I am a Saxon devotee.
I love Saxon. I really, really do. I like the spiral approach and I like how ‘schooly’ it is.
However. I am running out of time in my day and find it hard to teach three grades worth of math. I had intended to continue with Saxon but use their teaching videos, but after previewing them on the Saxon website, that’s a no. Then I found Khan Academy.
I love Khan Academy.
I love you, Sal Khan. Do you hear me? You are a geeky dream come true.
Khan Academy has math videos starting with basic addition and continuing through calculus. And they’re amazing. They manage to be simple, understandable, funny and concise and you never feel talked-down-to, even in the very simple videos. And my kids like them! In the very first video, Mr. Khan uses an avocado as an example and, I kid you not, every one of my kids laughed when he said it.
Laughing during math time is a blessed occurrence.
The site also has some absolutely fantastic features that allow you to log in and track your progress through points, badges and graphs. There are interactive activities (read: online worksheets) that measure progress as skills are mastered. It’s really, really fantastic.
Oh yeah, and it’s free. Did I mention I love this site?
So it looks like we’ll be switching over and using the Khan Academy videos and worksheets. I’ll also be using Math Mammoth workbooks, and between the two I think we’ll do very well.
Check it out: http://www.khanacademy.com
What’s your favorite math curriculum?