CD Lectures for Saxon Algebra 1, 3rd Edition

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Because Saxon does not adequately prepare students for the new PSAT & SAT, we now recommend our new Shormann Algebra 1 with Integrated Geometry Self-Paced eCourse featuring daily video lessons, interactive assignments with auto grading and grade recording, video solutions, and Q&A service with Dr. Shormann. Based on John Saxon’s original Teaching methods , this course is updated with 21st-century concepts and specific preparation for the PSAT, the SAT, and the ACT. Learn More: Saxon vs. Shormann Math


How does it work?

Watch this short video to view how the DIVE for Saxon Math course works!











Dr. Shormann teaches every lesson step by step on a digital blackboard that looks and sounds like a real classroom. The only difference is, you can easily pause, rewind and fast-forward the lecture; learning at your own pace. With degrees in aerospace engineering and science, Dr. Shormann has over 15 years experience teaching all levels of Saxon Math. His unique experience enables him to understand how all the lessons in a book fit together as well as how the curriculum builds all the way through Calculus and Physics.



Teaching three to five practice problems in each lesson, Dr. Shormann reviews previously learned concepts and connects each "bite-sized" concept to the next. This makes complex concepts easier to grasp while showing students the big picture. During the lecture, students work interactively by taking notes and working the practice problems with him. They are encouraged to pause, rewind, and fast-forward until they fully understand the new concept. VIEW SAMPLE VIDEO LESSONS ON VIDEO TAB.



Connecting Scripture with math and science, he teaches math as the God-given language of science, a tool for understanding God’s creation and the purpose and pattern evident in Creation. The history of mathematics is also discussed which shows the tremendous Christian heritage of mathematics and science, and how all mathematics resulted from a study of His creation. It doesn’t take long to discuss, but it is important to remind all students that God is the Author and Creator of all knowledge, including mathematics. Consider this: in our world, there exists a huge collection of facts, all subject to interpretation. Who do you want to interpret those facts for your child, a Christian or a non-Christian? 



After the lecture, students complete homework problems in the Saxon textbook. Each homework set provides continual review of previously learned concepts. Research has shown this method superior for increasing long term retention and recall time but it can be a problem for students who need to re-learn forgotten concepts. With DIVE, the student simply re-watches the corresponding DIVE lecture which is printed in parentheses next to each question. Better than giving them the answer, the student relearns the forgotten concept and immediately applies it to the problem; significantly increasing retention.



The Saxon Homestudy Kit includes a Solutions Manual which shows how to work each problem step by step. We recommend reviewing the correpsonding DIVE lesson first, then consult the Solutions Manual if further help is needed. If more help is needed, you can email Dr. Shormann for more detailed explainations. However, our program is so comprehensive, this is rarely necessary. SEE WHAT OUR CUSTOMERS SAY BY CLICKING ON THE REVIEWS TAB.



Why use Saxon Math?

Saxon Math is a research proven math curriculum developed in the 1980s by John Saxon. The Saxon approach is unique in that, instead of massing instruction, practice, and assessments, Saxon distributes them throughout the lessons and school year. Most math programs use a massed approach, whereby instruction, practice, and assessment of a skill or concept occur within a short period of time and are usually clustered within a single chapter or unit. Research has shown that Incremental Development, Distributed Practice, and Cumulative Assessment is superior to all other teaching methods, increasing long-term retention and recall speed which naturally leads to higher standardized test scores. However, most curricula do not use this method because it is more difficult to teach and requires continual re-teaching of previously learned concepts. As an experienced Saxon teacher, Dr. Shormann provides comprehensive lectures in a format that is easy to re-teach forgotten or missed concepts. Find out more about John Saxon and his shaking of the educrat foundations with his wildly successful math curriculum on Dr. Shormann's blog here

Where should I place my child?

If your child has done well in their previous course and it is a fairly rigorous curriculum, such as A Beka, Horizons, or Bob Jones, your child should be able to transition directly into Saxon at the appropriate grade level. If your child has struggled with math in the past, has been in public school, or you have other concerns, we recommend taking the placement test. We also offer a free consulting service to help you chart a course of success for your child. VIEW OUR RECOMMENDED COURSE SCHEDULE HERE.

Product Reviews

  • 5
    GREAT help!

    Posted by Lynn on 26th Jul 2015

    The DIVE teaching lectures were recommended to us by a friend at the Homeschool convention. Our friend could not say enough great things about the lectures. We are competent in math, but were not able to help our student. The teaching lectures saved the day for us. They are GREAT help and more cost-effective than any other solution with which we could come up. We are committed to Saxon Math for our students and could not be more happy with the DVD lectures. Thanks!

  • 5
    Eyes Wide Open

    Posted by Unknown on 5th May 2013

    DIVE Into Math Algebra 1 was our first experience with the company and this format. The CD-ROM provided such and exceptional experience that I also purchased the science program too.This was not my first experience with Algebra curriculum. It was the first time I was satisfied. My son is independently learning higher level math with The DIVE INTO MATH CD-ROMs successfully. I often hear from other homeschoolers, public and private school kids how they are not strong in math or science. My son excels in these subjects as a direct result of the DIVE Into Math CD-ROMs. It is a great joy to see my son tutoring other students because he has a deep understanding of the subject not just a memorized step by step process. As my son would put it, "I actually understand the language of math". My son states that Saxon Math would not have taught him the language of math without the outstanding lectures from the CD-ROMs. He also enjoys the Christian perspective that the instructor weaves into the curriculum making the content meaningful. On a final note, my son has generalized the concepts and applies math to his daily life in a meaningful way. I actively recommend this CD program and would purchase it again without hesitation.

  • 5
    Excellent product

    Posted by Jodi Eclhardt on 19th Mar 2013

    David Shorman is very clear and easy to understand. We have confidence in his knowledge of the subject matter.

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