I am preparing for our new homeschool year. This is our 4th year using Horizons Math. I've always enjoyed Horizons spiral approach so that the material that is learned never seems to be forgotten throughout the year. Because of this, I was a little shocked that book 1 begins with a great deal of review. I know that some things can be forgotten over the summer and a review may be needed, but I think that there is a bit too much. At any rate we may pick up the pace if we do not need the review. I still love this curriculum and would never think of using anything else.
My daughter loved the colorful pages in the workbook and actually looked forward to the next lesson. It seems to move quickly from one topic to the next which is great for some kids but not so great for others. The one thing I didn't like was that the Teachers text isn''t set up to show you step by step how to do the new topic that is taught.
This is an excellent math program. I have used it all along for my oldest son and my youngest son is just starting out w/ K. I have never even been tempted to switch. The material is excellent and your child will cover a lot of ground, with enough practice for each skill learned on each page so that not only will your child grasp the skill, it will really cement into his mind. The only complaint I have is about the teacher manuals. I have issues with whoever thought up the layout for those. There are 2 volumes and they really should be spiral bound all in one book. No good reason to separate them. The main gripe I have with this math program in general is that you will be left high and dry frequently while teaching from the TM. All kinds of flashcards, etc. will be called for, and unless you read way ahead and purchase accordingly, you will be scrambling around a lot. VERY frustrating. The flascards should be included with the TM, where you can just copy them and cut them out, and be ready. The wording in the TM doesn't always make logical sense. Also be aware that the separate worksheet packet you can buy is NOT the same as the worksheets in TM book 2. So don't think you'll be saving yourself any headaches by buying that package. You'll still have to lug your book to the copier and copy the worksheets. Unless you do as I did, which is pull the binding completely off the book and tear the worksheets out one by one, and put them in a three-ring binder. I am slowly pulling the binding off all the books and separating the pages to put into a binder, but really for the price I paid for this program, I should not have to do that. So, yes...buy this program for its content, and call or email Alpha Omega to complain, complain, complain about the TMs...maybe they will change them for the better.