The only thing I can say about this is, and its not a negative, is that as parent/teacher you must read through all the material thoroughly to use it properly and to find all the different worksheets and tests. We switched from teaching text books to Saxon 7/6.
This is the third Saxon book we have used in homeschooling over the past 2 and a half years. There are no fancy illustrations, and I know that the lessons are delivered in a predictable format, but we really like the program. Our son is sharp, and he can still benefit from the spiral approach of Saxon. The fact that previous lessons continue to be integrated into current lessons really helps solidify our 12 year old's comprehension. Many days we assign two lessons, and circle which problems we want him to complete on the mixed practice. The time tests are very beneficial too. In preparation for this year, his sixth grade year, I reviewed, and even tested him in Teaching Textbooks and Singapore. He was above the recommended level in TT, and I just wanted more problems than Singapore had in its text. We really like Saxon, and our son begins every day with math, whether I am present to get him started or not. That says a lot.
Love this curriculum! I discovered in when I was working in Juvenile Detention Center and was amazed at the results I saw with teens that had significant learning disabilities, hated school, and of course math! After couple of weeks on this curriculum, most were making A's and the confidence they were getting, reflected on their behavior. Now I use it on my kids and they love it, although my daughter is disappointed that I am making her start at a lower level, but public school math left so many holes, that we are doing alot of back work before we can successfully move forward. Thank you Saxon!
There is no better Math text than the Saxon series. I introduced it in the 1980's in the Christian high school were our two older daughters were in my class. I have never seen anything to rival the approach Saxon takes. I have a Masters Degree in Teaching Math and enough years of teaching all levels and courses from K-12 and tutoring teens and adults through college and graduate school. The Saxon approach is where the rubber meets the road for giving a student the best foundation and tools for success in any field of study and just plain old everyday life. You will not find a Saxon student who grows up to hate Math. They will be the parents who love to help their kids with homework problems, too.