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Math Mammoth Grade 1 Complete Curriculum

Math Mammoth Grade 1 Complete Curriculum is a complete math program for 1st grade. It consists of two student worktexts (A and B), a separate answer key for each, tests, cumulative reviews, and in the download version, an additional worksheet maker (Internet access required) to make extra practice worksheets when needed.

cover for Math Mammoth Grade 1-A Complete Worktext
145 pages
129 lesson pages,
(of which 8 are an
optional Kindergarten review)

cover for Math Mammoth Grade 1-B Complete Worktext
144 pages
125 lesson pages

1-A contents and samples
1-B contents and samples
User Guide, grade 1
Grade 1 & Common Core

Prices & ordering


Full set grade 1: $37.50
(part A and B worktexts, answer keys, tests, cumulative reviews, a worksheet maker, and Soft-Pak)

Full set for 1-A: $18.75
(part A worktext, part A answer key, tests, cumulative reviews, a worksheet maker, and Soft-Pak)

Full set for 1-B: $18.75
(part B worktext, part B answer key, tests, cumulative reviews, a worksheet maker, and Soft-Pak)

Supportive materials $8.95
(Answer keys, tests, cumulative reviews, worksheet maker, and Soft-Pak. NO worktexts. Not needed when you purchase the full set.)


Full set grade 1: $42.50
(part A and B worktexts, answer keys, tests, cumulative reviews, a worksheet maker, and Soft-Pak)

Printed copies

You can purchase printed copies at Lulu or Rainbow Resource.

At Lulu:
1-A worktext $17.95 (spiral bound)
1-B worktext $17.95 (spiral bound)
Answer Keys $13.95
Tests & Cumulative Reviews $15.95 (spiral bound)

At Rainbow Resource Center:
Math Mammoth grade 1 books at Rainbow Resource
(perfect bound)

The four main areas of study for first grade are:

  1. The concepts of addition and subtraction, and strategies for addition and subtraction facts (chapters 1-2; chapter 4);
  2. Developing understanding of whole number relationships and place value till 100 (chapter 3 and chapter 7);
  3. Developing understanding of measuring lengths as iterating length units (chapter 6); and
  4. Reasoning about attributes of geometric shapes, such as the number of sides and the number of corners, and composing and decomposing geometric shapes (chapter 6).

Additional topics we study in first grade are clock to the half hour (chapter 5) and counting coins (chapter 8).

Please also see the table of contents for 1-A and 1-B (in the sample files), which will let you see the topics covered in more detail.

Some main features of Math Mammoth complete curriculum (Light Blue series) are:

  • focuses on understanding of mathematical concepts
  • uses clear explanations, lots of visual exercises and pattern exercises
  • mastery oriented: concentrates fairly long on a topic, with fairly few topics per grade
  • emphasizes mental math and developing number sense
  • very little teacher preparation needed

Additional features for the download version

The downloadable version includes a worksheet maker (Internet access required) that lets you make extra practice worksheets for many of the topics in the curriculum.

In the download version, the chapter on coins (chapter 8) is included in five currencies: US, Canadian, British, European, and Australian money. You will automatically get all versions when you buy the Grade 1 Complete Curriculum or the 1-B part as a DOWNLOAD.

The PDFs in the download version are enabled for annotation. This means that if you prefer, your student can fill them in on the computer, using the typewriter and drawing tools in Acrobat Reader version 9 or greater.

BONUS! If you purchase the download version in Kagi store, you will also get Soft-Pak programs completely FREE. The 7 programs in Soft-Pak (4 math, 1 language arts, 2 testing) offer both on-screen and printable activities in a low-graphic, high content format. Read more and see screenshots.


Here is a list of manipulatives that are needed or recommended for grade 1:

  1. A 100-bead abacus (for 1-A and 1-B; especially the chapter on place value and chapter 7)
    Please read more about the 100-bead abacus on the FAQ page.
  2. An old-fashioned alarm clock or other analog clock where you can turn the minute hand and the hour hand will turn as it is supposed to (for 1-B).
  3. A ruler that measures in inches (for 1-B).
  4. A ruler that measures in centimeters (for 1-B).

Reviews / testimonials concerning grade 1 curriculum

Hi Maria,

I just had to send you a note saying how much we appreciate your workbooks. My 6-year old son is in kindergarten and has gobbled up the Grade 1 curriculum to the point that we are done with the whole set already! Your books and his learning style has really meshed and I am so happy to have discovered these books!

