Skills or concepts are reinforced throughout the years, helping students build a strong foundation of understanding. An incremental approach gives students the time to understand and practice a small concept before adding the next step. Distributing skills across the year ensures that students have time to practice and master a concept.
Cumulative practice and assessments cover ideas from earlier lessons to ensure students retain and make connections between concepts. While other math curricula ask students to progress from simple to complex concepts in just a few weeks, Saxon Math scaffolds instruction of each concept and continues to review information introduced earlier. This allows students the time and practice to retain math concepts to the level of mastery.
Students build skills and confidence through daily opportunities to review, develop mathematical reasoning, and apply knowledge. Engaging manipulatives and hands-on learning tools help students develop and demonstrate understanding.
New online resources give students convenient access to lessons and fun opportunities for practice and enrichment with Drawing Tools, iTools digital math manipulatives, Calculator Activities, and an eGlossary. Classroom Discourse Daily discussion and practice help students build an understanding of basic skills, mathematical concepts, and problem-solving strategies. Summative assessments, including Power Up, Cumulative, Benchmark, and End-of-Year tests, allow teachers to continuously monitor progress.
Formative assessments conducted through daily instruction, lesson practice, and written practice provide immediate feedback for intervention and enrichment. Instructional materials and activities in the consumable kit help students master foundational math concepts.
Grade 3 is available in kit or textbook format. Units are integrated and distributed to give students time to develop skills and algebraic thinking. Practical applications of abstract concepts help students master thinking and reasoning strategies. 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. 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.
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. So I both hate and love the challenge at the same time. 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, 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.
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. 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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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. 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. 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 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.
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. 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.
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 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. 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. Saxon helped to strengthen those areas. It is organized very well and makes teaching math very easy. 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, The only curriculum we buy in total is math. We like that concepts are brought back later on for review.
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, 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.
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 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. The book hops from geometry to word problems, to trig, and back to geometry even within one lesson.
Mathematics is about the process. 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.
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. 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. 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 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. 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. This is too much repetition. I am all for a certain amount but every day for the whole of the lessons is too much.
I do the clock work and skip counting. I use things like grapes, raisins or skittles and when the lesson is done he can eat them! The format is simple un uncluttered. 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.
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. So, finally, the main thing that I appreciated about this book IS the repetitive work. 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.
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. 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. 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.
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. 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. Each child is individual and I think this worked so well for us because my daughter picks up on a concept pretty quickly.
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. 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 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.
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.
I am no longer affiliated with Saxon Publishers, but Saxon math books remain the best math curriculum on the market. 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. 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 think a lot of people use this math program because it is easy to teach.
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. Online tutoring Has a strong and effective partnership with public and private schools AdvancED-accredited corporation meeting the highest standards of educational management.
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