DIVE Teacher Guides & Course Instructions for Saxon Math
Teacher Guides: DIVE for Saxon Math
How Does DIVE make Saxon Math faster and easier to learn?
Over the past 20 years, Dr. Shormann has taught Saxon Math to hundreds of thousands of students, developing a system for using Saxon Math efficiently while ensuring mastery and fluency. Following are a few highlights of the system.
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Can my student skip or go faster through the review lessons in Saxon Math?
The first 30 lessons of each Saxon text are review of all the required skills needed to successfully complete the course. This review is important for developing the fluency (speed and accuracy), required to apply and build on these skills in future lessons. Be very careful about skipping o...
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Are DIVE lectures available for Saxon 7/6, 2nd Edition?
We do not recommend the old 2nd edition of Saxon 7/6 because it does not properly prepare students for upper-level math. It does not have the lesson reference number next to each question to quickly re-learn the concept nor does it have a solutions manual that with step-by-step solutions for ever...
Are there DIVE lectures for the second edition of Saxon Algebra 1?
While we have a cross-reference syllabus that allows you to use the 3rd Edition of DIVE Algebra 1 with the 2nd Edition of the Saxon Algebra 1 textbook, we do not recommend it. The second edition of Saxon Algebra 1 is almost 30 years old. It does not have enough geometry nor does it have lesson re...
Everything You Want to Know About Easy Download and Stream DIVE Math on Your Device
The Download Format includes unlimited downloads and streaming (like Netflix) for use on multiple devices by all the children in your family and is automatically updated to ensure compatibility across computers and devices.
Learn more about this 21st Century format that plays on most computers a...
DIVE for Saxon Math: Why don't the lectures show the teacher?
Research shows students generally learn best in short, interactive video presentations with no teacher to distract the student. Our lectures are short (10 minutes or so in 6/5) bite-sized lessons that are easy to understand. While watching the DIVE video lecture, the student works interactively, ...
Do DIVE lectures work with the Saxon Intermediate Series?
Yes! While it is not a perfect correlation, DIVE Math lectures can be used with the Saxon Intermediate Series.
For Saxon Intermediate 4 Use DIVE Math 5/4, 3rd Edition
For Saxon Intermediate 5: Use DIVE Math 6/5, 3rd Edition
For Saxon Intermediate 6: Use DIVE Math 7/6, 4th Edition
Does the DIVE CD or DIVE Download & Stream include the Saxon books?
The DIVE Download & Stream does not include the Saxon books. The Saxon Homeschool Kit with Solutions Manual must be purchased separately. A full description of each Homeschool Kit can be viewed on our website here:
Saxon Math 5/4
Saxon Math 6/5
Saxon Math 7/6
Saxon Math 8/7
Saxon Algebra 1...
The lessons in the Saxon Textbook do not match the ones in my DIVE Lecture.
Do I have the right DIVE course for my Saxon textbook?
If the title and edition of the DIVE video course matches the title and edition of the Saxon textbook you are using, then you can be sure you have the correct DIVE course for your textbook.
Why are the example problems in the DIVE lecture d...
Does the DIVE for Saxon Math course have video solutions to every problem?
John Saxon strongly advised teachers not to provide solutions to homework problems. Instead, he recommended re-teaching the corresponding lesson (in parentheses next to each question). Then, the student should solve the problem on their own. Better than a solution, this provides an opportunity t...
Do you have DIVE Lectures for the __ Edition of Saxon Math?
DIVE Video Lectures are available for the following editions of Saxon Math:
Math 5/4, 3rd Edition (Recommended Edition)
Math 5/4, 2nd Edition
Math 6/5, 3rd Edition (Recommended Edition)
Math 6/5, 2nd Edition
Math 7/6 4th Edition (Recommended Edition)
Math 7/6, 3rd Edition
Math 8/7, 3rd ...
Do you have DIVE lectures for Saxon Math Course 1, 2, and 3?
DIVE lectures are available for Saxon Course 1, 2 and 3. Please see this article for details: DIVE Video Lectures for Saxon Course 1, 2, and 3
Which do you recommend: Saxon Algebra ½ or Saxon 8/7 ?
Both Algebra ½ and Saxon 8/7 are pre-algebra courses. However, Dr. Shormann recommends his new Shormann Pre-Algebra Self-Paced eCourse. Based on John Saxon's original teaching methods, this course is hosted in a state-of-the art eLearning platform that makes learning faster and easier! Featuring ...