Thanks so much for making math enjoyable for our family! Annie Watts
January 2013

Math Mammoth - Review and giveaway from Where He Leads We Follow (August 2012)

Math Mammoth Review from One Little Word She Knew

I have to tell you that now as we draw grade 1 to a close I am so impressed with Math Mammoth. My son who hates worksheets, has learned so much. Wish I had learned math with your program when I was a child. Amazing to see how you lay the groundwork for the understanding of complex concepts. I am so glad that I stuck with Math Mammoth. I tell everyone that asks to use Math Mammoth. Several of my friends have purchased your program after listening to me talk about Math Mammoth. Everyone of them was uncertain, but have all come back to me and raved about what a great program Math Mammoth is. I have to say that another of my favorite things about Math Mammoth is the fact that my son can understand what to do usually on his own, after reading the instructions.

Thank you for putting together such a great program.

Karen Raschio
March 2012
Hi Maria, I have been using Math Mammoth with my 5 year old for about 6 weeks. I sensed he was ready for "formal" math when he started writing math facts on blank sheets of paper. I have been using Singapore Math for 2 years with my 8 year old with much success. I like SM, but just didn't think it was quite right for Michael. I am discerning when it comes to math curriculum because my personal background is in math. My undergraduate and master's degrees are in math education and I spent nearly 15 years teaching math in middle school, upper school and college in both private and public settings. I co-authored an algebra text for use in the independent school in which I taught for 7 years. We finally decided to create our own text after a 2 year search for a book that covered the topics we wanted to teach using our preferred methods. I know firsthand the importance of a solid early foundation in mathematics and have sadly witnessed all too many students struggle (perhaps unnecessarily) due to a less-than-stellar math background. Needless to say, I want a top-notch curriculum for my own children.

I have found that with Math Mammoth. I respect your background as a math educator and sense that we share the same desire for children to get a good foundation in the basics as well as learn to think and problem solve.

We are working through the first grade light blue series. My son loves the worksheets. They are much more than drill and practice. They emphasize the concrete with the abstract by offering not only math fact practice, but equations and inequalities which will prepare him for algebra later. I like how the facts from 1-5 are mastered before moving on to sums to 10. Children learn real number sense when they work with small numbers first and build up to larger ones.

We have finished our work for the day on several occasions, gone out for our extracurricular activities and come home with Michael asking if we can do some more math. I purchased the light blue series for grades 1-3. I plan to finish Singapore Math with my 2nd grader and make the switch to Math Mammoth for her in 3rd grade.

Anytime someone posts a request for a good math curriculum on The Old Schoolhouse or Home Educating Family Facebook page, I immediately recommend Math Mammoth.
When my son got frustrated one day and marked on his paper, I found another thing I love about MM; I can print another page since the file is on my computer.

Thank you for producing such valuable and affordable resources for homeschoolers. I hope your business continues to grow and flourish.
Vickie Brammer
Matthews, NC
March 2012

I am thoroughly satisfied beyond any expectation with this curriculum. I have purchased other math systems, and they have failed us. I love that I can have confidence my home schooled children are learning everything they "need" for a certain grade level, and I can work ahead or skip around a little based on how/what they are learning and how fast, individual interest etc. Homeschooling presents enough obstacles, but you take the guess work out of the question so many of us have, "am I teaching them everything, enough, too much, etc?" I just adore the work you have done, and truly appreciate the too-the-point style of worksheet, because it gives me the "what" to teach, and then I can spend more time on making certain lessons creative based on MY kids learning style. My husband who is an engineer and highly skilled in math, also appreciates the curriculum as he often looks at other programs and wonders why the wheel must constantly be reinvented. I did not understand math until college when I had a great professor and a tutor, and I am elated that my children will grow up appreciating numbers, and understanding the importance of the critical thinking skills they are attaining on their own and through my teaching based on your math lessons. Thank you and thank you!

Lisa Kaiser
Mother of K, and 1st graders
April 2011

I purchased the Light Blue series for grade 1 back in May for my 1st grade son. He has SPD and fine motor issues. Previously, we worked through Singapore for K. While he loves math, Singapore really was too colorful and chaotic for him.

When I handed him his first MM worksheet back in May, he went crazy. He did 5 pages the first day! He really loved the simple layout. After a summer break, we are 8 weeks into the school year, and math is still his favorite part of the day. He loves the puzzles and addition tables. Even though he doesn't like to write and will often ask me to write the answers, he will *always* fill in a full addition table all by himself. I really think MM is the perfect fit for him, and his 4-yr old sister is always on my lap waiting for her turn to do math too. I love your focus on number relationships and the consistent practice of sums. I can tell that future calculations will be much easier because we have really drilled on the different ways to make 10.

