Math Mammoth Light Blue Series Grade 2 Set

Math Mammoth Light Blue Series Grade 2 Set


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Item #: MMSET2
Grades: 2

Product Description:

This Grade 2 set includes student Workbook A and student 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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Two other curriculums weren't a good fit for my son. Math Mammoth looked more his learning style.
Sarah R on Aug 15, 2021
Enjoyed 1st and 3rd Grade Math Mammoth.
Leslie L on May 21, 2021
Two other curriculums weren't a good fit for my son. Math Mammoth looked more his learning style.
Sarah R on Aug 15, 2021
It looks like a great option for my second grader. I wanted to use a curriculum with more variety and activities than what I used last year. I think this will work great.
Megan E on Aug 4, 2021
Enjoyed 1st and 3rd Grade Math Mammoth.
Leslie L on May 21, 2021
Good reviews!
Erin N on May 1, 2021
I chose this item for the first time because it was the full set that I wanted and it seemed fully comprehensive.
Eboni J on Mar 9, 2021
recommended by our friends
Mindy J on Sep 22, 2020
Supplement school curriculum; recommended by classroom teacher
Heather C on Sep 14, 2020
Son is in 2nd grade and needs help with math concepts with an organized program!
Stacy H on Aug 20, 2020
My son loves this and Math for a Living Education series.
Debbie on Aug 18, 2020
easy to use, and my student enjoys them.
Lara M on Aug 4, 2020
Research & reviews made this sound like a good fit for my son for our first year of homeschooling.
Lisa P on Aug 3, 2020
Highly recommended for homeschooling by another homeschooling mom.
Tracey E on Aug 3, 2020
Math Mammoth is a thorough, math program for that is easy to teach, and easy for parents to follow through with. This math keeps a students attention, and also encourages mental math.
Barbara H on Jul 30, 2020
Pamela B on Jul 28, 2020
Recommended by a trusted homeschool mom.
Jennifer A on Jul 26, 2020
I am homeschooling my rising second grader this year. This series was recommended on several sites I researched and it looks to cover the topics I was hoping to introduce or continue for the school year.
Samantha W on Jul 19, 2020
Recommended by a friend!
Allison B on Jul 15, 2020
We love Math Mammoth. The explanations are easy to understand and teach the "why" behind each concept.
AMY B on Jul 1, 2020
For us, this is one of the best math curriculums! My boys find the instruction easy to follow! That helps out when homeschooling 4 kids!
Brandi S on Jun 16, 2020
It is laid out well and can be self-study as all of the instructions are imbedded in the lessons.
Sonya M on Mar 20, 2020
My son did grade 1 and loved it, so we are keeping with the curriculum!
Kate A on Feb 29, 2020
Chose this for my 2nd grader, who has just begun homeschool mid-year. He loves math and I hope this helps me give him all the tools he needs for continued math success!
Alicia B on Jan 7, 2020
Reviews from Home School sites seemed to match my child's needs and current level and abilities.
Nicole L on Sep 20, 2019
same as above.... there are 3 boys
Mimi H on Aug 1, 2019
First time trying it out, another homeschool mom highly recommend it to me.
ana h on Jul 24, 2019
We used the same in previous grade and my daughter liked it.
Karen C on Jun 8, 2019
I used Math Mammoth Light Blue Series Grade 1 set and it worked very well for my first grader. Will proceed to the second grade set.
Jane H on Jun 4, 2019
We have the math mammoth grade 1 set and we really liked it
Elaine B on Jan 23, 2019
We've been very pleased with the combination of content and price.
Lori P on Jan 4, 2019
I like the curriculum.
Iliana F on Sep 7, 2018
This was highly recommended!
Taylor A on Aug 31, 2018
My mother homeschools and recommended it.
Samantha K on Aug 1, 2018
Looks like a comprehensive math curriculum, includes tests to track students progress, and it is inexpensive!
jennifer w on Jul 16, 2018
We used the Grade 1 and loved it. It is easy to use, colorful, and my daughter responds well.
Bryan R on Jul 3, 2018
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School of H on Jun 26, 2018
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Elizabeth K on May 29, 2018
We really like Maria's teaching style and her youtube videos are great!
Courtney F on Apr 16, 2018
After struggling with Singapore Math, I found Math Mammoth to be a perfect fit for my math minded student. The thing I like best about Math Mammoth are its straightforward explanations and simplicity.
Natalie M on Apr 16, 2018
I have been using Singapore math with my 8 year old. He naturally does mental math, but as his teacher I just struggled with the teacher guide book. I was looking for something similar in philosophy but more engaging for both my son and myself as instructor. I watched and read a number of reviews online and on you tube. I finally decided to give it a try.
