I am at a dilemma as to which math program to try next or whether to stick with what we already have. We have been using Horizon Math for about 18 months now. I like it (even though it is a textbook), and one of my children loves it and the other two could care less. The pages are bright with big print and not too many problems on each page. However, my learning-challenged child is not learning from this system. In fact, she has not touched her book in a few months. I have been playing games with her instead (with limited progress). What I don't like about Horizon is that it is abstract pencil to paper, and it is harder to make it concrete in my children's minds because it is not related to real life. This is especially a problem for the learning-challenged one, because she will not put forth any effort unless she sees that she needs it or it will benefit her. I also use living math books whenever I can. I love that way of teaching math, but it is not enough on its own to make things concrete for my kiddos. I have enough Horizon books to see us through a few more months. But, then what?
I am leaning towards Math on the Level, but it is out of my price range until at least January. I like how it appears to be real world and that you can teach the same concept to different age levels and abilities. I like the five problems a day reviews. I have heard lots of rave reviews about this program. Has anyone used it? Is there something else you like that is similar but less expensive? My husband and I want to give our children the best education possible but everyone likes a bargain. However, if Math on the Level is as good as it seems, it is a bargain, considering how many years it covers.
For now I will continue with what I have. However, in a few months, I will have to move on and would love to hear what has worked for you.