Miquon Notes to Teachers

Miquon Notes to Teachers

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Item #: 001190
ISBN: 9781933407098
Grades: 1-3

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Presents the philosophy behind the Miquon math method. Interesting reading. Also includes helpful appendices on pre-math activities with the rods and instructions for making other homemade manipulatives.

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Category Description for Miquon Math Labs:

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 page-numbering format of the program allows for flexibility - use each book straight through, covering a variety of topics, or use only the pages in each book relating to a specific topic (easily identified by the alpha-numeric page numbering system).

Instead of holding off on more difficult math topics until later grades, the Miquon approach is unique in teaching all four basic math operations in Grade 1 - plus fractions, clock arithmetic, area, volume and factoring. This builds confidence in children as they see how the basic operations are intterrelated and takes the "mystery" out of these otherwise-delayed topics. By Grade 3, 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, to teach borrowing and carrying for a problem like 400 - 298 or to teach the the child to restate the problem as 398 - 298 + 2 or 400 - 300 + 2? Techniques like these really help to develop mental dexterity in problme solving. After using Miquon with our seven children, we can attest that this program has promoted flexibility in problem solving and teaches them to find the best technique for the situation. Ours students now tackle new or difficult problems creatively, even fearlessly!

Altogether, the six student workbooks contain over 650 lab sheets. Concepts covered include: counting, odd-even, addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, fractions, equalities, place value, number line and functions, factoring, squaring, simultaneous equations, graphing equations, geometric recognition, length, area, volume, series and progressions, grid and arrow games, mapping, clock arithmetic, sets, and word problems.

We recommend purchasing the Lab Sheet Annotations. This is the teacher's guide for all six workbooks. Because the approach taken in the program is so different, it explains the reasoning behind the presentation and provides several suggestions on how to present each topic. It also provides preliminary activities for a concrete understanding of the math concepts as well as more detailed explanations for many of the workbook pages. 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 Miquon student - then you'll have a completed key to use with the next!

The Miquon Math program would be an excellent start in math to move into any other program, but it would lend itself particularly well to those intending to use the Singapore approach to math in the future.


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I heard from a friend that this is a helpful resource.
Kate U on Oct 7, 2020
Catalina R on Jul 7, 2020
I heard from a friend that this is a helpful resource.
Kate U on Oct 7, 2020
recommended by a homeschool mom with 6 kids
martha s on Aug 12, 2020
Catalina R on Jul 7, 2020
Helpful aid for me as we learn how to use the program.
Cheryl L on Jun 24, 2020
Need to understand the pedagogy behind the Minquon textbooks
Kameron C on Mar 24, 2020
I read this explains how Miquon works
Michael D on Mar 24, 2020
Looking for a fun supplement/new approach for math with my children. This will supplement a Montessori based mathematics curriculum.
Kaycie L on Jan 31, 2020
for extra support whole homeschooling with Miquon
Ellie C on Apr 9, 2019
Use it before. Helpful tool
Donna W on Oct 11, 2018
need to know what i'm doing!
Kristin N on Aug 6, 2018
Looking for a supplement to Singapore Math for my homeschooled first grader. I picked up the notes to orient myself.
Michele K on Jun 26, 2018
Reviews said this was helpful even needed.
Laurie S on May 4, 2018
I'm hoping it will help explain lessons a little better, I didn't have this when my daughter started the program
Angela R H on Mar 24, 2018
It was recommended in John Holt's book, "How Children Fail".
Johanna S on Jan 16, 2018
I thought it would help me with the Miquon Math program.
Christina D on Nov 16, 2017
Online recommendations for right brained children.
Michael T on Jul 25, 2017
interested in more hands-on mathematics. unsuccessfully tried a couple other programs and math is just not "sticking". hoping this may help
shannon on Jun 14, 2017
great program!
Krystal H on Nov 10, 2016
I wanted to keep the whole package of Miquon Math together and use all the components. I wanted to make sure I had all the side notes, teacher info, etc. that I would need to do my best as a mom/teacher. I do wish that there was more info on each of the products.""
Patricia S on Oct 7, 2016
I thought this would be helpful to my Miquon teaching
Rebecca on Aug 23, 2016
For recommendations for implementing the program.
Susan F on May 28, 2016
This was a good price.
Kelly Y on May 15, 2016
I want to learn more about the theory behind the Miquon Math system.
Kelly S on Oct 16, 2015
recommended by a homeschool mom with 6 kids
martha s on Aug 12, 2020
Helpful aid for me as we learn how to use the program.
Cheryl L on Jun 24, 2020
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Must have for Miquon
This is not a book to skip if you're purchasing Miquon. It's basically the teacher's manual and you will be confused without it.
March 27, 2017
over 3 years ago
Clear Instructions for Every Page
I would definitely recommend purchasing this with the Miquon workbooks as it gives clear and detailed instructions for every page.
November 2, 2015
over 5 years ago

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