Wondering if Math Mammoth is a good fit for your family? You can read my in-depth review here.
Many different websites sell the Math Mammoth complete curriculum (the “Light Blue” Series). This Math Mammoth buying guide will lead you through the process so you can buy just what you need, at the best price possible.
Note that for a complete curriculum, you’ll want to buy the “Light Blue Series” and NOT the “Blue Series.”
Step 1: Placement test
Before buying anything, have your child take the Math Mammoth placement test. Math Mammoth’s scope and sequence is fairly close to other major curriculum, so you child will likely place where you expect. But it’s always best to check.
Step 2: Downloaded copy, CD or printed copy?
Next, decide if you want to print Math Mammoth yourself or receive it already printed. The major advantage of buying the CD or download is that you can print it for your own family as many times as you’d like. Printing costs do add up, but this is a huge savings for larger families. (Note that the digital worktexts are in color, but the author says that is is fine for you to print them in black and white.) If you’d rather not deal with printing the materials yourself, you can just buy the worktexts already printed.
Step 3: Individual grades or a bundle pack?
If you’ve decided to buy a CD or download, you can save a lot of money by buying the entire curriculum at once. For example, you can buy a CD with the complete curriculum for grades 1-7 for only $150 at Rainbow Resource right now! That’s a pretty astounding value compared to other programs. (Although don’t forget to factor in printing costs.)
Buying curriculum in advance can be a little dangerous, since we never know how our kids or our family will change. But if you feel that you have a good sense of what works well for your children, buying the bundle pack might be your best bet.
Step 4: Comparison shopping
Math Mammoth lays out the purchasing options at the bottom of this page. Although there are several different online stores that you can buy from, all of the best prices are at Rainbow Resource, so I recommend starting there. Math Mammoth also sometimes runs deals at Homeschool Buyers Co-op, but make sure to compare the price to what Rainbow Resource offers.
Step 5: Add manipulatives
If you’re using grades 1-3 of Math Mammoth, the author highly recommends buying a 100-bead abacus. She also recommends an analog clock and a ruler for those grades, as well as a few more measuring instruments for grade three. (The list is halfway down this page.)
For most young children, this won’t be enough hands-on materials. Start with my free Minimalist Math Manipulative Guide to put together your own hands-on math materials kit with items you have around the house.
Frequently Asked Questions About Math Mammoth
What should I use to prepare my child for Math Mammoth?
Math Mammoth begins with first-grade. On her website, the author offers some recommendations for simple activities for kindergarten.
If you’d like to use a formal program rather than making up your own activities, I recommend either Kindergarten Math with Confidence or Singapore Essential Math. Both cover these skills well and prepare children for the number skills in Math Mammoth’s first grade worktext. Plus, they’re inexpensive and don’t require you to invest in multi-year manipulative sets!
How many pages should my child do each day?
Since Math Mammoth isn’t organized by lesson, it’s up to you to decide how many pages your child should do each day. Generally 2-3 pages is a good amount.
Does my child have to do the Puzzle Corner?
Math Mammoth includes occasional puzzles. Some kids love them, and some kids hate them. If your child hates them, feel free to skip them. They’re not essential.
My child is overwhelmed by how busy the pages are. How can I make them feel more manageable?
The simplest way to simplify the pages is to cover parts of them with blank paper or sticky notes so your child can focus on just one problem at a time. Or, write one problem at a time on a whiteboard.
Updated May 2020. Some of the links in this post may be affiliate links. If you buy an item through an affiliate link, I may receive a commission, at no additional cost to you.
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