Mosaic Review: Math Mammoth
Math is one of those subjects that you either love or hate. I love it. For me it a constant, it is either right or wrong. I like that there is no wiggle room in Math. My children on the other hand, do not all feel the same way. Negative numbers? Using letters? This has been a real challenge for some of my children.
Math Mammoth is a program that can be used as a stand-alone curriculum for those that homeschool or as a supplemental tool for those in public or private schools.
Math Mammoth Blue series books are worktexts by topics ranging from 1st grade addition to 7th grade topics, such as percent and ratios. A worktext means the book contains both the explanations for the student (text) and the problems (work). These are versatile and have many uses, such as for filling in gaps, for review, or initial teaching whenever you want to concentrate on a few topics at a time.
We received the Blue Series to use in our homeschool this semester. The books were all available via downloading but could also be worked on the computer. We used the program for several months and love it!
The worktexts that we reviewed were:
The Four Operations (with a Touch of Algebra) – Review of the four operations with whole numbers, order of operations, long division & multiplication, simple equations & expressions, exponents, introduction to functions. $6.00
Ratios, Proportions & Problem Solving – Ratios, proportions, scaling geometric figures, floor plans, solving problems using the bar (block) model: problems with fractional parts or ratios. $4.00
Percent – Percent, percentage of number, discounts, sales tax, circle graphs, percent of change, percent of comparison. $3.50
Integers – Integers, addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, and coordinate grid problems. $3.75
As you can see, the price point is certainly within any budgets.
We found that the problems were presented in a clear and concise manner. They were explained step by step (which we have struggled with in other curriculum) with practice problems all along the way. One of my daughters made a statement that if I had explained percentages the way this book did, she would have completely understood it! That was a wake-up call for me. Using or continuing to use a curriculum that isn’t working – doesn’t help anyone.
Math Mammoth has taken over a large portion of our daily curriculum program. I would recommend it for anyone that needs supplemental work or is struggling on a particular area. For those that homeschool, this program would cover the information needed to meet the standards of most states.
To learn more about Math Mammoth or to purchase their products, visit them online at Math Mammoth.