For the last month, Monkey has been working through the Light Blue Series Grade 1 curriculum from Math Mammoth. This review came up at just the right moment, Monkey has been showing an increased interest in math and I was starting to wade through the options.
How We Used Math Mammoth
For this review, we received the Grade 1 curriculum as a digital download. I chose to print out only a few worksheets at a time, which we then put into a binder as Monkey completed them. This saved me ink, because I only printed what we needed and helped Monkey, since he could see exactly how much he needed to do on any given day and he could see how much he had already accomplished.
We worked with the Grade 1 math curriculum four to five days a week and completed one to two pages each day. We started out by reading the instructions together and then working through the first couple of problems together. Then, I would step away and let Monkey finish the worksheet on his own. Depending on how much writing was required, this would take him 10 -30 minutes. After a few days using this method, I realized that his lack of confidence with his writing was creating a lot of unnecessary stress for him.
So, we made a change and started completing the worksheets together. I would still read the instructions aloud and Monkey would read the problem and then give me the answer. I recorded his answers on the worksheets. Snuggled up on the couch together, we conquered addition and learned how to use the symbols < and >. Monkey was fascinated by these symbols, it was his first introduction to the secret “code” of math. With this particular lesson, we got a bit sidetracked talking about secret codes and how symbols represented words. Monkey realized that every time he saw “3 + 1 = __” or “2 + __ = 5” and read it aloud as “three plus one equals what?” and “two plus what equals five,” he was translating this code automatically in his mind. He was amazed and felt like he had a new superpower.
As a parent, I loved using this curriculum. It was very easy to print and go. The images on the worksheets were appropriate for the lesson and not distracting.
Monkey isn’t the biggest fan of worksheets, but once we figured out our system of working together, he loved this curriculum. I have a feeling that as soon as Monkey is really comfortable writing, he won’t have any issues with worksheets.
If your child likes worksheets this is a great curriculum. If your child doesn’t like worksheets, modification can be made and you can focus more on the suggested games and web resources.
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