I like math. Really, I do. I want my kids to like math and understand it.
We've been using Singapore math so far (first Earlybird then 1A and 1B). I liked the idea of it, but feel like we need more practice and explanation. Lucy was able to complete the math pages with lots of prompting from me, but wasn't understanding the concepts fully. Heart of Dakota has some hands on ideas we enjoyed that correlate with 1A and 1B. Even so, part way through 1B we just couldn't go any farther.
I'm not sure how I came across Math Mammoth. At first I was just looking for some additional practice or help, knowing that we couldn't move on to 2A yet. I also didn't want to stop math for the summer and have Lucy forget these concepts she was barely hanging on to. Cathy Duffy gives Math Mammoth a great review. She compares it to Singapore Math in some ways, and really praises it. After looking into it, I purchased their level 1 and began right away.
We just started, but so far I love Math Mammoth! It seems to explain concepts thoroughly and from different angles. Each page has plenty of problems on it, but remains uncluttered looking. The beginning of each section contains helpful notes to the teacher, games to play with your child, and links to internet sites with online games relating to the topic. The teacher/ child games are occasionally scheduled in the textbook also, which is great.
Math Mammoth is available as a download, or as purchased books. I bought the physical books: worktext 1A, 1B, tests and reviews, and the answer key. I like that the instruction is contained in the worktext. (They call it a worktext because its both the textbook and the workbook together.) We have found it very easy to use. Even after getting through Singapore 1A and most of 1B, Math Mammoth's level one is a good place for Lucy to be. She is able to complete the math pages, but it takes some thought. I'm glad we did not keep going with Singapore Math. I feel like with Math Mammoth she is going to thoroughly learn the concepts. If she struggles, I appreciate the additional resources - games, websites, and even an online worksheet maker for additional practice. Maria, the author, was also quick to respond to an email from me with a question that I had.
If you are interested, definitely take some time to browse the Math Mammoth website. I found some good information, including how to use an abacus as a teaching aid, and great kindergarten math ideas. The emails they send out are informative and fun as well. Homeschoolmath.net is also run by the author of Math Mammoth and is an amazing resource worth checking out too! I am very impressed with Math Mammoth and all that it has to offer.
I purchased Math Mammoth on my own and did not receive anything in exchange for this review.
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