Cuisenaire Rods - 155 plastic rods

Cuisenaire Rods - 155 plastic rods

# 006380

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Item #: 006380
Grades: PK-8

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  • Small parts Not for children under 3 yrs.
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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They go with the Miquon Math program
Cheryl L on Jun 24, 2020
I picked this for homeschool math
Melody M on Jul 12, 2019
They go with the Miquon Math program
Cheryl L on Jun 24, 2020
to accompany saxon math 5/4
Chris D on Mar 16, 2020
I picked this for homeschool math
Melody M on Jul 12, 2019
needed for math
Richard C on Nov 1, 2018
I used these when I was a homeschooled kid, and it made math so much easier. For a long time, I simply did math by visualizing colors in my head. These rods go perfectly with the Miquon math curriculum, which I am also purchasing for my children.
Joe G on Oct 16, 2018
To use with the ABC rod books and hopefully the later math concepts later in our homeschooling.
Michelle B on Oct 4, 2018
manipulatives are a must for children to fully understand math concepts. Dr. Carmen Riedlinger
Teo R on Jan 30, 2018
I wanted a good number of rods and your price was the best I found.
Donna K on Jun 1, 2016
This is what I used to learn math and counting when I was in school in the late 70 early 80
Yves B on Oct 27, 2015
to accompany saxon math 5/4
Chris D on Mar 16, 2020
needed for math
Richard C on Nov 1, 2018
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One of the best investments I've made into our homeschool - I can't believe I haven't reviewed these before!My hsed kids are 55 and 3 and we ALL love Cuisenaire rods I bought them to do a bit of pre-math last year which didn't end up happening but for some weird reason the kids fell in love with the rods They were building staircases and trains and lining them up even without any instruction - they are thoroughly intuitive and I believe they were secretly beginning to learn many math principles at the same timeI ended up buying this as a second set - someone passed their secondhand ones along to me which is a great way to build up a larger collection (which you'll want if you have more than one child using them) I also made an inexpensive "rod tray" using a small dollar-store wooden tray inside which I glued a 1-cm grid I printed on glossy photo paper They love lining the rods up square with the sides of the boxThis year I've started Miquon Orange with my daughter using the rods and it's great that she's already so familiar with them I am looking forward to using them over and over during our homeschool adventure!One note: I don't know if it's because we have rods from three different sets (the older ones I was given plus 2 I bought from Rainbow) but these don't work as I'd hoped with our bucket balance I was hoping the balance could help provide a simple lesson in rod equality - ie "orange rod equals orange rod " or "two oranges plus two reds equals (whatever!) on the other side" But the weights don't work out and the same color does not always have the same weight and the weights are not always correctly proportional Just be aware if you are planning this use for the rods that it may not work - though if you buy all-new rods it might work for you!(ps so we use Funtastic Frogs instead for a "weights" manipulative)
September 25, 2010

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