Concrete, Hands On Math
For 30 years, the Miquon Math Materials have offered children a friendly invitation to the world of mathematics. Based on the belief that mathematical insight grows out of observation, investigation, and the discovery of patterns, the six workbooks of the Miquon Math Materials lead children through an exploration of mathematical relationships. Concrete models (Especially Cuisenaire Rods) are not supplements to the written work but instead are the basis of it and are used continuously.
Fast Paced Without Tedious Drill
Miquon Math introduces all four arithmetic operations and work with fractions in the first year. By the third year, students are graphing algebraic equations. Miquon Math gives children the basic tools early so that they can be independent problem solvers from the first day of school. Experiences in building models for concepts precede and prepare children for all written work.
The Perfect Cuisenaire Rods Curriculum
Cuisenaire Rods support materials (available separately) can be great supplements but do not provide a complete year's curriculum. If you have seen the benefits of Cuisenaire Rods as a visual/manipulative aid and would like them to be naturally incorporated into a comprehensive math program, this is the curriculum for you.
Written For First-Third Grade, Now Considered Sixth Grade
Cuisenaire Rods are the basis of and are used throughout Miquon Math. Originally utilized in the 1960's for first through third grades, however because of the dumbing down of most texts and national tests, in many ways Miquon covers what are now considered 5th and 6th grade topics. Miquon remains one of our favorites for teaching elementary math because of price, scope and sequence, and most importantly, the skills taught.
Do You Need The Manual?
Please note that the Miquon books do not include instructions or answers. The Miquon Lab Sheet Annotations explains the objectives of all the workbooks. If your are fairly capable at using Cuisenaire Rods you can do without it, though you will have to skip a few workbook pages where the procedures can't be intuited. However, so many moms have found themselves putting in a rush order for this book, that we hesitate to say you will not need it.