- 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
HUGE Horizons fan here! I have used Horizons math for two years with my daughter. She has an excellent rote memory. She also grasps concepts quickly, and she even makes logical leaps for math application.
She is a Sociable Sue and thinks that all things in life should be a party with friends. Math can be tedious for her, since it often involves being alone with a book and doing problems.
However, Horizons fits her pretty well because it at least has a lot of color, puzzles, anagrams and variety. It is not boring because it is very challenging and fast-paced. It moves quickly from one thing to the next, and each day there are many different things to practice. I LOVE looking at all the cute pages, and seeing that there is almost always SOMETHING fun on every page. Colorful things, mind stretchers, pictures, puzzles, sudoku, and many other fun things.
My daughter also likes it that she can write in the book, and with the exception of a few word problems, Horizons provides ample space to write inside the work-text all the way through at least 6th grade. (I have not seen the pre-Algebra and Algebra books yet but I think they are work-texts as well.) This makes a big difference to bright children who like to move very quickly. Copying problems isn't just hard work. It also slows the brain down and reduces focus. So Horizons is great for those quick thinkers who are wiggly and in a hurry. No copying necessary!
The Teacher's Lessons have ideas for hands-on teaching which my daughter enjoys. I do not use all of the lessons, however. I look at them and use the parts which she needs.
1. Use the Teacher's Manual
2. Take a break between 2b and 3a to teach the multiplication tables. I recommend Times Tales. Then, when they are well under way, continue with 3a.
3. If necessary, use the books a 1/2 level behind grade. They are very fast paced and challenging.
4. This will not work for students that have poor rote memory, who get overwhelmed easily, or who need time for new concepts to sink in.
I LOVE Horizons. It is so easy to use, so easy to teach and it's fun, colorful, and challenging. The books can be carried around easily because they are thin, and after 4th grade much of the instruction is right in the book.
I highly recommend trying Horizons math especially if you have a bright child with good memory.
- 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.