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Math Mammoth Review and Giveaway

We love being able to provide curriculum reviews that bring a variety of perspectives. Since we have such a large team of writers, we are able to bring you a well-rounded review with several families using the product. Each individual child and family have different needs, so our goal is to provide a review that might shed light on the unique nuances of the product that worked for each family.

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Danielle has a math-minded 11-year-old.

She used the Light Blue Series (Level 5) with her son. To learn more about their experiences using Math Mammoth, keep reading!

HHM Math Mammoth DevMuch to my continual frustration, I have a very analytical-thinking, math-minded middle son. Dev is 11 years old and bright enough to understand most math concepts in a very non-traditional, refuse-to-show-your-work-no-matter-how-much-mom-insists kind of way. I’ve been using the same math program for years with all three of my boys simply because it’s what works for ME, not necessarily because it’s what is best for them individually. When given the opportunity to review Math Mammoth’s Light Blue Series – Level 5, I literally leaped at the chance to challenge my boy with a very different sort of math program.

While poking around the Math Mammoth website I was instantly struck by the versatility in options for ordering. You are able to choose from downloadable files, Grade Level CDs, or the more traditional printed workbooks. Both the downloadable and CD versions are available in bundled packages or single grade levels. Each and every version appeared to me to be more affordable across the board than any math option I’d considered before, a definite plus in my book!

After a few weeks of using the Math Mammoth program, I can confidently say both of us appreciated the practically self-teaching, well laid-out lessons with visual models and mental math that resonated with my boy’s thought and reasoning processes. At the time of this writing, we’ve even gone back and filled in some pretty glaring gaps left by his current math program in the areas of the “Order of Operations” and “Graphing.”  I’m definitely going to keep Math Mammoth’s Blue Series books (smaller, topic-focused books for extra practice and/or filling in gaps) when/if I come across other areas our current math program might be lacking.

Aside from a teaching style that aligns very well with the way my 5th grader learns, I wholeheartedly appreciated the abundance of practical and comprehensive word problems that can be found in this curriculum. It’s a big-time pet peeve of mine when a math program drills facts and processes without relating to the student the whys of math concepts in real life situations. Math Mammoth’s creator, Maria Miller, also provides an extensive list of level-appropriate games and helpful links at the beginning of each chapter as well as free assessment tests and a great variety of complimentary sample pages to download and try before you buy. I was honestly entirely impressed with just how many resources the author has made readily available.

With all the math curriculum options available to us as homeschool families, Math Mammoth is absolutely worthy of consideration. I’m truly bummed I didn’t know more about this curriculum before my kids were nearly out of the middle grades!

Taryn’s 7-year-old 1st grade son is a reluctant mathematician.

Here, Taryn shares information about how Math Mammoth worked for them.
Micah Math MammothWith Math being a subject my 7-year-old has approached with some reluctance these past few years, I was curious to see how he would respond to Math Mammoth. While we continued with our other program – another well-recognised mastery-based program with great results – we also began to introduce some Math Mammoth into our morning. My son loved it! He loved the simple building blocks of information and the number of activities, being not too much and not too little.  He enjoyed the colorful images and responded well to the wording used to explain new concepts. I enjoyed the progression of steps and the mastery-based approach.  I also appreciated the tone of the lessons. They’re fun, interesting, and have a sense of warmth about them. It’s easy to work through lessons without ever feeling like it is pedestrian and boring.

While Math Mammoth is advertised as being a program children can work on independently, my guy is not confident enough in his reading skills to be able to handle the volume of reading required to grasp the concepts on his own.  Thankfully, he enjoys working alongside me closely, so it was not a problem to work together through the activities. But, if parents are looking for something younger children can work on more independently, then this program would not suffice.  However, as the student progresses and becomes more independent, this program needs very little by way of reinforcement. Even for parents who struggle with math themselves, the author of Math Mammoth has provided a wealth of extra resources and material on the Math Mammoth website, free of charge.

All in all, Math Mammoth is a very affordable, thorough program that my 7-year-old son loved!

Jennifer’s 7th grade son is very proficient at math.

He was able to complete his work independently.

A simple, affordable, and user-friendly math curriculum is what you get with Math Mammoth. Another plus is the author, Maria HHM Math Mammoth JenniferMiller, has a master’s in math, and minors in both physics and statistics. That combination produces a thorough and complete curriculum for children in first through seventh grades. Although we have previously used and been pleased with Math Mammoth curriculum, using it this time around was a totally new experience for us. For one, I now have a seventh grader (goodness) and we used physical products of that level. Math Mammoth is mastery-based and offers convenient downloads of all of its products. That is all we have ever used from the company. This time, it was a wonderful treat to have well-bound, physical books in hand to use!

