I was really excited to purchase this product for my fifth grader. She has been using Horizons up to this year and started getting frustrated with math last year.
Her main complaints are that the answers need to be filled in left to right as opposed to the way she solves them. It also immediately corrects the problem. There isn't any time to look at your answer after putting it in.
She also sometimes gets the idea of the problems and what to but makes a silly mistake. It doesn't always let you go back and try again.
I loved the idea of the "teacher" explaining every problem but I still find that I am explaining some things and she is not happy with it.
I was hesitant about purchasing this for our son because we already bought a curriculum for math for him for the year. He struggles with math and it makes it difficult for me to teach. Reviews were great and I know people that use this. The only downfall is it is a grade behind, our son is in 5th grade, I purchased 6th grade. It is so easy to use and even our daughter is showing interest in it, she's in 2nd grade :)
This math curriculum has been wonderful! My 5th grader really enjoys doing her math and is able to complete her assignments independently. The immediate feedback to her is very helpful. This allows her to see if she has made a mistake and either review how to work the problem and/or correct the problem. My only criticism is the that compared to a previous curriculum, the scope and sequence is for 5th grade was behind where we finished in her 4th grade book. We jumped to the 6th grade Teaching Textbooks to compensate.
Program presents material in clear, concise manner
August 15, 2012
Age: Over 65
Purchased as review for a child who struggled with some math concepts in 6th grade. This child loves the program and wants to complete several lessons at a time. Concepts/principals are presented in a way she can understand. Her comment was "when they explain it to you, the don't make you feel stupid for not understanding". This program is awesome. I am sure we will purchase the next grade when she completes this one. This program was most recommended by the parents I talked with who homeschool their children.