Math Mammoth reviews
Posted 12 October 2010 - 03:03 PM
I originally was looking at MUS and RS (because of the games and manipulatives etc) but the price has made me look elsewhere. While I've been looking around I've been doing some weekend work with my ps 9yob (whom will be coming home full time after Christmas ) and he seems to really like doing colorful worksheets, which MM seems to have lots of. I love that you can see so much of the program on their website but I wondered, when compared to other math programs, what your opinions were...because I sincerely value them. Is it comprehensive enough? Is it fun? He likes math and I want it to be enjoyable. It looks great at first glimpse. Wondering what your thoughts are.
Posted 12 October 2010 - 03:11 PM
I like that the math is taught to the student (good for independent workers) and explained very well. There are many different ways of looking at the same concept used. The word problems make my kids think and apply what they learned. The puzzle corners are quite challenging and for most of my kids we need to do them together. The curriculum makes small jumps from one concept to the next, not leaving large gaps for teacher to fill in. There is plenty of practice and she gives lots of ideas for online resources to accent. She does have YouTube videos also that explain how to teach some of the tougher concepts.
It gets a thumbs up from us! My kids are enjoying it, other than the fact they don't get to watch Mr. Demme anymore (we used MUS) and they have to actually **think**.
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Posted 12 October 2010 - 05:29 PM
I like how it gives different ways of looking at problems and really makes him think through what he is doing.
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Edited by 3Blessings4Me, 12 October 2010 - 05:47 PM.
Posted 12 October 2010 - 05:44 PM
Lots of people love it and I know you will get great reviews, but not me. I think the formatting is not good at least for the younger grades if you have a fine-motor challenged child; there is too much on one page and the writing spaces seem REALLY small. Seeing all those problems on one page was pretty overwhelming for my DD. Some people have suggested ways to reformat it with Adobe, but that is a lot of work IMO. For me it is also a negative to not have more of a teacher's guide; I really want something to help me teach it and give me more ideas beyond just what is in the worktext. I do not like how the review isn't built in like it is in other programs (there are cumulative reviews that you print out separately). It puts too much of the burden on me to make sure the review is included. I tried it for a while with my dd7, and it just wasn't a good fit but this may very well be because she isn't a workbook loving kid (not a perfect paula or competent Carl, in Cathy Duffy speak . It is one purchase I sincerely regret because I bought the ebook and can't resell it (2A & 2B). I think the author does a good job of explaining things, however, and I love watching her videos online. We just didn't find it to be a good fit for our styles.
I tried starting my 7 year old on the same books and found that he was lost since he had never worked with math this way before. Bumping him down a book to 1A to start is working great! Maybe you could try that and see if it could work?
Posted 12 October 2010 - 06:06 PM
I would rather use either of those programs (or both!) instead of MUS or RS. It's not about the cost; MM and MEP suit me better as a teacher, and they're at least as good as MUS and RS.
Posted 12 October 2010 - 06:15 PM
Posted 12 October 2010 - 06:28 PM
At first we hated the puzzle corners- she just refused to do them and whined about it. We did a few together and now she looks forward to them.
I love that they are a worktext and I dont have to deal with a TM. The directions and sample problems are exactly what I needed. They are very simple to follow. We do the sample on the whiteboard and I see the lightbulb go on with her as we go through it. She then has no trouble doing the rest on her own.
There is a worksheet generator included, so you can review as needed or get more work for problem areas. I plan on making a note of trouble areas and then for review I will go and print out some worksheets. I think doing that along with the cumulative reviews and tests will be sufficient.
Posted 12 October 2010 - 06:55 PM
MM is a very good math program. It did not work for my dd though. The pages have alot of problems which is nice but...if your child doesn't like this busy layout it can cause tears. I have read that people cut up the sheets to help but I just don't like to do that.
As much as everyone says that the directions simple, my dd was easily confused. I found the directions simple to understand but for a 7 year old(that doesn't like math) to read and take off on their own is not my dd style of learning. However, I do teach the material no matter what math program I use so that is not a factor. I never let her "self teach."
I think you get a great math education with this curriculum if it suits the child. I tried SM with my dd and it was a hit. The graphics caught her attention and the problems are spaced out nicely.
I would print out the mm samples and use them with your child for a week or so. You should know by then if it will be a good fit.
Posted 12 October 2010 - 09:27 PM
BTW, my ds is not particularly mathy, but he's understanding things better now with MM. We've just started MM 1B.
Posted 12 October 2010 - 09:56 PM
MM is very doable and I love how it explains topics so completely.
Posted 12 October 2010 - 10:07 PM
I don't find that there is enough review for one of my dd's. We use Horizons for review once or twice a week. 1A is starting out almost too slow for my K/1er. I also supplement with Horizons for her. She is, however, getting a very strong understanding of math facts. We do a combination of written work and games suggested by MM.
We used MM sporadically in the past but made a commitment this year to stick with it. I'm so glad. I do not use it exclusively. I have just found that no one program meets all our needs and math is too important; we have to get it right. I am, however, using MM as our spine this year. All three dd's are doing great, very little complaining!
Posted 13 October 2010 - 12:16 AM
My 4th child had just completed MUS Alpha, and he's working his way through MM 1. There are so many mathematical concepts that simply aren't covered at all in MUS.
I typically have them do 1-2 pages a day, depending on how many problems are on a page. We haven't had trouble with the amount of problems and the amount of space, but we're used to MUS, which had a similar number of problems, so who knows?
I was just telling my dh today that I'm so glad I switched!
Posted 13 October 2010 - 12:34 AM
It is a lot of writing. For my DS with fine motor issues, I let him tell me the answers and I do the writing on days when he is not up for the challenge. The funny part is that he'll fill in an addition table no problem (with 30 different numbers) with no complaints. He also loves the puzzles. I plan to stick with MM for a while - I'm very satisfied with it.
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Posted 13 October 2010 - 08:03 PM
We really like it! It's a good combination of skills and can mostly be done independently. I feel like it's a good compliment to Singapore or could be used be itself.
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Posted 14 October 2010 - 08:37 AM
We haven't gotten to that point yet, but I'm SURE we'll see better results than we did with MUS simply because MM covers more. I'm anxious to see just how much better!
Have any MM users seen good results on standardized tests? Thanks!