I believe Saxon's approach makes so much more sense and prepares students for any field they pursue which requires math. It also will help them thrive in the higher sciences and gives a better grasp of any life skill.
Math is fundamental in life and I look forward to going through Saxon with them. I personally believe that the spiral or incremental approach to math makes more sense than a mastery based curriculum; and helps students retain the information no matter how basic it may seem. Saxon teaches students how to solve problems. It teaches them how to approach problems logically and independently. It integrates algebraic concepts very early, incrementally building on their knowledge and skills so by the time they reach algebra it is a seamless transition and not a new concept they are having to master.
It reinforces the basics, giving them a strong foundation to build off of as they break down algebraic and calc problems in the future. My husband and I have looked at many other programs, but always come back to Saxon. I strongly recommend using this curriculum from the beginning. Saxon's philosophy of math builds on itself throughout the student's academia. The younger grades offer a foundation that will prove very helpful as they enter highschool.
Heather Kesselring Review left August 23, Home school family, started with BJU math in 1st grade, was not a good fit. Switched to Saxon and was hooked. Many advanced concepts are introduced early, but it such a way that the students don't realize it.
By the time they need it, they are so comfortable with the idea, that's it's a non-issue. It is hard work, but very thorough. One son loves math, and so love it. One son does not like math, and so does not like it. He likes the Life of Fred series because it is funny, so we do that too. It really depends on the student. I think you just have to try it. Each child is different. My boys both hated the timed fact sheets in the earlier grades, so we had to adjust it was the time thing that bothered them, so we timed up, or did a certain number etc.
For grades 2 and 3, a time-saving tip for parents is to use printable meeting strips available here: I used Saxon math to supplement my daughter's education when she was in grade school. I also had to teach out of it at the high school level.
Now a school district I am involved with just adopted k Saxon math. Saxon is the absolutely worst math series I have used in the classroom. Standardized test scores dropped dramatically no matter what supplemental material I used. The students hated the series and had a hard time understanding.
There was not enough practice on the current topics, too much review on problems that were from much lower level books, and no building on each subsequent topic. However as a supplement or for homeschooling supplement, Saxon helps. After a topic is learned, the added information is a benefit. I gave this series to my daughter in grades as a supplement and she worked well with this at home with my help.
Glenda Crum Review left July 21, I switched my son to Saxon after a year of Abeka math. He did much better without all the pictures, etc. He got into the pattern of it, enjoyed the graphing, etc. That said, I found some of the repetition in the early grades very cumbersome. My daughter used Saxon exclusively through 7th grade, the when she went to public school in 8th. She was lightyears ahead in math and had no difficulty flying through high school Algebra.
I don't know if that says more about Saxon or the public school. I do feel she had a clear development of concepts that had been presented over and over each school year, then built upon. I actually think there is too much repetition of some very simple concepts. But we did it anyway. That gets really boring for the kids. The key with the program is sticking with it.
If you move around, you'll miss the point of the program. My kids did close to an hour of math each day. So you have to recognize that to get something out of it, it's time consuming and not easy. Kristine Review left July 17, I used this curriculum with my daughter, a gifted 4 year old girl.
She had already completed all her preschool stuff and so we used this curriculum to continue homeschooling for the year. She enjoyed the manipulative based activities, which were quite easy for her. Unfortunately, I didn't feel like I was teaching her anything new.
We made it half way through, often skipping ahead significantly, and I never felt like she was being challenged. I like the manipulatives and the methods, but it progressed too slowly for our taste.
It's good for kids that do well with lots of hands on repetition. Karen Review left July 8, Four years Your situation: Our eight year old daughter started in Saxon in a private school and swathed to another curriculum in second grade. We are now homeschooling and went back into Saxon. We do all the problems and do lots of review practice sheets at the start of the day. Saxon is a great program if you do all of the work.
Lots of people suggest skipping problems, skipping whole years of instruction, etc. I don't think that math is something that you can learn in 15 minutes a day. True mastery comes from diligent practice, like mastery in music or sports.
No one gets to the Olympics of into Juilliard by skipping practice and just trying to understand the "concepts". So where does Algebra 1 come into this? My wife and I are so impressed with our daughters progress that we bought the entire Saxon curriculum up through Calculus used at a greatly reduced price.
