I received this complimentary product through the Homeschool Review Crew.
We’ve previously used Math Mammoth for 4th Grade Math, so when the opportunity came to try out Math Mammoth Grade 7, I was keen to do so. 7th grade math is a whole new kettle of fish, and because so many of the concepts become more complicated but are needed for later grades, it’s important to have a good foundation of them.
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What is Math Mammoth
Math Mammoth can be used as a complete curriculum, or as a supplement to your usual program, (which is what we are doing). Math Mammoth has a couple of different programs. Their Light Blue Series is a complete math curriculum (available for grades 1-7).
The Blue Series are concept texts, with each book having a different focus, such as multiplication, rational numbers, geometry, etc.
Math Mammoth works towards math mastery, which is what I aim for with my children. It is self-paced, although there are charts to guide you if you would like to complete the course in a school year.
The textbooks provide lessons, as well as examples of how to work through the questions before handing things over to the student; it isn’t just a ‘workbook.’ If students read through the short lessons and then follow the same format to work on the questions, they will achieve success. In this way, it is very methodical, which is what math is, after all.
If students are having particular difficulty, then they can refer to the plentiful resources provided by Math Mammoth to help them increase their understanding. How many programs do this – refer to outside sources? To me, this shows that they are dedicated to children’s learning and really do want them to succeed.
What We Received
We received both the Light Blue Series, Grade 7 International Version as well as the Blue Series Rational Numbers. We received a zip folder to download and extract the files from.
Blue Series 7th Grade Math
- Student Worktexts
- The language of algebra
- Solving one-step equations
- Rational numbers
- Equations and inequalities
- Tests (and answers)
- For Revision
- Probability Simulations
- Bonus Soft-Pak
- User Guide
Blue Series Rational Numbers
This download was 1 document that contained the textbook and answers.
- Add and subtract rational numbers
- Multiply and divide rational numbers
- Complex fractions
- Scientific notation
- Equations with fractions and decimals
How We Used 7th Grade Math Light Blue Version
My 11-year-old daughter is using Math Mammoth as a supplement to her usual math program in order to bridge some of the gaps (no math program can teach everything), as well as to give her extra help in the areas that have given her some trouble in the past. She is working through the books about 3 days a week so it doesn’t become overwhelming to have to do 2 math classes every day.
The PDFs are made so that students may answer within them digitally, but I want to see how my daughter’s brain is working out the problems so that I can better help her should she go wrong. I also think that the mind works differently looking at a screen, or using a pencil and paper. I may be wrong, but since her other math class is all online, this makes a change from that.
I printed off the first chapters of the books and comb-bound them so that worksheets aren’t lost and everything is neat and tidy.
For this class, unlike most of her other classes, I am not scheduling particular pages each day, but instead I’m letting my daughter work at her own pace so; so far this has resulted in one page on some days and 3-4 pages on other days, depending on her confidence of the particular type of questions and topic. She tries to be so independent and she wants to be able to do it all on her own. However, if she is having particular trouble, I will print off a page again, go through it with her, and then she’ll sit beside me and work through questions one at a time until she has a firm handle on things again.
Ideally, I’d like to go over the ‘lesson’ part of the texts with her and a couple of questions, but she’s at that age where she doesn’t want that at this point. When we used Math Mammoth’s 4th grade math, this is what I did, and I would fully recommend this process for the younger years, in particular.
What We Think About The Light Blue Series 7th Grade Math
I love that Math Mammoth Light Blue Series has different versions available for the US, Canada, South Africa, as well as an International version. The work in each is the same, but has been adjusted for the metric system. As a Canadian living in the UK, I really appreciate that they offer this opportunity!
I appreciated the charts on how to pace the class, as well as a chart for your own individual pacing. If you do the entire Light Blue Series for 7thh grade math, students should expect to complete 12-13 pages a week.
I find it very helpful that there is so much additional information provided through links to other websites for puzzles, games, newsletters, math competitions, etc.
Overall, I really do like Math Mammoth. Their lessons are short, clear, and straight-forward without adding ‘fluff’ that confuses matters. I happened to enjoy math in school, but after so many years, I have forgotten a lot of information, but even if you are a parent who finds math intimidating, you need not worry – the lessons will help you learn (or learn again), so that you can help your child.
There’s no need for students, nor parents, to be afraid of math, and I believe this curriculum is a good one to relieve that anxiety.
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