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What makes Saxon math outstanding?

The success of this program rests on three pillars:

  • Incremental development:
    concepts are broken down into small easy-to-understand pieces, and are presented in lessons throughout the school year
  • continual review
    Once this is taught, students review their work daily through worksheets and homework sets, (included in the hardcover textbook)in a basic concept called continual review Over time, what has been learned through incremental development and review is assimilated and eventually mastered by the student.
  • and frequent, cumulative testing.
    This allows students the opportunity to prove what they have learned before they move on to the next step. There is testing and assessment for every concept taught in the Saxon program.

    It sounds so simple, and best of all it works for math students around the world.

  • How did Saxon Math get started?

    John Saxon taught junior college in Oklahoma, but realized that many of his students were not grasping the concepts he was teaching. One of his students urged him to make up problem sets that would continuously review what had been taught. Saxon and his students noticed a high success rate in the rentention level once this method was initiated.

    Saxon published texts for the college in 1979, and subsequently modified them for high school algebra classes. Selected teachers agreed to test the concepts in their classrooms, side-by-side with another math book. Students knowledge with the Saxon method was more than double the problem solving skills of the alternate textbook.

    Saxon looked for a publisher for his book, and when none expressed interest, he mortgaged whatever he owned and published it himself. His methods are used in pre-K through 12 and beyond, and his math program is consistently at the top of the best seller (and best-teacher!) list.

    What does Saxon have to offer?

    Today there are close to 100 Saxon products. There is a Saxon home study math kit for levels K, one, two and three. Then Math 54, Math 65, Math 76 and Math 87.

    Following these courses, the student can advance to Algebra 1/2, then Algebra I, Algebra II, Calculus, Physics and Advanced Math.

    Saxon has taken this teaching method to the phonics department and now sells Saxon phonics, and the phonics intervention program, for older kids who are struggling with reading and spelling.

    What makes Saxon K-3 such a favorite with homeschool teachers?

    As the parent teaching at home,you have so much to organize, order, assimilate and finally, teach. When you choose Saxon as your math program, a kit containing all you need to successfully teach each level is provided. The teacher's manual has been written using the appropriate language and activities to match the student's ability level.

    The scripted instructional format even includes a lesson dialogue with possible student responses, so you are ready for everything. One of the most applauded features is the succinct materials list, listed for every day. Since all the written work takes place in the student book, the teacher's edition can be used for subsequent students, making this a sound investment.

    Am I qualified to teach Physics?

    Saxon Homeschool Physics is taught at an introductory level and does not require that the teacher have a background in physics. Anyone who has taught second-year algebra, especially Saxon's Algebra 2, can teach this book successfully. Saxon Homeschool Physics was written with both average and gifted students in mind.

    The entire program is based on introducing a topic to a student and then allowing them to build upon that concept as they learn new ones. Topics are never dropped but are instead increased in complexity and practiced every day, providing the time required for concepts to become totally familiar.

    What about Saxon Phonics?

    The Saxon Homeschool Phonics series builds on prior learning. New learning is presented in explicit, systematic increments, and each increment is reviewed throughout the year. Also, the program lessons are completely scripted making it easy and simple for parents to teach.

    In the same way that Saxon Math builds on facts already learned, this program teaches students to read by introducing small increments of knowledge, increasing their self-confidence as they move towards a solid grasp of reading and spelling.

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