Miquon Yellow Book Level 5
Category Description for Miquon Math Grade 3
Math is not just numbers! Using Cuisenaire rods, Miquon Math Labs allows children to model numbers and operations concretely. It uses a hands-on, pattern-building, discovery method that fosters independence and creativity in problem solving. The unique format of the program allows for flexibility - use each book straight through, or teach topically. It introduces children to all four basic math operations in grade one - plus fractions, clock arithmetic, area, volume and factoring - building confidence in children and taking the "mystery" out of these otherwise-delayed topics. By third grade, children understand different base systems and graph algebraic equations! These are not typical workbooks that test what a child already has learned, but lab sheets - teaching pages. Children are shown that, while there is only one correct solution, there are different ways to arrive at it, and it encourages them to develop their own techniques. The "standard" approach is not always the best. For example, which is easier: 400 - 298 or 398 - 298 + 2 or 400 - 300 + 2? Techniques like these really help when caught without pencil or paper! After using Miquon with four children, we can attest that this program has promoted flexibility in problem solving - using the right technique for the situation. Ours now tackle new or difficult problems creatively, even fearlessly!
I would also recommend purchase of the Annotations. A teacher's guide for all six workbooks, it contains a general overview and several suggestions on how to present each major concept. It also provides preliminary activities for a concrete understanding of the math concepts as well as more detailed explanations for many of the lab sheets. While answers are supplied for some of the more "tricky" sheets, most worksheets are shown sans answers, so take the time to fill in the answers as you correct work for your first "math labs" student - then you'll have a completed key to use with the next!
Q & A
Browse 2 questions Browse 2 questions and 17 answersWhy did you choose this?Rainbow Resource Center StoreWhy are there different levels in Miquon Math? Are they grade related?BEST ANSWER: Yes, they are grade related. I have read that when the series was first published, the 6 books were designed to cover grades 1-3 using 2 books per year. Some today believe they are more suited to grades 3-6. I have personally used the books for my children in grades 3 and 4, using 3 Miquon books per grade-year. Miquon builds upon itself and has a unique way of presenting concepts. I would start with level 1, even though it may seem too easy. Review is always good for students, and that way they can grasp Miquon's methods easier. I also purchased the Teacher Book and have been very glad that I did.
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