I chose Saxon for our math curriculum this year. So far, I love it. So far (and we’re only 14 lessons into it), every single lesson revolves around a calendar (the morning meeting part), and a manipulative. This hands-on approach has made it very easy to differentiate instruction for Mary and Elliot. Today’s lesson featured pattern blocks, and for the first time they had to copy a pattern (rather than just make the own design). It went over so well, I found myself-mid lesson- googling more pages of patterns to print for them to copy. It was one of those moments when, even though I had a lot on the agenda for today, I just let go and let them explore this new concept.