What do I like about the program?
That it is spiral, and focuses on one concept all at the same time
It definitely takes PreAlgebra to a whole other level. Not only does it teach PreAlgebra but also Geometry, and the beginning of Trig. I do not know of another math program that introduces Trig into their PreAlgebra program. I maybe wrong but this was the first I've encountered it. That it keeps Marilyn's attention and she really likes it. She says it explains a lot more than the CLE Light Units did. I'm not sure about that, but that's the way she's felt about it That the lessons are two pages long. They are not overkill. Just enough to introduce the new concept to work with your student on the front, and then one page for them to do on the back on their own.
That all the solutions are in the teacher's manual. They break them down step by step so you can see where you may have gone wrong if the answer is wrong.
That the student manual contains after every ten lessons an optional college prep test. Students see where what they learn will be on the test and gives them plenty of practice before the real thing someday.
The teacher manual, of course. I will admit if this was a few years ago I would have complained about it quite a bit. Saying that it doesn't give you that hand holding you need, especially if your a parent that has a tough time with math like I do. But fast forward to today and you have websites such as Youtube, Khan Academy, and Hippo Campus that really you don't need hand holding from a teacher manual anymore. The only downside is if you are a family that doesn't have a computer and needs that hand holding.
My next con is : Horizons currently goes to Algebra 1. Their Algebra 1 book will be out this fall. I'm thinking though that we won't be into Algebra 1 until sometime next year. So I'm praying they come out with more levels in the meantime.
My last con: The fact I never tried Horizons sooner
What makes Horizons special for Marilyn???
1. They focus on one topic at a time. They still review previous topics so they continue to practice them.
2. There are two pages per lesson. Marilyn hated the fact that the CLE lessons were so long. Granted they probably have the same amount of problems in both programs per lesson. Horizons seemed to magically condense the lessons to two pages.
3. There is color in the back ground. This seems to make all the difference in the world to Marilyn. One day I asked her what the difference was. Math was math. Her response was, " Mom, the color helps me concentrate." So magically with color its made all the difference in the world to her,and
4. She can write in the book. Its something she'd much prefer to do when she can, especially with math.
I will say that my only pet peeve with the Horizons math is that it only goes to Algebra 1. I'm crossing my fingers and hoping that they will come out with more levels by the time we need them, or BJU math will have to be our next math curriculum again whether Marilyn likes it or not. I know with families its always different strokes for different folks. I avoided Alpha Omega for a long time. We started out with their Lifepac curriculum for Marilyn's other subjects when she was about kindergarden. She hated them with a passion. Now she looks back on it and asks me why she hated them because she loves them now. She even likes their Switched on Schoolhouse program too. I think the lesson learned is that you will never know what will work for another family, and what may be awful to you may be that families saving grace. In conclusion we've ended up with a Happy Marilyn. That's all that matters.