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It seems that everyone searches for the “perfect” homeschool math curriculum. They scour books and blogs and websites. They ask friends and stop at every math resource booth at the local homeschool convention. I’m here to let you in on a secret that I’ve found in our years of homeschooling.
There is no one “perfect” math curriculum.
Gasp! Yep. The reason that there are so many math programs available to homeschoolers is that there are many different types of learners, personalities, and situations. You need to find the program that fits your student’s learning style at that time and that fits your teaching style. That is your “perfect” math curriculum.
The reason people rave about their favorite math curriculum and think it is the only one to use is that they have found the curriculum that works for them. They have found their “perfect” homeschool math curriculum.
Have you found yours?
Math Mammoth is a homeschool math curriculum that has been on my radar for a few years. A few of my local homeschool friends used it in the past with their children with great success. I was excited to get the opportunity to review Math Mammoth’s Light Blue Series curriculum and get to see it first hand.
Math Mammoth Light Blue Series is a mastery oriented, complete homeschool math curriculum available for grades 1 through 7. It contains student text pages that also serve as the workbook. Tests and answers are, also, included.
I downloaded the grade 6 level for my son. It includes beginning algebra and geometry. The curriculum does a good job of explaining new concepts with plenty of opportunity to practice the concepts (math problems) with occasional help along the way. It is designed for the student to teach themselves.
Pros of Math Mammoth
- Complete curriculum
- Combined text and workbook
- Easy to follow explanations
- Plenty of practice problems
- Focuses on conceptual understanding not memorization
- Placement tests
- Downloadable so it can be used for multiple students
- Lots of math resource and learning games links
Cons of Math Mammoth
- Lots of text and problems on each page. Very busy. (maybe overwhelming for some students)
- Some people may not want to print out the entire program. A printed version is available, but costs more.
- The area available for writing the answers might be a bit small for some students.
I love the way Math Mammoth teaches students to keep their number columns organized.
Would I Recommend Math Mammoth?
Like I said above, there is no one perfect homeschool math curriculum. In your pursuit of the right math program for your children, I would definitely take a look at Math Mammoth. It is a quality, well-planned curriculum that will teach your children to understand math not just memorize math facts.
Math Mammoth would be great for motivated, self-starting students to do on their own or as a great way to start to teach your children to be independent learners.
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