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About Horizons Math:
Those who know me know that I often remark on what a blessing it is to have multiple children with multiple capabilities. Not only does it add unexpected dimensions to the family dynamics, but it also helps us to recognize the struggles and triumphs of a wider assortment of parents. Furthermore, it opens our eyes anew to the fact that one size does not fit all. Not in pantyhose. Not in math. While Developmental Math is an outstanding math program for the standard-issue child, it will bore the socks off the bright child who enjoys math. For the child who thrives on a challenge and finds math a wonderful mystery to be solved, choose Horizon Math.
Open any workbook and the first thing you will notice is how bright and colorful the pages are. But don't get the wrong impression; there is nothing fluffy about this program. Horizons Math includes analytical reasoning, memorization, and drill. The skills taught in Horizons Math readily apply to real-life situations. This is a fast-paced, hard-core math program. Using the spiral learning approach, new concepts are introduced while all the fundamental concepts learned in earlier units are reviewed and reinforced for true mastery. This repetition can drive some kids nuts, but spiral learning more closely parallels real life. Some workbooks teach only one topic until it is mastered, but when you use math, you are often employing addition, fractions, and multiplication to solve your problems. If your child frets about all the repetition, you can certainly eliminate all but a handful of the repeats, but reintroduce them if competency wanes.
In the younger grades, directions on the workbook pages are sparse. But they include a bit more student-directed instructions each year until your child is able to do the lessons independently. The teacher's manuals are optional, but beginning or harried moms will find them especially helpful in the early years when they include all the teaching tasks for your hands-on learners. Additional worksheets are also in the teacher's manual in case a student needs extra review on a concept. Each grade consists of three pieces: two colorful workbooks that contain 80 lessons apiece, and a teacher's manual. A placement test is also available.
Horizons First Grade Math Student Book 1
Horizons First Grade Math Student Book 2
Horizons First Grade Math Teacher's Guide
Horizons Math Scope and Sequence
This solid math course includes:
The complete teacher's guide includes:
Publisher: Alpha Omega Publications
Made In: USA
We've only just started the math program but it's been a good fit so far. My girl is challenged in each lesson but also finds parts that are not so challenging so it is a good blend so far. There is a little more teacher prep than our last math book but it's okay because the teacher manual helps me explain and discuss the concepts.
I love these books! They are thorough, user friendly and engaging.
We are in our 3rd year of using Horizons for my son. My son likes that there are colorful puzzle activities mixed in with the 'regular' math stuff. It also teaches in small steps each day. So sometimes it seems like we realy didn't learn anything new, it keeps things easy. There is also TONS of review built in. I think this is a good thing, my son thinks this makes it more boring. We settle that by only having him do half the problems in the review sections if he can do that half perfectly. We have been very please with Horizons. Another pro of Horizons compared to some other programs is that the child doesn't have to rewrite the problems like some texts require. This is a huge plus for a child with handwriting issues.
I bought Horizons math for my 1st grader who is advanced. He likes the colorful drawings on the pages, but he gets tired of doing the same math over and over again. If your child is advanced, I would recommend moving them up a grade level. However, if your child is right on grade level, I think it's a fantastic and fun math program.
The Horizons math book is a win-win situation for my family. My son enjoys the colorful, yet simple pages, and how the concepts are gently graded in level of difficulty, so lessons seem easy to him. He has a can-do attitude toward math that is promoted by this text/workbook. I love that the textbook is also his workbook, so no need for an additional bulky textbook. I also love that the problems are so gently graded and taught in such a way that my son hardly knows how much he's learning, so quickly! Some of the most important concepts were introduced early, yet simply: Place value is introduced in lesson 5, greater than/less than in lesson 6, telling time in lesson 16. Each lesson takes a bit from before and gives just a bit of review, then moves the child on a little bit more. Now, in lesson 57, my son is confident with telling time to the quarter hour, counting coins of all denominations, Adding 2 digit numbers without regrouping, and recognizing simple fractions. Number lines and colorful visuals are used in clear and simple ways on every page. The books are very sturdy: after being handled and written in by a 6-year old boy for 57 days, not a page has gone missing, and the binding is still strong. The best thing of all--my son enjoys math, and he can do much of his work independently. I love coming up to him to check on his work, and hearing him say, "I'm all done, mom!" And, when I check his work and tell him how amazed I am that it is perfect, how great to hear his proud, "It's EASY, mom!"