I am going through the top of the curriculum starting with Algebra as a review so that I can effectively tutor the higher level math. My wife has a PhD in Anthropology and is widely published. Our eight year old is adopted, our 22 year old son was home schooled and is currently a Senior in college 3.
Many reviewers seem to confuse Public School grades with competence in an area of study. This is a serious error. A grade of an "A,B or C" in the average school system tells parents very little about the true competence of their children in the subject. Teachers are very aware that a "B" in a course keeps the parents away. I struggle with dyslexia in grade school before it was widely recognized. I averaged a D in Math throughout grad school into my sophomore year in high school.
I eventually aced Calculus at Univesity. I believe the review and re-review and re-re-review reflect the steps to mastery of skills in real life. Do it the way John Saxon recommended it! Paul Review left June 26, My 3rd grader does not need to know the cube root of before she can give correct change out of a dollar.
Saxon has 'turned the math circuit off' in her, I'm afraid, for many years to come. I am highschooler currently in 10th grade, and finishing up Saxon's Advanced Mathematics. I for one, have found it a good fit. One thing that many of my friends, and I can see from previous reviews many other people too, have a problem with is a difficulty. Honestly, Saxon is a hard curriculum. You might notice from other reviewers that they sunk in how well they did in math, such as an "A" student to a "C" student.
Although I can't know for sure, a plausible explanation is that there was too big of a difficulty gap between Saxon and whatever other math curriculum they used. Obviously, each student is different. A friend of mine is in 9th grade and he is doing Advanced Mathematics, while other people I know have been forced to switch to other curriculum.
I credit Saxon to the fact that I am in the top 6 percent of 10th graders in math. Why you liked or didn't like the curriculum: Obviously, actually doing hard problems isn't always fun, and at times I wish that it was easier, but you are forced to look forward. So I both hate and love the challenge at the same time.
It's the only way that you can get through. John Review left May 23, College Student who used Saxon in High School. Stay away from Saxon! I used these all throughout High school. After taking several college math courses, I now realize that Saxon is not math at all. The curriculum simply teaches "number and formula manipulation". The beauty, art, and logic of mathematics is stripped away and replaced with memorization and processes.
Dave Review left May 2, I didn't understand it, couldn't remember the formulas and it made no sense to me and my husband has severe math phobia. My daughter has the exact same feelings concerning math, she has had 7 years of Saxon in public school. Dry, boring, brings us all to tears. When my husband and I decided to pull our daughter out of school and teach her at home I knew I did not want her to loathe math the way that we both do and I wanted to help my daughter understand it.
For high school this upcoming year and the co-op we are a part of uses Saxon, and she has begged me to opt her out of their math and use the other program at home this is huge for her to say, she is a social butterfly and loves learning in a group setting. Neither of my boys have ever used Saxon, they started with Singapore and transitioned to MUS, and they love math and have a firm understanding of how it's used.
My oldest son 2 years younger than his sister is well above my daughter's math level and when she was doing her Saxon homework even he didn't understand the text. I do not like the spiral approach Saxon uses, there is so much review in each section from previous lessons but not enough practice to understand and enforce the concept you've just been introduced to. It does not teach you how to understand math or to be able to think mathematically.
Melissa Jines Review left May 14, He is having a hard time understanding it and his grades are failing. My son is not in spec. It is not cohesive and doesn't take in to account differing students with differing rates of understanding and learning. Lisa Phelums Review left April 27, We use another vendor for Geometry and PreCalculus, only because we wanted a course called "Geometry" and the Geometry teacher also taught PreCalculus. One claims that she "hates math"; yet she tutors a public-schooler in math successfully.
The other is an engineering major in college. I have only one gripe with Saxon: My "artsy" students really missed the colors of their 1st-3rd grade math books from another vendor. But then, adding color would add to the cost of the curriculum. At Saxon's current charges, this curriculum has already paid for itself many times over! Do all the problems.
Commit to the task of learning. Lynne Review left April 23, I didnt like it because it is way to hard to learn. I used to excel in math with all A's but when we switched to Saxon my grades dropped. Now I have C's. I hate math now and used to love it. Engineering student in University and used math throughout school. I was in public school prior to grade 3 and the school as a whole scored low in math, then we switched to Saxon math, and I began loving math.
I went back to homeschooling until grade 12 when the same thing happened. I found my grade 11 Saxon math more than prepared me for my grade 12 public school math and I was actually bored and hated math. I then did calculus, which I found enjoyable and Saxon math more than adequately prepared me for.
