15 November 2011

Math Mammoth: A Review

The kiddos and I recently had the opportunity to review Math Mammoth. I'd heard about this curriculum from several friends before and have been curious about it, but have never tried it. I was glad for the chance to check it out.

We had the option to choose which of their series would fit best for us and, at the suggestion of Maria Miller (the author and also a homeschool parent), we chose the Light Blue Series for Grades 2 and 3. I thought these would be great to try for my 1st and 3rd grader. Maria was very helpful in guiding me through the process of choosing since I was so unfamiliar with her books.

Math Mammoth uses a lot of mental math and I liked that as it corresponds well with the math we have already been doing. The style of the worksheets and teaching methods were somewhat different though. However, with a little instruction both of my children were able to easily adjust.

I liked very much the practical math that is included in Math Mammoth's worktexts. Maria has added things like mileage charts, calendars, money math and more. She even offers entire topical worktext and worksheet series on her site.

The complete curriculum is available as a download and comes with TONS of great files! Besides the worktext/sheets for the A & B portion of each grade there is a whole file of supportive material such as reviews, cutouts, printable play currency (foreign currency, too!), tests, answer keys and more. The curriculum is also available in book form as well. The downloads and hard copies are available through different companies and there are links within Math Mammoth's site.

The complete curriculum starts at grade 1 and is priced at $34 for the downloadable version. You can also purchase only parts of that if you wish for a lesser price. It is also available on CD.

They also offer a FREE downloadable package of 300 worksheets and sample pages! You can also take a 7-day virtual email tour of their site.

Even if you are not looking for a whole curriculum for your child, this would be a wonderful resource for supplemental math materials to help in areas that may need extra focus or areas that you would like extra emphasis. I would encourage you to browse Math Mammoth's site and see what is available. They have so much more than I realized at first and I am excited to have found them.

Disclaimer: I received a free downloadable version of the grade 2 and grade 3 complete curriculum through The Old Schoolhouse Homeschool Crew and Math Mammoth in exchange for my honest and unbiased opinion.

See what more homeschool parents have to say about Math Mammoth here.


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