Viewing 2 posts - 1 through 2 (of 2 total) Author Posts July 4, 2013 at 4:05 am RickiParticipant Ut-oh…I have a bad feeling that I should not have purchased Saxon… When we started homeschooling, the one thing my kids asked was that we not use Saxon Math curriculum. Saxon's incremental approach to education has been proven to be one of the most effective teaching methods; learning pieces of information in small amounts, and then continually repeating concepts keeps information fresh and active in one's mind, preventing once-learned … Time4Learning. It's nice also b.c you can supplement the program using whatever manipulatives you have.Right now, we use a more exploratory math program called Investigations. Our choices were Saxon (with the DIVE CD’s), Math-U-See, and Teaching Textbooks. I believe math is more beneficial for many children when newer concepts are introduced and incorporated more so than with how they incorporate with math-u-see. It works, bottom line. We've used Saxon K-76, Mathematical Reasoning, Prof. B, Math-it, and more. Tracy / March 23, 2020 Getting Started with Math-U-See Our unique approach to math education means that you might have some questions about exactly where and how to begin with Math-U-See. The Curriculum Choice See Jamie Blog The Cozy Nook Classic Housewife. We just skipped though Saxon 1 a lot for the first half until it got more challenging. I've heard such great things about all the curriculum you mentioned so I'm curious to see how people respond. If you want a conceptual approach that is amazing go with Saxon. As most homeschoolers know Math-U-See and Saxon Math are among the top choices in math curriculum. I wouldn't even consider Saxon, do your own research, see what others are saying. Horizons Math did not do well at all with my son when he was in first grade – it was too colorful for him to concentrate. The testimonies we regularly hear from families who have chosen other math programs continue to strengthen our belief that Saxon is the best choice for grades 7-12 grades. He was unique :-)This system seems to have worked well for my kids - so far!Lisa. :-). This plus the spiral format makes it hard for children to see how all the pieces of the puzzle fit together and can lead to not understanding math very well. I use saxon math at school and I find it hard to lean all the concepts. My experience with Math U See. Just stop it -- you're making me look bad! Which editions should I use? Math-U-See (Grades K - 12) Program Goal: Math-U-See uses manipulatives to illustrate and teach math concepts. Over the years, Singapore Math has created several different editions of the Primary Mathematics books used so successfully in Singaporean schools in the late ’90’s. Results, not methodology, should be the basis of curriculum decisions. They each bring something unique to the table, as opposed to many math curriculums which are very much the same as … Singapore have been leading the world in Mathematics. I'm interested to read everyone's thoughts too! Keep in both don’t explain things as thoroughly as I would’ve liked and you may have to supplement. I don't know a whole lot about them, but heard that some teachers really like that program as well. Saxon and Math-U-See are the ones I get asked about the most. We'll just have to see how that goes. I have heard great things about Saxon for the upper elementary and middle/high school.You can add hands on and manipulatives on your own. I do not think I would use Saxon math even though it is highly reviewed. My question was if I were to start him in Epsilon this November, would he be able to complete the book by the end the school year (May). Algebra 1/2? We used 5th grade Teaching Textbooks this year for our 4th grader {coming from ABeka} and loved it. However, my experience with Koreans who have come from that same math system is that they do much better in Saxon Math. Program Highlights: Math-U-See is a core curriculum for students in kindergarten through 12th grade. See system is structured with step-by-step procedures for … The repetition was a good thing for him. I chose this over Math U See--the other program I was planning to switch to--after joining both yahoo groups. I also don't like the order they introduce the math facts. For good SAT/ACT scores, I recommend A Beka (Christian) and Saxon (secular). Saxon Math has consistently been one of homeschoolers' top choices when it comes to math curriculum. This is not a problem if you are going to school long-term, but quite difficult if you just want to homeschool for a year. I know alot of home educators use Saxon, but it is still not designed for a tutoring setting. I definitely will be using Singapore Math. I also don't like that there is no mastery of some concepts at this point in Saxon...I guess they plan to introduce it several times in the next year or so before mastery