One of the first curriculum choices that comes to mind when one thinks math is Saxon. Saxon is a popular choice among many homeschoolers and school systems. But is it right for your child? With all the choices on the market today is Saxon still among the top choices?
The Saxon method is incremental. Each lesson introduces a student to a different increment. The lesson covers the lesson in detail and provides example problems and several problems for the student to work out. The lesson goes on to provide several more exercises from past lessons for review. Basically the program is spiral as opposed to a mastery approach.
Points to Consider:
*the program provides plenty of review and daily practice for students who need the added reinforcement
*Each lesson has the same format.
*The program includes a test booklet and a daily warm up book which works hand in hand with the main text.
*The approach is solid and traditional.
*Repetive for students who need the extra reinforcement.
*Can be adapted for advanced or struggling learners.
*Good for auditory learners. Not a hands on or colorful program.
*Easy for parents who are not confident in math to teach.
Saxon is a solid, traditional, straightforward, and no frills curriculum. If you have a very hands on or advanced student you may want another option. While you can adapt the program for an advanced students it may not be the best fit.