Thanks for creating a wonderful curriculum. :)

Amy Knepper
October 2010

My son just turned 4. We have been playing with numbers for a while now. He knows how to write numbers 1 thru 100. So, wanted to take him to the next level. I tried to teach him additions and substraction, grouping etc. but it was not working. After doing a lot of research, I decided to get Math Mammoth. We got the light Blue series as it's structured, affordable (in case it doesn't work I am not wasting lot of money) and it has lot of fun games which is what he needed and links to a lot of useful resources are listed at the start of each lesson. This way I was not wasting lot of time browsing the net, this is what I needed.

As suggested in the book, we are playing with blocks, rocks, abacus and now he understands a lot of concepts which I would have skipped if I didn't have this curriculum to follow. We are going at a slow pace as he is only 4 but he is getting used to all kinds of manipulatives like the number chart, number line, rods, clocks the list can go on... all these fun activities are giving him a very a solid foundation which would have been hard for me to do without this structured curriculum. Best of all, we both are having fun time together learning without him knowing that. I am glad I found this program early on. Thank you for putting it together.
Mommy to Heath, VA
October 2010

Hi, big thanks for making the Math Mammoth curriculum! After completing another curriculum and having my daughter not "get" addition, and having math time be akin to torture, she is LOVING Math Mammoth and begs to do more!!!!!

Dawn Collins
May 2010

Hi there, I have to say, I'm thrilled with the work books! When I pulled my girls out at the end of March, my 6yo couldn't remember any additions, it was all counting on her fingers, now while she still uses manipulatives, some she just remembers. Subtraction was such a foreign concept, it was instant tears. Now, she walks around the house chanting math sentences. She thinks it is FUN!

May 2010

We have been using Mathmammoth for three days so far and my daughter L-O-V-E-S it. We started with book 1A on page 10 or 11. She is in second grade this year. However, last school year her teacher neglected to teacher math AND neglected to tell me that my daughter could not add or subtract. Your math curriculum is truly a blessing from God. She has learned more using this program than she did when we used Saxon and Math-U-See. In addition, it is fun, easy to follow, and easy to teach. We had become so frustrated with math that I stopped teaching it altogether. Now, she is excited and ask when to work on math. THANK YOU!!!!!
April 2010

I just wanted to tell you how HAPPY I am with Math Mammoth! I have two kids who are doing the Light Blue Series 1-A and one child who is in 1-B. They LOVE it! I CANNOT believe how easy and thorough it is for only $30/year!!!! I'm so thankful that I happened to find you on the internet and decided to take a chance and buy the 1-A! If my kids don't quite grasp something it is so easy to just go back a few pages and re-print them. I also love the computer games that you have searched out for me and given the links to. So thank you, thank you, thank you!!

Lori Brain
April 2010

All I can say is that I am SO happy we went with this program!! WOW!! We pulled my daughter out of school this year as we were not happy with how things were going for her. She should have been in the second grade. I was not happy with her math skills at all and when she took the math placement test it showed she needed back in first grade, with a 31%. She finished the first grade work today and took the final test and scored a 90%!! What a difference!!! She is so proud of herself!!!

I think what made me feel more confident on going with your program out of some of the others I had looked at, was when I did have a few questions, you emailed me back personally. Not many other places do that. I also liked your videos on youtube, those were helpful! Keep up the great work!

Jennifer Cobb
March 2010

Math Mammoth review (Light Blue grade 1) from The Adventures of 3 Guys and A Doll blog

TOS Crew: Math Mammoth by Mel

Review of Math Mammoth Grade 1 Complete Curriculum from Learning As I Go... blog.

I just wanted to tell you how HAPPY I am with Math Mammoth! I have two kids who are doing the Light Blue Series I-A and one child who is in I-B. They LOVE it! I CANNOT believe how easy and thorough it is for only $30/year!!!! I'm so thankful that I happened to find you on the internet and decided to take a chance and buy the 1-A! If my kids don't quite grasp something it is so easy to just go back a few pages and re-print them. I also love the computer games that you have searched out for me and given the links to. So thank you, thank you, thank you!!

