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Saxon Tutorials

There are actually four different companies producing DVD or CD-ROM supplements to the Saxon math books: the Teaching Tape Technology DVDs, Art Reed's AJ Publishing CD-ROMs, Dr. David Schorman's DIVE Into Math CD-ROMs, and Saxon Publishing themselves with their CD-ROMs. While we haven't reviewed all four, we do carry the DIVE and Saxon discs and get plenty of questions just about the differences between the two.

Put simply, both are CD-ROM companions to the Saxon Math textbooks. Each CD-ROM (or CD-ROM set), from 5/4 up, works through the correlating text's lesson plans, offering your student basic instruction and helpful hints. It's not video in the traditional sense; you don't see teachers with outdated hair or clothing styles. Instead you see writing on a screen, with the recorded lecture. We don't believe these replace the Saxon materials—we still recommend your student read each lesson—but they will allow you more flexibility in instruction time and help if you are unable to teach the math concepts presented in the Saxon text: an affordable alternative to a math tutor.

So what are the differences?

DIVE

Basically, we would call DIVE the economy option—fewer frills at a lower price. Since Dr. Schorman doesn't work for Saxon, he can't use copyrighted information. As a result, although his lessons correspond to the Saxon texts, he has to make some modifications. When the text includes practice problems, he offers similar but alternate problems. Also, he can't offer solutions for the problems in the book at all. Dr. Schorman is a Christian and includes exhortations for diligence and honesty. His teaching style is a little more energetic, but not quite as thorough as the Saxon CDs. Since there is less information, the DIVE program is contained on a single disc priced (currently) at $55 each. We suggest using these from 5/4-8/7, perhaps as high as Algebra 1/2.

Main drawbacks: these may not be resold, and you will still need the Saxon Solutions Manuals.

Saxon Teacher

The Saxon CDs come in a box with five discs included. Like the DIVE CDs, there is a lecture for each lesson in the Saxon text, but since these are Saxon products, there is no copyright limitation. It works through all the practice problems, and it also offers video solutions for all the mixed practice problems as well. These are slightly higher quality productions, and the teacher is typically more thorough if a little more dry. These are more expensive (currently $99) but may be resold, and we suggest using them for Algebra 1-Advanced Math.

Main drawback: Saxon doesn't offer tutorial discs for Calculus & Physics.

Art Reed DVDs

Art Reed was a friend of John Saxon's, worked at Saxon Publishers as the homeschool curriculum advisor, and understands Saxon's pedagogy thoroughly. In fact, he's written the book on it! As DVDs, these are filmed teaching lectures, rather than voice-over screenshots. An older military gentleman, his presentations are professional and to-the-point, perhaps too brisk for some students to follow easily. These are nearly as affordable as the DIVE discs, and a little more flexible, as you can play them on a normal DVD player as well as a computer. Like the DIVE, these do not include practice problems from the texts or solutions for any problems. For Advanced Math, Mr. Reed splits his material into two courses, the first covering AM lessons 1-90, and the second covering AM lessons 60-125, along with the first 25 lessons of Calculus

Main drawbacks: These don't fully cover Calculus, and don't teach Physics at all; you'll still need Saxon solutions manuals.

Teaching Tape DVDs

We haven't reviewed these, but understand that they are also filmed lectures. We've heard they're very engaging, but find the price tag (upwards of $200 per year) prohibitive. Classical Conversations prefers these instructional discs to the others.

System Requirements:

Windows 95 or greater, Mac OS - all versions with appropriate QuickTime player, speakers, CD drive, and a printer (for DIVE Science).

