# DIVE For Saxon Math

“My name is Evan, and I am 13 years old in 8th grade. There are 7, almost 8 kids in my family; I am the oldest. My parents decided to homeschool us kids when was about 5. It's awesome to have my mom as my teacher. At the public school, I go to choir, and my brother goes to band. I just finished Saxon 8/7 math. My favorite part of it was the CD lectures. Thank you for making math fun and interesting. I would love to hear back from you. Remember these verses, Proverbs 3:5-6.'' Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways, acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.'' Yours truly, Evan M.”

"After using DIVE's Science programs and being very pleased, we switched to using DIVE with Saxon for math. My 9th grade son took this course, watching the daily lectures and following Dr. Shormann's suggestions for homework completion and correcting. He performed very well, passing the CLEP exam with flying colors (see my review for the CLEP College Algebra Professor). We're very pleased and plan to continue with DIVE math for high school"

Rachel

“I remember the first day 4 yrs ago when my daughter first watched the DIVE CD. She came running up to tell me to sit down and watch the cd with her because she couldn't believe how her teacher is proudly stating that he is a Christian and either accept it or turn it off sorta way. NO sugar coating it in a way that might offend those that are NOT Christians. Along with our standards and thru Dr. Shormann’s teachings, she is a very strong Christian young woman. So, with great thanks and gratitude for the straight forward thinking and influence through their education. I also find great satisfaction when my strong-willed child listens to Dr. Shormann's course and nails his weaknesses every time!!!!! And when he says, "Don't be lazy, have a good attitude and take advantage of the opportunities God gives you." Karen, my son looks at me every time he hears this with a grin and I just tell him I love him for be honest and smart. But nothing better when we are trying to prove a point and they hear the same exact words from someone else. It is funny and he and I have fun with it in a good way. Again, thank you for allowing God to lead you both in directions to encourage us as homeschoolers and to being strong Christian examples for our children. God Bless you both!”

DIVE Algebra 2 and DIVE Algebra 1

“I so appreciate the excellent customer service you have given us in the past two days. It gives me even more confidence in the DIVE programs, and I was already a fan of your products. Most people today do not believe in going the extra mile, but you obviously do and it speaks greatly not only for your integrity, but also your witness on behalf of Christ. I cannot thank you enough for your attention to our problem. You and I spoke this summer at the Denver homeschool conference. You aided me in choosing the correct math curriculum for Haley; I had already purchased Saxon Geometry, but you advised against it and gave me reason why. Thank you for that, Algebra 2 has worked so well for Haley. In addition, 7th grade son is using Dive for the first time this year with the Algebra 1 program (Saxon). My son and daughter both really love "Dr. Dave" as we call him. I was not planning on using Dive for Haley's chemistry, but OH so glad you guided me in that direction as she is doing well with a subject that doesn't come as easily to her as others, and she is working the AP program at that! I valued your expert advice and may seek it again as I strive to make the best academic choices for my children. I have worked to advise many others as they begin/continue to homeschool as I am a licensed teacher in our state with nearly two decades experience in the public school classroom. I have advised many to use your programs and will continue to do so. Your personal care of our concern gives me even more reason to sing your praises and recommend your curriculum support systems. Blessings, Michelle N”

“I was homeschooled through high school, using many of your DIVE products and really enjoyed them. They helped me to excel in math and science and earn several college credits by passing AP exams. After completing Saxon Calculus, I started doing math tutoring for some homeschool families in my area. Currently, I am getting ready to start teaching middle and high school math classes. Thanks, Natalie K.”

“I have four children who were fortunate enough to have been taught math by you the last eight years. Three of my children went through Algebra 2 and one went as far as Advanced Mathematics, and all listened to your Dive courses every day of every class. Without your Dive courses my children would have suffered in their math because I certainly could not have taught their many courses. Of course you do not know it, but you have been our family's math tutor since Saxon's Algebra 1/2 in 2003. Rebeccah W.”

“Thank you so much for creating the DIVE courses for the Saxon math books. This spring I graduated from high school, and the DIVE courses have been one of the most important resources of my entire homeschool education. I know that my four siblings and I are privileged to have used them; I can't imagine doing Saxon math without the clear explanations in the discs. I also really appreciate your strong Christian testimony and perspective. It is my prayer that God will use me to inspire young people to learn about God's truth as revealed in His Word and His world, the same way as He has used my parents and teachers to inspire me. Lord willing, I will be attending Malone University, a Christian school in Ohio, this year to study zoo and wildlife biology as preparation for becoming a herpetologist for the glory of Jesus Christ. I have been reading your blog for the past few months and have found many of the articles (and comments) very interesting. God bless you as you continue to bless others and glorify Him. Sincerely, Maryellen S. 2 Corinthians 2:14”

“Hi we have been using you this past year in Saxon 8/7 and we have really enjoyed your gifts in teaching and your love for Christ.”

