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Friday, November 18, 2011

Math Mammoth TOS Crew Review

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   Math is one of the subjects that my youngest struggles with the most. I know he will get it eventually but I want to make sure that he gets what he needs to truly live life. You know the everyday math like being able to shop, balance his checking account, cook and other things like that. The current math curriculum is wonderful do not get me wrong, but it teaches the text book basics, in the traditional straight forward way. Taylor just doesn't seem to learn that way no matter how hard we try.

   The TOS Crew was given the opportunity to work with the wonderfully accommodating folks at Math Mammoth. From the minute we made contact, Maria Miller the Author of  Math Mammoth set out to help me decide the best curriculum for my kids and their level. The best feeling you can get from a company is one of true and genuine wanting to help you find the best fit for your family. In this day and age that is hard to come by. Maria was so helpful, I explained my sons and their developmental issues and Taylor's struggles with Math and we decided together that Make it Real Learning was the best program to go with. Then from there we decided which downloadable workbooks would fit our needs best, we ended up being blessed with MIRL Arithmetic 1, Fractions, percents and decimals 1 and 2, Linear Function 1, Quadratic Function 1, and Sets, Probability and Statistics 1.
                  
 Make it Real Learning is just what we have been looking for, it uses real life concepts and couples that with companies and products and places that my kids know and love.  For example we started with Arithmetic 1 and our very first lesson dealt with Australia. It dealt with population, distance of Australia and its coastline. When European settlers came to Australia. All the while teaching place value and rounding numbers and writing out the number in words. Not only was it teaching the boys math but Social Studies as well. Other lessons incorporate Science. Taylor truly enjoys Math time now, it is not a struggle to get him to sit down and do his worksheets. This has also been a great refresher for Alyx, Math comes much easier to him, but it has been nice to teach him Math in a new light putting into terms that he can incorporate into every day life.

The Make It Real Learning Arithmetic I workbook focuses on real-world situations that may be effectively analyzed using arithmetic concepts such as addition, subtraction, estimation, division, bar graphs, and place value with large numbers. This book suits best grades 3-6.








From figuring out how to determine the difference between the populations of two countries to analyzing the number of visitors to a website, learners get to use basic math skills in meaningful ways. Each activity integrates real world information, companies, and issues (e.g. Webkinz, Australia, South Africa, sharing snacks, borrowing money), not just "realistic" data.




     We have used Arithmetic 1 as a refresher to get used to the curriculum with some things the boys already knew. We will be finishing Arithmetic 1 this week and will be moving onto Fractions, Percents and Decimals 1 when we pick school back up after the Thanksgiving Holidays. This program can move as slowly or as quickly as you and your kids want to go. We found some days the concept was harder for Taylor to grasp than others. So some days we only did one lesson while others we did three.
Fractions, Decimals,  and Percents 1
The Make It Real Learning Fractions, Decimals, Percents I workbook focuses on real-world situations that may be effectively analyzed using proportional reasoning concepts such as fractions, percents, and unit conversion. This book suits best grades 4, 5, 6, 7, and 8.







From figuring out how much money is saved on a sale to determining how much of each ingredient to use when doubling a favorite cookie recipe, learners get to use basic math skills in meaningful ways. Each activity integrates real world information, companies, and issues (e.g. Aeropostale, Hershey's, cooking, baking, measuring milk, shopping), not just "realistic" data.

After we finish with that we will be moving onto Fractions, Percents and Decimals 2
The Make It Real Learning Fractions, Decimals, Percents II workbook focuses on real-world situations that may be effectively analyzed using decimals, ratios, histograms, and percents. This book suits best middle and high school, meaning that some activities here suit best middle school students, and some suit best high school students.







From determining how to analyze a real estate deal to determining college housing costs, learners get to use mathematics in meaningful ways. Each activity integrates real world information, companies, and issues (e.g. BYU, Air Force, college basketball, real estate investing, sizing images, sales tax), not just "realistic" data.

 These will probably take us until the end of 2011 and when we return to school days in January 2012 we will hopefully pick back up with Make it Real Math starting with Linear Functions 1.

The Make It Real Learning Linear Functions I workbook focuses on real-world situations that may be effectively modeled by linear equations. This book is suitable for both algebra 1 and algebra 2 students.







Whether choosing a cell phone plan or downloading music, learners will discover how to use linear functions to help them become better informed consumers. Each activity integrates real world information, companies, and issues (e.g. Yahoo!, T-Mobile, life spans, WIC, making money), not just "realistic" data.


   The other 2 books Quadratic Functions 1 and Sets, Probability and Statistics 1 will most likely be put off to next year but we will play it by ear.

The Make It Real Learning Quadratic Functions I workbook focuses on real-world situations that may be effectively modeled by quadratic functions. This book is suitable for both algebra 1 and algebra 2 students.







Whether business growth, changing population or falling objects, learners get to use mathematics in meaningful ways. Each activity integrates real world information, companies, and issues (e.g. USAA, autism, body mass index), not just "realistic" data.

The Make It Real Learning Sets, Probability, Statistics I workbook focuses on real-world situations that may be effectively analyzed using principles of probability and statistics. This book suits both middle and high school math classrooms.







From determining a winning strategy for a dice game to predicting the contents of a bag of fruit snacks, learners get to use mathematics in meaningful ways. Each activity integrates real world information, companies, and issues (e.g. fruit snacks, Almond Joy, rolling the dice, El Pollo Loco, phone numbers), not just "realistic" data.


   The other wonderful thing about MIRL from Math Mammoth is you really do not need to do them in order. Also for only $4.99 per download version of the workbooks it is an affordable Math Curriculum with it being your soul curriculum for Math or used as an add on to your already standard choice which is what we are doing. You can download a sampler of MIRL activities by going HERE.  You know best what fits your family and with Maria's help from Math Mammoth together you will work to find the best fit, Whether it is Make It Real Learning like we chose or their more traditional Math like The Blue Series, The Light Blue Series, or The Green or Gold Series. Their color series Math is best for grades 1-8 while the MIRL Math that we chose goes up to 12th grade. They truly do have something for everyone.

  Be sure to check out my fellow TOS Crewmates, as we all chose which curriculum was best for our family, you will be able to find a review for every program Math Mammoth  has to offer.
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Sweetpeas said...

Great review. The Make It Real books sound great, I'm a firm believer in the need to help people realize that math IS useful.