Last year I was working to add a second child to the homeschooling adventure. I won’t lie. I didn’t always succeed. Due to this adjustment C was left with some areas in his Kindergarten Math education that were left unaddressed. I was going to move forward with him and try to soldier on by I decided it would be best to cement these items. As I made this decision I was invited to review the Kindergarten Math Set from Alpha Omega Publications and decided to take the plunge. I was hoping this would offer us a different learning experience and give me the ability to work on skills we didn’t do well with.
What did I receive?
I received the Horizons Kindergarten Math Set.
How were the lessons set up?
Each lesson focused on a different skill while building on the lessons before it. There is a short teaching time that involves getting hands on with the child and working to show concepts in a way a younger learner will understand them.
What did I think of it?
For the start of the year we were able to do two lessons a day because some of the information was more of a refresher for him. However, as we continued he started to need to slow down and learn new concepts.
I really like the way the teacher book set up each lesson for you. It did a great job of walking me through all the different parts of the lesson and the worksheet.
I also really liked that the worksheets were very colorful. Keeping the interest of a younger child can be harder but the bright colors help to engage the child in learning. C seemed to really like the sheets and often giggled about the different animals and drawings on them.
The sheets also approach the same thing from different angles. One day you may count the animals. The next day, you may do a dot to dot on the worksheet. The variety was very good for C because he gets bored easily if things are the same.
Another part of these lessons I am really happy about is handwriting practice. Each lesson has the child practice writing their numbers. There is also a focus on practicing counting in each lesson which is such a core need in Math.
As a whole I really enjoy this curriculum. It seems to be exactly what we needed for this school year.
How easy is it to use?
This curriculum is very easy to use. With the simple layout and teacher book that lays out all of the lessons and what you will need for each one it will be almost impossible to be under-prepared. I highly recommend this curriculum if this is your first time homeschooling.
How much does it cost?
The Horizons Kindergarten Math Set is $71.95 on the Alpha Omega Publications Site.