If you’ve been homeschooling for a while, you’ve probably heard of Math Mammoth, created by Maria Miller! If you haven’t, you need to hop over to her website right now. Maria is passionate about math and has created a full math curriculum for elementary students with higher levels in the works. I have read a number of reviews comparing it favorably with Singapore math and many that actually prefer it because it’s easier to use with only one book rather than flipping back and forth between three with Singapore (teacher’s manual, text, and workbook). My favorite feature of it is that all the books are available as digital downloads which is huge for those of us homeschooling overseas! The amount we can save on shipping is amazing! Plus the books are extremely affordable!
We haven’t used a full-year’s curriculum from her yet because I found out about it after bringing over all our Singapore math books. However, Maria is very generous with lots of freebies, especially for her newsletter subscribers so we have enjoyed a number of her products.
In one of her recent newsletters, Maria shared that two of her daughters own websites and are creating educational products for children as well. They were looking for people to review some of their products and host a giveaway of a massive children’s activity bundle. I jumped at the opportunity!
I wasn’t sure what to expect, and then when I saw the names of their websites, Animal Dot to Dots and Children’s Best Activities, I thought it would probably just be a pack for preschoolers which I can totally use since I have two little ones. I was absolutely amazed when I finally downloaded the pack to see the high quality of the artwork and how they had managed to make the activities increasingly difficult even up to a 5th or 6th grade level! I found things for all four of my kids!
My favorite activities are the dot to dots. I never would have thought to make decimal dot to dots counting by 0.04 and leave a few blank for the kids to fill in! I mean, seriously! Even I had to stop and think about a few of those! There are some regular easy ones counting by 1s and then all manner of others gradually increasing in difficulty. I was really amazed. And the pictures are beautiful once you get the dots connected! You can actually hop over to Animal Dot to Dots any time and download some individually for free to try them out. Bignificent was shocked when I handed her a dot to dot page to do and then even more shocked when it was actually HARD! 🙂
Children’s Best Activities is also full of freebies! (These girls inherited their mama’s generosity!) There are coloring pages, more dot-to-dots, really fun mazes, find-the-twins activity sheets, star polygons to connect, word searches and copy the picture activities as well as a Thanksgiving pack these two worked on together.