Saxon Math Homeschool:
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Students using Saxon Math homeschool kits earn consistently high scores on standardized tests. The program is extremely strong in areas of arithmetic computation and mathematical principles (distributive, commutative, etc.).
Saxon takes an incremental (little by little) approach to math, introducing a new skill or principle each day, then reviewing these concepts and skills day after day for weeks. This approach helps build students' confidence in their ability to "do" math successfully.
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Saxon packages include everything you need to teach one child. To use the program with additional or successive students, purchase additional consumable tests and worksheets.
Beginning with Saxon 5/4 and on up, packages include Dr. David Shormann’s DIVE Into Math CD instruction. On-screen illustrations, tips, and alternative problem-solving approaches help your student maximize learning.
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How does Saxon Math ensure that students are mastering concepts?
Saxon Math is based on the idea of incremental development, which is the belief that students should learn math concepts in small, manageable steps, with each lesson building on the previous one. With this spiral approach to learning, students should master a concept before moving on to the next one. Saxon Math is known for this repetition and cumulative review, which is designed to help students retain and understand concepts. See below for a complete list of topics covered in each level of Saxon Math.
|Math K||Count by 1's, 5's, and 10's to 100; compare and order numbers to 20; ordinals to fourth; simple fractions; money; shape recognition; compare length, weight, and size of shapes; days of the week, month, date, and year; time to the hour|
|Math 1||Count by 1's, 2's, 5's, and 10's; compare and order numbers; ordinal position to tenth; sorting rule; patterns; solve routine and nonroutine problems; basic addition facts and basic subtraction facts; add two-digit numbers; picture and name fractions; measure using inches, feet, and centimeters; compare volume, mass, and area; time to the half hour; count pennies, nickels, dimes, and quarters; polygons; geometric solids; tally; real graphs, pictographs, and bar graphs|
|Math 2||Count by 1's, 2's, 3's, 4's, 5's, 10's, 25's, and 100's; compare and order numbers; identify ordinal position to tenth; identify sorting and patterning rules; solve routine and nonroutine problems; master all basic addition and subtraction facts; master multiplication facts to 5; add and subtract two-digit numbers; picture and name fractions; measure to the nearest centimeter, foot, and half inch; measure perimeter and area; tell time to 5 minutes; count pennies, nickels, dimes, and quarters; identify geometric solids; identify lines of symmetry; identify angles; tally; Venn diagrams, and line graphs|
|Math 3||Place value; ordinal position to twentieth; all basic addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division facts; add and subtract multidigit numbers; multiply a multidigit number by a single-digit number; divide by single-digit divisors; add positive and negative numbers; add and subtract fractions with common denominators; compare and measure mass, perimeter and area; tell time to the minute; determine elapsed time; make change for a dollar; identify angles, lines of symmetry, function rules; graph ordered pairs on a coordinate graph|
|Math 5/4||Addition and subtraction properties and terms; mental math strategies; multiplication and division properties and terms; powers and beginning square roots; fractions to decimals and percents; estimation; measurement inU.S. customary, metric, and conversion; temperature; basic terms of geometry; basic algebraic patterns and sequences; beginning probability|
|Math 6/5||Whole-number concepts and computation; mental math; patterns and functions; measurement; statistics and probability; fractions; mixed numbers; decimals; geometry; percents; negative numbers (and concepts in Math 5/4)|
|Math 7/6||Simplify expressions containing parentheses; add, subtract, multiply, and divide signed numbers; exponents; square roots; geometric formulas; ratios; percents; fractions; mixed numbers; decimals (and topics in Math 6/5)|
|Math 8/7||Measurement; estimation; real-world connections; word-problems; rate; powers and roots; geometric proofs; scientific notation; graphing functions; quantitative comparisons; balancing equations; transformation of formulas; literal equations; algebraic terms; irrational numbers; factoring algebraic expressions; substitution; graphing linear equations and inequalities; geometric construction; scale factor and indirect measure; similar and congruent figures; data collection, display, and analysis; probability and statistics|
|Algebra 1/2||Fractions, decimals, mixed numbers, signed numbers and their arithmetic operations; translating from words to algebraic expressions; order of operations; percents; proportions; ratios; divisibility; rounding; place value; unit conversions; scientific notation; data representation; evaluation of algebraic expressions; simplification of algebraic expressions; linear equations with one unknown; word problems involving pre-algebraic concepts; perimeter; area; surface area; volume; classification of geometric figures and solids; geometric constructions; symmetry|
