Math Mammoth Light Blue Series Grade 7 Set

Math Mammoth Light Blue Series Grade 7 Set

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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
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Product Bundle
Brand Name
Taina Maria Miller
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Instructions written out in a way students can understand. Very little parent involvement needed. Keeps up with state standards but made in a simple and creative way. We love MM!
meghan k on Sep 18, 2020
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Erin on Aug 7, 2020
Instructions written out in a way students can understand. Very little parent involvement needed. Keeps up with state standards but made in a simple and creative way. We love MM!
meghan k on Sep 18, 2020
We needed supplements to our current curriculum.
Deborah M on Aug 15, 2020
Kathy Duffy
Erin on Aug 7, 2020
recommended
Jana S on Aug 1, 2020
recommended by a friend who has used and enjoyed Math Mammoth
Kristen T on Aug 1, 2020
A friend refereed it to me to use with my daughter who does not like math. My friend says this curriculum is open and go by the child and does not require much parental involvement.
RAHMA D on Jul 28, 2020
I typically like to supplement my son's math skills over the summer. I am concerned about too much screen time. Mammoth math is a complete curriculum (they also have digital copies), that will help him stay focused and prepare for the upcoming year.
Sheena H on Jun 29, 2020
I needed a more advanced curriculum for my 6th grader, who is just transitioning from a gifted public school program to home school. As a former teacher myself, this looked well organized, manageable, affordable, and I liked that it meets current standards, in case he returns to public schools after next year.
Angela K on May 31, 2020
We have used Mammoth Math 6th grade, so I am going to continue on with 7th grade.
Amy N on May 24, 2020
The reviews of Math Mammoth helped me make my decision on using this curriculum for math.
Jim F on Apr 18, 2020
Math mammoth usually explains very well each step clearly, and more than one way of solving problems. They get practice with each way of doing problems, in this way the child can learn what strategies are more effective personally for each of them.
Giselle P on Jan 9, 2020
I like the look of the layout of this particular curriculum. I also was excited it offers an introductory course to per-algebra and the price seems very reasonable. I do hope however the explanation of how to do problems will be sufficient. Giving it a try!
Kelly R on Sep 27, 2019
For the fact that it's text books and has good accompanying teaching videos online.
Jackleen K on Sep 18, 2019
great online resources on website make it ideal for our School for Homeschoolers (we meet 1xper week and the kids are taught their lessons, then must complete their assignments at home)
Sarah S on Aug 13, 2019
The Math Mammoth Series has everything my daughter needs. Material is often presented in more than one way to help cater to students learning styles, and it usually has links to others sources of help if a child needs extended practice in a given area. This series has helped to build her confidence in math.
E Allison W on Aug 5, 2019
Economical, have enjoyed earlier grades of this
Ruth M on Jul 18, 2019
We used the grade 6 set this past year and it really was the best choice for us. Can't wait to see Grade 7.
Teghan N on Jul 7, 2019
Our daughter's tutor says it will greatly help her sharpen her critical thinking skills, which is so important.
Jennifer N on Jun 25, 2019
Tutoring
Jennifer B on Jun 9, 2019
The previous level worked well for remedial math, for my daughter who struggles with math. Goes at a good, understandable pace.
User on May 27, 2019
As an educator I feel like so many children fall behind when they are not provided a curriculum where it focuses on mastery
Drew S on May 1, 2019
We have used this curriculum with our son since third grade and have been very happy with it. I wish it went to higher math levels, as this will be our last year in seventh grade. Very comprehensive. Maria Miller really covers each topic thoroughly and from multiple viewpoints where possible, so the student truly understands each concept. There are lots of real life examples of how each math concept could be used. Thank you for a great product!
Timothy L on Mar 21, 2019
Per conversation with one of your consultants.
Jannie W on Mar 18, 2019
It was recommended by the Math without Borders website
Kimberly A on Feb 11, 2019
We've been using Math Mammoth for several years. We prefer it over Saxon or Singapore Math. It contains clear concise instructions for each concept with worksheets that correspond to each lesson. The concepts build on each other in a clear and logical manner.
Darcy O on Jan 24, 2019
My child has excelled with this program
GAnn S on Oct 15, 2018
Math Mammoth was recommended to me from a fellow homeschool mom.
Cassandra L on Sep 18, 2018
Using it last year was a success!
Tina P on Aug 25, 2018
Excellent math curriculum
Abby F on Aug 23, 2018
We have used this curricula since grade K. Now 7th. It is perfectly laid out and logical in its progression. Just the right amount of work and logically progressive/additive.
Mendy M on Aug 1, 2018
Great reviews
Dawn O on Jul 31, 2018
An affordable homeschool option for math, love it.
Leslie M on May 20, 2018
My son needs extra help
Heather B on Apr 8, 2018
Good value, clear instruction for student's self study. Easy to use.
bonnie y on Mar 30, 2018
We've used Math Mammoth for Grades 5 and 6 and my son has enjoyed it thoroughly! He's good at math, and this curriculum has had the perfect blend of challenge and repetition to suit his needs.
Kristine R on Dec 2, 2017
Math Mammoth is highly recommended by several people in a few facebook groups I'm in.
Sophia B on Sep 20, 2017
I selected the items because of the great reviews and it aligns to the Common Core standards. Also, my son needs math supplements to help him with ratio, percentages, fractions and decimals.
sherri e on Sep 20, 2017