czech12 on Apr 6, 2018
I have heard great reviews!
Lauren S on Feb 4, 2018
My child is able to do the math worksheets on her own without any assistance. Self learning at its best!
Younoos L on Dec 4, 2017
My 3rd grader really struggled with math concepts so I decided to start over with grade 1 of this math series. We both love it so much we decided to order grade 2 as well. It really breaks down the concepts into more "bite size" amounts that are easier for the student to understand.
Jolene B on Nov 26, 2017
Teacher request
Happy H on Sep 26, 2017
recommended by friend
Larissa B on Sep 8, 2017
I looked at many math curriculums and this was the most economical as well as a good choice to help my 2nd grader be an independent learner. This fit her learning style.
Susan S on Sep 7, 2017
My son is behind in math-a year behind grade level in TT (which worked well for his older siblings) and not doing well at that. According to reviews, this is the way to go to fill in gaps. It was cheaper for me (I like printed over PDF) to get the whole 2nd grade package and skip over the parts he doesn't need. we plan on covering several levels this year in Math Mammoth to catch up and UNDERSTAND what was missing before. Very excited to see great results and my son's confidence restored.
Elaine D on Aug 28, 2017
Good referrals for homeschool.
Lareena E on Aug 24, 2017
Because my wife likes it.
Rob T on Jul 30, 2017
It is my first year of homeschooling and wanted to continue with a curriculum similar to what my son has already been doing
Susan V on Jul 27, 2017
Wanted mastery level math that didn't have a lot of teacher talk but still incorporated mathematical thinking and hands on activities. My daughter loves this program and is learning math nicely.
Tracy K on May 16, 2017
It looks like a great option for my second grader. I wanted to use a curriculum with more variety and activities than what I used last year. I think this will work great.
Megan E on Aug 4, 2021
Good reviews!
Erin N on May 1, 2021
Is this a yearly set or quarterly?
A shopper on Aug 29, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Yearly- however, I go at the direction of my child’s pace. Since every child is different, it could extend into another school year or perhaps be finished before with a child that is excelling and understands concepts. We take our time and it’s proven to be very effective with Mammoth.
Is this the color or b/w version?
A shopper on Mar 18, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Black and white version overall is nice, the color one might have made it even more exciting
Is this the printed version or download?
A shopper on May 3, 2016
BEST ANSWER: This is the printed version. You get all four books (workbooks A and B, test book, and answer key).
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Rated 5 out of 5
Great Math that Teaches the “why”!
We love Math Mammoth!
February 27, 2021
1 year ago
Rated 4 out of 5
We like it don't live it. Wish the pages were in color .
October 2, 2020
Rated 4 out of 5
Good System for 2nd Grade
It's a good system. It's confusing to have problems numbered 1a , b, c etc. instead of 1,2,3 but we're rolling with it. I love that there is a lot of opprtunity to color, tell in your own words, draw it out etc. Sometimes the lessons seem a little long for an 8-year-old but that could just be us. Overall, we're pleased. You can tell the curriculum builds in itself, that they'll see this same kind of stuff in the same way as they progress. We're sticking with it.
August 13, 2020
1 year ago
Rated 4 out of 5
Makes Math Fun!
Written by a 2nd grader - "I kinda like it, but I kinda don't. Math isnt my favorite subject, but Math Mammoth makes it fun!"
September 2, 2018
over 3 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Excellent Math curriculum
My home schooled son used MM for the 1st and now for the 2nd grade. He loves it.
I see how easy the tasks are described, just right to the level of the child. As far as I can see the grades cover everything essential to a common core standard level, that is the reason why I supplement our main curriculum with this.
August 14, 2018
over 3 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Math lovers
My 4 children love math! They don't understand how anybody can use any other math curriculum other than Math Mammoth. They see their friends struggle through other math curriculums, and they feel sorry for them. They know how fun math really is because of Math Mammoth. We love Math Mammoth at our house! We have used it since 2009. My daughter is now going into eighth grade, and she still loves math!
June 26, 2017
over 4 years ago

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