I am now studying engineering in university. My younger sister similarly used Saxon however when she switched to public school math was consistently confused and found that she no longer understood math, needing me to teach her topics. When I explained to her the Saxon method of doing math she understood;however, in many cases it was too late as she did not do well on her standardized testing due to failure to understand the public school math.
Don't jump around or only do odd problems. I find from personal experience if that happens you will fall behind and have gaps in your knowledge.
Also, stay with Saxon throughout the textbooks. Saxon jumps around but covers all topics. Topics will only not be covered if you switch curriculums. Sara Review left November 13, They both do well with Saxon Math. It comes fairly easy for the older one 5th grader and we do a lot of the problems in the chapter orally. I have him do the remainder on paper, working out the problems. The younger one 2nd grader has more problems with it so the repetitiveness comes in very handy.
I like Saxon Math because it moves with the right amount of "flow". It reviews all its concepts continuously while working the end-of-chapter problems, yet moves onto new concepts, building on the previous ones. If a concept is forgotten, it has the lesson number written with the math problem so you can go back and look up what chapter it was in.
It explains the concept in basic, thorough language. There are daily worksheets, math fact tests, and supplemental problems in the book so there are ample opportunities when extra help is needed.
It's review, review, review which is very helpful, but those that don't need it can skip the review and move on. We have been very happy with it! Riley Review left October 14, I was always "gifted" in math and the top student in my class until Algebra 2 when my school switched to Saxon for curriculum. I went from a straight A math student to a D and struggled to bring it up to a C.
Fast forward to my son who was very good at math when he started school, but the private school he was in used Saxon and he struggled until I finally pulled him out in 2nd grade to homeschool because I spent sooo much time re explaining his math every night. I am now tutoring Algebra to a student who grew up with Saxon.
He hated math, but is finally now making sense of it and starting to enjoy it. He said the problem he had with math was remembering all the rules and where they apply. I thought that was such a strange statement because I never thought of math as rules as much as concepts of how things work and how to solve problems.
The book does not follow a logical sequence of one concept building on the next. Math is like building a structure and if you try to put the roof on before building your supports or put your walls up without a foundation you end up with a mess.
The other major problem with this book is new concepts are not drilled the day they are taught, so when they review it the next day, they've completely forgotten what they were taught the previous day. Thus, as the program goes on, it gets more and more confusing and difficult to remember. Some students it works for, but I work with the ones who like me found it frustrating and confusing. Personally I wouldn't consider it. I realize most of my friends like it because it has good explanations for the teacher, but the fruits I see are kids who hate math.
Joy Review left September 13, They were struggling with math skills because of what I believe to be the lack of repetition Saxon Math is full of new concepts plus repetition of ALL previously learned skills. My kids begged me to order this year again!
My children have gained confidence again in their math skills. My daughter actually said, "Saxon pounds it into my head and I don't forget what I learned.. They feel comfortable with it but most of all confident!
Number of problems can be excessive I pulled what was necessary and what the kids needed more practice on Don't let the lack of vibrant color fool you or the large amount of problems.
Valerie Review left July 23, They only use Saxon math One of my children has done well with the program, for the other two it has been a nightmare! These two children are not able to retain the information given in each lesson because there is not enough repetition and work given on the new topic.
The books give a new concept with only a few problems and then jump back to review old concepts for the entire assignment. They my children have never been able to grasp the new concept and they have to re-learn all the old concepts with every assignment. I have had to sit with them for sometimes 2 hours to get through one lesson. If it weren't for other positive things about the school we would have left long ago just because of Saxon Math!
Review left July 14, I was home-schooled, and used Saxon math throughout junior high; I then went to public high school, which also used Saxon math. What Saxon teaches, it teaches thoroughly; I had no problems understanding the book's explanations.
I typically did not do all the problems assigned each day; I alternated between odd and even numbers, because all those review problems could certainly get tedious. But for the most part, I didn't even require any extra explanation from my mother or, later, my high-school teachers; I felt the books were pretty thorough, even if the topics weren't always addressed in a logical order.
After making it through the Saxon calculus textbook, I didn't have any trouble getting a 5 on the AP test, and I was well-prepared for my more advanced math classes in college I was a music major, but chose some math as electives. Good curriculum for self-starters, math lovers, and the motivated; for those who already struggle with math, this may feel either like drudgery or overly challenging.