Do you recommend Saxon Algebra ½?
While Algebra ½ is a pre-algebra course, it does not develop fluency in the fraction, decimal, percent, ratio, and conversion skills that cause most students to struggle in Algebra 1. Dr. Shormann recommends his new Shormann Pre-Algebra Self-Paced eCourse. Based on John Saxon's original teaching ...
Which editions of Saxon Math books do you sell?
Following is a list of all the editions of Saxon Math books. For details about the different editions, see DR. SHORMANN'S RECOMMENDED EDITIONS OF SAXON MATH
SAXON 5/4 Books
Third Edition: This is the recommended edition and can be purchased from us here: Saxon 5/4, Third Edition Homeschool Kit...
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If I purchase a DIVE course, do I need to purchase the Saxon Homeschool Kit?
Yes, the DIVE course only has video lectures that teach each lesson in the Saxon text. The Saxon kit has the homework, tests, and solutions.
To find the required items/kit for a course go to the product on our website and scroll down in the product description to view the list of required materi...
What should I buy for Saxon 8/7 (Pre-algebra)?
Recommended Products for Saxon 8/7
Because the lesson in the Saxon textbook is only a summary of the complete lesson and is missing critical instruction, we recommend watching the DIVE Video Lesson for every Saxon lesson. Teaching the complete lesson like a trained Saxon instruction, Dr. Shorman...
My student did not successfully complete Saxon 8/7.
Which Pre-Algebra course did your student take?
SAXON 8/7, 2ND OR 3RD EDITION:
1. Did the student earn 80% + on Saxon Weekly Tests (last 5 tests)?
Yes: Go to next question.
No: See the instructions here:
2. Did the student complete the Facts Practice Drills (5-7 minutes each)?
Yes: Ready for ...
My student is required to take Saxon Algebra 1/2.
While Shormann Pre-Algebra Self-Paced eLearning Course is the recommended pre-algebra course, if you must use Saxon Algebra 1/2 please see Dr. Shormann's recommendations to ensure your student is ready for Algebra 1.
Do the Facts Practice Drills in the Saxon Math 8/7, 3rd Edition Tests & Wor...
Q: Which textbook should I use with the DIVE for Saxon Algebra 2?
Q: Which textbook should I use with the DIVE for Saxon Algebra 2?
A. DIVE for Saxon Algebra 2 teaches every lesson in both the second and third editions. The only difference between these two editions is that the 3rd edition has the lesson reference numbers next to each question, making relearni...
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Recommended Saxon Editions: What's the Difference?
This article has detailed information about the differences in the editions of Saxon Math and which editions are recommended: Saxon Editions: What's the difference?
Saxon Advanced Math vs Shormann Precalculus
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*Students who have completed Saxon Algebra 2 have earned 1/2 credit of geometry. All the geometry required to earn t...
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What’s the difference between Saxon Math 8/7 and Algebra ½?
UPDATE: Shormann Pre-algebra, is now the recommended pre-algebra course.
Both Algebra ½ and Saxon 8/7 are pre-algebra courses. However, Dr. Shormann recommends his new Shormann Pre-Algebra Self-Paced eCourse. Based on John Saxon's original teaching methods, this course is hosted in a state-of-t...
Are Saxon Books, CLEP Exams, and AP Exams faith-based?
Saxon books, CLEP Exams & AP Exams are not faith-based. DIVE video lectures that provide expert video instruction for every lesson in the corresponding Saxon Math textbook and our CLEP Professor prep courses for CLEP & AP Exams are faith-based. However, we also have Compass Video Lectures...
Are Saxon Math books being discontinued?
Our understanding is that HMH has only discontinued the school versions. The homeschool sets will continue to be sold.
After Saxon was sold to Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, it became clear they did not understand nor support John Saxon's unique teaching methods. We knew it would only be a matter of...
Are the second and third editions of Saxon 5/4, 6/5, 7/6, 8/7, Algebra 1/2, and Algebra 1 the same?
While they are similar, the second and third editions of Saxon 5/4 through 8/7 are not exactly the same. The edition of the DIVE Video Lectures must match the edition of your Saxon books. Learn More: at Recommended Saxon Editions.
Can I use the Third Edition of DIVE Video Lectures with the Second Edition Saxon 5/4, 6/5, 7/6, 8/7, or Algebra 1/2?
