Someone recently asked my opinion on Saxon for teaching Geometry.
We recently watched your Preparing to Homeschool High School videos in our homeschool group. They were great! I have a question about Saxon Math. My 10th grader is taking Advanced Math and has already completed Algebra 1 and 2. Do you have an opinion about Saxon and the way geometry is included? Would you suggest another route? My eighth grader has completed Algebra 1 and now in 2. I have 4 others coming along after these two so I’m wondering if this is the best route.
I think Saxon does a fine job with math, as long as the student tolerates it. My nephew is a high school calculus instructor, and he is a HUGE fan of Saxon math. I do have a blog post on choosing math which may help you.
The problem with teenagers is that you have to match their learning style AND their preferences. We may know their learning style, but only the teen really knows their preferences. So take a look at the blog post, and consider having them look at another curriculum if they get stuck or frustrated or say they “hate” math. Beware, though, that all of your children *may* end up liking a different curriculum.
Our favorite supplement toward the end of Saxon Math was the Teaching Company Course called “Calculus Made Clear.” It really prepared my children to handle calculus with understanding.
Saxon incorporates geometry throughout the course, but it isn’t until Advanced Math that they get the bulk of geometry that is in the SAT test. Advanced Math has so much geometry in it, the book actually says it may take 1-1/2 years to complete. Since you are already in Advanced Math, it looks like he’ll be ready to go for the SAT in the spring next year. We used Jacobs for Geometry, and it’s also a wonderful program. Because we had done a separate geometry course, we were able to follow it with Advanced Math as a pre-calculus course that only took one year. It wasn’t until I let my son choose the math curriculum that we switched to Saxon.
It sounds like all of your children are VERY far ahead in math – good job following their lead! Make sure to include Algebra courses on the high school transcript, even if they are completed in middle school. If you are looking for a supplement for geometry, because you’re a family that loves math, then take a look at Patty Paper Geometry. I loved having hands-on experiences for the geometry proofs. It’s NOT necessary at all, it’s just a fun activity book for high school geometry that math nerds sometimes really enjoy.
So I guess the answer to your question is that I like Saxon geometry as long as the student likes Saxon geometry.
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