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Saxon Teacher Algebra 2 - 3rd Edition Review by Nancy King

Lesson and Test CDs
Harcourt Education
6277 Sea Harbor Drive
Orlando, FL 32887

Saxon Teacher, Algebra 2 is designed to supplement the 3rd edition homeschool kit for Algebra 2. Using this set of CDs without the textbook will lead to an incomplete understanding of the concepts. The program is written with the assumption that the textbook is being used while working on the computer CDs.

This program consists of 5 CDs and works on both Windows and Mac computer systems. The grade level is 8th to Adult and the cost including the textbook is reasonable. This set includes over 110 hours of Algebra 2 content, including instruction for every part of every lesson, as well as complete solutions for every example problem, practice problem, problem set, and test problem. There are two types of CDs included in this program. Lessons which include practice and problems sets, then the instruction CD which includes tutorials of each lesson and the answer key for teachers. Some of the following lessons are taught by a professional teacher and the teacher works through each set of problems. The practice sets are on one CD and are continuous videos; however, at the end of each set there are references given at the end of each lesson for students or teachers needing additional help. I found this to be a very helpful feature in returning to the text for help.

The CDs cover a wide range of problems from Polygons, Trinomials, Negative Exponents, Geometry, Trigonometry, Rounding, Factoring, and Formatting. All the problems and practice sets are equivalent to one full semester of Algebra 2 and the student has enough information and training to be able to do Pre-Calculus work when the CDs have been completed. The mastery aim is for 80% at completion.

The CD format offers students helpful navigation tools that are easy to access and are within a customized player and is compatible with both Windows and Mac.

There are 5 discs included in this program:
Disc 1: Lessons 1-30
Disc 2: Lessons 31-62
Disc 3: Lessons 63-94
Disc 4: Lessons 95-129
Disc 5: Test Solutions

The CDs are very well planned and have a general understanding of Algebra 2. One can easily follow the step-by-step instructions of the teacher. This program along with the text would take a student through to a successful completion of the Algebra 2 course.

Product Review by Nancy King, The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine, LLC, November, 2008