Our daughter loves this program! She is doing very well with it & loves that she can do it on the computer without having mom teach every aspect of it (using the teacher CD's). It allows her some independence in her learning.
He did wonderfully with Saxon 2, 3, and 5/4. However, we just finished 6/5 and math has totally gone downhill for him using Saxon.
We do it exactly the way it is intended. We do every single problem. We check daily work and lovingly correct mistakes together. When he has gotten below 80 on a test, we backed up to that lesson and re-started.
Unfortunately, the sheer number of problems encourages sloppy work. My son Actually has a great work ethic and attitude but when you have 45 problems every day, would you be likely to rush? More than that, there is just not enough time for things to sink in. He learned multiplying fractions, percents, and dividing fractions in just a few days. No wonder he was confused.
Last but not least, My son now loathes math. Because there is always something new, he never feels confident or successful.
My kids have been using Saxon math products since K and respond well to incremental learning. There is plenty of practice (extra available in the back of the book) and review of previously taught material. Some parents don't like the language used in the lower grades for operations, such as "some, some more", but my kids found this helpful when working out word problems. Like any program used for homeschooling--use what works and change what doesn't.
Although this is my first math book ive ever used for my 10 year old daughter and I have nothing to compare it to I will deffinately be purchasing the next level for her next year. This math book is awesome it has the student do a drill test, mental math and other warmups before they learn a detailed lesson! I love how thorough this book is. My daughter has the ability to self teach with this book. After a lot of research, hints the name. I would recommend this book and will being using it again.