The THIRD edition of DIVE Video Lectures for Saxon 5/4, 6/5, 7/6, 8/7, and Algebra 1/2 are not compatible with the SECOND editions of Saxon Math books. Learn More: Recommended Saxon Editions
Can schools buy DIVE Video Lectures for Saxon Math?
To use DIVE Math in a school, you need to purchase a site license for each user who will view the content.
If you have any questions about the information below, please call us at 936-372-9216 and ask to speak with a math consultant.
Pricing: Site Licenses for Schools
5 OR MORE STUDENT LICENSE...
Can you send me a scan of a page in a Saxon book?
The pages in the Saxon textbooks are copyrighted so we can’t send copies of them. However, for Investigations, Dr. Shormann recommends students watch the video lecture and solve the example problems in the lecture. He does not recommend completing the questions on the Investigation pages in the S...
Does Saxon have additional practice problems?
Saxon does not have additional problems. If you are following the steps on the student instruction sheet in the Teacher Guide, you should not need additional practice problems. Is there a particular lesson you were having trouble with? If so, you can contact Dr. Shormann directly here: Ask Dr. Sh...
Do the DIVE for Saxon lectures work with Teaching Textbooks?
No. However, we have a new interactive math series that works like Teaching Textbooks but based on John Saxon's teaching methods. It features video lectures, interactive assignments with automated grading and grade recording, video solutions, and Q&A support. Learn More: Shormann Interactiv...
Do you have DIVE video lessons for the first edition of Saxon 6/5?
I'm sorry but we do not have a DIVE course for the first edition of Saxon 6/5. Dr. Shormann does not recommend using that edition because it does not have the lesson reference number next to each question to quickly re-learn the concept nor does it have a solutions manual that with step-by-step s...
Do you offer a grading or accountability service for Saxon Math?
We don't have that type of program but hope to in the near future. Until then, the Saxon Homeschool Kits have a Solutions Manual with step by step solutions to every problem. The DIVE Lectures not only teach every lesson, they also include Q & A support with Dr. Shormann. Because of this, mos...
Fourth Editions of Saxon Algebra 1 & 2
I HAVE THE FOURTH EDITION OF SAXON ALGERA 1 OR 2 AND THE THIRD EDITION DIVE Algebra 1 or 2.
The fourth editions of Saxon Algebra 1 & 2 were published by Houghton Mifflin, not John Saxon. They do not integrate geometry so your student will need to take an extra year of math to take Geometry. W...
How long are the DIVE Math Lectures for Saxon Math?
DIVE for Saxon 5/4, Third Edition: Average 5 -7 minutes each.
DIVE for Saxon 6/5, Third Edition: Average 7-9 minutes each.
DIVE for Saxon 7/6, Fourth Edition: Average 10-12 minutes each.
DIVE for Saxon 8/7, Third Edition: Average 15 minutes each.
While some lectures are a little longer, it is usu...
Is Compass for Saxon Math available in the Stream & Download format?
We do not currently have the Compass for Saxon Math (secular version of DIVE) titles available in the Stream & Download format. We hope to have them available soon. Until then, the CD format can be purchased from www.rainbowresource.com
I will have two students using Saxon 54 (or 6/5, 76, 87). Do I need to purchase two homeschool kits?
If you plan for the students to share the textbook, you can just get the Tests & Worksheets booklet for the second student. If you want them to work at the same time, you need the student textbook and the Tests & Worksheets booklet. However, it is usually cheaper to purchase two whole kit...
Saxon Geometry was not published by John Saxon. It was published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, who purchased Saxon a few years after John's death (1996). The integration of geometry and algebra was one of John Saxon's fundamental principles. Because He was adamantly opposed to teaching geometry a...
Which edition of DIVE should I use with my Saxon books?
For Saxon Algebra 2
DIVE Algebra 2, 2nd & 3rd Edition Lectures can be used with either the Second or Third Edition Saxon Math books. Please note: Shormann Algebra 2 with Integrated Geometry is now recommended instead of Saxon Algebra 2.
For all other titles of Saxon Math: Saxon 5/4, 6/5, 7...
Which math course do you recommend for Kindergarten - 3rd grade?
Our general recommendation is the Saxon Math K to 3 program which is a manipulative based, hands-on program. They feature short incremental lessons that slowly build over time and continual review of previously learned concepts.
While we have video lessons for all other Saxon Math titles, we hav...