I love using the DIVE CD ROM for Saxon Math with our kids. They
Dr. David Shormann teaches Math on his Dive Math CDs for every lesson in the Saxon Math books, which which is a huge short cut for learning the Saxon Math lessons whether the kids are in school or home schooling.
Dr. Shormann has a video Math tutor CD for every Saxon Math textbook and many science texts so that if you have several children using Saxon, you can get the right CD to match each Saxon Math book.
My children have been using Saxon for over fifteen years and have had the great benefit of using the DIVE for the last seven. Well, actually, I benefit as a parent/teacher, too, as these DIVE CDs have done a lot of patient teaching in our house.
Dive stands for Digital Interactive Video Education and uses a digital whiteboard showing Dr. Shormann's Math lessons and more. He shows the shortcuts and I think that he is the best Math tutor I've ever seen. Our children love his instructions!
We are so grateful to Dr. Shormann for his Dive Math whiteboard videos of the Saxon Math books! Clear from the time that a child knows his tables, Dr. Shormann shows his students how to do their Math Lessons so that they can then do their work.
He's always patient no matter how many times you listen to his explanations. Our older children started when when they were using one of the Algebra text books. That was so successful that we bought a CD for each of the levels we were using that year and now own all of the levels that we use.
He teaches each lesson in Saxon Math's textbook on a digital whiteboard using QuickTime which is so much more concise than using DVDs - also, there's no losing one of several discs. He's an excellent video Mat tutor.
Even though the lessons would seem relatively fast, students can pause and play to be able to copy the notes from the board and this is what he means by "interactive", not the kind of interactive that is invasive.
Dr. David Shormann teaches from a Christian worldview in the DIVE or you can use the COMPASS version without the extra Bible quotes. He also provides a weekly syllabus to help students stay on track with the lessons which is helpful whether your main Math book is Saxon or not. Just match your lessons with the titles in the syllabus that applies to your text books. See them at the website address on the cover of the CD.
Our younger children started with Saxon Math 5/4 - The DIVE software teaches each Saxon lesson step-by-step on a digital whiteboard, with lessons that last about 10-15 minutes; because each lesson is stored separately, you can easily move about from lesson-to-lesson as well as maneuver within the lesson you're watching. The numbered icons are easy for the children to navigate.
You can get them at Amazon. His DIVEs also cover:
and all the rest with an excellent presentation that allows students to progress at their own speeds. Believe me, it is a joy to hear the children say, "Dr. Shoremann did it this way...."
We really like John Saxon's books as our kids sure learned more Algebra than I had learned through college.
We began to use the DIVE Math CDs with the Algebra I course and were so relieved to have had Dr. Shormann's patient teaching on tap. The dreaded high school years were dreaded no longer.
At the same time, we started our third child on the Math 54 DIVE. While he is not very interested in Math itself, he has always been able to follow what Dr. Shormann said to do and got the work done. We've used the DIVEs ever since 2005 and Dr. Shormann has had our gratitude ever since.
There were one or two times that we ventured another program, but within two months returned to Saxon Math and the DIVE video Math tutor because they kept our children at a higher level with less effort and less expense.
Dr. Shormann gives many short cuts. Hypothetically, he'll say something like: "You'll be learning to do this kind of problem this different way in 5 chapters, so let's do it that way now since this is how you'll do it the rest of your life." What a gem!
He also advises that the student only needs to read the Saxon Math book itself if he did not understand the DIVE Math lessons. This presupposes that your children read well.
In the long run we have found that it helps our students, who do not read easily, to read the Math lessons in the Saxon text so that they can better understand the word problems in the lessons. I find that if my children are used to reading the examples in the text, they are more easily able to solve the word problems in the lessons.
We know family and friends who were not even using Saxon Math that were able to rescue their grades by using Dr. Shormann's Dive. All they had to do was get the right syllabus for their book from the DIVE website.
All of us are grateful to have been able to use Dive Into Math CDs!
The best prices for a DIVE CD ROM For Saxon Math and the Saxon Math books that we've seen are at Amazon since you can buy them new or used.
Amazon also carries Dr. Shormann's science DIVEs. The Dive Into Chemistry CD-Rom saved our first homeschool year in Chemistry. These have been a God-send to our high school children. You can supplement your home school Math and science curriculum with Saxon and Dive products at Amazon.