Denise Kennedy
January 2010

Three weeks ago, I bought Math Mammoth for grades 1-2, and I've been evaluating it with my 8-year-old since then. I have been homeschooling for 19 years, and I must say this is one of the best elementary math programs I have seen yet. I have used many different curriculums before, and I find that Math Mammoth combines the best of several. It has the built-in review of Saxon, the uncluttered feel of Miquon, and the incremental, step-by-step skill building of Developmental Math. What I like most about it is that, unlike some other programs, the math facts memorization is built into the program. With every program I've used except Developmental Math, I have had to interrupt the study sequence to focus on memorization drill. Math Mammoth accomplishes this key skill with more clarity and ease of use than I've found in Developmental Math.

Thanks again for a great program--I look forward to using the upper levels in the future!

Jackie Lee
Vero Beach, FL
Review left November 28, 2008

From a homeschooling parent who has used Grade 1 Complete Worktext with a 6.5 year old, as a supplement to Rightstart Math B:

We like Math Mammoth because it's very clear, logical, mastery-based and easy to use. It's pretty much like Singapore, but with a lot more practice. We use it as a supplement to Right Start Math which has an approach of manipulative --> abstract. Math Mammoth has an approach of pictorial --> semi pictorial --> abstract.

I found that the pictorial presentation of Math Mammoth helps a lot to cement a concept. I could've supplemented RS with Singapore which I did during the K-year, but our concern is that Singapore does not has that many practice. Secondly, the scope and sequence is much too different from RS, because it introduces multiplication and division pretty early, whereas Math Mammoth s & s is pretty in line with RS. And thirdly is the cost. I don't want a supplemental program which costs a lot. Math Mammoth fits the bill. It's really a low cost high quality program.


How and where to order

You can buy Math Mammoth books at:

  • Kagi store - all of the downloads and CDs. I maintain several order pages at Kagi:

    Kagi accepts all major credit cards, Paypal (USD), checks, cash, money orders, purchase orders, wire transfers, TrialPay, and even cash. Read more about the payment methods here. Please see Kagi Shopper Help for any other questions about the ordering process.

    After completing the order at Kagi, you will see the download links on the receipt page. You will also receive an email with download links for each book you bought, or for a zip file for the packages. You click on the links and download the books to your computer's hard drive.

    In case of any problems with the download, you can always email me, and I can email the books to you directly. My contact info will be in the email you receive.

  • CurrClick.com carries all Blue, Golden, and Light Blue series books as downloads. They accept credit cards and Paypal. You will be able to download the products immediately upon the purchase, and also return to your account at CurrClick to redownload.

  • Lulu offers printed copies for the Blue, Golden, and Light Blue series books.

  • Rainbow Resource carries printed copies for the Light Blue series books, plus Light Blue CDs. You can also find links to Rainbow Resource on the individual product pages on this site.

By purchasing any of the books, permission IS granted for the teacher (or parent) to reproduce this material to be used with his/her students in a teaching situation; not for commercial resale. However, you are not permitted to share the material with another teacher.

In other words, you are permitted to make copies for the students/children you are teaching, but not for other teachers' usage.

Math Mammoth books are PDF files. You will need Adobe Reader to view them, including if you use a Mac or Linux. You can try other PDF viewers, but they seem to either omit or mess up some of the images.

Maria's Math News

This is my newsletter that comes out about once or twice a month. Peek at the previous volumes here.

You will receive:

An initial email to download a GIFT of over 350 free worksheets and sample pages from my books; Maria's Math News: my newsletter filled with math teaching resources, news, downloads, humor, and giveaways. The content is equally good for all of us who teach math.

Math Mammoth Tour

Confused about the different options? Take a 7-day virtual email tour around Math Mammoth! You'll receive:

An initial email to download your GIFT of over 350 free worksheets and sample pages from my books; 6 other emails on 6 subsequent days that describe the different series of Math Mammoth products, answering the most commonly asked questions, including "What is the difference between all these different-colored series?"

This way, you'll have time to digest the information over one week, plus an opportunity to ask me personally which book would be right for your child or students.

Note: You will FIRST get an email that asks you to confirm your email address. If you cannot find this confirmation email, please check your SPAM/JUNK folder.

"Mini" Math Teaching Course

This is a little "virtual" email course. You will receive:

An initial email to download your GIFT of over 350 free worksheets and sample pages from my books; 7 articles on important topics on mathematics education, including: multiplication tables, fractions, how to help a student who is behind, and the value of mistakes; 1 email about Math Mammoth books.

Note: You will FIRST get an email that asks you to confirm your email address. If you cannot find this confirmation email, please check your SPAM/JUNK folder.

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