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I chose to to check out Multiplication 1, and three books from the Make it Real Learning Series: Arithmetic 1; Fractions, Percents, and Decimals 1; and States by the Numbers. (Not telling you which state, as I blog from a secure and undisclosed location! LOL)
I did a very thorough review of this company last year, so I do not want to reinvent the wheel. Just click here to read last year's review. This company also made my Top Ten Products List from last year's crew. I've also purchased additional products from them on my own. Yeah, I do like them! :)
For the purposes of this review, I'll simply give you my take on the new products I reviewed. Namely those in the Make it Real Learning series.
What are the pros of this product? The Make it Real Learning series suppliments the other books by giving, well, real life examples. In other words, story problems. :) The state books are neat because you get to sneak in some interesting facts about your state during math class! Of course, all the convenience of the digital format applies!
They are CHEAP!!! :)
What's not to like? Can't think of anything! :)
The Crazy Mom take: I decided to use the Multiplication 1 book with Bear, 8. She is my little workbook girl, so she loves it! :)
I got the Make it Real books for my older kids. I don't plan to use these on a regular basis, but as a supplement when I want to change things up a bit. I noticed that the Fractions book had some pages on modifying recipes, so I had Princess do those. We worked on the problems together. She has been in an "I hate math" mood, but an "I like cooking" mood, so I hope she is realizing that she needs math to cook! :) I can't promise she made that connection, but I think she did. LOL
For the sake of our sanity, I decided just to look over the other two books myself rather than have my kids work through them right now. We have all been just stir crazy. They have been using Math Mammoth products now for about a year, so I have a pretty good handle on how they work for the kids. :) I am NOT going to feel guilty now. Don't try to lay that guilt trip on me!
I do think the whole idea of the States by the Numbers is a cool idea. What a neat way to sneak in a little information about your home state during math class! :)
To be completely honest, though, as much as I love the other Math Mammoth products, as a relaxed homeschooler, I probably prefer "making it real" for real when I can. I mean, it probably makes sense to work on modifying recipes when I'm actually cooking with Princess. So, I don't consider these books are real "must have," but more like a "nice to have." Still, sometimes it's nice to work these things out on paper, so that when a real moment comes up, you have already laid the foundation. All in all, though, in my humble opinion, Math Mammoth products are well worth checking out.
I'm tired tonight, and I hope I'm making sense. If not, you can always contact me and I'll try to help you out! :)
What's the bottom line? Multiplication 1 is $5.00, Arithmetic 1 and Fractions, Percents, and Decimals 1 are $4.99, and the books in the States by the Numbers series are only $2.99!
I am going to give Math Mammoth 5 out of 5 smileys!!!
Check it out! http://www.mathmammoth.com/
See what my fellow TOS Crew members have to say @
*The Smiley System:
I can't really recommend this product.
I doubt this product would be helpful to many people.
This is a good product, but isn't right for everyone.
Most homeschool moms will find this useful.
This is great, and I would recommend it to anyone!!!
Disclaimer!!! I reviewed this product because I am a member of The Old Schoolhouse Homeschool Crew. I was given the product by the vendor to use and evaluate in my home so that I might share my insights with others. Other than receiving the product, which I kinda have to to be able to assess the product, I am not compensated for my reviews in any way. I am in no way obligated to give a positive review. I do try to point out negatives when I see them, though I am admittedly a pretty easy going gal! What you read are my honest assessments of the products I receive.
As with all products, you must do the research before buying. Please visit the the other crew members' blogs, the vendor websites, and any other review sites you might find before buying. I can't guarantee that a product will work for you. You must decide what will fit with your teaching style, and your child(ren)'s learning style(s). I do not judge anything other than the educational value of the products I review. I am not qualified to make judgements as to the safely of any product, and I make no guarantee that the products I review are safe for you, your family, or anyone else. I am simply giving my opinion; only you know what is best for you and your family.
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