We were given the downloadable version of the Math Mammoth Grade 1 Complete Work text (Light Blue Series) to review as part of the TOS Homeschool Crew Review team.
Math Mammoth is created by Maria Miller, and she offers the following options:
A complete curriculum product cost $32/grade for the downloadable version.
The Blue Series books is a nice cost-effective way if you are really having to tighten your budget. The electronic versions cost between $2 and $7.00 apiece!
From Maria Miller:
Math Mammoth Complete Curriculum is not a scripted curriculum. In other words, it is not spelling out in exact detail what the teacher is to do or say in a specific lesson. Instead, Math Mammoth gives you, the teacher, various tools for teaching:
- The two student worktexts (part A and B) are the most important part of the curriculum. These contains all the lesson material and exercises, and INCLUDE the explanations of the concepts (the teaching part) in blue boxes. The worktexts also contain some advice for the teacher in the “Introduction” of each chapter.
The teacher can read the teaching part of each lesson before the lesson, or read and study it together with the student in the lesson, or let the student read and study on his own. If you are a classroom teacher, you can copy the examples from the “blue teaching boxes” to the board and go through them on the board.
- The “Introduction” part of each chapter (within the student worktext) has a link list to various free online games or other resources on the Internet. These games can be used to supplement the math lessons, for learning math facts, or just for some fun.
- There is one Cumulative Review for each chapter, excluding the 1st chapter. The other exception is that there are no cumulative reviews for 1st grade chapters 2 and 3. This is because the topics in those chapters (basic addition and subtraction) are constantly reviewing or studying the basic addition and subtraction facts, and there is no need yet for any topic that could have gotten forgotten. These cumulative reviews are supplied as separate PDF files.
- Each chapter has a Chapter Test, again supplied as a separate PDF file.
- The Worksheet Maker allows you to make additional worksheets for most calculation-type topics in the curriculum. This is a single html file. You will need Internet access to be able to use it.
- Some grade levels have cutouts to make fraction manipulatives or geometric solids.
My 6-year-old seems to have a brain for math and math concepts. (He’s been adding in his head for a while now, and he started writing mathematical equations on his own before I taught them to him….not entirely sure where he picked them up!)
He’s not always a worksheet kind of kid (he’s VERY wiggly), but he has said to me many, many times “I LOVE Math Mammoth!”.
The 1st grade textbooks start out with a Kindergarten review, but we skipped over that. So far we’ve mainly worked on addition, but I do like how it’s introduced in different ways. Some of the methods I remember loving from my own time in school. For example, we have addition using the number line and the “greater than”, “less than” alligators (the alligator eats the larger number – remember learning that?).
I love that that there isn’t any teacher prep necessary. I printed out the manuals and put them in a binder so we can move along at whatever pace works for us at that time.
There are also suggestions for games and helpful links in the beginning of the book.
You can download free samples if you wish to try it out before purchasing it.
Math Mammoth has been a true blessing to our homeschool (and SO much easier than looking up and downloading different worksheets from all over the internet).
If you would like to read more reviews on Math Mammoth (and the different levels), please check out TOS Homeschool Crew.
Disclosure: I received a complimentary downloadable copy of this curriculum to review in exchange for my honest opinion. I received no monetary compensation in exchange for a positive review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.