Stream & Download: Video Lectures for Saxon Algebra 1, Third Edition

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NEW RECOMMENDATION: 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!



Course Description

Algebra 1 covers all topics in a first-year algebra course, from proofs, statistics, and probability to algebra-based, real-world problems. With Algebra 1, students begin developing the more complex skills and understanding required for high school level mathematics. You can see a full description of each component below.

Click here to view Table of Contents

Click here for Placement Tests



Dr. Shormann teaches every lesson and investigation in the Saxon textbook, including the essential instruction that is missing from the lesson in the textbook. Designed for schools, Saxon assumes the full lesson was presented in class. Therefore, the lesson in the Saxon text is only a summary for the student to review later. That's why John Saxon recommended an experienced instructor to teach his curriculum. 


For example, when lesson 40 builds on a concept taught in lesson 20, the book doesn't mention it. However, in the DIVE lectures, Dr. Shormann reviews lesson 20, teaching how the new concept is simply adding one more step to what they already know. This creates “bite-sized” lessons that are easy to understand and makes learning Saxon faster and easier. 


DIVE Contents


What else do I need?


Saxon Algebra 1, 3rd Edition Homeschool Kit (purchase separately here)

 The edition of the DIVE lectures must match the edition of the Saxon books. 


Try It Before You Buy It 

                  Sample Course - Everything you need to complete the first 10 lessons.


How do I access the Download & Stream DIVE Lectures?

After purchase of the Download & Stream format, an email confirmation of your order is sent. Within an hour or so, another email is sent, titled Watch Now, with a link to access lectures. See Detailed Instructions


 How do I download & stream lectures on my computer or device?

 See Detailed Instructions


Where should I place my child?

Student Placement Chart  This page also has information on our free consulting service.



Why use Saxon Math?

See Saxon Math 


How does DIVE work? 











 System Requirements


 Mobile Devices:  iPhone: iOS 7.0+ iPhone 4 and up

 iPad: iOS 7.0+ iPad 3 and up

 Android: 4.2+  

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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 lectures on the 



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 corresponding 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 explanations. However, our program is so comprehensive, this is rarely necessary. SEE WHAT OUR CUSTOMERS SAY BY CLICKING ON THE REVIEWS TAB.




Product Reviews

  • 5
    Wonderful Product

    Posted by Unknown on 8th Mar 2021

    As usual, Dr. Shormann does a great job explaining mathematical concepts. We started using DIVE a few years back and couldn't be happier with the results!!!

  • 5
    Game changer!

    Posted by Unknown on 28th Nov 2019

    Bought this half way thru Algebra 1. Saxon explanations in the book alone are through but difficult to understand. Dr. S makes it easy- even for parents that are a bit rusty in their math skills. I (mom) watch them every day and plan to use all the way thru high school. Please don't stop making. Dr. S has a calm, clear, pleasant manner. Easy peasy now. This has made me see that the Saxon program truly works. I (mom) can explain concepts to younger children because I now understand better. A Blessing!

  • 5
    A Lifesaver!

    Posted by A on 28th May 2019

    Finding myself needing to brush up on Algebra. The book explanation is soooo complicated. Dr. S. makes it seem easy. Concise. Clear. Comprehensive. I even find myself using his 'language' to teach my younger children. Save yourself some frustration, and leave it to Dr. S. Thanks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • 5
    Great product; prevents a lot of arguments

    Posted by BG on 13th Oct 2016

    A life saver. My daughter is at the age where she doesn't want to listen to me. DIVE provides a competent teacher whom we can take with us anywhere. As my daughter says, "We don't fight as much now."

  • 5
    GREAT help

    Posted by Lynn Berns on 9th 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
    Excellent to promote self learning

    Posted by D. Sacco on 27th Feb 2014

    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 iTunesU program 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!

  • 5

    Posted by Unknown on 5th Sep 2013

    These videos have helped us understand algebra better. They are well done.

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