Here are a few of the reasons I am liking Math Mammoth this year.
- It teaches the process involved in each concept working from concrete (pictorial/manipulatives) to abstract.
- It focuses on addition and subtraction to 10 the first half of the year.
- It uses fact families which is the method that makes the most sense to me. An example of a fact family: 3+5=8, 5+3=8, 8-3=5, 8-5=3.
- It uses wording such as one ten, two tens, three tens, etc. and one-ten one, one-ten two, one-ten three, one-ten four when first teaching tens and the teen numbers. This is the same concept that RightStart Math uses and is a great bridge to ensure that students really understand what the numbers mean.
- It teaches completing the ten within equations. Example: 8+5 = (8 + 2) +3.
- It uses story problems.
- It includes game suggestions to further cement the topics.