Horizons Pre-Algebra Set

Horizons Pre-Algebra Set

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ISBN: 9780740322426
Grades: 7-8

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Prepare your middle school student to excel at upper-level math with the new Horizons Pre-Algebra course! Along with exciting real life applications, this year long math course takes students from basic operations in whole numbers, decimals, fractions, percents, roots, and exponents and introduces them to math-building concepts in algebra, trigonometry and geometry. Divided in to 160 lessons, this course comes complete with one consumable student book, a student test and resources book and an easy-to-use teacher's guide. Every block of ten lessons begins with a challenging set of problems that prepares students for standardized math testing and features personal interviews showing how individuals make use of math in everyday life.

Horizons Pre-Algebra includes several areas of new content, including:

  • Absolute Value
  • Volume and Surface Area of Solids
  • Transformations and Nets
  • Compound Interest
  • Representations of Data
  • Permutations, Combinations, and Odds and Events
  • Two Variable Equations
  • Four Operations with Monomials and Polynomials
  • Trigonometric Ratios

The set consists of the student book, teacher's guide and tests/resource book. Similar in format to other Horizons K-6 courses, the consumable, full-color Horizons Pre-Algebra Student Book includes 160 daily lessons. Each lesson begins with a teaching box that details the new concept. A class work section has been added to this area of the lesson for guided practice of the new concept. Typical of other Horizons math courses, the activities section of each lesson includes a set of practice problems for the new concept and review problems for previously covered concepts. Another new feature of the Student Book is a set of college test prep questions that follows each block of 10 lessons. These problems are designed to help students prepare for standardized math testing. This book also includes a new collection of interviews with everyday people who use math in their daily vocations. Setting the stage for each group of lessons, these interviews bring the lessons to life by adding a human interest touch to word problems. (Perfect-bound, full-color, 8.5 x 11, 360 pages). The Horizons Pre-Algebra Teacher's Guide includes a readiness test, scope and sequence, appearance of concept charts, teaching tips for each lesson, reduced student and worksheet pages with solution keys for daily lessons, tests, exams, and worksheets. (Perfect-bound, black-and-white, 8.5 x 11, 400 pages). The Horizons Pre-Algebra Tests and Resources Book includes tests from the student books and worksheets from the teacher's guides of previous Horizons math courses. This book also provides tear-out tests, exams, and worksheets, as well as full-color net diagrams, algebra squares manipulatives on cardstock, and formula strips for tests and exams. (Perfect-bound, consumable, 8.5 x 11, 240 pages)

Please see individual component descriptions_1 to find PDF samples of each.

Category Description for Horizons Pre-Algebra:

Everyone asks where they should go when they finish Horizons through grade 6, and the answer is now much easier. If you are a fan of the Horizons format and content, Horizons Pre-Algebra is the place to go.

The Student Book is colorful and consumable, unlike many pre-algebra courses. 160 lessons are numbered at the top of the page, and are usually only one page (front and back) in length. Lessons are designed to be done in 45 to 60 minutes each day, and consist of a major concept and practice of previous concepts. A teaching box at the beginning of each lesson presents the concept, and the adjacent 'classwork' section is to be done by the teacher and student together. The 'activities' section that follows is for reinforcement of the new concept and practice of older ones. Scattered throughout the book are interviews called "A Math Minute with..." These interviews are with regular people who use math in their careers or jobs. These real-life examples (electrician, plant manager, race car driver, etc.) are intended to answer the question, "Why do I need math?" Every ten lessons you'll find a page e

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.