“Just to give you an update, things are going much better. We have finished 8/7 and decided to do Algebra ½. It was a smart move for us. It’s like Christmas to her not having to struggle through a math lesson. I hear your husband’s voice resonate through my house 2-3 times a day. Sometimes he is almost in stereo as I have one child upstairs and one down stairs doing math at the same time! You two are a blessing. Thanks, Pam”

“My son and I (and my husband) have just this year (5th grade) fallen in 'Math Love" with you having discovered your D.I.V.E. Math courses. We love everything we have read at your web and blog sites, we want to follow your plan for both Math and Science all the way through. Thank you and God bless you for using and sharing your God given "great brain" and your deeply inspiring and motivating faith with so many of us...and our children, Sincerely, Ruthie H.”

"We just received and began the D.I.V.E. math courses for three of the girls' math lessons. Erin Claire is loving it (and she said the instructor sounds like Uncle Steven Warhurst). When she finished her lesson, she said, "Mom, I wish you'd gotten this a long time ago. I'd still have buckets of tears left in my head!"-Denise S."

“Thank you so much, Dr. Shormann, for this incredible tool! The DIVE course has made it possible for me to help my son keep on top of his math easily and quickly remedy any errors he makes by simply going back and watching you teach the lesson. There is no need for a parent to be a "math genius," but I have found myself learning Algebra 2 right along with my son! -Abbie”

“My daughter was stuck with Algebra I - she did fine through the first lessons (which are typically review) but then couldn't figure out the problems. I am an awful teacher with Algebra as I just see it differently than others. So we purchased the course so she can learn by herself and go over the problems as many times as she needs to. So far her test scores are excellent and she is studying without me completely! -D. Sacco”

“The Advanced Math text and DIVE videos represent the fourth math curriculum that we have purchased from DIVE. We continue to use and purchase from DIVE for several reasons. As a former math teacher, first, I appreciate the clear and distinct way that Dr. Shormann introduces the material. In addition, the Saxon curriculum has worked extremely well for our family as it reinforces in each lesson from previous lessons. And lastly, the videos and text work beautifully together. The children know exactly what is expected of them with each lesson; and the accompanying solutions guides make it easy to explain any problems that the child might experience and provide an easy way for checking the student’s work. My wife and I heartily recommend the texts and videos. -John”

“Your ministry - resulted in my daughter's calling to math - just wanted you to see what Saxon 54 through Calculus with Dive can do - you always encouraged her - that was the key! http://www.uh.edu/tieronescholars/scholar-spotlight/sarah-stanley.php -Beth Stanley”

“Tech support was personal, friendly and patient. We purchased the iTunes U course to make better use of the ipad mini my son bought for himself and mom didn't want another game. We have the cd's but needed something easier for when were on the road. This is exactly like the cd's. We were able to do our research before the ipad was purchased and all the information we needed was available in some way. Not being tech savvy I had trouble downloading correctly and sent a message via email and phone and with in 24 hours or so I received a call from Karen Shormann and she graciously and patiently walked this non tech mom through every step. I am so thankful for the Christian support. Thank you to Dive into Math. -Amber”

“My son was bored with our previous math curriculum and was discouraged about doing math. Even though he enjoyed having me teach it, the lessons frustrated him. He couldn't even stand looking at the book! No matter how hard I tried to make it exciting, nothing helped...until this year! We had both researched the Saxon Math for seventh-grade here and he wanted to try it out. I placed the order right away because I noticed how excited he became and as soon as it arrived he tried it. Today, he is doing his math quietly and enjoying every bit of it. The course is awesome. He likes the way the teacher explains the problems with such clarity without the unnecessary jargon-as he calls it. He also likes the fact that the problems in the problem sets are mixed up, so you don't get stuck doing a single line of the same type of problem, e.g., a single line of addition, subtraction, etc. He is eager to begin math every morning and does it on his own. We work together checking the problems when he is done and so far he has had no problems at all. Thanks so much for bringing the excitement of doing math back to my child!!! God bless!!! :) -Eve”

“Just wanted to let you know how thankful we are for your Dive products. My son is currently using the Dive Geometry and Biology. I am truly impressed with your homeschool resources and grateful for the reasonable prices. Blessings, Marie K.”

