My daughter absolutely loves doing this book! It is very colorful and has a lot of variation in the lessons. Each book contains 80 lessons for a total of 160 lessons which fits in perfectly with an average 180 school year. I never used the teacher's manual but I would definitely recommend buying the manipulatives kit sold separately. I really cannot tell if I like Horizons or Abeka math better because they are both really good. You can decide. :)
This is my first year home schooling my 5 year-old, so I would very much like a lot of explicit instructions in the teacher's manual. This is just not the case with Horizon's program. It will say, "Teach the octogon." Okay, what exactly am I teaching? Number of sides? Length of sides? Interior angles? What? I don't know what's important and I don't want to have to sit and think about it. I can only imagine how tough it will be in higher grades where the matial is more advanced. Look elsewhere if you're new at this like I am!
I bought this curriculum thinking that activities would dominate our homeschool lessons which is completely contrary to what it actually is. As a former teacher, I have had to employ a LOT of ideas from other sources as the teacher guide simply says, "Teach tally marks" rather than giving ANY ideas for activities or hands on tasks. After a week and a half (and looking ahead in planning for next week) I am BORED with this curriculum and have just purchased a different curriculum which gives more ideas and is much more hands on.
I am very disappointed to have wasted my money on a product that did not live up to its description.
I will be using this program next school year, but it looks amazing. I used Horizons Preschool curriculum with my twins, and they have learned so much. They are more advanced than their peers attending kindergarten. I chose the Horizons Kindergarten curriculum because of the great success we've had with the preschool curriculum, and I cannot wait to get started with it! I gave the curriculum 4 stars because I haven't actually used the product, but I'm sure it will meet my expectations.
My daughter has always liked math,but shes never been excited to do it until we started this curriculum. Its fun engaging and Challenging. This is a fast paced curriculum so not for the slow learners. I love it because she practically teaches herself with a small bit of help from me here and there. If your child learns fast and loves a challenge this is for them.