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DIVE 5/4 CD-ROM (Third edition)
by David Shormann
3rd edition from DIVE, LLC
for 4th-5th grade
in Saxon Tutorials (Location: B07-04E)
DIVE 6/5 CD-ROM (Third edition)
by David Shormann
3rd edition from DIVE, LLC
for 5th-6th grade
in Saxon Tutorials (Location: B07-04E)
DIVE 7/6 CD-ROM (Fourth Edition)
by David Shormann
4th edition from DIVE, LLC
for 6th-7th grade
in Saxon Tutorials (Location: B07-04E)
DIVE 7/6 CD-ROMs (Third Edition)
by David Shormann
3rd edition from DIVE, LLC
for 6th-7th grade
in Saxon Tutorials (Location: B07-04E)
DIVE 8/7 CD-ROM (Third Edition)
by David Shormann
3rd edition from DIVE, LLC
for 7th-8th grade
in Saxon Tutorials (Location: B07-04E)
DIVE 8/7 CD-ROMs (Second Edition)
by David Shormann
2nd edition from DIVE, LLC
for 7th-8th grade
in Saxon Tutorials (Location: B07-04E)
DIVE Advanced Mathematics CD-ROMs (Second Edition)
by David Shormann
2nd edition from DIVE, LLC
for 11th-12th grade
in Saxon Tutorials (Location: B07-04E)
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by David Shormann
3rd edition from DIVE, LLC
for 9th-10th grade
in Saxon Tutorials (Location: B07-04E)
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by David Shormann
3rd edition from DIVE, LLC
for 8th-9th grade
in Saxon Tutorials (Location: B07-04E)
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by David Shormann
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for 10th-11th grade
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from DIVE, LLC
for 10th grade
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by David Shormann
1st edition from DIVE, LLC
for 11th-12th grade
in Saxon Tutorials (Location: B07-04E)
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by David Shormann
2nd edition from DIVE, LLC
for 11th-12th grade
in Saxon Tutorials (Location: B07-04E)
DIVE Chemistry
by David Shormann
from DIVE, LLC
for 10th-12th grade
in Saxon Tutorials (Location: B07-04E)
DIVE Geometry
by David Shormann
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for 10th-12th grade
in Saxon Tutorials (Location: B07-04E)
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by David Shormann
from DIVE, LLC
for 9th-10th grade
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by David Shormann
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for 11th-12th grade
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by Art Reed
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for 8th-9th grade
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by Art Reed
from AJ Publishers
for 8th-9th grade
in Saxon Tutorials (Location: B07-04E)
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by Art Reed
from AJ Publishers
for 6th-7th grade
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from AJ Publishers
for 6th-7th grade
in Saxon Tutorials (Location: B07-04E)
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by Art Reed
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for 7th-8th grade
in Saxon Tutorials (Location: B07-04E)
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by John Saxon
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in Saxon Tutorials (Location: B07-04E)
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by John Saxon
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for 9th-10th grade
in Saxon Tutorials (Location: B07-04E)
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by John Saxon
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for 9th-10th grade
in Saxon Tutorials (Location: B07-04E)
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3rd edition from Saxon Publishers
for 8th-9th grade
in Saxon Tutorials (Location: B07-04E)
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in Saxon Tutorials (Location: B07-04E)
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for 10th-11th grade
in Saxon Tutorials (Location: B07-04E)
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for 4th-5th grade
in Saxon Tutorials (Location: B07-04E)
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for 5th-6th grade
in Saxon Tutorials (Location: B07-04E)
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4th edition from Saxon Publishers
for 6th-7th grade
in Saxon Tutorials (Location: B07-04E)
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by John Saxon
3rd edition from Saxon Publishers
for 7th-8th grade
in Saxon Tutorials (Location: B07-04E)
Teaching Tape Tutoring Math 5/4
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for 4th-5th grade
in Saxon Tutorials (Location: B07-04E)
Teaching Tape Tutoring Math 6/5
3rd edition from Teaching Tape Technology
for 6th-7th grade
in Saxon Tutorials (Location: B07-04E)
Teaching Tape Tutoring Math 7/6
4th edition from Teaching Tape Technology
for 6th-7th grade
in Saxon Tutorials (Location: B07-04E)
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3rd edition from Teaching Tape Technology
for 7th-8th grade
in Saxon Tutorials (Location: B07-04E)
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3rd edition from Teaching Tape Technology
for 7th-8th grade
in Saxon Tutorials (Location: B07-04E)
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3rd edition from Teaching Tape Technology
for 9th-10th grade
in Saxon Tutorials (Location: B07-04E)
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for 10th-11th grade
in Saxon Tutorials (Location: B07-04E)