2016-2017 Kindergarten Curriculum Overview - Part 4: Saxon K Math...

August 18, 2016

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Continuing on with my brief overview of the curriculum we chose to use in Kindergarten, let's talk about Saxon K..

I really feel like maybe Saxon K is more preschool-level than kinder. Maybe? Sam pretty much knows everything we're covering. In fact, it's so basic that we've been knocking 3 lessons out each day. He is having fun, though. He continually says how much he loves math with each topic we cover.

After starting this program, I found out there's a placement test online to see if your child needs this or can go straight into Saxon 1. Sam scored well enough to skip to Saxon 1, but I think we're still going to knock out Saxon K and solidify what he knows -- especially since we already have it! I have a feeling I'll soon be ordering the Saxon 1 before the end of the semester, though. So if any of you are reading this and thinking about using Saxon K, keep that in mind.

I will say, a huge selling point to me is that Saxon Math requires little to no preparation before each lesson -- I'm loving that! Even on the lessons that do ask you to prepare something, it's not absolutely necessary. I never prepare lessons ahead of time and all has worked out wonderfully!

With that said, I like that it covers the days of the week/months of the year and with every lesson, you go over the daily calendar. There are times when I think Sam has a total grasp on all of that, then there are times when he acts totally clueless, so I'm glad we're doing that each day. I mean, I was already doing that -- we have a large calendar on the wall with all of the same information -- but it's nice that the dialogue is laid out as part of the daily math lessons and that it's interactive as he's required to color in each day, etc.

Oh and I wouldn't say the Meeting Book is absolutely necessary. Mine came with my packet, but I don't know that I would've ordered it on its own.

Here's an example of what we're working on with Saxon K  Sam thinks it's rather amusing. I often hear him make little comments like, "I like when we do math!" Who wouldn't when you get to play with your pattern blocks and dinosaurs?!

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