Saxon Math

February 1, 2011
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Saxon Math

Content: Math
Grade(s): K – 12th
Perspective: Secular
Prep Time: Minimal
Teacher Manual: Yes
Teacher Involvement: Essential
Cost: $$$$ || ?
Pages: 200+
Publication Date: 2004
Publisher: Saxon Math series

Common Core Aligned: Yes

** From the Publisher’s Website: **

Saxon Math is designed to support the long-term mastery and applications that will make a difference during testing and in students’ future education and careers.

According to the pedagogy

* Incremental Concepts are taught in small, approachable progressions

* Distributed Increments are spread throughout the year, building in complexity, so that by the end of the year students have reached deep understanding and fluency

* Cumulative Practice and assessments include concepts from the most recent lessons as well as from earlier in the year, ensuring students retain all concepts and can make connections between them

Saxon Math K-3 program is designed to teach basic arithmetic concepts as well as geometry, patterns, time, and more. Each lesson is scripted for the parent, which takes the guesswork out of teaching young learners. Manipulatives accelerate understanding of abstract math concepts, and worksheets provide cumulative review.

Saxon Math for middle grades transitions students from manipulatives and worksheets to a textbook approach. The emphasis in the middle grades is on developing algebraic reasoning as well as geometric concepts. Like the middle grades, the upper grades program offers a textbook, tests, and a Solutions Manual.

Saxon Math for high school prepares students for college, from Algebra 1 to Calculus

About the Author:
John Saxon originally wrote this math series back in the 1970s. After the textbook publisher Houghton-Miflin bought Saxon Math, Stephen Hake and Nancy Larson were brought on board to assist with updating the material.

Because one opinion is never enough! Have you ever used Saxon Math? How did it work for your family? Share your review below.



  • Mary Sutherland March 30, 2015 at 2:01 pm

    Good information, but too repetitive.

  • Christine Hinton September 9, 2012 at 7:18 pm

    Saxon algebra is the most comprehensive text that I have seen. It takes the student well beyond the basic algebra text. The teacher books, quizzes and answer keys are easy to use. The parent does not need to have a complete mastery of algebra to help students.

  • Elisa P. August 9, 2012 at 1:25 pm

    Saxon is VERY repetitious, and could bore a bright student to death. However, I can’t imagine a better curriculum for a student who struggles with math. I let my son, who excels at math, skip the problems he has clearly mastered & move along at his own pace. The result? ITBS scores rock, and he is 1/2 way through 9th Grade Algebra at the end of his 6th Grade year. My daughter learned her math basics in public school using “new math” curricula and is deeply confused. She was taught cute little short cuts that bypass logic and quantitative reasoning, so now in advanced math, she lacks the ability to recognize when an answer doesn’t make sense. So now I am teaching elementary mathematics right along side Algebra II. 1 caveat: Saxon Geometry is reputed to be riddled with errors at last update. We chose a different curricula for that year.

  • Marlene February 28, 2011 at 5:18 pm

    We have been using Saxon starting with 4/5. The kids have moved on to Algebra 1/2 now. We started with Miquon for the early years.
    The Saxon program stile is just right for the late elementary and middle school child. It is suited to the developmental level of the early logic, and logic phase child. (I wouldn’t use it for young elementary–see Miquon.)
    The incremental approach and the simple explanation of math concepts and language in this program works very well in a hone school situation. (We previously used Scott Forestman Math which required much more work explaining things to my older kids.)
    We are definitely sticking to this program as we move on. The kids are doing great on their standard testing and I know that they are covering all the particular math concepts they need.
    As for scheduling the work load and assignments. We don’t work all the problem sets in each lesson –30 questions each. I assign 1-10 in Monday’s lesson, 11-20 in Tuesday’s lesson, 21-30 in Wednesdays lesson. This allows us get a good bit of practice done and move on at a good pace.

  • Katherine alexander February 27, 2011 at 9:30 pm

    We used Saxon 2. It was an a good program that provided lots of problems. However, I have a gifted child that doesn’t like the drill and kill method and that is exactly what Saxon does. Also, my son was 6 at the time and he really enjoyed colored workbooks. Saxon is all black and white.

  • Regena February 25, 2011 at 11:28 pm

    Saxon is a tried and true standard in the math world. I do find that it is very lacking in teaching children how to really think mathematically however (read: not strong at all in word problems, which is the majority of what you will encounter in the real world).

    I did use Saxon 1 with my first grader because I wanted to incorporate all the math extras that a program like Singapore doesn’t cover. I wanted the “morning math” of calendar work, skip counting, counting money, etc. I didn’t really need Saxon in order to accomplish that, however. Because there is so much repitition from year to year, I ordered Saxon 3 to use with him in second grade, but ended up ditching it very early in the year. I just didn’t need what it had to offer; I could do those “extras” on my own….

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