Saxon Math: The Granddaddy of Homeschool Math - K-12

Saxon Math has been around it seems since the resurgence of homeschooling, and for good reason. Praised by Cathy Duffy and Mary Pride, this highly effective curriculum is used in many public schools because of the excellent results it gets, but has also been tailored just for home study.

Because it is written in a user-friendly format, students are often able to work more independently.

Learning is done in steps with each new concept being constantly reviewed, so children have a chance to absorb what they are learning instead of forgetting it when the next concept is presented.

Each lesson is presented in easy-to-follow steps with sample problems given to reinforce it. Practice problems follow, weaving the new idea with previous ones and helping students retain what they've learned.

Not sure at what level your student should begin? Visit the website to print placement tests! Use this link to
Visit Saxon. Click on the Homeschool link. Click on the Placement Tests link, print the tests and follow the directions. You can also find scope and sequences for each grade level in the homeschool section.

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Here is what you receive when you order each level:

Grades K, 1, 2, and 3:

The Kindergarten homeschool kit includes a teacher’s manual with 112 actual lesson plans and information vital to the presentation of early math concepts. The meeting book is used during the presentation and demonstration of the concepts and only one is needed per level even for multiple students. Grade 1-3 kits include consumable student workbooks containing both student materials and practice pages.

A manipulatives kit is also an integral requirement for each of these grades and is purchased separately. Here is a list of manipulatives required and the levels in which they are used:

1 - Balance (K,1,2)
1 - Learning Clock-Teacher's (Optional for all levels)
2 - Student Clocks (all levels)
10 - 2-Color Plastic Counters (3)
48 - 1" Teddy Bear Counters (K)
1 - Set of Dominoes (K)
1 - Geoboard w/ Rubber Bands (K,1,2)
1 - Set of Geometric Shapes (1,2,3)
1 - Hundred Number Chart (1,2,3)
1 - Folding Meter/Yard Stick (1,2,3)
100 - Multilink/Mathlink Cubes (K,1)
1 - Teacher's Number Line (2,3)
100 - Pattern Blocks (all levels)
2 - Plastic Rulers (inch/cm) (1,2,3)
1 - Set of Tangrams (K,2)
1 - Outdoor Thermometer (2,3)
100 - 1" Color Tiles (2,3)

You can try to gather these items yourself as you need them (at a cost of almost $80) or you can purchase them in a complete kit when you buy your curriculum from our favorite vendors:

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Learning Styles Supported: Visual and Kinesthetic

Saxon Math Middle Grades: Levels 5/4, 6/5, 7/6, 8/7,

The titles in this group reflect student placement. For example: Level 5/4 is meant for an advanced 4th grader or average 5th grader; Level 6/5 will work for an advanced 5th grader or average 6th grader, etc.

Each homeschool kit includes a non-consumable student textbook, a consumable tests and worksheets book, and a solutions manual which contains the answers to all problems in the text and tests. All three components are softbound.

Learning Styles Supported: Visual

Saxon Algebra 1/2 (Pre-Algebra), Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Advanced Math (Pre-Calculus) and Calculus:

Each Homeschool Kit includes a non-consumable hardcover Student Textbook, a Test Forms Book, an Answer & Test Key. The available Solutions Manual is sold separately. A Solution Manual takes you step-by-step through each problem and is well worth the purchase price for these high school courses.

Learning Styles Supported: Visual

Use this link for information on D.I.V.E. CDs which follow each textbook lesson-by-lesson and teach using an audio/visual interface. They are available for Saxon 5/4 through Calculus.

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Our Experience:

When my daughter and I started homeschooling in 1993, I had never heard of Saxon Math. Being on a very tight budget, I taught math by using ideas and worksheets from websites, and some workbooks that I had picked up at Walmart. I made our own flashcards, used manipulatives from around the house and downloaded freeware from the web.

As Jen reached 5th grade, we heard about Saxon from other homeschoolers and as I was now concerned about gaps (she just wasn't getting her multiplication tables no matter what I tried so who knew what else she might be missing)...I gave her the placement test (see above) and ordered our first homeschool kit.

We did the lessons together for a while and quickly became frustrated at the length of time (1 1/2 to 2 hours) it would take us to get through that day's lesson.

Each day consisted of the lesson concept being taught that day, several sample problems, then 20 to 30 practice problems which were taken from not only the current lesson but any lesson previously covered. It seemed like a lot of busy work.

Once we understood that the lessons are taught in what is called a 'spiral progression', and that every lesson's concept was going to show up in later lesson's practice problems, we dared to defy the curriculum's instructions and began to do only the practice problems that Jen actually needed to practice... thereby eliminating sometimes as much as half of the work.

This meant, of course that I had to stay involved in teaching the lessons, correcting the practice problems, and monitoring her test results so that I knew what she needed to practice each day. I simply circled the numbers of the problems I wanted her to do.

This method worked really well until high school when Jen felt ready to do the Algebra courses independently... which was a good thing for me!

She was testing at her grade level each year so I okayed that decision and she subsequently completed Algebra 1 and 2 on her own and tested into a credit level math course at the community college for Running Start -a state run program that allows juniors and seniors in high school to earn high school and college credits at the same time thereby getting a jumpstart on college.

We really appreciated the built in review of concepts that Saxon's spiral teaching provides. Your child will remember what he learns!

We also liked that in most of the courses, the lesson number on which each practice problem was based was in parentheses beside the the problem so it was easy to go back, if necessary, and use the original lesson to remember how the problem was done.

We highly recommend Saxon for the child who learns well visually and for the mom who likes everything to be planned out ahead of time and who is worried about learning gaps.

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