We have enjoyed Saxon Math. We switched to this program from a different one, and are very pleased. In our first year of homeschooling I found the program to be very helpful. The teacher guide takes you through step by step what you need to do for your child. The assesssments helped me to figure out where to start my daughter who had been previously enrolled in public school. We tried a few of the assessments and started her further along in the curriculum. I do adapt the script to meet the needs of my children, to avoid boring them with concepts they have already grasped. The approach lets the student work on a concept until they have mastered it. It is both comforting and encouraging to see the student grasp a concept they may struggle with initially.
HUGE fan of the Saxon math program. Children do not have the option not to learn. The course material is gone over - back and forth - so many times that it is truly ingrained in them. My daughter (7) was having a horrible time in math until this program. She is doing terrific and has grown to love math. It is the greatest gift. My experience with the program has been echoed by MANY teachers that I know and respect. I could not be any happier than I am with this program.
I just love this curriculum!!! It introduces new concepts thoroughly then reviews them regularly. I've used it with my 3 children and find it very easy to teach 3 different grades at the same time - it's so organised.
There is a lot of review involved, which I'm tempted to jump ahead before she gets bored. But I love that every day they touch on calendar, clock, math facts, and more. She'll have a much better foundation than her two older siblings! The math separate manipulative kit is also great. A big tub of everything called for in the plan. You could collect some of these things around the house, but it's all in that kit.
Our family has homeschooled for 12 years. When it came time for our youngest to begin first grade, my oldest son suggested that we begin his sister with Saxon math because his transition from our previous math curriculum to Saxon during his high school years was difficult. His thought was that it would be easier for her if we used Saxon from the beginning. Well, first grade has come and gone and we were very pleased. We love the "Meeting Book" beginning our day with the calendar. I encourage all homeschoolers to investigate all options, but I highly recommend Saxon math. Using this product does promote a strong foundation in math.