Monday, February 22, 2010

Math Mammoth ~ TOS Crew Review

Shortly after the first of the year, we began using Math Mammoth for review purposes for the TOS Crew. We were currently using a very well-known math curriculum and frankly were bored to tears by the repetitiveness and not liking it very much. I was also told by much reading and studying that I had chosen an accelerated math curriculum for my children, so I was surprised after having my children take the placement tests over at Math Mammoth, that they weren't ready for the 2A and 2B books (2nd grade), but we needed to start with 1B. I think our current "popular" math curriculum was a little too repetitive and perhaps my children were bored because they needed a bit more of a challenge. We are currently working on 1B from the Light Blue Series, and will then move on to 2A.

Maria Miller is the author of Math Mammoth. She shares in her bio that she is "a math teacher turned housewife and homeschooler. She also shares this on her homepage:

My aim is to help parents and teachers teach math so our children and students can really understand what is going on. I've strived to explain the concepts so that both the teacher and the student can "get it" by reading the explanations in the books. In essence, the books become practically self-teaching.

One thing I really enjoy about this curriculum is how you download what you want, when you want. This helps save you money, and saves your bookshelves from being cluttered by too much stuff. Math Mammoth is a very affordable math curriculum. The products I am reviewing from the Light Blue Series (1B and 2A) each cost $15.50.

Math Mammoth Offers a full curriculum set for grades 1-5, worktexts by topic for grades 1-5, Worksheets by grade (3-8), Worksheets by topic for grades 3-7, and Make it Real Learning workbooks.

If you are not sure where to place your child in Math Mammoth, you can click the placement tests they provide on their website by clicking HERE.

To read more Math Mammoth reviews, please go to the TOS Crew blog.

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