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For Saxon Math 1 and 2... can I get by with just getting the student workbooks? Anyone use this and can tell me if the teacher manual is super important?

I use Saxon for my older kids and their books have the lessons right in the student books. But I can't find anything that will show me the inside of the 1 and 2 books. 

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No, the teacher's manual is where the lessons are. The Nancy Larson series is different. You want the big spiral bound teacher's manual (dirt cheap on eBay) and you might be able to get by without the student books, which are worksheets that the child should be able to do quickly twice a day.

 

You will absolutely need the facts practice sheets, but you can DIY at Math-Aids dot com. There are thumbnails of the student pages in the TM you can use for reference. You can't copy them with a scanner, but you could use them as inspiration for DIY pencil and paper worksheets.

 

You may or may not be able to DIY the meeting book between teachers pay teachers and reading ahead in the lesson book---I had my olders' meeting books for reference and used a word processing program to DIY the caboose baby's.

 

You will need manipulatives. I had to order a very large set of them for my olders. The caboose baby got them as needed off of eBay.

 

This series was written by Nancy Larson, not John Saxon, but it has a similar approach in a more developmentally appropriate format for the littles.

 

If I was a nice person I'd offer to give you my TMs since the caboose baby is done with them but there are enough of them floating around that I'm not beating myself up over it. ;)

 

Sometimes you can score the student workbooks on Abe Books. It's kind of like playing thye slots at the casino: I've gotten immaculate copies of the first edition for $2.99 and filled out with worksheets missing for $11.99.

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IEF... is it worth it? Should I just stick to something else? I did singapore with my older 2, and switched to saxon in 4th grade... Now I'm reconsidering the switch for the littles. My kids are SO WEIRD!!! They HATE when I make them use manipulatives. They do well in math, so I never pushed it, but now that I've been using Saxon with the older kids, I like it SO much more than Singapore. MAybe making the switch isn't what I need... hmmmmmm.... 

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I love Saxon primary so I always hate to end these threads by saying "no, it's probably not a good fit for you".

 

Realistically, though, you might want to take a look at what the more modern peeps are using if your initial thought was "old, cheap, and easy". The teacher prep is intense and even with the gifted TMs (See? I told you I wasn't being but so much of a doo-doo head for wanting to keep mine.) you're going to spend money.

 

If you do go with Saxon Primary, the first edition is better but you will want to modernize it a bit. If you enjoy acting and writing that's fun but if you don't it's just plain extra work that may not be worth it to you.

 

Strayer-Upton might be an option get your little guys ready for Saxon 54 and if you haven't met our resident expert on Vintage and public domain books yet, she might have some other and better ideas too.

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If you like Singapore and it's working for the younger levels, I'd stick with it till at least 4th grade. The K-3 levels of Saxon are very different (different author) than the 5/4 and up levels. If you really like the older levels of Saxon you could switch at that point. Blessings! :)

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Thanks! It's so hard without seeing things right in front of you. And It's like pulling teeth to see the inside of these books!

I have 2 "sets" of students. So I experimented with the first two! haha. No, it just took a while to find good fits. But if the lower level Saxons aren't the same, I don't think I'll switch. I was in love with Singapore math with my first. But when it came to my younger 2nd child, she struggled and we needed a different approach and switched mid year and I loved it so much I switched my older one who wanted to teach himself. And Saxon is great for that kind of student as well. But, they all seemed to do well with singapore through 3rd grade. So, I guess I'll keep it (I have a 1st and 2nd grader now, the 2nd grader did singapore last year and did well). 

Plus... I have it all!!! SCORE!

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