Saxon vs Horizon Math (K-2)
Posted 08 November 2008 - 02:31 PM
Starting off with Horizons was tough. It took me awhile to get in my groove of figuring out how to teach the concepts. That's when I started thinking of switching to Saxon so that I could have a scripted teacher's manual.
But now we are in the swing of things. Horizons seems okay. Maybe I shouldn't mess with a good thing. But I still wonder if the scripted manual would be the way to go as we move on to more complicated stuff.
Would anyone who has used one or both programs be willing to share their experience and/or provide advice?
Posted 08 November 2008 - 02:37 PM
My 2 cents.
Posted 08 November 2008 - 03:04 PM
I've been much, much happier with Horizons (and some Singapore as well, though mostly older than the grades you're looking at). But I'm also pretty content teaching math concepts. It irked me to be told how to teach, especially when I sometimes disagreed with Saxon's methods / explanations.
If you do switch from Horizons to Saxon, you'll want to give a placement test. After finishing Horizons K, you'd at least go into Saxon 2, not Saxon 1.
Posted 08 November 2008 - 03:30 PM
We do use it a level ahead (so my ds9 is in 6/5 in 4th grade). I like the scripted TM for concepts I'm not sure how to present. However, the TMs only go through Saxon 3, and then from 5/4 on there is a textbook that is written to the student and no TM (or worksheets for the child). Since abbey says that your dd would probably go into Saxon 2, that would only give you 2 years of scripted manuals. Because of that, and because you said you've found a groove, I probably wouldn't switch.
Posted 08 November 2008 - 08:06 PM
Saxon does quite a bit of review. I find that I'd rather have it and skip it if I have to, than to not have review at all.
As far as Saxon being behind...I think it's up for debate. It all comes out in the end, no matter what you use. I hear Horizons moves too fast after 2nd. So as I mentioned, it all comes out in the end. No curriculum is all that great for basic subjects unless you use it in it's entirety. People tend to switch to Saxon in 4th grade.
So its what works for you. If you need more scripting, Saxon is good, but you may be ahead a bit grade level wise. You may be able to skip to 2nd. If things are going well with Horizon's, I'd stick to it. If you're not comfortable with the TM, look at Saxon. It's all open and go. Just take the placement tests and you'll be fine.
Edited by alilac, 08 November 2008 - 08:11 PM.
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