After completing her Saxon Math worksheets, Natalie wanted to count all the money in her piggy bank. She was very motivated. She got an introduction to Math a year or two ahead in the curriculum from where she is now, and she didn't seem phased. I've been reading a book lately about the Suzuki method of violin. One thing that Suzuki said was that "Ability breeds ability." The book also said that learning should be fun, even though it may be challenging. Well, it seems to me Saxon is a lot like Suzuki, it provides some challenge, but also has a lot of repetition. If you get past the hump where the student doesn't like concentrating on Math (or Violin) for so long, and encourage the student that if they persist they will learn real, rewarding skills, then I think it works. Here is a pic of Natalie counting her money.