Saxon
07262013, 12:25 AM


You'll love Saxon. There will be a learning curve for the students because of the spiraling. This will be our first year not using Saxon. We are SAD! It is well organized and so easy to plan and prep for a sub. Our super changed us to Bridges to go "deep" but we will definitely miss Saxon and the great spiraling.
Our Saxon came with a stack of wheeled file boxes with numbered file folders to correspond to the lesson numbers. If you got those, you just open the boxed worksheets which are in order from Lesson 100140?. You just split them into the lessons and they are ready to go! (Or if you are cramped for time, just use them straight out of the box. Box 1 should have Lessons 140. They are in order. The flat boxes have the display posters and student Math Meeting sheets.
There is a set of bulletin board templates that are prelaminated that you will need to cut apart. These are used for the daily "Math Meeting." You will need to devote a sizeable chunk of a bulletin board to use for this each day. I have a Promethean Board, so I made a Math Meeting Template and pretyped in the daily info for the lessons. I'm assuming Saxon has updated for CCSS. If not, I could email you some files with my template for the Math Meeting for Promethean Board that I used with ActivInspire if you have one.
The Math Meeting part comes with a blank daily Math Meeting worksheet. I have used this sheet some years for the students to prework the specified areas on their own before we did the problems as a group. You will have a student of the day as Leader. There are "Student of the Day" stickers. I used to have this person be my line leader also. The math meeting is totally scripted and goes in the same order each day.
Each day there is a fact drill section. The fact worksheet drills are included. They are usually timed for 1 or 2 minutes. I would put an online digital time up projected. We would check these together in class. (Last year I did switch to multiplication much earlier in the year. In order to complete the common core multiplication goals, I would speed up introduction of the tables so that mastery will be more complete. When I did this, I dropped the addition facts much sooner than specified.
The New Concept is your skill instruction for the day. At the beginning of the Teacher's Guide, it will tell if you need to prep any materials for each day. Just follow the script for instruction.
Then I scanned each days side A paper into my board. We worked that side together. Side B is to be done for homework, but some days I had the students do it independently in class.
There are 5 lessons and then an assessment. (No assessment until Lesson 10.) For example, Lesson 11, 12, 13, 14, 151, 152. 152 would be your assessment lesson. Some weeks we had to use the problem solving lessons on an additional day because of time. They were good assessment word problem practice.
Good luck with Saxon! We loved it and it is easy to implement.
