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Understanding Saxon Part 2: Why Students Struggle

SaxoncLike I mentioned in my last Saxon post, Saxon has been a homeschool Mainstay for many years. But being a mainstay doesn’t guarantee folks understand your program or that they know how to properly utilize it. As we transition our rising 6th grader to Saxon 7/6 I realized I really didn’t “KNOW” Saxon. Then I read a post that was talking about Teacher’s Continuing Education and they mentioned Art Reed’s book Using John Saxon’s Math Books (Art Reed) – Paperback

This book focuses on using Saxon math books for grades 4-12.

Things I learned from this book:

  1. The editions you use in Saxon do matter, MANY folks told me that they didn’t but they do! I learned Saxon is a incremental Mastery Textbook although at times it looks spiral
  2. How to use the books correctly (By correctly I mean as the author intended)
  3. The very SERIOUS importance of either daily grading or immediately grading tests taken which leads to Saxon Success.
  4. How to help struggling students and the reasons why they are struggling.

One item I did want to discuss is how to help students who struggle with Saxon. Many folks blame short comings in the curriculum. But like all things it is our job to review and supplement any curriculum our child is working on. With Math I have been quick to blame the publisher instead of considering  the whole picture. Mr. Reed makes several suggestions regarding struggling students but there were a couple that really stuck out to me.

  1. First, allowing a child to use math short cuts instead of making sure they master each area.
  2. Second  is that folks often skip around between Saxon editions or between different Math Curriculum. This particular error is peculiarly unique to homeschoolers as we can quickly shift from curriculum to curriculum.

I strongly encourage you to purchase and read Art Reeds book if you use Saxon Math. You will learn more about Saxon and understand how to use it to it’s fullest potential.

I hope you have a better understanding of Saxon and feel more prepared to teach it well.

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Kyle is a full time frugal wife of Wayneand Mama to 5 adorable children: Peyton (15), Parker (10),Pearson (8), Parson (3) & Providence (3). My hope is to present families with an attainable simplified model of classical education with a Charlotte Mason twist.She likes listening to audio books, watching the kids play sports or piano & doing anything with my husband! She likes to do all of that while having a cup of coffee! You can find her blogging on a regular basis here at Aspired Living, The Curriculum Choice & Womanhood with Purpose.

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Kyle is a full time frugal wife of Wayne and Mama to 5 adorable children: Peyton (15), Parker (10),Pearson (8), Parson (3) & Providence (3). My hope is to present families with an attainable simplified model of classical education with a Charlotte Mason twist.She likes listening to audio books, watching the kids play sports or piano & doing anything with my husband! She likes to do all of that while having a cup of coffee! You can find her blogging on a regular basis here at Aspired Living, The Curriculum Choice & Womanhood with Purpose.

4 thoughts on “Understanding Saxon Part 2: Why Students Struggle

  1. Right now we are using Saxon K-3 curriculum and I really like it. I’ll have to remember to pick up this book if/when we get to the 4th grade material. Thanks for discussing this!

  2. Nice website.

    Appreciate the comments about the book. I wrote it to help users of John Saxon’s math books.

    Any viewers of yours—whether they buy the book or not—who use Saxon math books, can feel free to contact me for advice or assistance in using John Saxon’s math curriculum.

    Art Reed

    1. Mr. Reed, Thanks for the nice comments. I can testify that Art means what he says as I had to consult him last year regarding one of my children. He answered my questions both quickly and completely. Additionally, his book is an EXCELLENT reference for anyone who uses Saxon Math.

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