Math has never been a strength of mine. As my girls get older I’m always on the lookout for products that can supplement our learning, so I was excited to learn I was chosen to review the Blue Series from Math Mammoth. We have been working through Geometry 2, Expressions & Equations, and Rational Numbers for the past six weeks or so.
Maria Miller, the author of Math Mammoth, is a math teacher and homeschooler. While tutoring in the early 2000’s she noticed the struggle homeschool moms were having teaching math. She decided to start writing books especially for homeschoolers, and in 2003 published her initial set of math ebooks for grades 1-5. She has added many books to her collection over the years. Her goal is to help students understand the concepts of math, using visual models and exercises to help them understand how math works.
The Blue Series books are worktexts (texbook and workbook combined in one) on specific topics for grades 1-7. This series can be used as a supplement to your current math program, as a review for additional support if your child is struggling with a concept after you’ve finished it, or as a remedial tool. The worktexts are available as a downloadable PDF or as a printed book. For this review we received the downloadable PDF’s.
Geometry 2 teaches:
- Area of triangles
- Area of polygons
- Nets and surface area
- Circle and pi
- Volume of common solids
Expressions & Equations teaches:
- Order of operations
- The distributive property
- Growing patterns
- Using two variables
Rational Numbers teaches:
- Add and subtract rational numbers
- Multiply and divide rational numbers
- Complex fractions
- Scientific notation
- Equations with fractions and decimals
Since we received the downloadable PDF’s, all I had to do was print and go. The PDF’s are enabled for annotating, so you have the option to have your child work right on the computer. I think that could be a nice change of pace for kids who like computer work. Katie likes worksheets, so she preferred the printed version.
We decided to use these lessons as review, so Katie was able to work through the pages with little help from me. The lessons were explained for each section before the problems, and were thorough enough that she moved through them with ease. After she finished her sheets for the day, I used the included answer key to correct her work. Easy peasy.
I like that the textbook and workbook are combined into one book, with the answer key included at the end. Math is not a favorite subject of hers, but Katie worked on these pages three times a week without complaint. She liked the straight-forward manner; these lessons were written to the student, and that format really appealed to her. Although the Blue Series is meant as a supplement to your existing math program, Math Mammoth also has the Light Blue Series, which is a complete math curriculum for grades 1-7. Whether you’re looking for something to supplement what you’re already using, or something more thorough, Math Mammoth provides some great options worth looking in to!
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