# Horizons Pre-Algebra Set

Item #: | 049188 |
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ISBN: | 9780740322426 |

Grades: | 7-8 |

#### Product Description:

*(Information below provided by Alpha Omega Publications)*

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.

#### Publisher Description:

Prepare your middle school student for higher level math courses with the Horizons Pre-Algebra Set from Alpha Omega Publications! This year-long Christian 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, geometry, and exciting real-life applications.

Divided into 160 lessons, this curriculum comes complete with one consumable student book, a student tests and resources book, and an easy-to-use teacher's guide. Every block of ten lessons in this Horizons math course 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 their everyday lives.

**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 entitled “It’s College Prep Time!” This is a page of multiple choice questions that are similar to standardized tests.

The **Teacher Guide** is an important part of this course and includes lesson plans, answers and solutions for the student book, tests, exams, and worksheets imprinted into small-format student pages, readiness evaluation, and instructions for using the course.

**Tests** are taken every 10 lessons and are found in the Tests and Resources book. There are 16 tests along with 4 exams which are to be taken every 40 lessons. 80 worksheets for reinforcement and drill practice, and resources needed for the lessons, are found in this book.

In the brief comparison I did with Saxon Algebra ½, *Horizons Pre-Algebra* covers the same topics but sequencing is a bit different. Order of Operations and Probability is introduced earlier in Horizons, but I think that is due to the review found at the beginning of Saxon. Exponents and the Pythagorean Theorem are taught at about the same point, and both books have geometry lessons.

The goal of *Horizons Pre-Algebra* is to prepare students for Algebra 1. This course is well done and should meet the need of the many that prefer the Horizons products. ~ Donna

**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.

**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.

**Category Description for COMPREHENSIVE PROGRAMS - ALL GRADES:**

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- Michelle D on Nov 26, 2017
- Purchased on Apr 6, 2017

- The solutions aren't just printed small, they are in a light gray font with fuzzy edges. Even with a magnifying glass, very difficult to read.

- The word problems (which I've considered a strength in other levels) are poorly written, and sometimes require assumptions to be made without being given enough information. I don't want my kids being taught faulty logic.

- The explanations in the teacher's manual are lacking and sometimes confusing. They give the basics, but often, there are problems in the student's work with tricks and twists which are not explained. My math-loving son gets frustrated and down on himself when this happens. He thinks he is making mistakes, when really it's a concept that has not been taught or taught fully.

- What to do if you've bought this and are muddling through? Khan Academy's free online videos are a great resource. But also - it is completely ok to switch to a different program! I saw the problems with these books early on in our year, but wanted to recoup the money we'd wasted, and I was afraid of creating gaps in his learning. We pressed on. I see now it was at the expense of my son's love for math. I've had to put a lot of work in to revamp our year and renew his enjoyment. It's been painful for both of us.

The one positive thing I can say is that the algebra tiles are a great manipulative. I wish the teacher's guide had gone into more depth there, because there is so much more you can do with them!

Math can be fun and beautiful, and the younger levels of Horizons show that. But this level misses the mark entirely. My next child is doing Horizons 5 math now, and I think we will move to RightStart Math Level G, then H, then an Algebra I product. (I am so impressed with RightStart that I may move my youngest over, as well.)

Moral of the story - don't buy this just because it's the next step up the Horizons staircase, especially if you are not strong in math yourself. Research your options well, and hopefully you will be able to avoid the difficult year we've had.

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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.

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