is expected. Right? We started Kindergarten with some custom wooden boxes (no longer made by the way) and all our books and multiple manipulative sets. 1 0. too hard to Kindergarten in my opinion. We ruled out Saxon after reading too many negative reviews. It has also always been my plan to at some point make the switch to Saxon Math, because I used in junior and senior high and appreciated the repetition. What worked & what we really wanted to work but just didn’t…pros, cons, hits, misses. But after using all 3 in our 14 years of homeschooling there is a clear winner. Where can I find the Saxon placement tests? I love ABEKA math for the repetition. Results matter. I know I am not an expert on these Math curriculums, but I hope that this information has been a little helpful. Then I saw a Math-U-See video and thought how wonderful for Boo to "see" math and use his hands to learn critical concepts. After eight grade bring on the algebra by any publisher and students will be able to handle it. Math U See. I have math class on mondays, tuesdays, thursdays and fridays. We have also seen very strong college entrance exam scores for students using Singapore Math in the elementary years and Saxon Math in grades 7-12. I was originally leaning towards Math-U-See for her. After finding myself explaining Saxon lessons using our Math U See blocks and examples, we switched back to Math U See and haven’t looked back since. Saxon, Teaching Textbooks, and Math-U-See are fantastic programs. or Algebra 1? The music and manipulatives are great for children who struggle focusing on school and learning math concepts. For good SAT/ACT scores, I recommend A Beka (Christian) and Saxon (secular). It has also always been my plan to at some point make the switch to Saxon Math, because I used in junior and senior high and appreciated the repetition. . Before we found Math U See we tried Abeka, Saxon, and Horizons. First, there was the U.S. edition, an Americanized version of the original Singaporean curriculum.This became the go-to version of Singapore Math for many homeschool families. I keep thinking I might switch to Singapore since I've heard such great things about it, but I keep getting happier and happier with Saxon so for now I'm sticking with it at least for next year (grade 2). Comparing the differences between Saxon Math vs. Singapore Math for Elementary Grades. Where can I find the Saxon placement tests? They each bring something unique to the table, as opposed to many math curriculums which are very much the same as they were Fifty years ago. While this curriculum was working well for us, I ventured over to Saxon for a bit just to see how it worked. I chose this over Math U See--the other program I was planning to switch to--after joining both yahoo groups. Because we are mastery-based and student-paced, our levels don't correspond to traditional grade levels. Teaching Textbooks; Saxon Math; Math-U-See; You can see in the broad range of styles and approaches in our top 10 that you can continue to homeschool your preteen as per your chosen homeschooling style. The kids lacked understanding and comprehension of the rote processes of math. I would say it worked well for him, and I learned a few things along the way. I see this as a great program to use in a classroom though b.c a lot of it is cooperative learning..where children listen to other student's ideas and watch their ways of solving problems. Saxon is a classroom style program designed to be used in a larger group setting. I have done all the legwork for you. Saxon, Teaching Textbooks, and Math-U-See are fantastic programs. He's a boy, and I thought that might be good for a boy. I'm excited about starting something new and your comments are helping me relax about my choice. Then I saw a Math-U-See video and thought how wonderful for Boo to "see" math and use his hands to learn critical concepts. Math U See is good for kids who need to be hands-on to learn. Saxon Math: We started with Saxon 1st grade in Kindergarten for both Aidan and Gresham (I think that Saxon runs slightly behind). She is now on Epsilon (5th grade) and doing very well. Math-U-See vs. Saxon Math. -Saxon textbook’s focus mostly on procedural math (the “how” of math) rather than conceptual (the “why” behind the procedures). ;). He’s a black and white kind of guy – so he was on Saxon (which I feel is a strong math curriculum), but got bored, acting like he couldn’t do the work, and we switched to Math-U-See. My experience with Math U See. Math-U-See is an excellent program and we adore their manipulatives; it just was a poor fit for my son. We have also used Modern Curriculum Press and Miquon for the younger grades. But after using all 3 in our 14 years of homeschooling there is a clear winner. What level should I start my child? When we started homeschooling, the one thing my kids asked was that we