Re: Saxon math
Depends what level you get. K-3 is hands on with worksheets. 54 and up is textbook. I grew up with Saxon and used it when I taught school. I do not plan on using it at least not early on. Just didn't care for it. But many people do like it.
Classical schools tend to use one level ahead, so they use Saxon 1 in kindergarten, and 54 in third grade.