The program came with two student workbooks – A and B – with a separate answer key for each book, along with tests and cumulative reviews. Here’s the basic areas of study for Grade 1:
1. The concepts of addition and subtraction and strategies for each
2. Developing understanding whole number relationships and place value till 100
3. Developing understanding of measuring lengths
4. Reasoning about attributes of geometric shapes (such as the number of sides and corners)
5. Learning about clocks and telling time
6. Counting coins
There are some great things about this program. I love how thorough it is and how much information they pack into one book. But because I got the PDF version and not a print version, I felt a little overwhelmed by everything I needed to print and organize. They have a print version available, so next time, I would probably go that route.
Also, while I did like the curriculum, my son is very hands-on and doesn’t enjoy doing worksheets. At all. So for my family, the Math Mammoth program probably isn’t the best fit. My son attends public school, though, and I do enjoy having the worksheets and program as backup and to reinforce what he’s already learning at school.
He’s in kindergarten this year, so I imagine next year these concepts will be much easier for him and he’ll be ready for more of the program. Right now, he’s just at the beginning stages with math, so we weren’t able to delve too far into the program.
Overall, I liked Math Mammoth. I could see how it would be very helpful to a home school family, especially for visual learners and those who enjoy completing worksheets. Because my son has special needs (he specifically has trouble with fine motor coordination, so writing and doing worksheets are no fun for him), sitting down doing worksheets is the last thing he wants to do, especially since he has to do the same thing at school. Although the program wasn’t for us, I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend it to other families with different needs from ours. It’s an affordable program that is very thorough and easy to use.