Needed a conceptual pre-algebra curriculum and have heard positive things about Math Mammoth
Alyssa G on Sep 6, 2017
We have used the Math Mammoth series for 4 years, and we love it
Tekeesha F on Aug 16, 2017
Based upon online reviews
Julie R on Aug 14, 2017
had great experience with this, last year
Jessica O on Jul 26, 2017
He does really well with this curriculum. These books do a great job explaining why and gives you more then one way to solve the problem and you pick the way you like.
User on Jun 29, 2017
Comprehensive math program that is self-directed (vs. teacher-directed). All in one workbook (vs. textbook and workbook).
Erin B on Jun 4, 2017
Love, love, love Math Mammoth! It is extremely comprehensive with no separate teacher manual. It is virtually self-taught. I wish there were higher levels!!
Carrie H on Jun 1, 2017
Recommended by a friend
Christine N on May 23, 2017
recommended by the teacher
CRYSTAL C on May 22, 2017
This product has good reviews in the homeschool community.
Helen H on Apr 26, 2017
I was looking for a pre-algebra option for my daughter, this set ended up being far too much like a textbook for us. She needed a bit more explanation than just a dry text.
Angela K on Apr 17, 2017
conceptual pre-algebra program
Marcia P on Apr 4, 2017
These book are great for homeschool. The price is excellent. We love the complete curriculum.
Francisco G on Sep 14, 2016
We needed supplements to our current curriculum.
Deborah M on Aug 15, 2020
recommended
Jana S on Aug 1, 2020
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Mammoth Math grade 7
This has been good so far, correct in the answer book, a problem I have seen with Saxton. I like how this book has been set up well and I am liking how it is working.
August 31, 2020
Purchased
2 months ago
Very good
This series is good if you're already decent in mathematics. Probably wouldn't be great if you struggle though as there are no elaborate explanations. There are MANY resources within the book for each chapter with recommended websites and free sources of help.
August 24, 2020
Purchased
3 months ago
Easy to use
I purchased this when it became obvious that my son wasn't going back to school due to the covid19 shutdown. I needed something with instructions that he could understand and that I didn't have to teach. I like the extra resources that she provides with each chapter, especially her videos. After he watched one video my son said "I understand it better when she explains it than when my Math teacher at school explained it!" He likes that he has a chance to master each concept before moving on to the next thing. He feels he really understands Math with this curriculum.
April 25, 2020
Purchased
7 months ago
Light Blue Series Grade 7 Workbook
We like the workbook very much, and our daughter is thriving with this when compared to earlier attempts to finish pre-algebra. She can finish this summer if she does it every day, so we hope she can start high school fresh. The low cost of the workbook helped us order it and not worry about the printing. Thank You Jesus. Jesus is Risen.
May 17, 2019
Purchased
1 year ago
Good, but hard
I like the workbook format of these books. I like it that the lesson explanation is right there on the page with the problems to be worked. If my child was a more intuitive learner I might be more satisfied with these books, but as it is there are times when the book seems to expect too much leap from one facet of a concept to the next without enough explanation. I do not feel like there is enough practice with each concept to build the next set of problems on. This is a tricky balance I know, because I wouldn't want there to be a burdensome amount of practice either. Also, I have found a number of typographical errors in the answer key and it is hard to find the right set of answers because of the way the page numbers are aligned. I am able to use these books, because of my own math background, but I feel like a less mathematically inclined parent/teacher might have a hard time using these books
September 27, 2018
Purchased
over 2 years ago
Love Math Mammoth! It is incredibly thorough and relatively self-taught. Math 7 is pre-algebra. Wish she would have made curriculum for the higher maths!
September 8, 2018
Purchased
over 3 years ago
Great resource
As a second-year home educator I enjoy the self-taught format of this series. It allows me to come alongside the boys w/out being an expert. Two shortcomings in the material: the answer key has occasional errors not caught in editing & some concepts (such as geometry) reference material not thoroughly covered in previous chapters. Easy to supplement/compensate for these issues.
February 23, 2018
Purchased
over 2 years ago
Response from Rainbow Resource Center
The publisher regularly provides information regarding any corrections for curriculum Errata on their web site: www.mathmammoth.com .
February 23, 2018
Ruth T Staff
Love the format, organization, and instructions
I really like the Math Mammoth curriculum. It is written so that the student can read it on her own or in my case we read it together. The practice worksheets are perfect in size and really help in stepping them through the process. I love the additional resources in regards to additional online games you can use to supplement the lesson to help solidify the concept. So far the bonus program in regards to making worksheets, etc. hasn't really worked out well. It is confusing and doesn't contain the variables we have needed so far. Putting that aside, I love this program over the Singapore math I had tried.
October 26, 2016
Purchased
over 4 years ago
Great program
The program is detailed and clear. I love the step by step approach and LOVE the word problems!
October 9, 2016
Purchased
over 4 years ago
Great!
I have used MM in the past but did so by download/electronically. We really needed books so these came and I'm happy with them. I think they will hold up for my daughter to complete. The one suggestion I would make would be to align the answer paged with the work page. I have to search for the answers at times.
August 19, 2016
Purchased
over 4 years ago


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