I am so happy with this kit. There is a lot of activities, and a lot of support from the teacher's manual to help a parent make math come alive for their child. My daughter is learning so much and I am so happy for so many ways of helping her to confidently learn these all important basics. Everything is laid out for you, so there's no need to run around gathering different ideas and tools for learning a good variety of concepts. It's interesting and challenging for my daughter, yet just repetitive enough to give her confidence. I know that she's learning exactly what she needs to be learning and that we're richly covering all the basic math concepts she needs at this time. I feel very confident she is being given an excellent foundation. The teacher's manual gives very solid, supportive help to the parent and provides a good variety of daily activities for that important repetition and reinforcement for the younger child, but keeps things interesting and fun at the same time.
I like how this program is set up, it covers a lot and the best thing is that it is easy to understand for the student and teacher! The teachers guide has the lessons all set up for you for every day - it even tells you what to say! I don't go word by word but I keep the idea and go from there. I just wish that there were more practice pages for doing math problems.
We love this curriculum. The only reason for less than 5 solid stars is the paper quality...very very thin. But, my kids LOVE math thanks to this excellent program...very thorough, repetitively spiraled to help them retain the information, and fun! I think the price compared to other good math curriculum is fair also. LOVE Saxon Math also b/c this company will follow my kid all the way through high school!
This is one curiculum where the teachers manual is absolutely neccessary. But it is so helpful. It is scripted, so well. When I'm teaching my son he really understands their explanations, (better than my own attempts). I would tell parents that this is worth the money, considering there are even more expensive ones out there. The best part is that my son really enjoys math this year, and the way this is developed keeps me organized. Hooray!