Monday, February 22, 2010

Math Mammoth: Revisited


We reviewed Math Mammoth during last year's TOS Crew journey and I had to write a short, sweet review explaining that I couldn't really review the product because I was apparently lacking in the caffeine the day that I chose which series would fit our family best.  Here it is for your reading. . .er. . pleasure:

Math Mammoth publishes math workbooks and worksheets for first through eighth grade. Author Maria Miller strives to provide self-teaching math products at affordable prices. There are four series available, distinguished by color.

The Blue Series are for grades 1-5 and are organized by topic. They concentrate on one or two topics at a time, so the child is able to focus on learning one thing at a time. You can download these as PDF files for only $2- $5, depending on the topic.

The Light Blue series is organized by grade. This is available for grades 1-4 and is almost self-teaching. It includes explainations and problems, as well as tests, and answer key and a worksheet maker. A placement test is provided to determine what grade level is right for your student. These run about $30 for a downloaded version or $54 on CD.

The Golden series is also organized by grade level and is for grades 3-8. These contain problems only and are good for review and/or tutoring. There is one topic per sheet with a variety of problems. These start with multiplication and go through Algebraic topics. The package of all worksheets is $65 for the download version or $70 on CD.

The Green series duplicates the Golden series but in topical format, rather than grade level. Each one covers a different mathematical concept, spanning three or four grade levels. Individual worksheets range in price from $2.50- $9.

I am not a math person and made the mistake of asking for something from the Golden series, which is designed for tutoring. I'm not really qualified to review any math tutoring worksheets as I sometimes ask my seven year old to remind me what 9x8 equals! If you're looking for tutoring or review sheets, these may be just what you need. I should have checked out the Light Blue series myself!

A returning vendor this year, I was happy to have the chance to redeem myself.  I discovered that the Blue Series is exactly like the Light Blue series, only instead of being divided by grade level, it is divided by subject.  As we have a full math program we are happy with, I opted to try a few of the Blue Series in topics I thought my now eight year old mini math man could use a little extra reinforcement in.  We downloaded (which was easy) worksheets on reading a clock (You know, the ones with two hands that move around. Yeah, they still have those!), measurements (He baked brownies last night, remembering to warn me to, "Watch out for eggshells!"), and money (Um...yeah...he's learned this one much too well.). 

This was a much better choice for us.  These worksheets worked well for us.  I printed a few off at a time and he happily completed them.  It was simple, inexpensive (well, for us it was free to review, but it is definitely an inexpensive option!), and effective.  That's a great combination, in my book.  I was grateful to have the opportunity to try out a series that worked well for us and will remember Math Mammoth if I need a little extra reinforcement in a subject area.  They do have a full curriculum though, so check it out if you're in the market!


*Disclosure: This product was provided to me at no cost for review purposes.  To see more reviews of this product, click HERE.*

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