Horizons subjects include: Phonics and Reading (grades K-2), Spelling and Vocabulary (grades 1-2), Penmanship (grades 1-5), and Math (grades K-6).
Horizons Subjects Described
Mathematics is a balanced approach to primary math composed of analytical reasoning, manipulatives (hands-on learning), memorization and drill. Every concept, from addition and subtraction to graphs and estimation, follows a deliberate pattern of introduction and gradual development to ensure student success. Fundamental concepts previously learned in earlier units are reviewed in subsequent grade levels for true mastery.
Horizons reinforces thinking skills to help ensure a thorough understanding of all material, and to learn how to apply these skills to real-life situations.
Phonics is a phonetically based word-recognition and early reading program. Strong emphasis is placed on comprehension and language arts skills. Students learn to identify the name and sounds of each letter through picture association.
In addition to the reading section, much emphasis is placed on the following: spelling, alphabetizing, rhyming, vocabulary development, sentence structure and punctuation.
Spelling words are introduced through activities and puzzles.
Spelling and vocabulary lessons are designed around a weekly schedule with a variety of practice formats. Built in flexibility allows writing assignments to be tailored to individual student needs.
Good Penmanship is a necessary skill in life. Many children and adults rely on computers for writing skills and lack the ability to fill in a form, write a card of congratulations or sympathy, write a personal letter to a friend or add a personal touch to messages.
Handwriting is very important. Similar to developing any skill, handwriting is developed through consistent practice.