A few days ago

Saxon Algebra I, II, Advanced mathematics -OR- Lifepac Algebra I, II, Geometry?

Should I use Saxon Algebra I, II, And Advanced Mathematics OR Lifepac’s Algebra I, II, And their Geometry program?

I need it to be very thouroughly instructed in the book and a lot of practice problems, step by step instructions would be great.

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A few days ago
Melissa C

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Out of the choices given, I would use Saxon. You can also purchase a DIVE CD that teaches the sections and works out the problems as if it where on a chalkboard. We switched to Chalkdust this year and I am honestly regretting it. Check this site for the CD, it is not available though Saxon I believe.



A few days ago
I have tried A&O history and found it to be flawed. We have just started Saxon and I am very impressed. There is a new system out called Teaching Textbooks which provides more detailed instruction in the text and also with a CD. I think it is probably good especially for the mathaphobe. Saxon is great, and you can sell the book afterwards.

A few days ago
If you want detailed solutions manuals, Saxon does not offer that, so it is a bit difficult to find your mistakes sometimes.

I’ve used Lifepacs but not their algebra. While we were using Lifepacs, my daughter was using videotext in a teaching co-op. She really liked it and it has detailed solutions manuals which really helped with finding trouble spots.

The co-op didn’t use the videos or dvd’s just the workbooks.

Don’t know if this helps, but it is the one thing I did not like about Saxon. Once you get in to Algebra and higher I think it is important to be able to see each step of a problem, not just the answer.

EDIT TO ADD: “someone” (you know who you are, thanks!)

pointed out that saxon alg and up have the detailed solutions manuals. I used it for three years and stopped before beginning in alg because of the switch to videotext with our teaching co-op.

haha see what happens when you don’t research before hitting send!

my bad on that! 🙂


A few days ago
My children go to a private catholic school. They started using the Saxon math program about 4 years ago and were extremely pleased with the results. Individual and group scores were higher than with their old math program. It is a detailed method of learning that teaches you the concept, lets you practice it, and then uses it as a building block into the next concept. New lessons reinforce the older lessons you have already learned.

I feel it is a great program that would work well for you.

Good luck………..


A few days ago
Cris O
Out of those two choices, I’d recommend Saxon.

We use MathUSee, so far for pre-alg, alg 1, and geometry, and really like it. For my family it was a lot better than Saxon, which is what we switched from, but a lot of people like Saxon – you won’t go wrong by using it.

I have also heard wonderful things about Teaching Textbooks.


A few days ago
Thrice Blessed
Saxon math gives you more step by step instructions.

You might also consider looking into Teaching Textbooks, I haven’t tried them, but a lot of former Saxon users are “jumping ship” and going to Teaching Textbooks, from what I understand, they have a similar incremental method, but give much better explanations of concepts and procedures.

If you use Saxon there are two products you might want to look at to make it more understandable, the DIVE CD’s (which I feel are okay) or Mathetes Solutions DVD’s (which I think are great!)

You can find info about DIVE from http://www.DiveIntoMath.com

You can find info about Mathetes Solutions from


LifePacs do not give as much step by step instructions as Saxon.


A few days ago
We use Saxon, if you are looking for thorough, and complete, I would recommend Saxon.

I would advice to buy the solution manuals with the books, since this makes it a bit easier to study independently.

To have the complete package, buy it as a home school package; these include everything but not the DIVE CD.

Depending on what field you are planning to go into, you may want to check what it is you have to do to qualify, and what math courses it requires.


The DIVE Cd’s are available @ http://www.diveintomath.com/

You can preview them there as well.


A few days ago
If detailed instructions are what you need I would recommend Math U See. It’s really great.

Or, if you prefer using Saxon, make sure to buy the DIVE CD.


A few days ago
Saxon DOES have detailed solutions manuals for their upper- level math courses, but you have to purchase them separately from the regular course materials. They also have a D.I.V.E. CD-ROM available to “teach” the course, for parents who aren’t that great in upper-level math.

I can’t say anything about AO LifePacs because I haven’t used them or even looked at them.

I haven’t used it myself, but I have heard great things about Teaching Textbooks upper-level courses. They were designed for students to teach themselves, with all the necessary support complete in the package. Cathy Duffy raves about them on her website – said she would have included them in her 100 Top Picks (at number one), but she didn’t find out about it until after her book went to print.

All that said, the *best* program is the one that allows the student to learn in their own style as quickly and easily as possible, and that will be different for each student.


A few days ago
Honestly, my money’s on VideoText Interactive…it’s very complete, conceptually based, and gives as much practice as you need, along with DVD instruction and a complete solutions manual. It’s what my son will be using for Pre-Algebra through Pre-Calc.

Hope that helps! You can check it out at www.videotextinteractive.com, they’ll send you a free sampler DVD.