The Student Readers and Teacher Guides included in the Complete Sets are optional, but if you are a first-time teacher you may appreciate the additional handholding.
About Horizons Phonics & Reading Series:
Help For Struggling Readers (Especially 7-10 Year Old Boys!)
If you have homeschooled for any length of time, belonged to a homeschool support group, or just been blessed with a quiver full of children, then you know how vastly different each child can be and how what works for one child just might not click with another. Never is this more apparent or more stressful than in the realm of reading. Having effortlessly taught not only our five typical children but also a handful of special needs children to read using the phonics programs in our catalog, we are wholly sold on their scope and ease. But there will always remain a group of children who are so dynamically caught up in life that reading competency continues to elude them. Characteristically these are seven- to ten-year-old boys, whose brains are racing in high gear; boys who are extremely adept with their hands but continue to struggle to read. We offer these sets of phonics workbooks for such children.
Beyond Excellent, But Not For Kindergarteners
Thorough and colorful, the Horizons Phonics & Reading Student Books are marketed for kindergarten - 2nd grade, but unless you have a five- or six-year-old that would rather do workbooks than eat, I urge you to not use these workbooks until your child is a bit older. However, for the child that has been exposed to phonics, is mature enough to assume some of the responsibility for his education, and now needs the discipline of daily hands-on practice, these are beyond excellent.