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From: Teresa Kowalsky

To: Teacher2Teacher Public Discussion
Date: 2004022715:07:46
Subject: Re: saxon math

While the idea of Saxon Math is good (a spiral based approach to mathematics, consistenly reinforcing lessons previously learned) The program itself is not challenging at all. I teach second grade math and my classes were so bored with the math program. We were in our 6th week of school and still focusing on things such as days of the week and 1 digit adding(2+2=4). Many of my students are ESOL (English as a Second Language) and they were even able to understand and succeed in the math program even with their very limited vocabulary and ability to speak English! If you are interested in the same type of approach, but challenging, try Everyday Mathematics. We switched to the program after the first quarter and are having tremendous success! The kids love the games abd play them during inside recess instead of anything else! Saxon does not challenge or encourage children to work at their potential. I hope this helps!

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