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.

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.


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I found the review done on your website for Horizons math thorough and exactly what I was looking for.
Wilma F on Aug 16, 2022
I like the spiral approach of Horizons and wanted to continue it with my soon to be 7th grader.
Shannon D on Mar 26, 2022
I found the review done on your website for Horizons math thorough and exactly what I was looking for.
Wilma F on Aug 16, 2022
Cathy Duffy review
Heidi K on Jul 19, 2022
I like the spiral approach of Horizons and wanted to continue it with my soon to be 7th grader.
Shannon D on Mar 26, 2022
We have had great success with lower levels of Horizon Math. It is spiral, has review, but not too much.
Sarah P on Nov 18, 2021
Our rising 7th grader needed a more complete math curriculum and this one came highly recommended. After reading about the program and lesson format it seems like it will be a good fit for our independent homeschool student who is good at math but doesn't love math.
Lindsey M on Jun 18, 2021
We are usually only secular homeschoolers but we used the grade 7 Horizons math and it worked well for my daughter who needs both spiraling and a visually approachable math curriculum. She does not like computer based math either. We looked over the samples of the pre-algebra curriculum and we have decided to stick with this program. Overall it does a good job! I just wish there were less religion forced into it in awkward places. The pre-algebra looks a little less pushy with the religion.
Lacie M on May 14, 2021
For my middle son to complete this summer to be ahead when going back to school.
Canessa C on May 2, 2021
Recommendation from a friend!
Megan T on Jan 4, 2021
Looks like a good math curriculum
Kristi H on Sep 30, 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
Cathy Duffy review
Heidi K on Jul 19, 2022
We have had great success with lower levels of Horizon Math. It is spiral, has review, but not too much.
Sarah P on Nov 18, 2021
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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Rated 1 out of 5
No. Just No.
We've used Horizons all the way through, and I've been happy with how well my kids have done. I am SUPER disappointed with this level, though - we will not use it with our younger two. (And we might switch away from Horizons altogether.)

- 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.
April 21, 2022
Rated 1 out of 5
Last Time
We have been using Horizons Math for the last few years, but this year I am very unhappy with the teachers Guide. The print for the answer keys are so small that even with glasses, which I rarely need to read, I have to use a magnifying glass to see properly. We are using another book for Math along with this one and it is much more straight forward, and much more organized with clear explanations. I will not be using horizons past 6th grade, if at all, for my other children.
November 3, 2020
over 2 years ago
Rated 3 out of 5
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
Rated 4 out of 5
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
over 3 years ago
Rated 4 out of 5
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 4 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Easy teaching
Each day is broke up into easy teaching segments and offers extra practice if needed
August 18, 2016
over 6 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
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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