Looking for an exciting, comprehensive math curriculum for your first grader? The best-selling Horizons 1st Grade Math Set from Alpha Omega Publications has everything you need. Laying a solid math foundation, Horizons allows your child to master basic math skills like counting, adding, and subtracting numbers in no time at all. Through the process of introduction, review, and reinforcement, the Horizons 1st Grade Math Set also teaches your child more challenging concepts such as time, fractions, sets, graphs, sequencing, and estimation. Lessons 1-160 in this Alpha Omega curriculum are filled with colorful, bright illustrations that capture your child's attention and perforated pages are easily removed to allow for easier completion of math problems.
But that's not all. The teacher's guides in this curriculum make teaching math simple with a helpful daily lesson planner, practical teaching tips, student readiness evaluation test, answer keys, and additional worksheets (worksheets may also be purchased separately). Best of all, lesson objectives, needed materials, and suggested activities are clearly outlined so that Horizons practically teaches itself.
Covers numeracy beyond 100, cardinal/ordinal numbers, more complex addition/subtraction (carrying/borrowing), time, fractions, graphs, sequence, estimation, sets, and measurement.
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.
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.
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