Thursday, November 17, 2011

Math Mammoth–TOS review

Company:  Math Mammoth
Product:  Make It Real Learning
Price:   $4.99 each or all 11 for $39.99
Do your children ever ask you the question “Mom, when am I ever going to use this in the real world?” when doing their math? 
Well, mine do.
All the time.
Make It Real Learning books by Frank Wilson have helped.  You can get these through Math Mammoth.   These are not a complete math curriculum.  They are printable workbooks that focus on real world situations.  I received three different e-books to review.   There are 11 different MIRL e-books as of now and they are continuing to publish new ones.   If you are looking for a complete math curriculum, they also have those for grades 1-8.  They are very affordable. 
image Maria Miller is the lady behind the company, Math Mammoth.  If you have any questions at all, she is more than happy to e-mail or call you.  She gets my vote for best customer service.  She genuinely cares that what you order is correct for your students.  
If you click on the links below it will take you to the webpage where you can purchase the individual workbooks. 
Arithmetic I (grades 3-6)
Fractions, Percents, and Decimals I (grades 4-8)
Fractions, Percents, and Decimals II (grades 4-8)
Sets, Probability, and Statistics I (grades 6-10)
Linear Functions I (grades 9, 11)
Linear Functions II (grade 11)
Quadratic Functions I (grades 9, 11)
Exponential & Logarithmic Functions I (grades 11-12)
Periodic & Piecewise Functions I (grades 11-12)
Polynomial, Power, Logistic & Rational Functions I (grades 11-12)
Calculus I (grade 12)
I love that you can print these over and over if you need to.  Not only for more than one student, but also if they just need extra practice and don’t get it the first time.   Another plus for our family is that they can be printed in black and white which saves money on ink.
The workbooks also include completely worked out solutions for each activity. 
These are the ones I received. 
Fractions, Percents, Decimals 1 and 2
Arithmatic 1
Arithmetic 1 helps analyze using math to determine things such as difference between the populations of two countries, the number of visitors to a website and working with money.  
The companies in the worksheets are real, actual companies.  The statistics are real.  This helps show them that you do actually use math once you grow up.  I love that.  
Bella enjoyed the worksheet that was about Australia.  She learned how to write large numbers, find place value, and she even learned the capital of Australia.  We also looked on the map and found out where country is.     This workbook is 46 pages and costs $4.99 for the PDF download.    I love that it is an instant download.  No waiting is always good for me.   It is recommended for grades 3-6.  Bella is in the 3rd grade and a few of them were a little hard for her so I see this as something we can use over the next couple of years easily as the subjects come up in her regular math curriculum.
You can check out a sample (Fruit Snacks (Averages). 
Fractions, Percents and Decimals 1 is recommended for grades 4-8 and costs $4.99.  This again is a downloadable workbook.  PhotobucketThere are 10 exercises and there is 46 pages in the workbook.  Don’t forget there are answer sheets that explain each answer.  Very nice as you get into the harder subjects for moms like me who forget everything I learned in math while I was in school.  (Shh, don’t tell my kids this.)
Cooking in the Kitchen is one of the exercises and helps you be able to change recipes to make a larger or smaller batch.  Honestly this one helped even me.    We are using a math curriculum right now for Griffin this doing fractions in a book all it’s own.. This goes perfectly  with it for extra practice and to help with comprehension of fractions. 

Fractions, Decimals, Percents I Activity List

Baking Cakes:
Multiplying Fractions
Multiply a whole number by a fraction
Multiply two fractions
Convert improper fractions into mixed numbers
Add two fractions

Children Making Money:
Working with Fractions
Create ratios
Simplify fractions
Compare two fractions and determine which is largest

Cooking in the Kitchen:
Multiplying Fractions
Multiply and divide fractions
Change units of measure through dimensional analysis

Cooking in the Kitchen #2:
Multiplying and Dividing Fractions
Multiply and divide fractions
Change units of measure through dimensional analysis

Counting Candy:
Using Pie Charts
Create a pie chart to represent a data set
Use a fraction to represent the shaded portion of a pie chart
Convert a fraction to a percent
Simplify a fraction

Measuring Milk:
Changing Units of Measure
Change units of measure through dimensional analysis
Multiply fractions
Write improper fractions as mixed numbers

Pieces of Chocolate:
Adding and Subtracting Fractions
Write a fraction that represents the shaded portion of a region
Shade the portion of a figure that is represented by a fraction
Add and subtract fractions with different denominators
Write improper fractions as mixed numbers

Pieces of Chocolate #2:
Adding and Subtracting Fractions
Write a fraction that represents the shaded portion of a region
Shade the portion of a figure that is represented by a fraction
Add and subtract fractions with different denominator

Shopping the Sale:
Using Percents
Convert percents into decimals and vice versa
Increase numbers by a constant percentage
Solve linear equations
Use ratios to find percents

The Cost of Homemade Bread: Working
with Fractions, Decimals, and Units
Multiply two fractions
Convert fractions to decimals
Change units of measure using dimensional analysis

If you would like all 11 of the Make It Real Learning Workbooks, you can get them all for $39.99. 
Not sure if this is right for you?   You can do a 7 day virtual tour of Math Mammoth which includes A package of over 300 free worksheets and sample pages; 7 individual emails on 7 subsequent days that answer the most commonly asked questions, including "What is the difference between all these different-colored series?" My math newsletter (see archives).
Math Mammoth also has complete math curriculums for grades K-7.  I was able to review these last year and we really liked them.  You can read that review here.   Check out the website to see the other items they offer. 
Our Family gives Math Mammoth – MIRL
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Smiley guide
1 Smiley - Product not really for our family. Probably wouldn’t buy. This really should probably be a frown face but we hate to be negative.
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2 Smileys - Would maybe buy this product if on sale. Not a great fit for our family.
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3 Smileys - We really liked this product and would probably recommend this to friends and fellow homeschoolers.
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4 – Smileys – Definitely would buy this if the budget would allow. We suggest you check this out to see if it is a fit for your family.
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5 Smileys – Would sell the family pets to get this one (just kidding). A must have for our family and we think you should get it too.
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Please note: I received this product in exchange for my honest opinion in this review. No other compensation was provided. Thank you to Math Mammoth and TOS for this opportunity.

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