|Algebra 1||Arithmetic and evaluation of expressions involving signed numbers, exponents, and roots; properties of real numbers; absolute value; equations and inequalities involving absolute value; scientific notation; unit conversions; simultaneous equations; algebra of polynomials and rational expressions; word problems requiring algebra for the solution; graphical solution of simultaneous equations; graphs of functions: linear, quadratic, cubic, square root, absolute value, etc.; translations and reflections of graphs; factoring; Pythagorean theorem; algebraic proofs; functional notation and functions; quadratic equations; direct and inverse variation; exponential growth; perimeter and area of two-dimensional regions; surface area and volume of geometric solids; statistics; probability|
|Algebra 2||Graphical solution of simultaneous equations; scientific notation; radicals; roots of quadratic equations including complex roots; properties of real numbers; factoring; inequalities and systems of inequalities; logarithms and antilogarithms; conic sections; exponential equations; basic trigonometric functions; algebra of polynomials; vectors in polar and rectangular form; algebraic word problems|
|Advanced Math||Permutations and combinations; trigonometric identities; inverse trigonometric functions; conic sections; graphs of sinusoids; rectangular and polar representation of complex numbers; De Moivre's theorem; matrices and determinants; the binomial theorem; the rational roots theorem|
The Saxon Math homeschool kits for K through 8/7 include everything you will need to teach one child. All books are softbound, black and white, and can be used with additional or successive students with purchase of additional consumable tests/worksheets.
The Saxon Math Home Study Kits for Algebra 1/2 and higher include hardback math books, answer keys to the homework problems, and a series of examinations with answers. Student books are hardback, black and white, about 400 pp, and non-consumable. Answer keys and tests are paperback. The math curriculum tests are consumable.
Unless you were -- and still are -- an absolute whiz in algebra, you will find the Saxon Home Study Kits inadequate from Algebra 1/2 up. You truly need the solutions manuals that document how to acquire the answers.... (I speak from experience! I tried to do without. It was no fun...and I was an algebra whiz in high school.)
Note that it is not by choice that we "force" you to purchase the answer keys and test packets in addition to the solutions manuals in the upper grades. Saxon Publishers will not sell the student text by itself to homeschoolers. You must buy the full home study kit, including answer key and tests; then Saxon will permit you to purchase the solution manual as well.
My daughter HATES math. She would rather be tarred and feathered than to sit down and do her math. Yesterday we started her math program with Saxon and the DIVE CD. After two lessons, she was BEGGING me if she could go ahead and do a few more! Unbelievable! — Liz, 18 August 2005
Saxon is easy to teach, and from 4th grade up requires little parental involvement. It includes lots of guidance on exactly what to say and do. The early elementary programs include—and require—many manipulative activities. Saxon Publishers does not provide the necessary manipulatives for its early elementary program. Sonlight offers complete kits with the necessary items.
Saxon prides itself on its ability to help marginal students acquire relatively high scores in standardized tests. It is extremely strong in the areas of arithmetic computation and mathematical principles (i.e., the "distributive principle," "commutative principle," etc.). This homeschool math program is relatively easy to teach and, from fourth grade up, requires little parental involvement.
For students who don't require the drill, Saxon Math can be repetitive. In early elementary grades, it is relatively pricey.
- Saxon's emphasis on drill and repetition allows a student to perform well within a concept; thus, the results on standardized testing are good. But it does not emphasize problem-solving that requires creatively moving from one concept to another or thinking "outside the box" -- precisely the sort of skill necessary to excel in higher mathematics.
As Tonya in VA put it, "Standardized tests tend to test computation more than concepts. To use math in physics, chemistry, and other applications computational skills are not enough. Students must understand the concept behind the computation and be able to apply the concept to a problem they may never have seen in math class. Saxon is weak in concepts."
- In comparison to other programs, it may lack on application-oriented problem solving and modern presentation (use of charts, graphs and other effective teaching tools).
Saxon Math is the most widely used math program in the United States and is used in more than 40 countries around the world.
Saxon Math utilizes a spiral approach to learning, which is the belief that students should revisit concepts multiple times in order to fully understand them.
Saxon Math has been delivering proven results for students in Grades K-12 for over 30 years. Students using Saxon Math consistently earn high scores on standardized tests resulting in Saxon Math being one of the most well-known and widely used homeschool math programs and it's used in many public schools.