Making Saxon Math Easier to Use

Making Saxon Easier to Use

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Today I wanted to share  some things that I do to make using the hardback Saxon Editions easier. The hardback 2nd Edition is composed of the Hardback book, Test Forms Book & Homeschool packet (aka the answers).

Making Saxon Math Easier to Use

  1. I take the Test Forms Book to the local copy store and have them cut off the spine. I I then have several copies of the Timed Tests (if applicable) made. I just want to point out that once the spine is cut off you can now, easily, run the whole book through a copy machine. 
  2.   I also have them 3 hole punched my master at the copy store and then I put it in a binder so you have quick and easy access to it.
  3.   The next thing I do may sound like crazy talk but let me tell you it makes my life so much easier throughout the year. I make all of the copies I need for the year before school and file them for easy use. Yes this costs a more up front but it makes my life so much easier when I’m not trying to copy things on my printer moments before they are needed. Or even the weekend before they are needed. I know for me as soon as a kid NEEDS a copy my printer WILL be out of ink
  4.  Copy the page with the test schedule and put it with your planning materials.
  5.  Read Using John Saxon’s Math Books (Art Reed) – Paperback and use his methods in your homeschool.

These are the things that I do to make doing Saxon Math Easy Breezy! I know that if you implement even a few of these ideas your experience with Saxon Math will be enhanced.

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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.

10 thoughts on “Making Saxon Easier to Use

  1. I am past this stage of teaching, but these are great tips. Anything you can do to make your job easier is always a good investment. Teaching your children to be learners, auto-didacts, is the best thing you can do. That was certainly my goal with my 7 children.

    1. That is very encouraging, because we are really working on teaching them to take ownership of their education and how to plan their time. Our oldest that’s not special needs is only in 6th grade. 🙂

  2. I didn’t think of 3-hole punching the test booklets, instead I took them apart and put the pages in plastic page protectors. I haven’t gotten around to dealing with Algebra 2 booklets, so I just might take your suggestion and 3-hole punch it. 🙂

  3. For me, simplification is about MY mindset-I can either be stressed about getting done everything on my list, or I can be flexible about things that come up or the fact that we have a newborn and some days just don’t happen the way I plan! I’m learning to give grace to myself in my planning and not try to do everything the most elaborate and complicated! 🙂

  4. We use the Dive dvd for Saxon. Makes it easier for me and if my son doesn’t understand the lesson, he can watch it again or come to me for help. We try to do small bits everyday of all his subjects. Math takes him over an hour to do, but all the other subjects are like 30 minutes long.

  5. wonderful tips! We have used these Saxon math books for more the 2 decades and they’ve well-prepared 2 of our boys (so far) for engineering school and 2 daughters (so far) for wife/motherhood. Looks as though you have been a bit more organized and put a little more forethought into using the resources than I ever did. Good job!

    1. Linda, I have 4 year old twins, I became more organized out of sheer desperation. Now in retrospect my life and school are much smoother but in the beginning it was motivated by survival. Thanks for the encouragement! Blessings!

  6. Thanks for these tips… if I could add one it would be STICK TO WHAT SAXON SAYS! By that I mean read the beginning of the book and teach it exactly as they suggest.We have done this and it makes a world of difference.

    We do love Saxon 🙂

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