Product Review: Saxon Math K.
Submitted by: Robin M.
I chose Saxon because it’s a math incremental development program. In fact the Saxon catalog goes all the way up to high school in a linear fashion. Saxon is good for those need to have measurable results each year and be on par with what the public schools were teaching.
I also liked the way Saxon approached math similarly to the Piaget theory, which is teaching children first to use concrete examples for learning. Saxon uses the manipulatives before it moves onto numbers (pictorial) and then finally the abstract.
Saxon K is teacher led and requires some planning for each lesson. A basic lesson is to first go over the calendar, review a pattern, record the weather and then introduce or reinforce a concept.
I found Saxon K lessons vary between 25 to 45 minutes in length at the most. Saxon K Math keeps each lesson tightly focused and overall moves at the perfect pace. I think this prepares them very well for Saxon 1, which I have also used. Plus some lessons are short enough to do two in one day if you get behind. Overall it’s an excellent math curriculum that I highly recommend, I feel like my kids have a great foundation for the future.
Concepts taught in Saxon K include counting, acting out problems, adding and subtracting using manipulatives, comparing and ordering numbers, creating and reading graphs, telling time by the hour. The Saxon K program uses easily obtained manipulatives i.e. teddy bear counters, linking cubes, pattern blocks, demonstration clock, geoboards, and tangrams.