We started with an idea that we wanted to make math fun and engaging for students and wanted to make sure that it was easy to implement by teachers, after school providers and parents. We wanted math that was accessible to students so they could grab it and a few friends and have fun. The name MANGO is an acronym of the different math strands; measurement, algebra, number sense, geometry and data/probability which we changed to odds/order to create the O in MANGO. We love the name as it brings a colorful, positive attitude towards math that is often missing. Having the MANGO theme gave way to the idea that our curriculum would come in a wooden crate with lessons individually packaged so that they were easy to grab and use with all supplies, for up to 4 children, sealed inside a pouch.
Since 2009, MANGO Math has turned tens of thousands of children on to math. We are often notified by teachers about how students love MANGO Math and the students request to use it during their free time. The lessons not only help students learn and practice those essential skills needed to succeed in math but it teaches those critical thinking skills that makes students life-long learners by teaching them how to think analytically and conceptually. Math is the single strongest indicator for future academic and financial success and MANGO Math helps to create that strong foundation.
Each grade level kit is written with both the Common Core state standards as well as the NCTM standards in mind. We know that not all students are at grade level-some students are above grade level and some are below- so only our wooden crates have the grade level written on it. Students working on a lesson only know they are playing an enjoyable game with friends. These lessons take the worksheet and rote learning skills and puts them into a fun, repetitive play that students will persevere at to master those skills needed to succeed in math.