I have a college minor in math, and feel competent to teach first grade math to my kids. I bought the Saxon math on the recommendation of several friends and family. However, upon receiving this packet, I find the directions are confusing, and somewhat lacking in the teacher's manual, as to what one is really supposed to do for the meeting book lessons, and the regular lessons. The items listed as manipulatives have been difficult for me to find at a local teacher's supply store, and now I am faced with either buying a "Saxon set" from an online company, which seems to have enough of some of the items for 2 students, but not enough of all items for 2 students; or buying two "sets", with obvious unnecessary duplicates; or trying to get along without the manipulatives. The online company is mainly a regular classroom supply house, and so to buy the missing items from the kit means I need to buy 25 of them, or 2000 of them, etc. Not really what I need for two students.
As per my review on the "second student" kit, I am still missing the meeting book for the second student, and will need to order that separately: something I was unaware I needed to do when placing my original order.
The paper is very thin on these books, and feels cheap: more like newspaper print than a nice workbook.
This just has not been easy to get started with this product, and I cannot comment yet on the content of this class. I am thinking of returning this product.
We used Saxon Math 2 this year and my son loved it! The directions are clear and easy to follow. You can quickly plan your lesson and because of the repitition you can anticipate exactly what you will need to do on a daily basis. I purchased the Saxon Math 1 for my daughter to use next school year because I was so pleased with the success we had using Saxon 2 this year. I have already begun looking through it and I am excited about being able to use this curriculum with her next year. I would also strongly recommend the manipulatives kit, it is fun and eliminates the need for other preparation.
We used ABeka Math for K4 and K5 so I was initially unsure about the lack of colorful pictures on the pages. However as soon as we began the program we found the manipulative kit FAR more valuable than any cartoon illustration could ever be. Most days math is a game and enjoyable for us all. (My 4 year old gets in on the fun too)
We have completed Saxon 1 and are ready to begin Saxon 2. I highly reccomend the manipulatives though. They are used through Saxon 3 as I understand it and utilizing them daily, as reccomended in the curriculum, really is the best part of the program.
Great for teaching math. I just started homeschooling and was very nervous. But this set made it so easy. I love the visual concepts that really help my child understand the material. The written script makes it so easy. The only thing I wish was better was the paper of the workbooks. The pages are super thin. But we just don't use markers on the pages (they will bleed through). Other than that-love it! And I will be using Saxon for math however long I homeschool.