not use Saxon Math … I use saxon math at school and I find it hard to lean all the concepts. She tested at Alpha level, which from what I can tell is about 1st - 2nd grade. I am using Saxon 1 with my kindergartners and it is a lot for them. We plan to use it next year for our youngest as well who is currently using MUS. When I taught 1st grade, I felt as thought the repetition and spiraling of concepts was so helpful for the young ones who are just beginning to learn how to problem solve. Upon successful completion of Saxon 8/7, students should start Shormann Algebra 1. It teaches it through skip counting so it is imperative they memorize those facts before moving to the next set. Have you ever heard of Math Our Way or Everyday Math?? As much as I love Math U See, I purchased Saxon 5/4 last year to try with my son. The school chose to do one grade level ahead in math because the grade level one is too easy. Homeschool Reviews. The Curriculum Choice The Potter’s Hand Academy. Horizons Math did not do well at all with my son when he was in first grade – it was too colorful for him to concentrate. What path do you suggest for Algebra, Geometry and Advanced Math? About Homeschooling , Curriculum Reviews , … Saxon. Singapore Math has had a lot of success. (Just because it checks all the boxes doesn’t mean it’s … I have purchased all the top math programs including: Math U See, Math Lessons for a Living Education, Teaching Textbooks, A Beka, Horizons, Singapore, Life of Fred, JUMP, RightStart, Saxon, and Strayer-Upton and put together the most comprehensive review you can find. She did pretty well but the only thing that was hard to grasp was that in MUS you begin learning place value in Primer. After eight grade bring on the algebra by any publisher and students will be able to handle it. He's a boy, and I thought that might be good for a boy. Even though it was easy, I'm glad I did Saxon K and then Saxon 1 at grade level. Personal Thoughts about Saxon Math. I began using Math U See from day 1. Plus, I know that when he reaches the Challenge level of CC, they teach from Saxon (although you can still use any math curriculum at … Also the one thing I learned mid way through her book was to not move on to the next lesson till she had that multiplication set memorized. Terri. As much as I love Math U See, I purchased Saxon 5/4 last year to try with my son. The Curriculum Choice The Potter’s Hand Academy. Keep in both don’t explain things as thoroughly as I would’ve liked and you may have to supplement. A pre-algebra course is a normal and recommended part of a child's math education as they make the journey from a world of mostly numbers (arithmetic) to a world of mostly letters (algebra). *Traditional math programs included in this comparison: Right Start, Saxon, IXL, Life Of Fred, Khan Academy, Math U See, Teaching Textbooks, Glencoe, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, etc. These drills can be completed along with Shormann Algebra 1. He has always used Saxon since 5K and is currently in Saxon 8/7. I have looked at other textbooks. There are many lessons that are great, but there are definitely "holes" in the curriculum when lining it up with our Standards of Learning..therefore, we have to supplement with other things. I was pretty shocked, but I know Math isn't her strong suit, and I think it'll be wonderful to go backwards some and have a chance to fill in some gaps. We borrowed a DVD Beta from a friend and went through one lesson that seemed to help tremendously! About Homeschooling , Curriculum Reviews , Free Resources We have used three math curriculums before finding what works for us. Algebra 1/2? We started Kindergarten with some custom wooden boxes (no longer made by the way) and all our books and multiple manipulative sets. Which editions should I use? Horizons Math. Currently what works for my 2 dyslexic kids is Math U See. Both books prepare a student for… It was an utter disaster. I think what it keeps it strong is its implementation of Singapore that focuses on basic concepts through visualizing things which could be more favorable in Math-U See. For instance, when it teaches multiplication, it begins introducing geometry concepts such as finding the area of a rectangle; when teaching decimals, there is a strong focus on money; and while they are learning fractions, measurement is covered … I am trying to decide whether to use Math-u-See Pre-Algebra, Teaching Textbooks Pre-Algebra, Saxon Algebra 1/2 or Videotext Algebra next year for my daughter. This means printing out more sheets from the MUS website but it is so worth it if your kids get them memorized since everything else builds on the multiplication tables! The kids lacked understanding and comprehension of the rote processes of math. Forget which one; sorry! I like Saxon. 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