Emily Review left June 7, As a parent seeing Saxon math books coming home from school. I wouldn't use anything to home school my kids that is that horribly written. Doesn't show children how to work problems within the chapters well enough. I can teach my kid math better using a college text book than saxon math books of any level.
Ron Jacobs Review left May 15, Saxon Advanced Math Time: We have a dozen lessons and tests to go. We have used Saxon in our son's homeschool with great success. And starting last year with Algebra II, we added Dr. Shormann goes through each lesson like our very own tutor. He explains each concept exceedingly well, and sets up our son for going through the 30 practice problems for each. Shormann deviates a bit from the method shown in the Saxon text, but we have all had teachers who believe they have a better way!
Our only comments might be as follows. The second comment, is that we have found probably a dozen problems out of hundreds where the answers shown in the solution manual are actually incorrect! Our son objects when we check him wrong and in fact the book is wrong! We probably should have documented the errors and sent them to Saxon, but oh well.
Saxon Advanced Math is daunting, make no mistake, but it is important to put in the time for the results. Peter Scheldt Review left April 27, My son does great with it. Needed one for 2nd and 3rd. This math program does not fit all sizes--only those gifted in math. Not enough repetition on a daily basis for those nongifted children. There are much better math sources out there! Home school two children now ages 12 and 14 who 3 years ago attended private school.
These books are great. They are very complete and the repetition allows for the recall of skills. When we started with Saxon my son was in 6th grade and while he received straight A's in traditional school, with Saxon I became aware of areas that his skills were weak. Saxon helped to strengthen those areas. It is organized very well and makes teaching math very easy. This was a great choice for us as my children weren't challenged at all with other methods. Use the tests to determine where your child should be.
My children score at the very top of ITBS and are very confident in their skills and will be well prepared for college. Ellen C Review left April 13, We started homeschooling 6 weeks into my son's 1st grade. The only curriculum we buy in total is math. We didn't mind this so much since you can skip ahead if your child has grasped the concept. We like that concepts are brought back later on for review.
Again, if the child doesn't need the review, skip it. Because there is a lot of repetition the parent needs to be aware of what the child is doing. They need to review the lessons and know what the child needs work on. This program does not replace the parent for mentorship. Janet Chase Review left February 15, We like the repetition because it's one of the best ways to teach and learn.
Format of lessons are easy to understand. John and Leasa Review left January 31, Homeschooling mom of 5 children ages 8 years to 10 months. We started out using Saxon. I have heard Saxon highly recommended, but for my oldest it was horrible. It teaches a new skill every lesson for 10 to 12 lessons, then comes back to the first lesson topic again.
For some children that works, but my oldest needs to focus on one topic until she has mastered it before moving to a new topic. It also uses a lot of manipulatives, including teddy bear counters and more.
My dd got distracted by the "fun toys" and wanted to play with them. We switched from Saxon to Math U See and it is wonderful!
The manipulatives make sense and are not like little toys that get her creative mind off of math and on to imaginative play. If your child is math minded and "gets" math concepts quickly Saxon may work fine. If you really want them to understand why they do what they do, go with Math U See. Tristan Review left January 4, Algebra 1 and Advanced Math Time: Most of my tutoring students struggle with this curriculum because of the choppy, inelegant, illogical structure of these texts.
I have taught math for over 25 years to students at every level-from honors to remedial, and while the honors students would find this easy because they catch on quickly, the repetition is boring.
Middle level and below students are frustrated by the amount of sheer rote work that does not build comprehension. Memorization is NOT comprehension. I have heard some say that this is the way Asian students are taught math, and that is why they are so far ahead of US students.
Lesson concepts are explained pretty well. Most definitely not enough concept practice problems. Students come away with a poor grasp of geometry because instruction is so scattered. Problem solving strategies are not emphasized, so students can only apply rote learning strategies which are not effective. Unless your student enjoys rote learning and mindless repetition, don't bother. Concepts necessary for comprehending real world applications are not presented in a way that will allow college students to effectively use what they have memorized.
Margarete G-M Review left December 27, Algebra II and Advanced Math I am a high school teacher that has been forced into teaching from the Saxon math textbooks due to lack of funding for new books.
