It’s the end of the homeschool year for most of us and a lot of people are beginning to look at homeschool curriculum choices for next year. I have had quite a bit of traffic on my review for Sing Spell Read and Write this week, so I thought I needed to get busy writing this post on how much we liked our math curriculum, Horizon’s Math.
Horizon’s Math is part of the Complete Horizon’s Christian Homeschool Curriculum. I cannot speak for the other parts of the Horizon’s curriculum, but the Horizon’s Math portion is a wonderful “out-of-the-box” type of math curriculum. We used Level K for Kindergarten and Level 1 this year for 1st Grade. I bought each level in a package from Alpha Omega Resources that included two student books and a teacher’s guide. The teacher’s guide has a list of additional manipulatives to use throughout the year that you can purchase on your own (or you can also get them in a package deal online, like this one from Sonlight that will take you from K Level to Level 3 of Horizon’s Math curriculum).
The lessons from the student guides are bright and colorful, certainly catching the attention of my oldest son who has used it to this point. I love that the teacher’s guide provides detailed lesson plans and coordinates manipulatives with each day’s lesson, reinforcing concepts that have been introduced either that day or in a previous lesson. It also provides additional worksheets to supplement the student assignments. I copy these on my copier to use them (they are black and white). They can even be re-used during the summer to keep math concepts fresh if you are taking a summer break during your homeschool year.
Each lesson has instructions on introducing a new concept and also provides practice or review of previously learned concepts, which homeschool reviewers like Cathy Duffy term as “spiral curriculum.” This is done with the worksheets and also activities outlined in the teacher’s guide. There is a lot of repetition, drilling, and memorization — but the vibrant material and manipulatives make it interesting to young learners. Flash cards, rulers, calendars, clocks, blocks … all great manipulatives that my guy loved using this year! Once you take a look at the student books, you might be tempted to just pull out sheets every day and forgo the user guide. Don’t be tempted! This curriculum should be taught from the perspective that it is driven by the teacher’s guide, not the student books, or your student will miss out on the full benefits of this curriculum.
So far, my son has not had any major hang-ups with math. Out of everything we are teaching, math seems to be his favorite subject (which surprises both his dad and I, since it is NOT ours) and he responds well to learning in this repetitive style. The manipulatives and additional activities really energize his learning and give him that hands-on boost that he needs to keep him interested. And because I am not fond of math, I really like having the guidance of the teacher’s guide to give me ideas for teaching my child various math concepts in a variety of ways to keep it interesting.
So check out Horizon’s Math for your Kindergartener or 1st Grader. We’ll be doing Level 2 next year, so look for a post in about a year for our experiences with Horizon’s Math Level 2! Happy curriculum hunting and Happy “End of the Homeschool Year” to all of you who are finishing!
** NOTE: I am not an affiliate for Alpha Omega Resources and am not receiving a commission for the links in this post. I am just another homeschooling mom who is sharing experiences, passing on what has been graciously shared by other moms who have gone before me! **