Horizons Math 1 Boxed Set

Horizons Math 1 Boxed Set

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ISBN: 9780867179545
Grades: 1

Category Description for Horizons 1:

Covers numeracy beyond 100, cardinal/ordinal numbers, more complex addition/subtraction (carrying/borrowing), time, fractions, graphs, sequence, estimation, sets, and measurement.

Category Description for Horizons Math:

Admittedly, no math program will work for everyone - but I find few flaws in this motivating and well-laid out program. Although it may be more advanced for grade level than the "average" program, I don't consider that a negative. Because of the developmental approach to learning in this program, even a non-math type can easily succeed, while the "math whiz" will be challenged by the advanced topics introduced early. Concepts are introduced incrementally, then practiced, developed, and continually reviewed as other concepts are introduced. Horizons lays a solid foundation for numerical literacy with an early emphasis on hands-on, concept learning via manipulatives and one-on-one lessons. The program relies on few separately purchased manipulatives by utilizing common household items and including charts and number lines found in the teacher's handbooks. A useful table in the handbook shows the integration of manipulatives in lessons so you can tell at a glance just what you'll need. Analytical reasoning and mental acumen are stressed throughout the series, and memorization and drill are not neglected. The teacher handbook is the heart of the program, containing daily lesson plans that are easy to implement. Reduced student pages are a tremendous aid in planning and supply answers to the worktext exercises. Besides plans, the handbook contains an overview, materials list, activities, and supplemental worksheets (approx. one for each 4 lessons). Designed for homeschoolers, the activities, language, and lessons require no alteration. There are 160 lessons per level, each requiring approximately 20-30 minutes per day. Tests are given after every 10 lessons to assess retention of cumulative skills. While a good part of each lesson is oral (especially at the K level), the enticing, colorful student worksheets lay foundations for lessons and review concepts previously taught. There are two workbooks per grade level. Please note that the actual lesson is to be taught by you - there are only brief instructions on each page of the workbooks, which are not intended to be self- instructional. Boxed set contains the teacher book and 2 student workbooks. Additional Student Worksheet Packets contain one photocopy of each reproducible master in the teacher book.

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Category Description for Alpha Omega Mathematics:

Homeschoolers appreciate the Alpha Omega curricula for their ease of use and quality instruction. There are 4 different teaching options available to help you meet your math education needs: Lifepacs, Horizons, Switched on Schoolhouse (flash drive for Windows only) and Monarch (online). Please see each option for the full course description. Christian content is included in the Lifepac, Switched on Schoolhouse and Monarch curricula.