I've had about 4 years of exposure to the Saxon method from when I was home schooled. I disliked the book as a student, and I absolutely detest this method as a teacher. None of the Saxon books, Algebra I and up, follow any sort of order. Math is meant to build, especially in topics like geometry and trig, and Saxon doesn't build anything.
The book hops from geometry to word problems, to trig, and back to geometry even within one lesson. To give you an example, I'll relate what one chapter from Advanced Mathematics contains. That's ONE chapter with 4 completely unrelated topics. Mathematics is about the process. It isn't about the technique. Why else do teachers want to see student's work? The Saxon method encourages linear thinking, waters down math to simple memorization, and doesn't teach mathematical thinking which is so necessary at the college level.
To top it all off, I will quote Mr. Therefore, the long, involved explanations that have been necessary in the past will not be necessary because only one increments of the a concept is being presented. The teacher's presentations should be succinct.
Understanding will come in time with practice" What is the point of repeating something that you don't understand? Understanding a concept does not simply come with time. Repetition will make a student adept at taking that concept and applying it to a mathematical problem. However, without a prior understanding of the concept, all the student will learn to do is how to solve that ONE type of problem.
If that student gets a problem that doesn't follow Saxon's pattern, then they won't know what to do. If you are required to use these book while home schooling a high school student, don't do the lessons in order. Try to string topics like geometry or trig across the lessons. You are doing your student a disservice if you use this book in high school. Nicholas Reid Review left August 16, My mother started out teaching it to me when I was five.
I used it for a year, then stopped. This was due to the fact that I went to public school. Then my parents put me into private school in 3rd grade, where I started it up again. I've been using ever since. The book is very repetitive, which does get annoying at times, however, I am forced to believe that it is one of the best ways to learn. I have found that getting information pounded into my head over and over really gets it deep into my mathematical knowledge.
I haven't struggled with my homework because I had done most of the problems in previous homework. Don't get frustrated with the repetitive problems. That's the only thing that seems to bug people, so I'm warning you now. I hope you accept Saxon math as your portal to stress-free math concepts. Enden Review left July 27, I now home school my 8 and 6 year olds. I did NOT like this curriculum!!!
The "spiral method" is confusing and the lessons include too many concepts to actually allow them to gain knowledge of the program. This is NOT how I was taught to teach math. The most unbelievable part was how it would introduce a new concept the title of the lesson , but would have nothing on the worksheets for reinforcing THAT concept!!! Math is a process of order, and there appears to be no real order. Just stick with the basics like Math U See.
Christine Alexander Review left July 6, Algebra I Time used: Very small private school with younger and with older. Homeschool during the summer - use Saxon Why you liked or didn't like the curriculum: Wish I had used it when homeschooling my oldest. My youngest is a whiz During the summer she beats her brother at the simple arithmetic Give this time to see how it works We have a friend who has done this curriculum from 3rd- algebra We use at least 1 year beyond their age level and practice problems can be skipped Also if you school year round, skip first 30 lessons as they are review.
Tammy Review left June 11, Did anyone else try these new editions? I would like to discuss them. The new editions had more real-world problems and introduced probability and statistics which I liked, but it seemed like the texts jumped around even more than the old Saxon. Debbie Review left May 19, Homeschooling 5th grader and 1st grader. We switched from BJU math to Saxon math.
We love the switch. BJU for us was too simple and the Saxon provided a challenge. I like not having to put to much thought into the lessons and just diving in. They are both learning a lot more than they had been using the other curriculum. The one thing I don't like and don't do it is the meeting book.
This is too much repetition. I am all for a certain amount but every day for the whole of the lessons is too much. So I don't do the whole meeting book. I do the clock work and skip counting. The teachers manual refers to using linking cubes, I don't have them. I use things like grapes, raisins or skittles and when the lesson is done he can eat them!
If your child wants lost of pictures and colors this isn't for them then. The format is simple un uncluttered. Oh and the price listed at the top isn't for the homeschool materials, there are two different types and one I beleive is for classrooms and then there is a separate homeschool side.
Check out rainbow resource, that is where I get them! Rachel Sarafin Review left May 17, Algebra 1 Time used: Almost a year Reading the different takes on Saxon is so interesting. I am homeschooling my child for the 8th grade and for the lion's share of the year he worked with a tutor.
He was proud of his work in math with Saxon Algebra I while with his tutor. However, when I discovered the Robinson method and turned my son loose on math every morning, he was lit on fire. For him, Saxon is brilliant for independent study and his math self confidence has soared!
