Saxon
Math 54
Grades: 4 to 5
Excellent K-12 textbook and workbook math program. Students will generally work independently. Uses an effective incremental learning model.

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Score: 5/5
N. Beyer, Moorpark, CA   (1/1/2012)
Pros: Saxon Math 54 is wonderful. It is truly an incremental approach with easy-to-understand lessons. I was concerned about not having a teacher's manual, but didn't need to be! Each lesson includes a basic facts drill. There's a test after every 5 lessons, so it's easy to keep a progress record.
Cons: (I found Rod & Staff's Holey Cards easier to use than coping the drills provided by Saxon.)

Score: 4/5
C Togashi, Maple Valley, WA   (1/1/2012)
Pros: I used the Saxon 54 for my oldest son and found that it was repetitive and complete. I had the teacher's guide along with the answer book and test booklet. I really enjoy the way that Saxon explains each lesson and gives plenty of problems to help the student to understand the concept. In our family, we use Saxon math starting at grade 4. In fact, math was a hard subject for me in school, and by having my children do Saxon Math, I'm getting an education, too!
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Score: 4/5
B. Easton, Clifton Park, NY   (1/1/2012)
Pros: We've used the Saxon books from 54 through Algebra 2. They've worked very well with our kids. Since we don't take a long summer break, we usually skip the beginning portions of the books when moving on to the next one. We don't use the tests at all since we see no need. Saxon's actual lessons are a continual practice and testing of learned skills. While we think the k-3 Saxons are way overpriced (to the point we don't use them), Saxon 54 on up are reasonably priced.
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Score: 4/5
D. McNett, Valyermo, CA   (1/1/2012)
Pros: I had heard so many good things about Saxon Math that I decided to try it for myself. I have been very pleased with the book. Each lesson introduces new concepts but continues to review what was already learned. I especially like the continual reviewing of concepts. It is much harder to forget when you keep practicing. The series also has speed tests which I have found very helpful. We plan to continue using Saxon math.
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