Today I feel so grateful for my math program that I though it was time I shared my thoughts about the wonderful and inexpensive resource/curriculum I have been using for early elementary math homeschooling.
I love MIQUON!
I’m only at the beginning stages (we are half way through book 2 of 6) of Miquon math but I’ve been feeling extra grateful for it today. I feel like I’m getting better and letting Raisin figure out his own answers, which is the entire point of the Miquon approach.
Today we needed a change. Raisin has been fighting the idea of school lately, and I was with him: our school room (more about this later) is much more boring than the basement play room. So we took school down. I set up his fraction lesson with Melissa and Doug blocks instead of Cuisenaire rods, and we played with other toys as we practiced finding 3/4 of 8 and 1/2 of 10.
So what is Miquon Math? Miquon lets kids explore math concepts in a progressive order, using a spiral approach, and encouraging creativity. Although there may be a right answer in math, there is no “right” journey. By using Cuisenaire rods, students learn relationships between numbers, rather than memorizing.
What I like about Miquon is that it introduces all sorts of mathematical concepts and circles round to them again and again. So even though Raisin is doing the first grade book, he’s already done addition, subtraction, and multiplication He is in book two and he’s just finished up addition and subtraction again. We’re back to fractions and next up is multiplication. He loves finding these concepts around him, and I love the fact that he knows what multiplication is at such a young age and such a beginning level.
I hated math when I was young. I seriously hated it. I wrote in my daily journal in class in third grade and every single journal entry says, “I hate math.” Some of the entries have something else written in it too, but “I hate math” was a staple of my third grade year.
Now I realize why: I memorized. I followed the rules to get the answer, but I had no true grasp on the “whys” and “hows” of getting to the correct answer. By learning math all over again with Raisin, I find I look forward to that math time a little bit. What will I learn today?
Miquon is inexpensive, so I feel Miquon could be for anyone. Each book is about $6, with all of them — three years of math — bundled for less than $50. Afterschooling parents can get a copy of the Lab Annotations and implement some of the ideas with their kids as they play with toys or eat dinner. Public school teachers could implement some of the Cuisenare rods practice and learning into lessons. (Maybe they already do. I actually have no idea what school teachers do today for math, but I do know that I did not learn well 20 years ago! I hope curriculum choices have improved, and that there could be time for fun learning like Miquon.)
How do you teach your students or children that math is fun? Do you use Miquon? What do you like or dislike about it?
(I can always use more ideas for how to improve our school time!)