I never write reviews, but this is my 2nd one today....the first was on Saxon Math 87, which has saved my sanity (in the math dept. anyway). I was not sure how my daughter would do with the DIVE CD and she really did not want to use it. But one of her friends recommended it, so we gave it a try. LOVE IT. She says that she "gets" what they are trying to teach/explain to her, which was a HUGE problem before. Plus, it gives her a new sense of responsibility/control with her lessons. She has come up with her own schedule and has stuck to it. She even takes notes for her lessons- a first with math. I am so happy with the DIVE CD and Saxon; I will be switching my other daughter to Saxon.
I love the examples and clarity of teaching. The author is kind, empathetic, willing to explain every facet of the lesson and seems as if he is enjoying the experience. This helps bring the student into the lesson. My only disappointment is of the lack of resolution in those movies. The graphics are a bit jagged and you can't increase the size without noticing serious quality loss. I would gladly pay extra for a high resolution version of these excellent how-to videos.
I purchased the DIVE CD to accompany Saxon Math 87. I was very disappointed with this product. When I read the description of this product "Each lesson in Saxon Math's textbook is taught step by step on a digital whiteboard." I assumed that the actual Saxon lesson was being taught. Yes, the teacher goes over the concepts being taught. However, he does not actually go over the Saxon curriculum. He covers the concepts with his own examples, not the examples in the book. This CD does not cover the math problems in the book (Which was the main reason I purchased this product). Buy the actual Saxon Teacher CD instead!!