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Friday, September 27, 2013

Math Mammoth Review

Hi everyone!  Wow, it's been a while since I've blogged, huh?  Well, a quick recap on me before I begin, I had shoulder surgery 5 1/2 weeks ago for a torn bicep tendon, I am doing much better now and hope to be back to my active self soon, Dr says a couple more months though :(  Can't take chances of messing up what he fixed!  So that's where I've been and hopefully I'll be on here a lot more now that I am feeling a lot better!!

Day of Surgery-Not looking the best, huh?  Pain meds are NOT my friend!

1 week after surgery, I don't look like a zombie anymore, yay!!




Ok, enough about me, on to why we are here today, another fun review!!!

MATH MAMMOTH

Math Mammoth is a homeschool curriculum for grades 1-6.  They offer a large variety of math options not only for homeschoolers, but also for those in public and private school to touch up and for extra review in areas needing it.



Blue Series
The Blue series is chosen by topic, from addition all the way to algebra.  These books are small and for review of specific areas and priced nicely from $2 up to $7.  You do get package deals if you purchase the entire set of them.


 
I could see the Blue Series being very nice when your child is struggling with one area of math, long division, multiplication, telling time, etc.  You would simply pick the book that is the area where your kiddo is having trouble and it's nice and easy to purchase and download it to print out at home or at a local print shop.

Light Blue Series
This is the series that I reviewed.  (Even though my daughter is in 4th grade, I chose to review the 3rd grade math curriculum, I thought that it would be great to be able to go back to through the year when she is struggling to give her encouragement and be able to do work that she knows how to do.)



The Light Blue Series is a full math curriculum for an entire year.  You purchase the books A, B, and the supportive manuals, or you can purchase them all together.  We got the full set for our review and there is a LOT of stuff in this package, 360+ pages PLUS the supportive manuals which has extra practice and all of the answer keys!  The price for the full download, everything you need for a full year of math, is pretty affordable at $34.  If you do not want to purchase the download, they do offer the printed books, which are of course more expensive, so that you don't have to worry about printing/binding/etc.



So, now that I got the logistics of what the curriculum is and how it works out of the way, you are probably wondering what I thought of it, huh?  I am going to list my thoughts on this in a pro/con order to make it easier for you to read.

PROS
*Cost, for sure is a pro, at $34 a year for a FULL curriculum, you really can't find much better than that!
*It's all laid out for you, not much planning at all on the teacher/parent part.
*The pages are colorful (which means that they will hold the interest of a child better), but not so      overpowering that they take away of the content of the pages.
*It's easy, meaning easy to understand, easy to maneuver through for the kids, and easy for the parent to  help the child out.

CONS
*The printing...For me, I would much rather pay the extra cost and have it sent to me already printed in color, ready for us to use.  It's not worth it to me to receive the downloads, print, bind, yada, yada, yada...

That's really the only 'con', but it's truly not a con as It can be ordered in printed form.  It was just a con for me, as I had the downloads :)

Now, We are HUGE fans of the math curriculum that we use which is a mastery program just like Math Mammoth is, and we don't intend to switch after this review, but I will definitely be taking advantage of the Blue Series when Twinkle Toes is struggling in certain areas.

Some might think that there are a lot of worksheets/pages to this curriculum and think it might be too much busy work, but that is what we have in our curriculum now, and what she is used to doing, so that certainly wasn't an issue for us.  I do know that a lot of homeschoolers try to steer clear of worksheets, so I did want to mention that to you.  If you go playing on the Math Mammoth website, you will find that they have videos  about the curriculum, how it works, and lots of answers to questions that you may have.

Curious what the other thought of Math Mammoth?  You can head on over to the Mosaic Review page and read all of the other reviewers blogs too!