Sunday, May 29, 2011

Math Switch: Math Mammoth

What's a girl to do when blogger won't let her post pictures? 
Talk math, of course.

After much consideration, I've decided to switch math programs next year.  I liked Singapore Math, but I had some reservations about using it again.  It was quick, easy, and inexpensive, especially since I used either the text or the workbook, not both.  Yes, you read that right.  The first semester, I used just the workbook with Ella, and introduced the concepts in each section on my own before assigning practice.  That worked pretty well, but I was afraid as we went along, we'd need more in later years.  The second semester, I used only the textbook, and printed extra practice worksheets from the internet when she needed more practice.  The problem with that was that she hated working the problems in a separate notebook.  I mean h-a-t-e-d it.  So, no more of that.  At least I know she's capable of taking a problem and figuring out how to set it up and solve it on her own without a worksheet, but no need to hammer that lesson into a kid.  She likes worksheets.  So, I guess, math worksheets it is.

For lack of a better solution, I was prepared to go along with Singapore for one more year.  But I'd been examining some of the samples on the Math Mammoth site for a few weeks, and this weekend I finally decided to make the switch.  Math Mammoth it is.  Here are a few things I like about it:

  • Buy once.  Use for two kids.
  • Still inexpensive.
  • Won't need extra supplements (unless we want fun holiday-themed sheets or things like that).
  • I can print as much or as little as we need.
  • She likes the word problems better.  Singapore referred a lot to things she wasn't familiar with (like durian fruit), and it drove her nuts.  Silly, I know, but the fight wasn't worth it.  
  • It's mastery oriented (similar to Singapore) which makes it easy for me to plan.  I can change the order in which we introduce of some of the material, and we can do the review exercises as needed, but there aren't a ton of long, drawn out review pages.

Now it isn't without it faults. Or at least stumbling blocks for me.
  • I have to print everything myself.  I hate buying printer ink.  Especially color ink.
  • There's a lot of work in there.  I'm not sure a third grader needs to know or do everything in this curriculum.  I have the option to not do everything in there, but will I feel pressured to print it all just because it's there?
  • It's kind of dry.  No fun pictures or cartoons.  But if the kid's ok with that, so am I.  
I'm optimistic.  It's the best I've seen for what we want, and it's flexible.  I'm all about flexible.  

If you're interested, check out the sample pages on the site.  They have some for each grade level in the light blue series, which is the complete curriculum.  Plus they are running a sale this weekend (through tomorrow) of 20% off the downloads.  The code is MAYSALE, and the sale info is listed on the main page.  That means I got our complete math curriculum for third grade for $25.60 (not counting computer ink and paper).   I'll let you know later next year how we like it.

* I am not an affiliate for Math Mammoth nor did I receive any compensation for writing this post.  I simply wanted to share the information I learned and pass on the sale code.


  1. We're going to give Math Mammoth a try too! For two of my kids anyway. I've tried at least 4 different math curriculum over the years-always looking for that perfect fit!

  2. I hope it works out for both of us! I'm optimistic, but when I made a rough plan for the year, I realized we'd have to do something like 3 worksheets a day to get it all done. YIKES! It's going to take some self-control to decide to let some of it go and not try to cram it all in.


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