials for this curriculum? Abacus, tiles, flashcards, etc...
A shopper on Sep 1, 2017
BEST ANSWER: You don't really NEED anything additional, but if you have a hands-on learner, manipulatives of some sort are helpful.
Is the math mammoth light blue series the common core standards aligned version?
A shopper on Feb 2, 2017
BEST ANSWER: I teach in the public schools and use Mammoth math with my daughters at home when my husband homeschools, and from what I have seen, it is aligned, but it adds a few other grade appropriate topics that may not be covered in the Common Core curriculum (notably money and time in level 1)
Is the math mammoth light blue series the common core standards aligned version?
A shopper on Feb 2, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Yes it is. I've been using the program for years now in California. I homeschool through a charter and have a credentialed teacher who collects all the info for the state. It is her favorite math program and she wishes our county would adopt it.
According to the FAQ on the Math Mammoth website-
Is Math Mammoth aligned with any state standards?

Grades 1-7 meet and exceed the Common Core Standards.

(I can attest that it covers core standards in an understandable common sense way and goes beyond to give a wonderful foundation for student learners. I've even learned a thing of two by teaching it!)
4.8 / 5.0
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Rated 5 out of 5
Happy with the program
So far so good! There isn't much written instruction so be prepared to teach your child the skills if they do not know them bur all in all we are loving it. It's challenging and I don't mind teaching the kids hands on. If you are looking for something with instruction, this isn't it. However, the skills they learn and practice are unmatched.
August 26, 2022
6 months ago
Rated 4 out of 5
Great math series
We like math mammoth. I like how they have a chapter of Kinder review. My little one transitioned and so far is understanding the materials in chapter 1. The only reason I didn’t give all 5 stars was that I wished it would be spiraled bound. It would be easier to write and flip pages.
August 25, 2021
1 year ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Love the mastery approach
It's working great for our family. My son is struggling with math so we are going back a couple levels to get caught up in I think this is going to be great for him to build those foundational skills.
December 16, 2020
over 2 years ago
Rated 4 out of 5
Very nice and to the point, but starts slow for any kiddos who are “mathy” or are working a bit ahead of grade level.
September 9, 2020
over 2 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
It seems like a solid, well laid out program to make sure my son knows the basics. I am using it like a multivitamin. It makes sure we are getting what we miss from our daily playing with math
July 7, 2019
over 5 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Be sure to buy in COLOR!
We truly love MathMammoth and all our kids have dramatically improved in their math skills. I will never switch to another program. I must say that a little color goes a long way though! We have the CD and print out the books since our cost of printing is so low, but it's a pain to be printing math for the 5 who are still in elementary grades and all doing MathMammoth. The color books are so expensive which is tragic since the color really makes a significantly positive difference. That is my thought. Maybe some people don't mind the black and white versions but my kids sure appreciate the little bit of color in the color version.
February 11, 2019
Rated 5 out of 5
We LOVE math mammoth! We have tried Singapore, math u see, and I’ve spent hours researching before switching again. My daughter loves doing it and it’s nice she can read and do the lesson without much help.
August 14, 2018
over 4 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Love Math Mammoth
I’ve loved using Math Mammoth for my kids, but hated having to print and organize it myself. I love having the workbook format and it keeps everything easily organized for my multiple homeschooled kids.
November 1, 2017
over 5 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Great Product
Great Product. Comes very nicely bound like commercialized books.
August 29, 2017
over 5 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Great Curriculum!
We used Abeka math for kindergarten and was not impressed at all, honestly even for me, the teacher it was boring. After much research, we went with Math Mammoth and have now been using it for six months and so glad! I love how it teaches the same concept in different ways (number lines, math problems, a few story problems) and moves relatively quickly, but not too fast, really at a nice, steady pace. The recommended games are fun and useful when you need something different. Manufacturer includes teachings on learning a clock and $ and even recommends using this if needing a break. Most of it is self-directed by the child with directions needing read aloud by the educator. Will certainly be using this for grade 2 as well.
January 13, 2017
over 6 years ago

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