Understanding mathematical concepts takes time. And understanding is what I want for my children when it comes to math. I want them to master the concepts, instead of just barely squeaking by.
But, I noticed some gaps in my younger kids’ mathematical skills. They each had some areas where they were struggling. So I was thankful when asked to review material from Math Mammoth. While complete grade level math curricula was available in the Light Blue Series, I opted for targeted workbooks from the Blue Series so I could have my kindergartner, first, and second graders each practice some specific skills. Jeffrey has been practicing the Addition and Subtraction 2B, to help review borrowing before moving onto multiplication this spring. Ellie has been working through activities in Place Value 1 to help her really grasp this concept. Sydney has been going through the Measurement 1 activities to really build a solid foundation for measuring.
The Blue Series consists of numerous worktexts each focusing on a specific math skill. Since they’re available as individual books, you get to pick and choose the ones your students need most. They’re priced at a very reasonable rate, ranging from just over $2.00 to just over $7.00 each. There are also bundle deals available.
In each book, you’ll find:
- An introduction with links to recommended materials (if applicable)
- A list of online resources, games, and activities to supplement lessons further
- Colorful student work pages (written with directions that are student friendly)
How We Used the Math Mammoth Blue Series Worktexts
Since my kids are already working through a math curriculum, I used the Blue Series as a supplement. I selected texts covering skills they needed to beef up on.
Then, I simply printed off a lesson for each of them a couple of times a week. Some lessons were a little long, so I occasionally had them break it into two work sessions.
When we took a break from our schooling in celebration of baby Bryson, the kids asked to do more pages. I definitely wasn’t going to say no to doing math!
I was a bit worried about the colorful images on the pages, as we only have a black and white printer. But, my worry was unfounded because everything printed beautifully without color.
My Thoughts of the Math Mammoth Blue Series
I really appreciated the thought put into these books. The instruction is clear, with pictures that compliment and enhance the instruction instead of just being randomly thrown in.
Each text provides a variety of activity types. Students are asked to solve word problems, play games, and complete problems. We often played the games as a larger group, which was lots of fun. One game we really enjoyed from the Place Value 1 book was called “Teens out!” The goal is to put together two cards from your hand that add up to a number between 10 and 20. You know, a teen number! 😀
We played this several times, and even though this was the book Ellie was going through, it really helped cement the order of the teen numbers for Sydney. She caught onto the pattern of 10+_.
I really recommend these worktexts, and will be purchasing more in the future. They cover topics for grades 1-8, so I’ll be able to use them for quite a while!
There are also printed versions available if you prefer hard copies to digital files.