Primary Subject
Trade Cloth; Box or Slipcased
Student Manual, Study Guide, etc.; Teachers Edition, Instructors Manual, etc., Illustrated
EHS Title
Elementary/High School
Softcover Boxed Book Set
Brand Name
Alpha Omega Publications
5.15 (lbs.)
11.5" x 9.25" x 3.25"
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Why did you choose this?
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This is a great math curriculum. Simple and to the point. The color and illustrations help keep kids interested.
Chelsea R on May 29, 2020
We are currently using Horizons Math K ( halfway through it ) and my 6yr old loves it so we are getting the next level.
User on Jul 25, 2019
This is a great math curriculum. Simple and to the point. The color and illustrations help keep kids interested.
Chelsea R on May 29, 2020
We used Horizons Math for Kindergarden and loved it! I also did Horizons as a kid in school and liked it.
Courtney on Jan 23, 2020
We are currently using Horizons Math K ( halfway through it ) and my 6yr old loves it so we are getting the next level.
User on Jul 25, 2019
Looked like the best fit for my child!
Michelle T on Apr 25, 2019
It is a solid math program that is open and go for for me to easily teach my younger boys.
Kelly Z on Apr 23, 2019
because I am not happy with Singapore Math
Rachel S on Nov 27, 2018
Horizons Math is listed as one of Cathy Duffy's 102 Top Picks for Homeschool Curriculum (updated 01 March 2016). Plus, an esteemed, local home educator with 26 years of homeschool experience highly recommended Horizons Math program for Grades 1-3 to my family as we begin our homeschool journey.
April V on Nov 6, 2018
because i am homeschooling my first grader
Shara L on Aug 7, 2018
Simple to use.
Trisha I on Aug 6, 2018
I've heard good things about this curriculum and like the idea of consistent review of the concepts.
Elisa S on Jul 30, 2018
Cathy Duffy reviews helped me to choose this math. I am excited to give it a try after all i read about it.
Emily S on Jul 19, 2018
My kids do well with these math books. Great for early childhood learning. They need color.
Kimberly T on Jul 3, 2018
Horizons is a thorough, cyclical approach to teaching math. I have found it to be solid. I am beginning to homeschool my fourth child.
Amanda M on Jun 6, 2018
My kids love Horizon math!
Karolina C on May 14, 2018
I was already using horizons for my older children so I decided to try going with it for my youngest as well.
Misty J on Apr 4, 2018
Used for Kindergarten and really liked series.
Amber L on Mar 7, 2018
Our 1st grader wasn't feeling challenged in her current math program and we switched to Horizons. She absolutely loves it and is making great strides.
Mandy M on Jan 17, 2018
I like the idea of spiral review and that its colorful
Melanie C on Jan 12, 2018
Always reliable in learning math in the early grades. Have used them for 3 kids.
Lana G on Sep 16, 2017
best deal ever!!!!
Tomira V on Sep 7, 2017
Horizons was recommend by Ruth on the live chat help line. Hoping it's a good fit for us.
Deborah W on Aug 24, 2017
Recommended by Cathy Duffy in 102 Top Picks for Homeschool Curriculum and a friend uses the program as well.
Bryttny S on May 17, 2017
We really liked K math.
Natasha P on Apr 22, 2017
recommended by friend
valeria s on Apr 12, 2017
We are having much success with Horizons Kindergarten math!
Cyndi M on Mar 14, 2017
My dd has been struggling with math and this is highly recommended by several friends.
User on Feb 8, 2017
Recommended by fellow homeschooling mom
Rachel H on Jan 9, 2017
We love this Math packet for our homeschool! Very user friendly and the kids enjoy it.
Ashley D on Jan 4, 2017
My daughter loves this Math curriculum, the layout is fun and engaging.
heather l on Dec 23, 2016
because i do not like math lessons for a living education!
bridgette s on Nov 17, 2016
We used the K version of this and loved it!
Rebecca C on Aug 2, 2016
was highly recommended by the homeschool co-op math expert :)
Mary K on Aug 1, 2016
Recommended by a friend
User on Jul 26, 2016
Top Rated Math Curriculum for homeschoolers. Reviewed and rated by homeschoolers!
Erica B on Jul 17, 2016
I seems to be the best homeschooling Math Program out there
Paris B on Jun 21, 2016
good price for the set
Sara H on May 28, 2016
It looks challenging enough and has lots of color and interesting math problems. I will use book 1 for my new first grader and book 2 for my new second grader for the first semester of homeschooling. My kids are excited!
Missy B on May 25, 2016
recommended by a friend and I now like it too!
Sarah M on Apr 24, 2016
needed for first grade
Anna W on Apr 4, 2016
This was an excellent series but it does get boring and redundant. The book focuses on lots of topics but doesn't move too quickly away from addition and subtraction. My son actually got bored will all the addition. It started on lesson one and went all the way to the end.
James M on Mar 11, 2016
I love Horizons math curriculum! I started my daughter with the Kindergarten program and she has learned so much! She is so excited to get the 1st grade book!
Samantha R on Dec 7, 2015
I want to work more with my child at home.
Christine V on Oct 17, 2015
"Used Horizons Math 1 for my son and really liked it
Elizabeth N on Sep 28, 2015
We used Horizons Math for Kindergarden and loved it! I also did Horizons as a kid in school and liked it.
Courtney on Jan 23, 2020
Looked like the best fit for my child!
Michelle T on Apr 25, 2019
Is the TM spiral bound?
A shopper on Jun 16, 2018
BEST ANSWER: No. They come as a big thick book. I take the manuals an spiral bind them.
Does it align to common core? What would you say are some strengths and weaknesses? I'm having difficulty choosing from Horizons, Go math and Math Mammoth so I'm trying to weight words of wisdom as I pray and ask God for His leading. Thanks for your help