“I'm really appreciating your ministry. I have two sons taking your courses. I finally found what I was looking for in Science and Math. I especially like that your husband teaches the students how to learn: define terms, lecture, take notes and practice. I homeschool my 3 sons: 16, 13, and 8 years old. Sincerely, Esmerald”

“We love the DIVE Math and science programs. We have used your math DVD's since 7/6 and science since Physical Science. My son takes his science classes, using Bob Jones texts, at our cover school and every year we have be able to use your program to expand his classroom work.”

"I can't say enough good things about the DIVE products. We have been using them the past 4 years since we began home educating. My daughter began Saxon Advanced Math this year, and I first bought the Saxon Math Teacher because I knew that it worked each problem out individually. This subject is way over my head! She did not like the Saxon Math Teacher , because she said it did not explain the process in detail like the DIVE teacher did, and it showed in her first test. I promptly ordered the DIVE Advanced Math CD Rom and she aced the next test. I will definitely only buy DIVE from here on out." - Shelly L.

“I've been using Saxon math while homeschooling my daughter for years now. As she progressed each year, it got harder and harder for me to teach her. I felt like I was simply learning it all right beside her. It was very frustrating to keep having to tell her to wait while I looked up online or elsewhere in the book how to do certain types of math problems. It was also time consuming. I finally gave in and purchased the DIVE Cd for Algebra 2 and I only wish I had done it earlier! The lessons range from 6 minutes to 20 minutes. He is concise and gets the lesson done without wasting anyone's time. It isn't splashy and high-tech but it's fast and easily understood. My daughter appreciates the short lessons. Don't get me wrong, the lessons are short, but all of the necessary teaching is there. This CD Rom is worth the cost and I will definitely be purchasing the next Saxon math book DIVE cd for next year.” -J. Mireles

“We have been using DIVE for years and are VERY pleased with his approach. He has a peaceful voice and my kids, 15,13,and 11 love listening to him. I walk around the corner to find him teaching them scriptures like "hold onto instruction for it is your life" Proverbs and others. I especially appreciate his encouragement at the beginning that tells the kids how important their attitude is to learning. He speaks of how they could have the best teaching but so much relies on their attitude in learning. Those teachings through the years of math make it priceless to me. My kids just told me that he starts with a scripture every week or two. He also reminds them to be thankful to have nice computer,speakers and math program. I think he is right and I want my kids to know all of it, the Math And the Christian encouragement. Good Manly Christian encouragement for my son in the middle of his day, in this house full of girls:)” -V. Sargon

“What a gift to students, parents and teachers! Every math book should be backed up by a resource like this! I used to be a math consultant for Region 4 Service Center of Texas Education Agency and never encountered a better or more successful math series when it is used exactly as specified by the author. Yet, students run into little gaps in their grasp of a concept and need an instant resource that matches the text. Now they have it!” - Dr. R. James

“We have always used Saxon math for the elementary grades and found them to be a great method of learning. In regular math books, you learn one action, then you move on to another chapter, and another action. By several chapters in, it's easy to forget the skills learned in the early chapters. But with Saxon Math/Algebra--you learn that days new action, and the 30 problems of daily-work are a mix of all the previous chapters problems and your new actions. So you perpetually work on all the problems you learned in previous chapters, and get better and better at them. Full disclosure--it had been some time since I had an Algebra class. So for the first part of the Saxon Algebra book, I was fine in teaching it. We struggled a wee bit, then I purchased this Disc. It's fantastic! The video clips are simple: some 5-minutes some -12 mins in length, but he addresses each chapter of the book, and clearly shows you how to work the equations. I wish I had purchased this at the beginning of the year, and I know when we move on to Algebra 2--I will look for a D.I.V.E. CD-ROM to accompany it. Saxon Math/Algebra always puts the chapter number next to the equations. Example: "8(35)" So you can see that question 8 was work we did in chapter 35. So if you can't remember how to do that type of equation--you at least know where to go back in the book and look for the information. And, in the case of the CD-ROM, what chapter to go back to and watch. This CD-ROM is great accompaniment to the Saxon Algebra textbook.” - R. L. Smith

“These CDs are great for independent learners; actually helps my son be a more independent learner. My son is an auditory learner so these greatly enhance his learning experience. The instructors are awesome, clear, and concise. I recommend these CDs to anyone who wants to take charge of their own learning or parents who need help explaining higher math principles.” - C. McKinney