Why Saxon Math Works for Us!

We are nearing the end of our second year using Saxon math as part of our homeschooling curriculum. I know many families are making plans for next school year, so I wanted to share my thoughts in case anyone was interested.

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A is currently 6.5 years old and in the first grade. We chose Saxon last year for Kindergarten because a veteran homeschool mama gifted us with the Teacher’s Manual, and I wanted to give the program a try. I had heard from other families that the early years of Saxon math is “easy”–that was true for us last year. Personally, I liked the short (and easily-combined) lessons, the repetition of important concepts, and the fact that we didn’t have to do written work–a plus for a child with fine-motor delays. Since we were just starting homeschooling and adjusting to the rigorous rhythym of Classical Conversations, I was content with “easy” for our first year of math. I wanted to be sure that we built a strong mathematical foundation.

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Fast forward a year–we are just past lesson 85 of Saxon Math 1, and I am loving it! I’m planning on ordering next year’s materials shortly (plus a Kindergarten meeting book for our preschooler). Here’s why Saxon Math works for us:

  • I see it working! Our precious first grader does a practice page in each lesson, filled with consistent review. I don’t worry that she’s going to forget how to tell time or make tally marks because I’m not teaching it directly this month.
  • Saxon’s scripted lessons give me confidence. While I personally *love* math, I want to be sure that I’m not missing any foundational concepts or using incorrect vocabulary when I teach.
  • Saxon “gets” homeschoolers–I have the freedom to skip, combine, or repeat lessons as it benefits my student. Do I follow the specific meeting script every lesson? No! Is it there if I need it? Yes!
  • Saxon is timeless. I LOVE that I can use the same curriculum with multiple children and not have to worry about it being out of date! Do I supplement with a few ten-frames activities from Teachers Pay Teachers? Sure, I want to be know that our daughter is meeting the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills–but I don’t need to throw out the baby with the bathwater to get there.
  • Most of all, I love that my girls can learn math in a real-life, hands-on manner TOGETHER. My three-year-old has absorbed a lot of math this school year, simply from sorting pennies and dimes or unifix cubes next to me while I teach her big sister.

I know that Saxon math is NOT for everyone, but it works for us in this stage of life!

What about you? I’d love to hear how you teach (or re-teach) math with your children.

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3 thoughts on “Why Saxon Math Works for Us!

  1. I was homeschooled for all 12 grades… at one point my Mom was teaching all 6 of us during the same school year! Kindergarten to grade 10 was quite different, but we all learned the same basic math skills from work sheets my mom had found when I was in grade one 🙂

    I’m still pretty dang good at math too 😉

    • One of my favorite things about homeschooling is learning all the things I missed as a child. Teaching math means I’m re-learning a lot concepts, and it’s a lot of fun!

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