Last year, his math teacher was pretty much coming between him and math rather than teaching him. His scores were drifting down, but more importantly he was starting to buy into her low opinion of his abilities.
He is heading back to traditional school for high school and he has tested into not just the honors level, but the higher of the two levels within honors math! I appreciate the down to earth, traditional presentation of the material. Something about its presentation and rigor reminds me of math books from the dim, ancient days of my childhood.
The book is low key, there is a short lesson presenting new material or a new level of a known operation. This is followed by the 30 problems which cover material cumulatively over the year. Each problem has a tiny little number in parenthesis to steer the student back to the lesson in which this concept was introduced.
As I said above, this is a brilliant strategy to introduce some intellectual independence to a student who is ready - in the mode of the Robinson method. I appreciate, also, the lack of distractions within the text book. The text was clean and neat, the work was dependably predictable to the student thus enhancing his sense of his own abilities.
Illustrations are few, no distractions in the form of side bars, photos with captions - I never see a reason for them in any text book as, for me, they would shatter the flow of the work.
Now, this straight forward presentation that I appreciate and that is so powerful for my son's learning seems to actually be the problem in some of the other reviews, so you must figure out how it'll work with your student. So, finally, the main thing that I appreciated about this book IS the repetitive work. This year I have seen my son's math skills spiral up in a steady flow as he masters concepts and operations and does them over and over again mixed in with the other concepts and operations.
It is like a wonderful kitchen where there are various pots on the stove that need stirring in turn, and then the cook must turn to begin preparing something new, but he must always remember to come back and stir the pots that have already been set to boil on the stove. My helpful hint is to take advantage of Saxon Algebra I if you have any indication that your student is ready to work independently.
My son spends the first two hours of his day working problems, we correct them together and keep a running list during the week of problems he has gotten wrong.
After math he goes for a run then comes home ready to work feeling 'on his game' for having mastered so much math. On Friday, he works again those problems that he missed during the week and takes the test test is has about ten fewer problems than the 30 in each lesson.
He is having wild success with Saxon Algebra I and I can't say enough that it is a good thing! We started in the elementary grades with Math-U-See and transitioned to Saxon https: The oldest is now in Advanced Math with trigonometry, complex numbers, logarithms, and so on.
Our kids have done well with it. Saxon does have a lot of repetition, but homeschoolers should adapt the workload to the student.
We never do the whole lesson - usually only the odd problems, sometimes every 3rd problem 10 out of I like how Saxon is basically self-taught, as the books explain the concept well. Yet, it is not spoon-fed, as some video curriculums seems to be. This builds good study habits useful for all of life.
If a new lesson teaches a very simple concept, I often have the kids do 2 lessons in a day. Here's how we double up without overwhelming the student: Make sure and get the solutions manual - especially for Algebra 1 and up. Mark Einkauf Review left March 21, The constant review is great at lower grades, but at the higher grades, there is already review incorporated in a natural way in any traditional curriculum.
For example, factoring is used from elementary algebra up through Calculus II, as are signed numbers. And Saxon's fragmenting of topics just doesn't serve higher mathematics well. I have written my own extensive review of Saxon , along with our own family's experiences. I liked it for grades K-6 because its constant review and emphasis on skills.
I disliked it at grades because of its lack of logical structure. Michael Sakowski Review left March 10, I have taught every subject in every grade from kindergarten through sixth grade. I currently teach a sixth grader, a fourth grader, a first grader and a pre-schooler. I found the Saxon lower grades to be overkill. My kids learn math quickly and relatively easily and many of the most basic concepts such as addition come intuitively to my children.
So, the highly scripted, tediously long Saxon math lessons for K-3 levels were not appropriate. They are appropriately challenging and the reiteration of previously learned material with each new lesson is highly effective.
Most of the lessons are perfect for an auto-didactic student. And, the few times my children have come to me for help I've found the lesson sufficiently explained to me, as the parent, what concepts were being introduced and taught. I would consider something very quick and intuitive such as the Evan-Moor math workbooks for grades Beyond that Saxon math is very good thus far - middle grades.
Reading previous reviews of Saxon math curriculum it appears to me that the middle levels are most appropriate for students who do not have difficulties in math. They would work well for gifted students especially. It may be that students who have developmental or learning delays would do best with a different program. Keep that in mind when considering this particular resource.
