I wish I had used Saxon from the start! For the last three years, math has involved hours of whining, tears, and frustration. Finally I decided to invest the money in Saxon, and it was the best money I've ever spent. My finicky son LOVES doing his math lessons now, and has been FLYING through the curriculum. We're doing 3+ lessons a day, he completely understands and enjoys the work, and best of all - NO FIGHTING! Thank God for this wonderful program; I just cannot recommend it enough. Even my 3 year old is listening in and enjoying - especially the separate manipulative kit (also money very well spent - it's good quality, and it's all encompassing)!
I am a huge fan of Saxon. It's not for everyone, but here are the benefits for us: 1. VERY TEACHER FRIENDLY - anything that requires minimal teacher prep is a plus in our homeschool. Daily materials are easily viewed and the lesson is laid out in an organized sequence that changes little from day to day. Once you understand how the lessons are formatted, it is easy to get into a teaching pattern. 2. SPIRAL METHOD - rather than staying on a topic to mastery which can frustrate students if they just don't "get" the concept, Saxon introduces a topic and continually reinforces previous topics so the learning progresses. 3. CONTINUAL REVIEW OF TOPICS - ensures that students will not forget previously learned concepts. 4. SHORT WORKSHEETS - Need I say more? Just enough to accomplish what needs to be done without overwhelming. 5. SLOW AND STEADY PACE - Even though the pace moves more slowly than other programs, it's often said of Saxon Students when they are finished that they really KNOW and UNDERSTAND math. I have found this to be true. 6. SUPER SUPPORT - Saxon stands behind their products and if you ever have a question, a teacher will call you back to help you understand content or format (usually very timely). I have used Math and Phonics and these are the reasons for all of the products. They have been an integral part of our homeschool success.