A shopper on May 23, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Horizons was published before Common Core and has not been revised to align to CC. However, it is a fast-paced curriculum that provides excellent coverage of math basics and possibly meets and exceeds CC. Strengths include balanced instruction and practice, a colorful workbook, "just-enough" teacher's manual, and fast pacing. It's only weakness (in my opinion) is less emphasis on problem solving skills and critical thinking than some math curricula.
Do you need manipulative's?
A shopper on May 23, 2018
BEST ANSWER: I have found that having the manipulatives in a boxed set has been very helpful. We have used the same set for the past three years. The convenience of not having to collect items for each lesson (if purchased separately) has been very nice. I also like that is has been used multiple years.
Are there assessment tests included?
A shopper on May 23, 2018
BEST ANSWER: No, they are located here on the website, I can not include a link, but if you type in on Google "assessment test for horizons math pdf" it is the first link! Or you can purchase at the product I recommended. Hope this helps,
Foundational Package
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Do you think the layout and instructions are easy for children to understand?
A shopper on May 23, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Yes, but children learn to read from grades K-3 and then transfer from that to reading to learn, and therefore I would still make sure you are reading the instructions to them. 1 out of 4 of my children could read on his own, but he is an exceptional student.
Is the TM necessary? What is in it other than the answers?
A shopper on Feb 27, 2018
BEST ANSWER: There are teaching tips and basically a daily guide for how much support to initially offer for each activity in the lesson. I have found just a couple things helpful, but don’t feel it is necessary, especially if you have any experience teaching lower elementary level math (place value charts, etc.).
Do I also need to order the loose leaf worksheets?
A shopper on Jul 25, 2016
BEST ANSWER: The loose leaf worksheets are printed copies of masters that are provided in the Teacher's Manual. It is not necessary to purchase the worksheets. Some people choose to not use them at all while others just copy them from the TM. However, we do carry the print copies for those who do not wish to print their own but who want to use them.
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Great Choice!
We used the Horizons K curriculum last year and had great success with it. But, this year I decided to switch over to a mastery program and purchased something else instead. It did NOT work for our family and our daughter struggled through the other curriculum for the first half of the year. I purchased the Horizons 1 Math curriculum and she immediately dove back into it. She enjoys the repetition and concepts offered together in the spiral approach, as well as the colorful graphics. I especially enjoy the teacher's manual because it tells me all that I need to know to help her succeed!
February 10, 2017
over 3 years ago
Horizons Math has been a great fit for my children who are advanced in math! I really liked that there is a placement test available which can be downloaded from the publisher's website or purchased from Rainbow [Ed Note: Placement tests are also downloadable from the Rainbow website: http://wwwrainbowresourcecom/searchspringphp?q=math+placement+tests] I found Horizons to be advanced in content level introducing concepts more quickly than some other mainstream curriculum While this may be a negative for some children for children who do well in math it's a big plus as it provides more challenge I like the balance of drill/memory work and use of manipulatives for teaching and practicing concepts The worksheets are colorful and provide a lot of practice in several different concepts which helps keep math interesting From a teacher's perspective I felt that the teacher book was thorough You will have to teach as instruction is not included on the student page but the workbook pages (shrunken) and test keys are included in the teacher's manual You can photocopy included review pages if your student needs extra work on a particular concept I liked the option to purchase the box set & save a little money Saving money is always a plus
July 2, 2013
I loved the Horizons Math program and we are going to try doing a few of the other subjects offered next year The program was easy to use and understand The way that they reinforce concepts throughout the program was awesome and it gave my son confidence to do most of it on his own It does take a lot of time at first but once they get the idea they truly flourish with this program It also is very affordable and you can get by without the teachers guide � I never picked mine up
July 30, 2012
We just switched to Horizons Mathematics last month after using another math program My son was becoming very frustrated with the other program and I knew that I had to do something I absolutely love Horizons mathematics and so does my son He no longer dreads Math time and is excited each day to do his work He has never been a big workbook kind of kid but really likes the colorful student workbooks and likes to do them The teacher's guide is wonderful and I have no prep time It is very easy to follow and takes you step by step through each section of his work each day telling you exactly what to say to help the student learn each concept The price is very reasonable and I love that Rainbow put together the maniputlative kit to order to supplement this program I was able to make a math tote and each day when it is time for math we grab our books get out the tote of manipulatives and we are ready to go My 4 year old daughter loves to join us for manipulative time and she is learning so much from hearing the explanations to her brother Thanks Rainbow for carrying this product and for being such a wonderful resource for Homeschooling Families
