My children have learned math with the Saxon Math Books from the very start. I bought the Saxon K Math book but did not buy Saxon Math 1, 2 or 3.
I decided to teach my children the basics and then started with Saxon 54. I did this for a couple of reasons, but primarily, I did not want the step-by-step instructions from the lower levels.
I felt boxed into a structure and I wanted to teach my children the facts in my own way. This worked for us but may not be the best approach or everyone.
The lower level books are very good with a systematic step-by-step approach and are very doable and straight forward.
There are manipulatives that can be purchased separately and for this age level, those manipulatives help make this subject a little more fun.
Saxon K book is good for those just starting homeschooling and for those worried they might forget to teach something.
Used Saxon Grade 1
In Saxon 1 the step by step, incremental approach continues to be used. The main topics covered are reading numbers, telling time, counting money and understanding the calendar.
In level 1 the students will learn to skip count by 1's, 2's, 5's, and 10's, to compare and order numbers, to identify ordinal position to the tenth, to identify a sorting rule, to identify and extend patterns, to solve routine and non-routine problems, to master all basic addition,subtraction,multiplication and division facts.
They will also study and learn to add two-digit numbers, to name fractions, to measure using inches, feet, and centimeters, to compare volume, mass, and area, and to tell time to the half hour, count pennies, nickels, dimes, and quarters, identify and draw polygons, identify geometric solids, tally numbers and work with graphs, pictographs, and bar graphs.
Used Saxon Grade 2
In Saxon Math 2, the students continue to work on facts, graphs, and geometry concepts using larger numbers and calculations. Simple fraction concepts begin to be introduced.
In Saxon 2 a larger range of important concepts are addressed. The students begin working with larger numbers, geometric shapes, Venn diagrams, graphs, basic arithmetic calculations, and simple fractions.
Primary focus is on the following topics:
Skip count by 1's, 2's, 3's, 4's, 5's, 10's, 25's, and 100's
Compare and order numbers
Identify ordinal position to the tenth
Identify a sorting and patterning rules
Solve routine and non-routine problems
Master all basic addition facts and subtraction facts
Add and subtract two-digit numbers
Picture and name fractions
Measure to the nearest half inch, centimeter, and foot
Compare and measure mass
Measure area and perimeter
Tell time to five minute intervals
Count pennies, nickels, dimes, and quarters
Identify geometric solids
Identify lines of symmetry
Create, read, and write observations from real graphs, pictographs, bar graphs, Venn diagrams, and line graphs
Used Saxon Grade 3
In Saxon Math 3, students begin to be introduced to working with fractions and division along with continuing to expand on concepts taught in Math K, 1 and 2.
Designed for 3rd grade students, Saxon 3 continues with skip counting, comparisons, patterns, and doing addition and subtraction with larger numbers. Also, covered is ordinal postion to the twentieth, introduction to positive and negative numbers, adding and subtracting fractions and lines of symmetry, beginning division and more.
Used Saxon 54 or Saxon Math 4
When I used this book there was not a Math 4, but now there is a Math 4, in addition to Math 54. Apparently, they cover the same topics, just in different orders and Math 4 uses more of a hands on approach with manipulatives. Numerical operations are expanded on in this level and this includes more advanced geometry skills.
Saxon 54, for 4th graders, extends critical skill concepts concerning numerical operations, measurements and geometry. Word problems, fractions and decimals are a few of the big concepts covered at this level along with powers and roots, estimating and probability.
Used Saxon 65
From order of operations to roots and powers, Math 65 expands and practices and reinforces concepts taught in earlier levels.
5th grade level, Saxon 65 as in all Saxon Math books expands on previous concepts and have integrated geometry appropriate to the age level. Daily practice on word problems, ratios and powers and roots help to reinforce these topics.
Used Saxon 76
All earlier concepts are reviewed and practiced and some pre algebra ideas are introduced.
In this 6th grade level book Geometry is explored further with emphasis on radius, circumference and pi. Factoring, exponents, word problems, graphing and geometric angles are also covered and basic concepts are reviewed and practiced.
Used Saxon 87
Math 87 begins to prepare students for higher level math and introduces algebra concepts while practicing earlier concepts.
In Math 87 pre-algebra exercises begin and concepts like balancing equations, scientific notation and the Pythagorean theorem are introduced or practiced. Other ideas expanded on include, statistics, ratios, proportions and graphing.
Used Higher Level Saxon Math Books, Physics and Phonics Books