Saxon Math 8/7: Homeschool Student Text 3rd Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-1591413202
ISBN-10: 1591413206
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 and up
  • Grade Level: 07 and up
  • Paperback: 960 pages
  • Publisher: SAXON PUBLISHERS; 3rd edition (April 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1591413206
  • ISBN-13: 978-1591413202
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 8 x 1.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #38,108 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Cthulhu #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on September 27, 2008
You should purchase this book if you already have one complete kit and you are teaching more than one student, like I do.

The 3 stars are not targeted at the content, which is FIVE STARS in my view, but at the VERY CONFUSING marketing of these items. The cover of this book says Saxon Math Homeschool (sic!) but this is ONLY the Student/Teacher Text. You will not be able to teach your child math if all you buy is this book.

There should be THREE items in a complete package: a Student/Teacher manual (this one), the Solutions manual and the (reproducible) Tests and Worksheets. If you have one kid, buy the COMPLETE kit. If you have 2 or more kids, you should buy one complete kit and as many extra student/teacher books, such as this one, as you may need. If you do not have the ability to copy the worksheets, which is LEGAL, then you should also order additional Tests and Worksheets books. However, for one child, you will end up paying A LOT more if you bought these items individually.

Having 2 kids, and this is my experience for the past 5 years, from 3d to 7th grade, I order the complete kit from an education bookseller or from Amazon if I could find it here and an extra textbook from Amazon or one of the alternative sellers supported by Amazon.

By the way, Saxon's Math works. I am not a home schooler because I have a full-time job but I've been using it with my kids since 3d grade as a Math booster and I am happy with their A's. Besides math, children acquire some discipline, study skills, test-taking skills and, me having 2 'students', they learn to compete as well.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By muushuu10 on August 9, 2010
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My 6th grader and I will be trying Saxon for the first time this year, but I anticipate that it will be a rewarding experience for my child. Her best friend used Saxon 8/7 last year and when she homeschooled with us at times, which was exposure for us, too. I have taught elementary and high school math in public schools but this appears to be a better program than I've used before. There is an indepth presentation of a new concept and then lots of examples to clarify things, along with practical application. After that is practice and finally, review problems of previous concepts. What more could we want?
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Fr. Charles Erlandson on March 10, 2011
We homeschooled our kids over a period of years, and Saxon Math, including Math 87, was always our choice for math texts. I also teach in a classical Christian school where we use Saxon Math as well. I find that for most students, if they will take the time to read the lesson well, do all of the problems, and then rework any problems they miss then they will achieve a high degree of mastery of the material at hand.

Math 87 will prepare the advanced student for Algebra 1, without having to proceed to Algebra ½. This will only be true if both student and teacher are diligent in doing all of the problems, checking them immediately, and reworking any missed problems.

The greatest advantage of Saxon Math is that each lesson provides practice not only for the new problems but also built-in review for every kind of problem the student has previously encountered. Math 87 is no exception to the rule that Saxon Math texts help students learn math well. After 87, all of my kids who have taken it were definitely ready to move on to the next level, although I chose to have my daughter get the extra practice of doing Algebra ½ as well.

In general, Saxon Math, including Math 87, is highly recommended. It is especially ideal for homeschooling families.

NOTE: This is only the student and teacher text, and not all the solutions manuals you will need. You may be better off buying the whole set, if you're homeschooling.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By momsop on September 17, 2010
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Saxon Math 8/7 is a comprehensive middle school level course in arithmetic and geometry, as well as beginning algebra. The lessons teach new concepts gradually and continually review those already covered, so the student retains the skills learned in previous lessons. I highly recommend ordering the Solutions Manual to go with the Student Book for showing how to do each problem in the exercises.

This book covers the material found in Saxon's Algebra 1/2, so there should be no problem going from this level to Algebra I without doing Algebra 1/2. This book has extensive review and practice with fractions, ratios, and percentages. It also covers some basic geometry with measuring lengths, angles, perimeters, and areas. In beginning algebraic concepts it covers solving for unknowns and balancing equations. It covers concepts within the context of what has already been learned and builds on previous knowledge and proceeds in a logical progression.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Casey on June 19, 2013
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I'm a walking Saxon advertisement, after all the success we have had using it this year. I've seen great improvement in math grades this year, as well as in speed doing mental math in daily life. I have found it easy for the student to use.

You need two supplemental workbooks to go with this text book. An answer key, and a worksheet/test book. Makes sure they are the same color as the text. Saxon has 2 different 8/7 texts. One is incremental, this one is with pre-algebra.

Saxon does not comes in chapters, but instead uses numbered lessons, with a 20 question test every five lessons. Each lesson presents the new material with three different examples, followed by 3-8 work problems on that exact topic. There are then 30 questions covering the new material and all previous material. There are usually about 10-15 problems out of the 30 that cover that lesson and the previous 5 lessons. The remaining questions cover previously learned material, which keeps it fresh and continues to support that learning in the student's mind. There are daily optional worksheets that help reinforce the basics of math - multiplication, division, etc, as well as a Mental Math section in each lesson. You can adjust the amount of work you give the student by choosing to skip the worksheets, and/or choosing only some of the review problems after each lesson.
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