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Saxon Math is Too Easy
Old 09-30-2015, 03:02 PM
 
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This is my first year teaching 2nd grade (previously taught 1st and 3rd for several years). I'm very disappointed with the 2nd grade math curriculum we have - Saxon Math. I'm on lesson 22 and they already know everything I'm teaching them. I feel like I'm wasting my time and not challenging them.

What do you expect 2nd graders to be learning in math early in the year?


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Be patient
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Saxon builds on itself quickly. It will continue to get harder, and a strong foundation of basic concepts is being built. It is amazing how well the program works if followed correctly.
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I would skip 5 lessons and see how it goes. If it works the same as a few years ago, it is designed as new concept practiced 4 days & assessment on day 5. Give some day 5 assessments & pick up on a later concept.
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I use GoMath Texas. I will gladly trade. It's soooo hard!
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Do you incorporate...
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Critical thinking and writing in math? My students can easily complete worksheets and the independent practice, but struggle when they get to the part where they have to analyze a problem, explain why it is wrong, etc. my kids also need lots of practice with multi-step problem solving, perhaps you can use these higher order thinking tasks to increase their depth of understanding?


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I think Saxon is way too easy too.. supplement with Engage NY (Eureka). Everything is free on Engage NY's website.

https://www.engageny.org/common-core-curriculum
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Go Math vs Saxon
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I taught Saxon in 1st when I first started teaching. I thought it was so redundant and boring--not cutesy like I liked things to be. When we switched to Go Math! I was soon wishing I had Saxon back. Saxon builds foundational skills very well and the spiral teaching helps with retention. I've always said it is so much easier to challenge my higher students than to try and get the majority to understand concept after concept that is over their heads!
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Saxon does review
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The old series that I had taught with had 20 lessons or so of review from the previous grade level. It helped give me time to really teach thoroughly procedures and routines of the math meeting and the lesson. The classroom ran like clockwork when it got to the lesson that was new and challenging. There was already an established routine so the kids knew how to access a different strategy.

Hang in there.
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Funny you should mention that. We're transitioning into that after next year.
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How jealous I am of you getting to teach Saxon Math. Such an awesome program... Give it time and everything falls right into place.


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