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5 Stars Out Of 5
February 6, 2013
I love Saxon for math and phonics! We have used this curriculum from kindergarten through high school with great results. Saxon lessons build one upon another, so things learned in one lesson are not forgotten in the next. Also, Saxon uses a lot of manipulative for math and phonics which we thought was great. It gives great hands on learning( makes learning come alive) .I recommend Saxon to anyone who asks. If repetition drives you crazy though , this might not work well for you, otherwise defiantly worth the money.
When I first bought the Saxon Phonics 1 curriculum I didn't buy the teaching tools because I assumed they were extras, but once I received the teacher's manual and began to read the lessons, I saw that the flash cards in the teaching tools are used in every single lesson. What is worse, I couldn't tell from the text what was on the different cards. There are like 6 or 8 different kinds of cards with names like "Affix card 8" and "Spelling card 4" so I was left wondering what I was missing and really didn't know how to teach the curriculum without them. So I felt forced to buy them. When I got the box I was impressed with its heaviness and felt comforted I'd received my money's worth of junk. But upon opening it, realized I had to fold and tear literally hundreds of sheets of paper/thin card stock flash cards. It took me HOURS. Anyway, I've used the curriculum for about three weeks and realize I can teach this without the cards probably way better, but I never would have known what the cards were unless I bought them. So it forces you to use them. You have to buy them. Plus, it would be a pain to write out each thing on the board instead of holding up the pre-made card. So you need them. But I hate that I have to use them, and that I had to tear them all apart. This is another example of how Saxon makes things way more complicated than they need to be. They think too much of details.