Miquon First-Grade Diary

Miquon First-Grade Diary

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Item #: 001192
ISBN: 9781933407104
Grades: 1

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Lore Rasmussen chronicles the information, experiences, and results of using Miquon Math in her first-grade class. If you're not convinced that this program will make a difference in the math reasoning ability of your children, read this. The discoveries, insights and responses displayed illustrate the power of this method to bring out the best in budding mathematicians.

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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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Helpful aid for me as we learn how to use the program.
Cheryl L on Jun 24, 2020
Homeschooling my granddaughter
Sally B on Sep 6, 2019
Helpful aid for me as we learn how to use the program.
Cheryl L on Jun 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
Homeschooling my granddaughter
Sally B on Sep 6, 2019
for extra support whole homeschooling with Miquon
Ellie C on Apr 9, 2019
didn't realize I needed this
Kristin N on Aug 6, 2018
Wanted the whole set
Cynthia M on Jul 20, 2018
Looking for a supplement to Singapore Math for my homeschooled first grader. I picked up the diary to orient myself.
Michele K on Jun 26, 2018
Reviews indicated it was needed.
Laurie S on May 4, 2018
Assist me in understanding how to teach Miquon.
Launa H on Jan 29, 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
I purchased this to help with the Miquon math program.
Bianca T on Nov 3, 2017
Other math books for this age group seemed too easy for my 5-yo
Isabella C on Sep 11, 2017
Reviews said that this was helpful to gain the Miquon vision
Rachael M on Jun 9, 2017
Homeschooling curriculum. Supplemental resource for Miquon math.
Michelle S on Feb 15, 2017
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
We plan on using Miquon with our youngest when she turns 4 1/2 so this Diary will be of great value as a study guide and reference tool.
Kenneth G on Sep 13, 2016
I have the Miquon books and Lab Annotations. I have a good grasp of what to do and how to present. I just wanted more ideas.
Rebecca on Aug 23, 2016
Someone recommended this as a must-have to go with Miquon Math as it has a lot of additional ideas and gives lots of tips and tricks that would help with a student who may be struggling with a particular concept. This person also said it gives more ideas for ways to practice various skills.
User on Jul 1, 2016
To understand developers process and the program.
Susan F on May 28, 2016
I already own the Miquon Lab Book and all 6 of the workbooks. I purchased the First grade diary for additional hands on ideas and activities.
Anna W on May 19, 2016
Our current K-er will be using Miquon for math next year. Hoping this gives some good lesson plans/ideas to supplement the annotations
Rachel G on May 14, 2016
I want to have a better idea on how to implement miquon math.
Justin C on Jan 13, 2016
I bought this to supplement the Miquon Orange book.
Lyndsay M on Dec 14, 2015
To supplement our public school math curriculum
Cynthia S on Oct 19, 2015
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
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I found the Diary and Lab Annotations necessary for Miquon. It’s early for us, but Miquon seems excellent for helping a young child (4 years old) to understand math concepts in a concrete fashion
May 24, 2020
2 months ago
Gives a good idea of what a Miquon lesson looks like
This book gives a good idea of what Miquon looks like in real life. It has some good ideas for games and instruction. It would have been more helpful to me if I purchased and read before beginning Miquon; however, I didn't read it until after my son completed the orange and red book.
June 19, 2016
over 4 years ago
A Valuable Resource
Although it would be possible to use Miquon with just the workbooks and Teacher's Manual, this is a valuable resource which gives helpful background information on the Miquon philosophy; challenges faced by learners and the aims of the course.
November 2, 2015
over 4 years ago

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