Wednesday, April 3, 2013

My fabulous journey with Mountain Math + Promo code!

You may be saying "What is Mountain math?" , and that is okay! I was asking the same thing about a year ago! Mountain Math is a review program used for grades K-6. It comes in a kit that contains a bulletin board (notebook and Smart Board versions available too)   that focuses on skills taught in an individual grade. It can be used with any curriculum or program. 
 
Each morning when my students arrive they do six math review questions. These questions are posted on the Smart board and are completed on a 1/2 sheet of paper. After students complete their six questions they move onto their Mountain Math problems. Each day they complete 4,5, or 6 problems depending on what I have planned for the morning. They keep this sheet in our turn-in box for easy retrieval. I love the expectation is creates when students immediately walk into my room. They already know what is expected of them and where to find all the tools they need for the first 30 minutes of class. When my students are finished with their 6 questions and M.M. they read silently or take A.R. test.

This is the first year that we have used Mountain Math and I must admit I've fallen completely in LOVE with it. At the beginning of the year I found it nearly impossible to complete the whole worksheet each week-of course right? So with time we have managed and learned how to do each type of problem independently. 

If you don't know anything about Mountain Math you can find out more information HERE and If you were thinking about buying it do it immediately. Kits are only $75 and once they are laminated can be used forever. 
 
My Mountain Math Advice:
1. Start slow. There are about 30 math problems on the worksheet and don't except students to be able to do them all the first week. I started by having the whole class do just a hand full the first week. Each week I added more problems until eventually we were able to complete them all. I just added division, perimeter, and fractions in the past month, however I wished I would have introduced them way earlier but you live and learn. In order to prevent confusion on the worksheet I photocopied the M.M. sheet with post-its covering the problems we wouldn't be doing that week. Each week I took another post-it or two off. It eased everyone into a steady routine. 
 
2. Don't expect perfection. Many of my struggling math students take extra time to complete their M.M. but know it has to be done before recess. Some of these students even miss the same problems week after week. This allows for me to realize who needs to visit standards again during small group math time. For example: I have a new student who was missing the rounding questions every week. He wasn't here when I taught it and this allowed him to practice the skill even though he wasn't going to get the whole unit. Eventually after weeks of practice he is able to do it on his own. So proud!
 
3. This is just another tool for your classroom. When our whole school switched over to M.M. you have to know it caused a slight uproar but eventually we modified it to fit our needs and each teacher made it their own. Don't be afraid to play around with it. If you don't have the time to use it everyday then don't. On short weeks we skip it totally but always come back. There is no right or wrong way to use it.
   
4. Reinforcement and accountability is key.
No one wants any student to forget what they have learned in the beginning of the year. Mountain Math reinforces key points that they will be tested on at the end of the year. It also makes students accountable for their own learning. Students must have their worksheet completed by Friday because they know it will be graded. Also when students come to a problem in math class I can say, "It is the same thing you do on M.M." And they remember! My neighboring teacher allows her higher students to complete it all on Monday if they wish and then spend the remainder of the time throughout the week reading.

I hope that you can take what I've learned and apply it to your own class if you plan on using Mountain Math in the future- and if you don't use a daily reinforcement activity you should really look into it. You will thank yourself later! Also Mountain Math is offered with an online version that is only $49.95 a year. A little more expensive in the long run but if you don't have the bulletin board space it may be worth it.
 
Think you are ready for Mountain Math in your classroom? Thanks  to MtMath.com they are offering MissThirdGrade.com readers $10 off a purchase of $40 or more on their website. The great thing about it is that it is good until September 1, 2013. So keep it in mind in August when you are purchasing back to school resources for your classroom if you don't want to buy it now!

Recap: 
  • Check out their classroom resources for your grade level (I use THIS)
      • When you check out enter MissJanes in the promo code box for $10 off a purchase of $40 or more! 
  • Code expires September 1, 2013
  • Link up to this post to share with friends!
  • http://www.missthirdgrade.com/2013/04/my-fabulous-journey-with-mountain-math.html  


What are some other reinforcement practices you use to make your students continuously accountable for what you have taught?
 
 
*I was not paid or asked to write about my lovely experience with Mountain Math. I'm just a fan! 

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