Homeschool Mom Review left February 3, We have used Saxon since Kindergarten. The K lessons are so quick, easy, and fun that we finished the whole book in about 4 months, sometimes doing as many as three lessons in a day.
In first grade it takes a little longer for each lesson but, as with K, the use of manipulatives adds a lot of variety. It's true that one concept isn't worked on for long stretches at a time, but this also keeps it from getting boring. Each child is individual and I think this worked so well for us because my daughter picks up on a concept pretty quickly. It's also encouraging for her that, with so much review and with new concepts being delivered in short, digestable chunks, she very rarely gets a problem wrong on her worksheets.
Second grade works the same as first grade. The lesson starts with a meeting where you add to a calendar, add to a weather graph, fill out a pattern, count out money, work on skip counting, etc. That's my only real beef with this grade In all I'd say it's a very good program.
I like that most of the addition and subtraction is taught using money rather than bars or other counters. It gives her something "real" to work with and it makes math seem more like something applicable to and useful in real life. One problem I have is that she doesn't seem to be memorizing the addition and subtraction facts and has to count out the answers to many of them.
I don't know if this is a shortcoming in the program or if it's just a problem she has herself. One suggestion I have for doing first grade is to look at the way they handle the flash cards. For some reason they have you create your own flashcards on 3x5 cards that are duplicates of the flashcards included in the program. I did a set or two of these before realizing that they are completely unnessecary.
Just use the ones included. For second grade they work a lot on graphs that require asking people to help you fill it in. There are a few instances like this where they really didn't seem to put much effort into adapting the program for home use rather than classroom use. If you, like me, don't have a ready supply of 20 people you can contact, just have the child interview stuffed animals for answers to fill in the graphs.
Stephanie Review left January 26, More than 20 years I taught Saxon mathematice in a rural high school for more than a dozen years. Raised ACT scores at the school from I then became the curriculum advisor for Saxon Publishers and became aware that some of the schools and homeschool educators as well were not correctly using the books - logically, the books were being blamed for the shortcomings.
So I wrote a book specifically detailing what to and not to do, to assist them in the correct use of John Saxon's math books. I am no longer affiliated with Saxon Publishers, but Saxon math books remain the best math curriculum on the market. As John wouls say "If the object is to teach the person how to drive a car, don't explain the workings of the combustion engine to them, have them get in and drive around the block.
Art Reed Review left October 23, Personally, Saxon Math is the worst math curriculum I have ever used. I originally used it in 7th grade, where I developed a keen dislike for mathematics. Now as a senior, I am taking calculus with Saxon because that is the only book they use at my home-school co-op. I began to enjoy math once I got away from Saxon where I used a different program. It was a math program with a video instructor. Now, with Saxon, I utterly despise math once again. The author has a "this is the way you do it, so don't try anything else mentality".
The book doesn't show other ways to solve the problems. I constantly find myself on the internet or in my old math books looking for different ways to solve problems. Saxon is unnecessarily repetitive, and I find myself becoming bored with solving the same concept over and over. I don't feel I am learning "how" to do math, just "what" to do with a bunch of numbers.
I think a lot of people use this math program because it is easy to teach. That may seem like a plus, but in the end, it really isn't.
Please carefully consider your child's learning style before buying any of the Saxon math books. Use a more open minded math curriculum. David Review left September 19, My mother made me use this curriculum when I was homeschooled. This is a terrible curriculum. It teaches mathematical procedures in a rote manner, and does not convey why the concepts are important.
The basic idea of the curriculum is constant review; each problem set contains only a few problems about what was taught that day, and the rest of it is drills on things that may have been taught months or years before.
Many of the problems require long tedious calculations which have nothing to do with how well a student understands the concepts. I hated math with a passion when I did these books, and I got consistently low grades because I would make a careless arithmetic error somewhere in the long string of calculations and thus get the entire problem wrong.
And I aced just about every problem set and test from then until I graduated this is not hyperbole; I actually maintained a average. What was the difference? People who enjoy memorization, review, and repetition, and who don't have any desire to grasp the elegance and the meaning of mathematics, may like this series.
But they certainly won't learn what math really is from it. To most gifted students, especially, it's torture. Rachel Review left September 12, It also came highly recommended by nearly every homeschooling family we know. After 3 years using Saxon we're looking for a new approach. My biggest frustration with Saxon is the amount of repetition and drilling, much of which seems rather disconnected from actual math application.
