Nov 17, 2011

TOS Review: Math Mammoth

I have to admit that I have used Math Mammoth before this review. I have purchased some, won some in freebies in various places, and I have used it to simply and easily supplement for the holes left in other curriculum.  And we have all always loved it. So I was delighted to get the chance to try out a full grade level for this review! I chose the Grade 1 Light Blue Series series and tried it out on Abbie.
One of my favorite things about Math Mammoth is that they are all  downloadable e-books. That means: instant access; no shelf space taken up; I'm not going to lose it in a box; and I only have to present my child with the actual pages she needs to use. This last one is especially nice because I am using a first grade course with a kindergarten child. I am able to easily pick and choose which lessons to give her when and how much practice she needs. If she needs more work, I can just re-print the sheets.
There are many different options when it comes to this curriculum. You can buy a full curriculum for each grade (1-6), or you can buy worktexts by topic, worksheets by either topic or grade, and some workbooks with problems or activities taken from real life. You can also choose ebooks, CDs or even a printed copy. And they are all very affordable! Even before you consider that it is all (except for the printed copy, I believe) non-consumable.
Previously, we have used the worktexts by topic and I love that this is an option. It is an easy way to fill up any gaps your child may have. I am also liking the full curriculum. In first grade, it starts with a quick kindergarten review, then introduces addition, place value and finally, subtraction. At the end of the ebook are sections on time, shapes, measuring, and money. These sections can be used at any time throughout the program. I love the freedom this gives me!

Abbie says: I like it because I can do it by myself and I don't need help. I don't like that ummm, I don't know.
But the real measure of her attitude toward this curriculum is the following story: I printed off a few pages for her to do and she did them. When I needed more, we were having computer issues and she had to skip math for a day or two. When I finally got more printed and showed her the sheets, she was so delighted that she hugged them and did a little dance! We are now using this for her math curriculum for the rest of the year.
But it wouldn't be an honest review if I didn't give my negatives. I don't think this curriculum is rigorous enough to switch to it completely. As delighted as I am that my kindergartener can successfully and happily use the first grade level, it doesn't give me the confidence that my older kids will be pushed enough. This is why we won't be switching across the board. I want to stress, though, that we will be using the topic worktexts to fill in gaps and I am eagerly waiting for the kids to be ready for the Make It Real Learning workbooks.

To read what other Crew Members have to say, click here.

I was sent a free download of this curriculum for the purpose of this review. All opinions are honest and my own.

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