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My husband and I have been homeschooling now for 12 years. It has not been an easy road, but the benefits have certainly been worth it: well adjusted kids who are excelling academically. While some homeschoolers choose to "unschool" and simply follow their students' lead, we followed a more traditional route, using various resources and a variety of textbooks. Early on we changed curriculum companies year to year in our search for just the right approach or writing style in a textbook series. But we have used Saxon math every year since kindergarten. Saxon math has proven its worth over time, not just for our family, but for many thousands of families. The curriculum takes a "spiralling" approach; it was developed so that students would have exposure to a single new concept daily while also reviewing previously learned material. In this way, students learn without forgetting. In the elementary years, the teachers manuals are "scripted" telling the teacher exactly what to say and do when teaching the lesson. This was invaluable to me. It made teaching math fun and simple. Saxon is also known for its integrated approach to math. Geometry and trigonometry concepts are introduced early on and developed simultaneously with pre-algebra, alegebra, and advanced math concepts. In fact, the Saxon series of textbooks does not even include a separate geometry or trigonometry text; once the student has finished Algebra 1 & 2 and Saxon's Advanced Math text, they have completed the equivalent of all math levels through pre-calculus. While a precocious student might be able to self-teach Saxon math, Saxon states that the texts are made to be taught. That has been the case in our homeschool, although there are many days where our children do in fact self-teach their math lessons and without too much trouble!
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I highly recommend Saxon math, not only for homeschooling families, but for families of conventionally schooled children who are struggling with math or who seem deficient in basic math skills. Saxon's emphasis on math fact mastery and traditional approches to problem solving is often refreshing for these kids. If you are looking for a fairly fool-proof math curriculum, you could not do much better than this.

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lyssachttr
November 23, 2009

I'm really inspired by the dedication your family has to homeschooling, and what it must take (as parents) to accomplish that (with multiple kids no less!). We're navigating the education path with our daughter (almost 3yrs old) and every bit of insight and perspective I can find is so valuable. Thanks for sharing!

Glad you found the review helpful! I would write more reviews if I weren't so crazy busy these days! My eldest is graduating in June and applying for college, plus all those senior class activities...throw in the flu season and you get the picture! If you need any other homeschool advice or curriculum recommendations, just comment here and I'll answer. I liked your review on Doulas btw! Take Care...enjoy that baby!

Oh, you just made my day! I am hoping to homeschool my daughter who is now 6 months old. It is great to learn from the experience of others. Thank you so much for the review! I also came across @cindydownes' review of Hands On Math Projects With Real-Life Applications, probably a good supplement to the Saxon Math curriculum. Thanks once again for the review!

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Saxon math, developed by John Saxon, is a teaching method for incremental learning of mathematics. It involves teaching a new mathematical concept every day and constantly reviewing old concepts. Early editions were deprecated for providing very few opportunities to practice the new material before plunging into a review of all previous material. Newer editions typically split the day's work evenly between practicing the new material and reviewing old material. Its primary strength is in a steady review of all previous material, which is especially important to students who struggle with retaining the math they previously learned.

In all books before Algebra 1/2 (the equivalent of a Pre-Algebra book), the book is designed for the student to complete assorted mental math problems, learn a new mathematical concept, practice problems relating to that lesson, and solve a varied number of problems which include what the students learned today and in select previous lessons -- all for one day's class. This daily cycle is interrupted for tests and additional topics. In the Algebra 1/2 book and all higher books in the series, the mental math is dropped, and tests are given more frequently.

The Saxon math program has a specific set of products to support homeschoolers, including solution keys and ready-made tests, which makes it popular among some homeschool families. It has also been adopted as an alternative to reform mathematics programs in public and private schools. Saxon ...

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