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I chose it because of Cathy Duffy's review.
Martha S on Sep 1, 2020
trying a new curriculum for Math that would transition my student from Spectrum.
crystal g on Jun 9, 2020
I chose it because of Cathy Duffy's review.
Martha S on Sep 1, 2020
I have used Horizon Math with all of my children starting in Kindergarten. I have been happy with their learning using this curriculum.
Karen V on Jul 17, 2020
trying a new curriculum for Math that would transition my student from Spectrum.
crystal g on Jun 9, 2020
Need a spiral approach math program for my daughter.
Dawn I on Jun 1, 2020
We have used the Horizon math from the very beginning and love it!
Ronnie on Apr 23, 2020
I like the spiral approach that horizons uses. I have used this curriculum in early grades, and I am trying out the algebra with my 7th grader this year.
Kalyna on Apr 5, 2020
We have used Horizon Math since Kindergarten. It has meet our homeschooling needs. I would recommend Horizon Math.
Wendy T on Jan 21, 2020
Because my son felt so comfortable with his past 7 years of Horizon:)
Stephanie H on Jun 19, 2019
Horizon Math has been challenging and repetitive enough for my children to learn math concepts.
Laura C on Jun 12, 2019
My oldest has done well with previous Horizons math books.
Jeanette H on Mar 27, 2019
Nice easy to follow format that was on par with what my children were learning in public school
Marcie M on Sep 24, 2018
Better program that what is available at her public school.
CarolE on Sep 6, 2018
It has been a top pick by fellow Homeschool families
Michael B on Aug 16, 2018
Trying a new curriculum for our 12yo
Erica G on Aug 15, 2018
we love Horizons Math!
Heather H on Jul 31, 2018
child attends Veritas Preparatory School
Rebekah S on Jul 25, 2018
Wanted to try something different for son.
Bobbie t on Jun 18, 2018
Recommended by another homeschooling friend. We have used Horizons Math from Kindergarten all the way up to this level. We are hopeful that this new level will be a good fit and natural next step from all the levels already completed.
Sarah U on Mar 13, 2018
It just makes sense to continue on with Horizons. It has worked so well for my independent son who does quite well with math.
Shaun S on Mar 6, 2018
For my artsy, visual learner, this curriculum has been a total blessing! It provides the appropriate content with a little colorful flare that makes a "boring" (in her eyes) subject a little more interesting.
Monica R on Jan 26, 2018
Love the lower levels of Horizons math so I'm hoping this is as good.
Michelle M on Nov 10, 2017
it was the best deal I found
Tomira V on Sep 7, 2017
Horizon's is the only math curriculum we've used so far. We love everything about it. My only complaint is that it doesn't go all the way thru high school.
Kaylee I on Aug 22, 2017
8th grade math.
Maria S on Jun 26, 2017
Because my sister used it in the past to teacher her children and she loved it
Allison D on Jun 16, 2017
I used this curriculum for math. NOTE-I have loved Horizons math from k-6 grade. I ordered pre-algebra for 7th grade as it was the next one in the series. However, do NOT use pre-algebra for 7th grade unless your child is very good in math. My child is good in math, but he really struggled with this.
Linda W on May 13, 2017
My youngest son likes math but finds the black and white books hard to focus on. Horizons teaches the skills well but adds a little color and pictures which makes it more enjoyable for my son.
Anna Marie D on May 9, 2017
We have used Horizons math all the way through. It is a great fit for our family.
Brianne S on Sep 7, 2016
Horizons has worked for my daughter for 7 years. We will continue with this great math program. Remember, nothing is perfect but she has never had any problems in math and scores over 90% in her standardized tests. We are happy with Horizons Math! It is easy to use and non cluttered, but colorful.
Sandra D on Jul 19, 2016
I have used Horizons Math for seven years and it is great curriculum
LaDonna R on May 31, 2016
Horizons Math has been our math curricula for years
Wanda H on Feb 1, 2016
Teachers guide shows you exactly how they arrive at the correct answer, when this skill is relevant and teaches practical math that other pre algebra coarses do not teach.
Jennie S on Nov 20, 2015
I have used Horizon Math with all of my children starting in Kindergarten. I have been happy with their learning using this curriculum.
Karen V on Jul 17, 2020
Need a spiral approach math program for my daughter.
Dawn I on Jun 1, 2020
Is this a teach to mastery approach or a spiral?
A shopper on Nov 25, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Horizons Pre-Algebra is a spiral approach to teaching math. We have been using the Horizons math for the past 6 years, and wish they had courses for high school! My daughter needs lots of review when learning math, and Horizons always reviews previous concepts learned throughout the course along with learning the new material.The worksheets are short, with practice of new concepts and review of some older ones. Cathy Duffy describes this as a challenging pre-algebra course. I think it's well-paced, and we slow it down if we need more time to master something. Lots of practice worksheets are located in the test and resources book.Hope this review helps!
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Good with some complaints
We have used Horizon math books for 1st-6th grades and now 7th/pre-algebra.

The set up in this book is not the same for when the student takes a test; instead of after lesson ten, the first test is after lesson 7 and then every ten lessons after that, and these are in a separate test book. After the student takes the test (after lesson 7), the teacher is supposed to introduce/administer the College Test Prep skills test, but that is given in the student book after lesson 10. All that to say that there is a bit of searching to follow along. (We just end up doing the college test preps when we come to it in the book.). There are also quarterly exams. This hasn’t been a huge issue except that 1) it took me a few minutes to make note of tests for planning, and 2) it’s not as easy to keep straight with other younger children’s lessons.

In earlier books, the teacher guide lacks much explanation for how to figure out problems, but we managed. In this book, we really appreciate that each problem is worked out in the teacher text. One big issue, though: often a concept will be explained, but a problem with a variation of it will be presented without explanation. (For example: Compound interest is explained as A= P(1+r)^t but then it asked about the amount if compounded quarterly; without the problem being worked out, we would not have known to divide the rate by 4 or multiply the time by 4 because there was no explanation.)

While we have figured out everything, this has caused great consternation for my daughter.

Though the student is expected to show her work, often there is barely enough room to do so.

So, in some ways we like this book better than previous grades because the work is shown in the teacher text, but it has been somewhat frustrating as well.
January 6, 2020
Good math
It gives sufficient practice of the topics but if you can't remember how to do a problem it can be difficult to find the lesson to relearn it. Saxon math has a handy number by each problem that tells you which lesson it was taught in. I wish they had that. Otherwise we like it so far.
September 6, 2019
1 year ago
Good curriculum
I love horizons. I wish the teachers guide did a better job telling me how to teach tough topics.
September 14, 2018
over 2 years ago
Easy teaching
Each day is broke up into easy teaching segments and offers extra practice if needed
August 18, 2016
over 4 years ago
Horizon's TG offers some limited suggestions on new concepts but if your algebra is rusty the teacher guide isn't really helpful I often found concepts presented without much explanation of why Often I was on khan academy watching videos to understand the concepts better which definitely helped Also the type face is VERY small and in a faint print that often had me using a magnifying lense to figure out how they did an equation etc Compared to other math programs at the 7th grade level this is very advanced and covers quite a bit of ground for prealgeba which I like I will continue on using the algebra next year but I will suppliment with video tutorials for fuller understanding
April 5, 2014

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