July 26, 2014

How to help a student who is behind in math


Image by www.flickr.com/photos/sveinhal/

How to help a student who is behind in math

In the article I discuss some general principles in helping students that are behind in math.
  1. Test and assess
  2. Make a list of topics to study
  3. Perhaps go back to the very beginning?
  4. Restudying some topics while using a math curriculum
  5. The order of topics
  6. Should you go on with new concepts or not?
I hope it is of help!

July 21, 2014

Worksheets for inequalities

More new worksheet generators... This one is for linear inequalities in one variable.


The worksheets are customizable in many different ways. You can ask the student to plot simple inequalities, such as x < -6 or write an inequality from a graph. One problem type asks you to solve the given simple inequality in the given set, such as solve x + 1 > -2 in the set {-9, 3,5,8, -2, 10}.

Then you can choose from six different types of linear inequalities to solve (such as one-step inequalities, two-step inequalities, or inequalities with variable on both sides).

You can also restrict the inequalities to the ones where you don't need to multiply/divide by a negative number (which would reverse the sign of the inequality).

These worksheets are meant for pre-algebra and algebra 1 (or grades 7-9).

July 16, 2014

1-day sale

SAVE 40% on selected Math Mammoth bundles at Homeschool Buyers Co-op:


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July 13, 2014

July 11, 2014

Math Mammoth photo contest winning entries

Here are the winning entries for the photo contest I ran recently. I asked each participant to provide a photo showing a child/student(s) doing math work from a Math Mammoth book or materials. Click to see a larger version. Enjoy!

1. I felt this picture was just so cute and also the composition is great.

"Isabelle is proudly showing her mom her correctly formed 3's. She wrote them backwards at first. She is working out of her big sister's 1st grade workbook from Math Mammoth's Light Blue Series."

The second place was a tie — I just couldn't decide.

2. A. First, school work upside down - quite creative!

"Here is a pic of my son doing his Light Blue 4 work. I have the download version and printed and bound it in parts because he likes to move around a lot while he works."

2. B. From Amy (no description). I feel this also is a creative shot and shows students with a very happy disposition.

3. "My daughter loves to do her Math Mammoth outside."

The rest of the winners are not in any particular order.

I like this shot a lot. The children are hard at work, and it shows how some exercises in Math Mammoth can be done with manipulatives.

"We are a school based in Lagos, Nigeria."

Interesting angle. Must be enjoyable to work on your math in the shade on a hot day.

"We are excited about the flexibility of Math Mammoth - just print off the pages you need and take it on the go. If you make a lot of mistakes, print it again! It is also nice the way it lends itself to manipulatives. You can easily see how to translate a lesson into a hands-on experience."

A nice photo showing a brother and a sister working together.

"Snuggling up with our favorite sibling and our favorite math curriculum!"

A winning combination here! Mathy in the middle is a plus. :)

"Joseph (8) working on 2B and Faith (6) working on 1B - along with their pal, Maximus (they have renamed the wooly mammoth). This is Joseph's second year and Faith's first using this program. Thank you!"

This is a wonderful concept: "Math is better when shared with friends!"

Click to see a larger version. These animals seem to really love the girl. A peaceful picture.

"Our daughter Julia-Grace, her duck Faith, our sheep in the background on a few and our dog, Mocha."

This is just a lovely picture and a lovely guinea pig. :)

"Here is a photo of our daughter, Megan, and her guinea pig, Cocoa, doing the 6th grade Math Mammoth book together. Math is more fun with a friend!! Love your math curriculum! We have been using it as an after-school and summer program for our daughter for about 2 years now. It has made a huge difference in her math abilities and self-confidence. Thank you so much for all you do!!"

A really 'cozy' picture, makes you feel warm and calm inside.

"Homeschoolers may not get snow days, but we get our fair share of Math Mammoth by the fire days!"

She seems so happy. Did you know Math Mammoth books can be filled in on the computer, as well?

"My daughter Paige is doing Math Mammoth on the computer from the downloaded light blue 5th grade material. We are inserting text and equations in the pdf's using OneNote."

July 05, 2014

Doing Math Mammoth with animals

Math Mammoth with animals!

This is Julia-Grace, her duck Faith, sheep in the background and dog, Mocha, short for Mi Chamocha Java Joe Cappuccino Latte Wirth.

June 30, 2014

Worksheets for simplifying expressions

I've made a worksheet generator for simplifying expressions, meant for pre-algebra and algebra 1.

The expressions include ones where you need to combine like terms (such as 2t − 9 − 6t + 2), use the distributive property (such as 9 − 2(x + 7)), and to multiply and divide monomials, such as 2x2 · (−5x3) and −4x2 · y2 / 3x5.

To customize the worksheets, you can control the number of problems, difficulty level, range of numbers used as coefficients and constants, the usage of decimals, the amount of workspace, a border around the problems, and additional instructions.

June 24, 2014

Math Mammoth Photo Contest

Take a photo of your child or student(s) doing Math Mammoth materials, and you'll have a chance to win Math Mammoth books!

Here are my girls studying from Math Mammoth books:

Send your photo and description to my email address by June 30, July 10, 2014.

If you don't yet know my email address, first write me through the contact form, and I'll respond to you and then you'll get my email address.

If you don't yet own any of my books, you can head here:

Math Mammoth freebies ->

... or use some of the free samples from the website (the samples are always listed under each product's cover image, on the left hand side).


  1. Math Mammoth All Inclusive bundle (CD or download)
  2. Math Mammoth Light Blue Series bundle (CD or download)
  3. Math Mammoth Blue Series Bundle (CD or download)
   4.- 10. Math Mammoth products worth $15 (downloads)


  1. Your photo should show someone working with Math Mammoth materials.
  2. You give me permission to publish your photo online (Math Mammoth website, my blog, Facebook page, email newsletters).

    The copyright of the photo remains yours.

    If I end up publishing your photo, you will have total control over what other information, if any, gets published with the photo (such as name, location, date, description etc.)
  3. The contest runs till June 30, July 10, 2014.

I don't at this point have any particular criteria for the photos (except the photo should show someone using Math Mammoth materials)... all I can tell you is, be creative! Photography is an art, as you know. smile

Maria Miller

June 18, 2014

Brain Injury Turns Man Into Math Genius

I found this very interesting... a brain injury 'unlocked' a part of Jason Padgett's brain, and now the man sees geometric shapes and angles everywhere!


See also a gallery of his drawings. The one below is a circle (or two) created by drawing many triangles. He says, "I drew circles out of 180 triangles, then 360, then 720." With a finer pencil, he could draw even more. "Through this process, I came to understand how pi is calculated by measuring the area of a circle."

June 13, 2014

Addition and Subtraction Equations - grade 7

There are many people who are anxiously awaiting Math Mammoth Grade 7. I hope to have part A available as a download in August. This will be a pre-algebra course.

I thought some might enjoy seeing a little "peek" into the new curriculum so I prepared the lesson Addition and Subtraction Equations as a free PDF download for you:

June 02, 2014

Another math game website for summer

I know all kids love games, so I have ANOTHER math game website for you to enjoy during the summer!

Math Nook

This one is concentrating on grades 1-6. Everything is listed by topic (counting, addition, measurement, place value, factors, decimals, division, fractions, estimation, and so on). Each game also lists the corresponding CCS standard, if any.