February 2, 2010
My kids LOVE Horizons Math! I started my 1st and kindergartner on this program and we're about 1/3 of the way through the first books We got both the K and 1st grade levels and although they are somewhat challenging for them they keep their interest The pages are colorful and interesting and my kids now enjoy doing math something my daughter was good at but didn't enjoy doing before Now they both open their math books and get started without my help At this level the kids can't work completely independently however I first began by using the teacher's guide as a step-by-step manual to teaching math That's one option but as we've progressed I use the teacher's manual as more of a reference than a script It is worth buying though Some of the lessons between grades K and 1 overlap thematically although the difficulty level varies This makes it easy to to multi-level teaching (ie place value) and vary only the problem difficulty not the topic I highly recommend Horizons math I also recommend taking their placement test first to ensure that you're placing your child in the correct grade level
September 25, 2009
I love Horizons Math! We are using level K for my kindergartner and my 1st grader is using level 1 I love the review and my older daughter really does well with it It is broken down into small sections which makes her feel more successful and not overwhelmed by large numbers of problems My younger daughter with a smaller attention span also does well with the small sections as it allows her to not linger on any one topic for too long We plan to continue on with Horizons next year as well I believe it is an excellent value for the quality of instruction received
December 23, 2008
My child who is good at math did well with this program though his fact recall was still weak The colorful workbook pages are laid out very nice and I liked the spiral review but there were often too many problems (I'd cross out about 1/3) It was not the program for my child with learning disabilities and after I switched him to RightStart I switched everyone I still use this program as a supplement for my daughter if she gets ahead in the other programit requires very little of me which is nice
June 23, 2008
I cannot tell you how happy I have been with our Horizons math! I have a daughter starting 2nd grade in the fall who will be starting Book two of Horizons 1st grade math My third grader will start the second book on 2nd grade Horizon math Even so both are ahead of their respective grades in math in the local public schools I spend very little time preparing for our lessons 1st grade was the longest period to teach as we used a lot of manipulatives but I felt it was time well spent and they even give you a chart to show which manipulatives will be needed for each lesson I used to copy all the worksheets which was time consuming but now bless them they offer the worksheets in a loose leaf packet They both have very different learning styles ie my 3rd grader is a very quick self-guided learner while my 2nd grader has a low threshold on concentration Each year there are 160 lessons with a test every ten lessons (They expect the student to do a regular lesson on top of the test but we don't) I also found that sometimes when there are twenty or more problems to do of double digit addition for example that I highlight half for them to complete If they miss any they have to do one extra problem for each one missed This has helped especially my daughter not to feel overwhelmed with a whole page of problems to do and has been very good motivation for my son Also I don't stress over trying to finish one lesson every day Sometimes we supplement with lessons such as consumer math lessons or extra work on telling time since sometimes (especially for daughter) the spiral method moves on before she has mastered a new subject We also don't do all the worksheets but found the kids both love the timed math drills I am very happy with this program Highly recommended!
June 2, 2008
I have to say that I was very pleased with this math program This was my first year of homeschooling and I was at a loss We just happened to stumble across Horizons Math K and instantly was hooked My son loved the colorful pages and I was impressed with the items that they were learning I felt that he was learning ahead of where he should have been but at the same time he was not struggling at all We did not use the teacher book but we did add some games and other math activities to the lessonThe other great thing about this program is that it is cost effective yet not lacking in the learning at all
May 24, 2007
We are using this curriculum with our third son We like it for a child who tends to "get it" in math with little frustration There is abundant review and variety in the daily worksheets - your child will know his facts! It's an attractive format as well We spice up the constant flashcard review with games like hopscotch (hop on the right answer) If you have a child who struggles to understand what it means to subtract or is fearful of new concepts you may want to look elsewhere or stop periodically to supplement with a more hands-on approach We supplement with Making Math Meaningful which gives loads of story problem practice and teaches concepts hands-on We do this even though our son loves math because we want him to understand the whys behind what he's doing As someone with a math background I found little to complain about in Horizon's methodology except asking a child to cut an object into equal parts that is not symmetrical which would not give congruent parts Horizons gives a solid foundation in math for your easier-to-teach students Be sure to get the teacher's guide - the "boxed set" is a good value
March 9, 2007

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