I have a five-year-old and a three-year-old and at the turn of the year I was feeling like I wanted to change up our math routine a bit. We have been using Ray’s Arithmetic and it has provided my son with a fantastic understanding of how addition and subtraction works. We are still using Ray’s a couple days a week, but I wanted to incorporate something that would also provide practice in some classic kindergarten type skills (patterns, basic measuring, calendar reading, etc.) What about Kindergarten Saxon math?
Kindergarten Saxon Math Review
After consulting a few classical homeschooling references, I decided to give Saxon a try. They said that the kindergarten curriculum was more on the preschool level, but because I wanted to use it with both my three and five-year-old, I thought it would be just right for us. I was right!
The kids were thrilled when the box with all the manipulatives came in the mail, and we have all loved the fun, simple lessons. Each lesson starts with the Meeting Book. Basically we add a new date to the calendar and learn about new information on a calendar. It practices counting skills (up to 31 which is helpful for my daughter), reading skills, patterns (each month has a new pattern to color in the dates with), and obviously calendar skills (days of the week, months of the year, etc.) When my son was three, I purposefully taught him these things, but I realized that I just hadn’t thought to do it with my daughter, so this is a really great teaching tool for her and great reinforcement time for my son.
Next, each lesson is followed with new teaching material. The lessons are short and very basic, so sometimes we do two in a day. If this is your child’s first experience with math concepts, one a day (like it is written for) would be great. There are no worksheets, no written work at all for your child. Everything is done with manipulatives, which I love! The lessons are scripted, which is a very welcomed break for me. I was getting burned out planning all of our lessons (which I love to do, but there are only so many hours in the day), so I love being able to just glance at the lessons and grab the needed manipulatives right before we start.
If you get the manipulative kit (which I really recommend!) your child will have fun
playing learning with pattern blocks, linking cubes, dominoes, teddy bear counters, geo boards, and more! Every lesson my kids ask to play with the manipulatives after the lesson is over.
Like the recommendations I read, it really is very easy for kindergarten. I completely recommend it as a preschool math curriculum, or for a child you are not sure is ready for kindergarten even though they are turning five.
I don’t know what Saxon 1 will be like, but I do know that I will be buying it to use next year!
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-originally published 2014