- Reviewed on Sunday, October 27, 2013
- Grades Used: 1st
- Dates used: 2013
I'm new to homeschooling as of this year and I find Horizons math to be excellent for my first grader. Both teacher and student are happy with the curriculum. We really like the math manipulative as there are not too much or too little of them. We will be purchasing the 2nd grade level soon.
- Reviewed on Tuesday, August 27, 2013
- Grades Used: 2-4
- Dates used: 2011-current
Loved Horizons 1, 2 and 3, using it a half a year behind. My daughter loved the fast pace, the exciting color, the puzzles, the dot to dots, and the fill-in-the blanks. She loves to move from one thing to the next and a colorful book means a LOT to her. She also liked that she could write in the book. However, the fourth grade is just going way too fast. The book no longer has enough space to write out the problems. (I am an adult with impeccable handwriting and the space is far too small for me, let alone a ten year old), and the program is just pushing too far.
For example, by the 2nd 4th grade book, they are learning LCM, LCD, in order to add, subtract and multiply fractions, ratios, and much more. Some of this stuff is really more like 6th grade math. In fact, my son learned these concepts at the end of 5th grade and is reviewing them in 6th grade, and he is not behind in math.
Another problem is that there is zero conceptual thinking. Absolutely none. Even the word problems are all just basic arithmetic...adding, subtracting, etc. Nothing other than a list of numbers needing to be rearranged and then added or subtracted or divided. Saxon has far better conceptual thinking, (and even Saxon is a bit weak in that area.)
So, the only other math that works for my dd is Calvert. She used it in K and 2nd grade, and we will go back to it. It has its own problems but at least no one is crying, and it is colorful and full of conceptual thinking.
NO math program is perfect. Horizons is pretty good but remember to try using it a half grade level behind, and consider switching if your child is really getting upset on a daily basis.
- Reviewed on Tuesday, March 26, 2013
- Grades Used: 6th
- Dates used: 2012-2013
Overall, I believe Horizons demonstrates a solid program with enough color to interest my daughter. However, I have found the Teacher's Manual to be of no help whatsoever, excluding the answer section! The daily lesson instruction is full of objectives with no real instruction on how to teach the new concepts. I have had to refer to you tube in order to clarify how to regroup mixed fractions or add/subtract fractions with differing denominators, for example. Au other program we have used for Math had much more to offer in terms of teaching tips for Mom. Interestingly, my 6 years olds are using Horizons K this year and it offers loads of instructions for the teacher. Why would a parent need excessive instructions in Kindergarten math, and none in 6th grade math? That does not make any sense. I have found this to be quite frustrating this year and we will not be using Horizons next year. I would not recommend this program to anyone in higher elementary/middle school math.
- Reviewed on Sunday, January 27, 2013
- Grades Used: K-5th
- Dates used: 2007-2013
I have a generally favorable opinion of the Horizons Math program. I have used it since I first start home schooling in 2007, beginning with Kindergarten. I am currently using it for 4th and 5th grade Math, and I plan on using it again next year as well.
Each lesson starts with an explanation of the introduced concept followed by problems to test the knowledge of the concept. Then previous concepts are reviewed from lesson to lesson. This way the student usually remembers how to do the different math theories. If my children already know how to do some of the math concepts that are presented to them over and over again I will often have them skip the problems. But the reinforcement IS helpful.
I like the full-color work book pages. And my children enjoy the fun puzzles. I also like that the majority of these puzzles contain Bible verses. It is wonderful how Horizons incorporates the Bible into its math.
I would suggest that if you are going to try Horizons you start with the younger grades. I have heard that it can be challenging for some students to transition from other curriculums to Horizons; Horizons seems to be more difficult or advanced. My children do not have a problem with the lessons being too challenging, but I HAVE used this program with them all along. And I'd like to add that my children are at different skill-levels when it comes to their math abilities. Therefore I personally do not find Horizons to be too challenging for my children.
I mostly use the Teacher's Guides for the answer keys. The supplemental worksheets that can be purchased for $5-$10 are helpful to have instead of constant photocopying at home.