DIVE CDs for Saxon Math
The D.I.V.E. in DIVE CDs stands for Digital Interactive Video Education... that would definitely be a mouthful without that handy acronym!
D.I.V.E. CDs for math consist of interactive lectures... The student listens to an audio explanation of the lesson while watching the problem being worked on a digital 'whiteboard' of sorts. He can rewind to hear a lesson or a part of a lesson again, pause the disc to complete seatwork, or fast forward to skip a section he has mastered. Previously completed lessons are easily accessed if forgotten.
Lessons are taught by Dr. David Shorrmann who has over 6,000 hours of experience teaching science and mathematics.
Lessons are presented from a Christian perspective with encouraging scripture verses being shared at the beginning of several lessons. Dr. Shorrmann's personal testimony is included on each CD. The website Go to D.I.V.E. Math offers email support from the teacher himself.
The math CDs are designed to supplement the Saxon Math curriculum and the levels offered are 5/4, 6/5, 7/6, 8/7, Algebra 1/2 (Pre Algebra), Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Advanced Math (PreCalculus), and Calculus. Each CD comes in a plastic slipcase inside a heavy paper folder as pictured above.
Each DIVE Math lesson is taught along with several practice problems per lesson. Lessons are short and interactive, which minimizes time spent staring at a computer screen.
To determine the level at which your student should begin this program visitGo to Saxon Math,and print out a placement test. Follow the instructions provided for scoring. This method has proven to be pretty accurate for the parents I've counseled. To locate the tests from their homepage, click on the Saxon Homeschool button, then the Placement Tests link on the left side of the page.
Before purchasing any D.I.V.E. CDs, make sure you order the correct edition to match your textbooks! The CDs follow along lesson by lesson so this is especially important. Most Saxon textbooks note the edition either on the front cover or on the copyright page.
My personal experience with D.I.V.E. is limited though in my job as a resource librarian, I recommend the DIVE CDs often when students are struggling with grasping the concepts as presented in the textbook. The feedback back I receive is always enthusiastically positive! My moms are thrilled that their children are working independently to solve math problems and are grasping concepts much better than just from the textbook alone.
DIVE CDs can be very helpful to the audio learner and can benefit the visual learner as well.
Each CD is $50 Retail... Should you choose to order one, you can benefit The Homeschool Companion by ordering from one of the following links:
Christian Book Distributors Homeschool Division
OR find it in our Amazon aStore
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