Saxon Homeschool Math Review
Homeschooling Math with Saxon
by Josh Ingram
When Diane first asked me to write an article about the Saxon Homeschool Math curriculum, I was not sure how to begin. I had used Saxon Math during my entire homeschool education, and since it began when I was very young, I do not remember exactly how it started.
But the more I thought about how I had used Saxon for my homeschooling math curriculum, the more I realized just how much it had impacted my education.
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When I was about six years old, my grandma began using Saxon Math, having switched from Alpha-Omega’s Lifepac curriculum. She had heard about the success of Saxon Homeschool Math, and decided to put it to the test. I do not remember much from those earlier years, but I do remember much emphasis being placed on knowing the multiples of number groups (2, 4, 6; 5, 10, 15; 7, 14, 21, etc.). This would assist me later on, when learning more complex multiplication. And the great thing about Saxon Math is that it consistently builds upon what one learned last. What I mean is that each lesson builds upon what you learned in the last lesson, and each book builds upon the next very smoothly. There are no surprises with Saxon Math.
When I was eleven, Grandma gave me the first math book I would remember clearly: Saxon 65, the sixth grade level math book. This book laid the foundation for the more complex math I would be learning later, and it was clear, simple, and concise. In fact, during my high school years, my grandma gave me a variety of curriculum from different companies: A-Beka, Alpha-Omega, etc. But I always went back to Saxon Math. Out of all the math curriculums, I found Saxon to be the clearest.
One of the greatest challenges that arose when doing Saxon Math was that if I did not understand a concept in the first lesson, then I would run into trouble in later lessons, since each lesson built upon the last. Furthermore, Saxon Math requires a great number of problems be completed each day, usually about thirty. Most other math curriculums did not require quite as many problems. When doing Algebra and Algebra II, it was not uncommon for me to spend an hour to an hour and a half on a problem set. At times, the workload became quite a lot to handle.
My last year of high school, I took a course in Calculus, and as ever, Saxon was “user-friendly” enough for me to get quite a lot out of it. Having used Saxon for nearly all of my education, the Calculus book was built upon all that which I had learned before, making the course simply a part of the larger Saxon program.
So how successful was the Saxon education? Well, after taking my first math class at Marian University, I was asked to be a tutor in the Math Help Lab, my area of expertise being in probability and statistics. I know none of this would have been possible without Saxon Homeschool Math. It offered clear lessons, and each one built upon the other. It offered creative ways to address each problem, and was essentially like having a teacher in the words of a textbook. I would highly recommend Saxon Math to you as your homeschool math curriculum.
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