Strengths:

A huge strength of the Saxon Math K curriculum is that it is very easy to use in a school or homeschool setting. It also does not require too much writing from the kindergartener, and it teaches many important skills besides basic math skills.

The Saxon kindergarten math curriculum is extremely easy to use because the lesson is entirely scripted. There’s almost no teacher prep time needed. All the teacher has to do is get out the books and manipulatives for the day and read the lesson aloud with the student. There’s no wondering just how to explain a particular concept and no need to worry that anything will be left out.

Saxon Math K has a lot of manipulative exercises which are so important at this age, for students to get a good hands on foundation. The child will learn number recognition and practice counting and sequencing. There are also some fun little activities where the child acts out addition and subtraction stories.

Each day in this kindergarten math curriculum begins with a meeting that reviews previous material and has students practice time and calendar skills. There are cute little worksheets for the student to practice forming his numbers or counting to add and subtract using pictured counters.

Weaknesses:

While there are definite advantages to having an easy script to follow, some parents would positively cringe at the idea of reading something word for word to their child. And not every kindergartener needs so much manipulative work as found in Saxon Math K. Some are ready to begin learning math facts and might do better with an accelerated kindergarten math curriculum, or even a jump into first grade. A frequent comment for many different children is that the worksheets which ask children to draw pictures to show how many in their answer just take too long.

Recommendations:

Saxon Math is an excellent program to get children started off on the right foot in kindergarten math. It covers all the basic skills needed to begin actual arithmetic in first grade. For kindergarteners who do not require so much manipulative work, some lessons can be skipped or combined, or the kindergarten math curriculum completed in half a year. For the worksheets that ask for the student to draw pictures, the kids can use stickers. They like it and it goes much faster.

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