I like how this program is set up, it covers a lot and the best thing is that it is easy to understand for the student and teacher! The teachers guide has the lessons all set up for you for every day - it even tells you what to say! I don't go word by word but I keep the idea and go from there. I just wish that there were more practice pages for doing math problems.
We love this curriculum. The only reason for less than 5 solid stars is the paper quality...very very thin. But, my kids LOVE math thanks to this excellent program...very thorough, repetitively spiraled to help them retain the information, and fun! I think the price compared to other good math curriculum is fair also. LOVE Saxon Math also b/c this company will follow my kid all the way through high school!
This is one curiculum where the teachers manual is absolutely neccessary. But it is so helpful. It is scripted, so well. When I'm teaching my son he really understands their explanations, (better than my own attempts). I would tell parents that this is worth the money, considering there are even more expensive ones out there. The best part is that my son really enjoys math this year, and the way this is developed keeps me organized. Hooray!
We have enjoyed Saxon Math. We switched to this program from a different one, and are very pleased. In our first year of homeschooling I found the program to be very helpful. The teacher guide takes you through step by step what you need to do for your child. The assesssments helped me to figure out where to start my daughter who had been previously enrolled in public school. We tried a few of the assessments and started her further along in the curriculum. I do adapt the script to meet the needs of my children, to avoid boring them with concepts they have already grasped. The approach lets the student work on a concept until they have mastered it. It is both comforting and encouraging to see the student grasp a concept they may struggle with initially.