Monday, June 3, 2013

Review on Math Mammoth

About Math Mammoth: 

Math Mammoth are affordable math worktexts and workbooks available as both downloads and printed books. The lessons are self teaching, thus requiring little involvement or preparation. The mastery oriented math program provides a Placement Test in order to help determine what level the child is in. The curriculum that I reviewed  was Math Mammoth Blue Complete Curriculum which covers grades 1-6. Just like the other complete curriculum, Grade 2 contains explanation of each topic and two parts of a worktext (A and B), tests, cumulative reviews, answer keys, and a worksheet maker. For $34.00 (Price may change without notice.), you would receive part A and B worktexts, answer keys, tests, cumulative reviews, a worksheet maker, and Soft-Pak.

The four main areas of study for second grade are:

"Understanding of the base-ten system within 1000. This includes place value with three-digit numbers,   skip- counting in fives, tens, and multiples of hundreds, tens, and ones (within 1000). (chapters 6 and 8);

Develop fluency with addition and subtraction within 100, including solving word problems, regrouping in addition, and regrouping in subtraction (chapters 1, 3, 4, and 8);

Using standard units of measure (chapter 7);

Describing and analyzing shapes (chapter 5)."

Our Experience:

Math Mammoth is a mastery program which I prefer to use then the spiral based program. This online math program focuses on mastering a concept before introducing something new.  My daughter and I loved that the lessons were short. The explanations were clear and the exercises provided a lot of visuals. Very little preparation was needed in order for my daughter to complete the problems.

One of my daughter's favorite lessons was the one teaching about geometric patterns. She enjoyed continuing to color in the pattern provided. With this particular lesson, she learned about parallelograms. Another lesson that she enjoyed completing was the one that taught about solids. A few months ago, I purchased a set of solid shapes. I was able to incorporate them into this lesson since she is a tactile learner.

The program also gave her an opportunity to print out the cut outs of the solids introduced in the lesson. She was able to make a cone, cube, cylinder, and  a square pyramid.The only negative with this math program was that there were not many hands on activities. My daughter is a tactile learner so she enjoys making things. Other then that, I would recommend program.

 I have been given this product free of charge for review purposes. 

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