The Saxon math curriculum features a spiraling or incremental approach to learning math concepts. The books introduce new concepts gradually, allowing students to practice them daily until they master them. Unlike most traditional math textbooks, different concepts, such as fractions or percents, are not presented in separate chapters or units.
Saxon offers a complete line of math textbooks ranging from kindergarten through 12th grade. The books stress hands-on activities, manipulatives such as pattern blocks and geoboards, and paper-pencil methods. Frequent assessments help identify students' weaknesses quickly. Starting in the third grade, the curriculum gradually becomes less teacher-focused, requiring more independent work by the students.