Friday, February 25, 2022

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Thursday, February 24, 2022

Math Mammoth Grade 1 Curriculum & Skills Review Workbook Review

Disclosure:  I received this complimentary product through the HOMESCHOOL REVIEW CREW.

Math Mammoth
We were blessed to receive Math Mammoth Grade 1 Curriculum and Grade 1 Skills Review Workbook from Math Mammoth to use with G!  G has finished multiple K math curriculums this school year so I was excited to add Math Mammoth Grade 1 into his school work, he loves math!

We received the digital version of this curriculum.  It can be printed out or filled in on a computer or tablet.  Math Mammoth has been around since the early 2000s and was founded by Maria Miller, a math teacher and homeschool mom.  She has a master's degree in mathematics.  Math Mammoth is purposely designed to be as self-teaching as possible, requiring little preparation from the parent.  It also comes in already printed books (which would probably be my personal preference).

G working on his worksheet.

Our Math Mammoth Complete Curriculum, also referred to as the Light Blue Series, is a complete math curriculum for 1st graders.  It includes two worktexts - Grade 1-A Worktext contains 129 lessons while Grade 1-B Worktext contains 125 lessons so each book covers ~ 1/2 a year of math.  These worktexts have the meat of the curriculum - all the instruction and the exercises!  I like that they are written directly to the student.  And while this might seem like a lot for a 5 year old, G is reading on such an advanced level that he can read the material himself.  Of course, I'm available if he needs me but I like that he can try it first.  G is currently still in our Grade 1-A Worktext.
There are also accompanying videos for students to see the material being taught (by Maria herself) as well and I really appreciate this feature!
Above you can see one of G's pages from Chapter 0 - Kindergarten Math review along with the answer key.  This chapter was optional but it just gave a review of the most important concepts learned in Kindergarten Math.  I love that we have answer keys for all the exercises!

What topics are covered in this program?
  • addition and subtraction
  • whole number relationships and place value to 100
  • understanding of measuring lengths
  • attributes of geometric shapes
  • telling times on a clock to the half hour
  • counting coins
How does it work?  This program focuses on conceptual understanding so kids lean not only the "how" but also the "why."  Visual models are often used to explain concepts.  This helps if manipulatives are not available.  Math Mammoth is mastery-oriented with an emphasis on mental math.

Our Grade 1 Skills Review Workbook is supplemental, it's not a full curriculum on its own.  It is great for additional practice as needed.  You can see one of G's exercises from our Skills Review Workbook above.

What does G think?  G is really enjoying this program!  He likes the lessons and the exercises.  I think he appreciates the color and fun drawings sprinkled throughout.  I'm impressed with everything that he is learning and I look forward to completing this program with him.

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Tuesday, February 22, 2022

Twos Day

It's finally here, the long awaited Twos Day!  It's a crazy day to be a 2!  I'm thinking tacos for dinner, it just makes sense for Taco Tuesday 😉.

Monday, February 14, 2022

Happy Valentine's Day

Mister G, 5 years ago today!
{He was so little}
Our table is scattered with "sweet" treats, fun notes and little gifts for each member of our family.  It is easy to look at it and see how much each of us are loved.

A made me a paper version of my Ivy plant that I have had longer than I've been married, named Ivan.  I adore it.

I'm so grateful for times like this, to pause and take note - and remember the many blessings that I have on a daily basis right before my eyes.  I hope you have an amazing Valentine's Day!

Tuesday, February 8, 2022

Tumbling Rocks

One of F's Christmas presents from us was a rock tumbler.  It has been so fun to see him use it; he really loves rocks!

Setting up his first batch of rocks to tumble.

After using the first grit.

After the 2nd grit.

F's finished rocks after all the grits.  It took ~ 1 month to finish these.

I think F's rocks came out great and he has already started his next batch.  This was definitely a win as far as gifts go.  I look forward to seeing more of F's tumbled rocks soon.

Friday, February 4, 2022


Cold weather is not so bad when you don't lose power or water!  I'm so grateful that during this ice storm we kept both this year.  I think Stevie Dawg is enjoying the fire as well.  Hope you are staying warm and safe!

Wednesday, February 2, 2022

Happy Groundhog Day


Well, Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow, which translates to 6 more weeks of winter!  I was a little confused on this at first, but if a groundhog sees its shadow, it will supposedly be scared and return to its burrow.  6 more weeks of winter sounds about right because we are predicted to have an ice storm tomorrow!  Be safe everyone.