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#1 of 7 Old 01-18-2003, 02:07 AM - Thread Starter
 
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I use Saxon math and about to receive Saxon phonics for
ds#2.
He used to be unschooling wired but after all the therapy he decided he like more structure ...
meanwhile the brothers saxon stuff sits since he has decided to go back to being four again .....
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We use Saxon math and like it alot.

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I love Saxon math for the higher grades. DS is 13 (8th grade)and about 1/2 finished with Algebra 1/2. It has bee na long time since I sat in an algebra class. I was really worried about not being able to teach him beyond the basics. Saxon makes it so easy for both of us.
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Saxon math is the best!

I collect math textbooks to research the best way to teach math, and believe me, it is THE best.

ABeka is a close second.

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When my kids were ready for math, you used and are using Saxon


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Saxon math is the best!

I collect math textbooks to research the best way to teach math, and believe me, it is THE best.

ABeka is a close second.
Well.... I don't think that there is such a thing as "THE best." I just don't. Different things work better for different kids/families for different reasons. The extreme amount of review in Saxon drives some kids bonkers. It is far, far more than they need.

I'm glad that you've found something that you love, but there are many great options. Personally, I find it helpful when people say WHY they like what they like, how the curriculum fits a particular learning style, etc.
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Saxon Math was developed in the 1960's by John Saxon, a retired Airforce officer who did not like the "New Math" that was taking over curricula in America at the time. I remember alot of set theory and philosophy in my fourth grade math class. I spent all of sixth grade "translating" numbers from base ten to other number systems and bases and then back to base ten. I had the same lessons in my teacher preparation classes in graduate school.

Saxon was a teacher at the time and the reason there is an exteme amount of review in his books is b/c he noted that he would teach a skill and work for a period of time on one math skill, and meanwhile many of the students would lose their acuity in their other skills.

John Saxon worked w/ Jaime Escalante in the 1980's ("Stand and Deliver", and subject of the book, "The Best Teacher In America" ) in developing excellent math lessons and curricula. Excalante wanted his high school math students to come in to high school prepared to do high school level math. Many of them did not even have basic skills.

I do like it b/c it is is very thorough. For the homeschooling family, no skill will be missed in my humble opinion if you use Saxon Math. It is just very practical and concise.

LAUSD has banned the Saxon series b/c they have determined it to be too "simplistic". Meanwhile, my best friend took her child out of LAUSD b/c the teacher taught math to everyone using only cuisinaire rods. I know cuisinaire rods are excellent for children who have quantity and perceptual problems, but it is not for every child.

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