We realized we needed another Math since the one we were using was to enabling in the teaching method. We then tried Singapore and stopped using thinking it was to much extra teaching needed. Tried Horizon and realized it was way to basic in its approach and very little extra hints or teaching in the manual. The workbook is colorful but need to know the manual will be helpful if needed in higher levels. Returning Horizon and switching back to Singapore that gives alot more helpful tips and approachs than we originally realized!
This is my first time using Horizons Math. My daughter really enjoys this curriculum. In fact, she has gone from saying she doesn't like math, to saying math is fun. I like the spiral concept and my daughter loves that she is constantly learning something new. My only complaint is the teacher's manual. It tells you what to teach but does not give you examples or pointers in how to teach a new concept. For the most part it isn't an issue as it's all pretty basic, but I worry as the concepts get more advanced. Sometimes a child may not grasp an idea and additional teaching insights and information would be helpful.
My son has used Horizons Math for the last two years and has done very well with it. And he wants to use Horizons 3 for next year! My son (age 7 when using Math 2) likes the varied exercises and the colorful pages and pictures. The workbook introduces new concepts in such a way that he is able to read and do the work with little help from me. The relatively short lessons are nice so he deosn't get too bogged down. Since this was the second year using Horizons, I made a few tweaks and decided the teacher handbook was a bit bulky for our needs. (Lots of teaching guidance and extra worksheets are included.) Others, however, may like it for the tips and suggestions on teaching and more hands-on learning. All in all, we have been pleased with Horizons!