For example, my 7-year old daughter can count by 4s, but she has no idea why that's important because 4x multiplication tables aren't introduced until Saxon 3. And there's so much of these repetitive exercises that it's impossible for us to get through a lesson in a timely manner. I seldom needed it to tell me how to present the information although sometimes it was helpful. I think I needed the scripting in the beginning because I was nervous about homeschooling in general.
It was sort of a safety net. But now that I've homeschooled for 3 years I feel confident enough not to need scripting for primary grade math. My 7-year old daughter excels in some areas of math geometry, fractions, graphs , but is struggling terribly with other things money, time, adding and subtracting ten.
All of the repetition this past year didn't seem to help. She needs a different approach than Saxon provides in the areas where she's weak. I still recommed this curriculum for new homeschoolers who are uncertain of their teaching abilities. It is a very solid curriculum, and a good foundation if you need to change later. Megan Lindsay Review left July 22, We love this series for homeschoolers.
We have used other programs in the past that jumped around and by the end of the summer would have forgotten quite a bit. The kids work through the mental math which is an awesome tool first, then I introduce the new concept, and they are off and running. We have had no problems with this text and would highly recommend it. The kids are almost a year ahead in math because of it. We are planning on using it again next year!
Go through the new concept lesson with the child the way it is written and definitely do not skip the mental math part. It all took longer as we began but after a while they are able to breeze through it, all because of the practice. Michelle Review left June 12, Most of the students in grades had a difficult time with Saxon. The spiral is too broad and too fast.
The students are unable to assimilate the material because there isn't enough time spent practicing each day's concept. As a result, the mixed practice takes most of them far too much tome to complete. Math becomes a daily torture session.
The older students did somewhat better with Saxon than the younger ones. In my opinion, Saxon is suited for only about the top third of math students. We are looking at switching out of Saxon and going to something that doesn't use the spiral approach. Southern Yankee Review left May 23, Saxon 65 Time used: Math - Course 1 Charles, et al. Algebra Readiness Charles, et al.
Pre-Algebra Charles, et al. Math Connects - Course 1 Carter, et al. Math Connects - Course 2 Carter, et al. Math Connects - Course 3 Carter, et al. Math Connects - Course 1 Bailey, et al. Math Connects - Course 2 Bailey, et al. Math Connects - Course 3 Bailey, et al. Pre-Algebra Carter, et al. Pre-Algebra Malloy, et al. Mathematics - Course 1 Bailey, et al. Mathematics - Course 2 Bailey, et al. Mathematics - Course 3 Bailey, et al.
Mathematics - Grade 6 Bennet, et al. Mathematics - Grade 7 Bennet, et al. Mathematics - Grade 8 Bennet, et al. Mathematics - Course 1 Bennet, et al. Mathematics - Course 2 Bennet, et al.
Mathematics - Course 3 Bennet, et al. Pre-Algebra Bennet, et al. Prealgebra Larson, et al. Math - Course 1 Larson, et al. Math - Course 2 Larson, et al. Math - Course 3 Larson, et al. Pre-Algebra Larson, et al. Passport to Mathematics - Book 1 Larson, et al.
Passport to Mathematics - Book 2 Larson, et al. Passport to Mathematics - Book 3 Larson, et al. Mathematics - Course 2 Dolciani, et al. Math - Course 1 Hake Math - Course 2 Hake Math - Course 3 Hake Math Makes Sense 7 Morrow, et al. Math Makes Sense 6 Morrow, et al. Algebra 1 Carter, et al. Algebra 1 Holliday, et al. Algebra - Concepts and Applications Cummins, et al.
Math Power 9 Knill, et al. Algebra 1 Burger, et al. Algebra 1 Larson, et al. Algebra 1 - Concepts and Skills Larson, et al. Algebra - Structure and Method Brown, et al. Algebra 1 Charles, et al. Algebra 1 Wang Algebra 1 Bellman, et al.
Algebra 1 Smith, et al. Algebra 1 Dressler Algebra 1 Saxon Geometry Carter, et al. Geometry Boyd, et al. Geometry - Concepts and Applications Cummins, et al. Geometry Burger, et al.
Geometry Larson, et al. Geometry - Concepts and Skills Larson, et al. Geometry Jurgensen, et al. Geometry Charles, et al. Geometry Bass, et al.
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