Horizons Grade 2 Manipulative Kit
We have had numerous requests for Horizons manipulative kits over the years, so here they are! When choosing which manipulatives to include in each kit, we decided to incorporate the items most used at each level that are not common household items (like construction paper and a measuring cup). The Horizons program heavily utilizes flashcards for drill, and while many of these flashcards are included, we also have provided blank index cards so you can create some of the more specialized flashcards yourself. All of the manipulatives are also available separately - please see our Saxon manipulative section, or Manipulative-Based Instruction for more thorough descriptions of individual items. We have opted not to include Judy Clocks or Teaching Clocks because although recommended in some lessons, they are used fairly infrequently. Demonstrations suggested for use with larger clocks can also be shown on smaller student clocks.
This package includes the following items:
- Geometric Shapes (Plastic 3D based on 1" size)
- Deluxe Fraction Circles
- Craft Sticks - 150 4.5" Natural
- Division Flash Cards 0-12
- Multiplication Flash Cards 0-12
- Colors & Shapes Pocket Flash Cards
- Plastic Coins - Bag of 98
- Play Money - 100 Mixed Bills
- Ruler, 12" View-Thru Basic
- Telling Time Flash Cards x 2
- Mini Judy Clocks - set of 2
- Hundred Number Chart
- Folding Meter/Yard Stick
- Thermometer Indoor Outdoor for Classroom
- Color Tiles - Plastic 1" - Set of 100
- Math in a Flash Addition
- Math in a Flash Multiplication
- Math in a Flash Subtraction
- Multiplication Table/Grid Chart x 2
- Index Cards 3 x 5 - Blank White Set of 100 x 4
- Numbers 0-100 Flash Cards
- Red/Blue 2-Color Counters - Set of 10 x 2
Covers more complex addition and subtraction, multiplication facts 1-10, place value, correspondence, fractions (½,¼), Fahrenheit temperature, ratio, decimals (with money), area, perimeter, and volume.
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.
11 months ago
Overall, disappointing, since we're only a week into school and I already need to create my own manipulatives or order additional items. Very concerned that other items will be needed later in the year.