The Saxon Mathematics program is designed with two learning methods at its core: incremental development and continual review. Incremental development is the introduction of topics in easily understandable pieces (increments), permitting the assimilation of one facet of a concept before the next facet is introduced. Continual review is simply that; all previously learned material is reviewed in every lesson for the entire year. Topics are never dropped, but are instead increased in complexity and practiced every day. Continual review provides the time required for concepts to become totally familiar.
The Saxon philosophy believes that the most effective way for students to learn is through gentle development of concepts and the practice of those concepts extended over a considerable period of time. As concepts become familiar and the requisite skills become automated, learning becomes a game at which students can succeed and through which they find satisfaction and self-worth. More importantly, the automation of fundamental skills frees students' minds to consider the concepts on a more abstract level.
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