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This month, in partnership with Mosaic Reviews, we were able to review a math curriculum in our homeschool from Math Mammoth.
Math Mammoth is the brain child of Maria Miller, a housewife and homeschooling mom who also happened to be a math teacher with a Master’s degree in Mathematics and a Minor in Physics and Statistics. Basically, Maria knows math. And she loves it! During her many years teaching and tutoring homeschoolers in math, she noticed the struggles many moms faced in teaching math to their homeschooled children and set out to create a math program just for homeschoolers. Since 2002, she’s been doing just that! You can read more about Maria and Math Mammoth here.
For our review, I had a choice of either the Blue Series, which offers worktexts based on topic for grades 1-7, or the Light Blue Series, which is a complete curriculum for grades 1-6. I chose several worktexts from the Blue Series, and this is what I am reviewing on today.
For the Blue Series, I was able to choose 4 worktexts. Worktext means that it is a combination of textbook and workbook, both teaching the methods and then a lot of problems with room to work those math skills, which is something my very tactile learner likes. Because the Blue Series only focuses on a few topics per worktext or unit, I found that it is great as a supplement to her regular curriculum and also provides good review for topics already covered or to help in math skills that she may be having difficulty in.
For my middle schooler, I chose:
- Percent – Grades 6-8 available as a PDF download for $3.20.
- Ratios & Proportions and Problem Solving – Grades 5-7, available for PDF download for $5.00. Was a great refresher for her on skills she has already learned.
- Integers – Grades 6-8 available as a PDF download for $3.80.
- The Four Operations (with a touch of Algebra) – Grades 5-6, available as a PDF download for $6.80. I thought this was a good refresher for Bug, but she felt like it was ‘kiddie’ work. She didn’t like this book as much as the others, although she did fly through it. Since I think any math for her no matter what level is good, I am glad she had it for review work.
|I think she likes it for the Hidden Mickey’s. 😉|
Because she likes them, I know she will finish the worktexts up, but unfortunately the worktexts end with Middle School level and don’t keep going. If Math Mammoth came out with maybe something like a Dark Blue series, that focused on high school math, I would buy that because Bug likes this curriculum enough to keep using it when she has other curriculums she could use. To me that says it all. If you are having difficulties in math in your homeschool, give Math Mammoth a try. You may find it is just what your homeschoolers needed!
You can check out what my teammates at Mosaic Reviews are saying about Math Mammoth here. Because we all have different needs in our homeschools, while my review may not help you, it is very possible another team member’s review will. Check ’em out!