Wednesday, November 16, 2011
Math Mammoth is designed to speak right to the student, requiring very little preparation from the teacher. These worksheets lean strongly toward mental math concepts. I like the way so many of them deal with "real world" concepts such as making change and other skills that students will really need. The ones we used also dealt with noticing patterns in math. My sons used a different level of thinking in these worksheets than I have ever run across in my search for math sheets.
This product has actually been a lifesaver this year. We started using Teaching Textbooks, which I love for its 100% online capabilities and animated style. However, it's difficult to tote the computer around in the car when we are headed to field trips. These are perfect times to bring out Mammoth Math sheets! At one point this month, my gifted 4th grader was complaining about math. He only does this when he is bored. I took a look at some of the lessons that he was working on, and realized they were reviewing concepts he had mastered. I pulled out a Mammoth Math sheet on Fibonnaci's Sequence (really, have you ever seen THAT in a math worksheet?!) and he instantly loved it. I have since let him skip through some of his Teaching Textbooks lectures to get to the point he needs to be, but he still begs for Mammoth Math whenever he wants a challenge. This is a kid who excels at math and enjoys doing it as "extra credit".
I like seeing the Table of Contents on each set of worksheets. This way, if my 6th grader has just started learning about geometry, I can scan down to the section on angles, rays and area and reinforce what he learned with one of these sheets.
Another great point to these products is their affordablility. They can run you just over $30 for the downloadable version of one entire grade's worth of worksheets. Or you can bundle them together by grade or topic. Some of the worksheets are "problems only" and are great for tutors or teachers to give as reinforcement.. Some of the sets include instruction, which are better for teaching new concepts to students.