Homeschooling Moms
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I definitely wouldn't do Singapore K if you consider her "ahead" in math. Singapore really ramps up after K, but their K is... weak, imo.
Horizons is pretty rigorous, in general. We plan to use the Kindergarten with my son this upcoming fall. Go to Christian Book Distributors and look at the contents. I'm going to say that if she can't skip count, can't subtract, etc, she probably could use Kinder; she just may fly through certain parts of it  and that's okay! Homeschool perk... you can move at her pace. Most Kinder math programs teach important skills like money, clocks, calendars, better writing of numbers, signs, etc.... those things are important to know before grade 1 math.

I have heard excellent things about all three. I have never used horizons math, but have looked through it.
My kids LOVE math and can't get enough of it. So I used Singapore in the morning and Saxon in the afternoon. Both are short and only took us maybe 20 minutes each to do. Singapore is better at teaching the concepts in my opinion and Saxon is better at cementing the material. Which is why I use the combination; and why one is morning work and one is afternoon work.
Even when the kids were in public school, we did after school lessons.
I have never used kindergarten math books. What I do highly recommend is manipulatives. I had my kids play with them from an early age (and also some Montessori math lessons / manulatives  easy to make). I swear by this being why they excel at math now.

Yeah, that's why I didn't really want to skip kinder but wasn't sure because I didn't want it to be too easy. She knows the value of coins but I haven't worked with her on counting money (like adding a dime, nickle and penny). Maybe I'll just go with Horizons kindergarten then.
Thank you!
Quoting AutymsMommy:
I definitely wouldn't do Singapore K if you consider her "ahead" in math. Singapore really ramps up after K, but their K is... weak, imo.
Horizons is pretty rigorous, in general. We plan to use the Kindergarten with my son this upcoming fall. Go to Christian Book Distributors and look at the contents. I'm going to say that if she can't skip count, can't subtract, etc, she probably could use Kinder; she just may fly through certain parts of it  and that's okay! Homeschool perk... you can move at her pace. Most Kinder math programs teach important skills like money, clocks, calendars, better writing of numbers, signs, etc.... those things are important to know before grade 1 math.

The only thing is, I'm going to be using Sonlight and it gives me the option of those 3 math programs. Although I guess I could just not get a math program and pick and choose my curriculum with them and order the math program elsewhere.
Quoting oredeb:
none of them, i'd go or rod and staff! or just let her do it online or print out a bunch of worksheets and make a workbook! let her decorate the workbook cover, then you can choose the math pages you think will help her

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the only one ive ever used is the saxon, but they didnt have younger grades when my kids were young so we started with the 48 i think it was, and ive used all saxon math ever since!
Quoting armygirl16:
The only thing is, I'm going to be using Sonlight and it gives me the option of those 3 math programs. Although I guess I could just not get a math program and pick and choose my curriculum with them and order the math program elsewhere.
Quoting oredeb:
none of them, i'd go or rod and staff! or just let her do it online or print out a bunch of worksheets and make a workbook! let her decorate the workbook cover, then you can choose the math pages you think will help her

I have used both Singapore and Horizons. We love Horizons and my kindergartener is doing great with it (loves math), but it has gone a little to quick for my 2nd grader so we are switching to another curriculum for him next year. We didn't like Singapore. I didn't like the layout of it. With Horizons I like that they add a little bit of review to each page so the kids get extra practice with each subject instead of teaching one thing at a time and rarely reviewing. On the Horizons website (www.aop.com) you can view sample pages. Also, I've googled placement tests and a link for Sonlight popped up with placement tests for each of those curriculums so I would try to google that once you decide and that will help you determine what level you should start her at.

I don't know about the others, but I used Horizons for K and I highly suggest that you also do MANY hands on manipulatives because they use lots of number line work and drill. It's advanced and moves fast, but lots of review. I had to go back and add math u see as well as SO MANY extra games and such when we started 1st grade because the addition facts had not clicked yet. Sometimes age has to do with that, but forewarned is forearmed, so to speak. Other than that, we like it alot!