I bought this for my 3rd grader who I started homeschooling. Saxon was used in our public school, and it really works great. Saxon does lots of review and the teaching instructions gives lots of questions and explanations to teach verbatim. I did not buy the manipulative kit, I use things around the house.
Used this to homeschool all of my children. It uses interaction and repetition to help students master basic math skills. This thoroughly prepares the student to work independently in the area of math. Well worth the time and effort invested!
I have used Saxon math with all three of my children. I found the levels 1 and 2 to be too easy, but they made math fun. By 2nd grade each of my children did Saxon Math 3 and I felt this level set them up for success. They learned their math facts well and once this level was completed they could work independently on math in the years that followed. One of my children took two years to complete the Saxon Math 3 program (2nd and 3rd grade). If you need to, take the extra time to master it.
It does require the one-on-one direct instruction by Mom each day at this level - but this is one that pays off for years to come freeing Mom's time up. If you are coming into Saxon late or trying to help a student who's in school, Saxon Math 3 is the year that's critical for future math success.
We are a family with very strong math skills - Dad's an engineer and knows the importance of mastering the basics in order to understand the more complicated. Saxon 3 prepares you well.
My son is a 2nd grader and I tested him at home before ordering Saxon Math 2. He tested for level 3 and is doing great. He is enjoying doing math for the first time in a long time. I would recommend Saxon math to anyone who is going to home school their children. My 10 year old is also using Saxon math.