5 Stars Out Of 5
DIVE preferred over Saxon Teacher (for Alg. II)
May 14, 2014
We love Saxon math, but I feel it absolutely necessary to use either the DIVE cd-rom or Saxon Teacher cd-rom in tandem (particularly for the higher level classes). My son liked the person on the Algebra I Saxon Teacher cd and it worked well. But, he did not care for the person on the Algebra II Saxon Teacher cd. So, we decided to try the DIVE cd, and my son liked Dr. Shormann much better. In summary, what worked for us (with Algebra II, specifically): he watched each DIVE lesson with the textbook in front of him; he then did the lesson problems; if he had any confusion or questions, he then watched the specific lesson on the Saxon Teacher cd, which goes through the problems in the textbook step by step. So his "teacher" was technically Dr. Shormann, while the Saxon Teacher cd provided him with step by step help, only when needed. I realize it is more expensive to purchase both cd's, but we felt it was well worth the money. My son never needed any other outside help, other than that provided on the 2 sets of cd's. (And it was still much less expensive than taking the class at a home school co-op). I am confident that he has a firm foundation in algebra heading into Saxon Advanced Math.