My son was easily able to work through the material. Having already used the curriculum, he set his pace at two pages a day and completed the work with little assistance from me. Some of the topics covered in Math Mammoth Grade 7 are:

• introduction to basic algebra concepts
• integers and their operations
• solving one-step equations, including with negative numbers
• operations with negative rational numbers
• solving linear equations and writing equations for word problems

You can see all of the 7th grade level topics by clicking here.

Maria writes the curriculum for and to the student, so he or she is able to read the instructions and explanations and work through the material independently. This is something I love about the curriculum! In fact, this feature is evident in all grade levels in the complete curriculum. Plus, what seventh grader doesn’t want to stretch and feel some independence in his work?

Additional Information:

If you’re interested in the Internation Version of Math Mammoth, please click here to learn more. Grades 1-7 are available!

To find our more information about the curriculum, click here.

To find some FAQs about the Light Blue Series, click here.

If you’re interested in purchasing any grade level of this curriculum, use these links:

  1. For grade 1, use www.mathmammoth.com/complete/grade_1.php
  2. For grade 2, use www.mathmammoth.com/complete/grade_2.php
  3. For grade 3, use www.mathmammoth.com/complete/grade_3.php
  4. And so on…

So whether you have a reluctant math learner or a student who excels at the subject, Math Mammoth is definitely a great math program to consider!

For your chance to win a full year of Math Mammoth curriculum, enter the giveaway below!

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About the author

Taryn

Taryn Hayes calls Cape Town, South Africa her home. The crazy antics of her husband, Craig, and their four kids feature regularly over at their family blog, Hazy Days. Taryn is also the author of the youth novel, Seekers of the Lost Boy, about a 12-year-old homeschooled boy and his family. They end up on an incredible adventure after finding a mysterious message in a bottle, washed up on the beach one morning. Read more at her author site: http://tarynhayes.com

About the author

Jennifer

Jennifer now lives in Small Town, USA, but will always remain a California girl. She is a Christian, wife and homeschool mother of three children (a.k.a. the ‘Wild Bunch’). Jennifer is a writer, who enjoys reading, running, too much time on the computer, sewing and taking lots and lots of pictures (just ask her children). She is also a lover of food and can be found in her kitchen whipping up something delicious and vegetarian. Oh, she never forgets dessert. You may find her writing at her personal blog, Milk & Honey Mommy and for West Tennessee families at Kid Madison, a blog for kids, teens and families and at Homeschool Roster, a listing of events and news for homeschoolers.

About the author

Danielle

Danielle is a big-city Southern California girl who, after a number of years spent enjoying the majesty of small-town Montana, moved back home to be near family and make a go of her backyard homesteading dreams. She’s married to her stud of a high school sweetheart and together they’re raising three handsome, rough-and-tumble young men. Their family loves the Lord and homeschooling is just one of the many ways they have endeavored to give their whole lives to Christ. Danielle and her family are having a blast working to turn their healthy DIY spirit into a more self-sufficient lifestyle.

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  • This is the curriculum we are considering for our next school year. I have one child who loves math and one who doesn’t like it as much.

  • I’ll have a fifth grader next year and the math we are using is too textbook-y for her. She doesn’t appreciate a math book that’s colorful. She just wants to learn the math. I’m thinking of moving her to math mammoth. 🙂

  • After browsing the website and reading the stories here, I’m adding this to the list of curriculum possibilities for next year. Thank you for the information

  • My 1st grader has a hard time sitting still & enjoys hands on learing best so this would be wonderful to win!

  • I recently bought 2 books from the Math Mammoth Blue Series. With the download version, I printed the worksheets as needed. My kids are now more willing to complete Math and are developing a deeper understanding of concepts. We need more Math Mammoth!

  • I have three very different “math minds” in my home. I’m so looking forward to doing some more digging into this program to see if it’s a fit for one or all of them. That’s for all the info.

  • What I loved best about your article is that you broke down several grade levels of use … thanks for the giveaway!

  • The Math program we have been using has not been working well for either of my children. Thank you so much for the opportunity to win!

  • I have always heard a great things about this math program and would like to try it out to see if it’s a good fit for my son.

  • I like that this uses some practical concepts, as you said the ‘whys’ , and not drilling. That’s such a great way to help kids I think. This would be great for my kids, we just started homeschooling and I am still exploring curriculum options. Thanks for the chance to try this out!

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