We decided on Saxon Math because this was what was recommended to us, as a homeschooling family. We find it useful because the books and materials are well written, and the CD Rom really helpful as a teaching tool. We are weak in Algebra but the CD Instructor is very clear. And this has helped with our son's work (currently in Grace 10) for the last 3 years. In fact, the CD Rom is so well made that he self studies with it and the books and materials given to him.
I've used the DIVE CD, since 76 series, and find them to be a wonderful additional tool to teach my child lessons.
First off; DIVE CD's were meant to be used 'WITH' Saxon Books, not separate, it was design to moves along with each lesson. If you don't have the books you will NOT get the full benefit..period.
It pains me to hear bad reviews about Saxon Math books or this DIVE CD, when not all the materials are being purchased to save money. You can not simply buy a CD and expect to get the results of the entire book series.
My son was able to move into College level math and beyond with this CD and the Saxon math series. He's planning on majoring in math, even though he was failing in the public school systems books. When I switched him to Saxon he excelled and is now three years ahead of his classmates. Something four years ago I never thought would happen.
I'm thank full for the option Saxon and DIVE CD's have provided.
The DIVE CD's are the best investment one can make when teaching math. Our children are enjoying math so much more and having an easier time learning. The ability to review anything they don't understand is priceless. Highly recommended, especially for those with several math students at different levels. CR