Miquon Set of all 6 Student Workbooks

Miquon Set of all 6 Student Workbooks

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Item #: 023832
ISBN: 9781559531948
Grades: 1-3

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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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My other children used this series of books and Lucian likes the layout.
Lucian F on Mar 2, 2022
Lovet this math set and thought it would just be easier to buy them all at the same time. Save on shipping :)
Abigail B on Aug 11, 2021
My other children used this series of books and Lucian likes the layout.
Lucian F on Mar 2, 2022
I was raised on these, and they provide a solid foundation for mathematics that helped bring me all the way through calculus at university for mechanical engineering. It's a solid system, and completing the first page of the first book is all I remember from my first day of first grade. The dots on that page will stick with me forever. lol
William B on Nov 8, 2021
Lovet this math set and thought it would just be easier to buy them all at the same time. Save on shipping :)
Abigail B on Aug 11, 2021
Georgios S on Jul 13, 2021
My mother used it to teach me and 2 of my siblings elementary math and it is still the best thing I have found to teach my first and now my 2nd child at this age.
Briana L on Apr 19, 2021
I've used them before with my kids. Now I will with my grandson.
MARGUERITE K on Nov 10, 2020
I like the creative way this teaches math. I am also using it to review and reinforce earlier math concepts for my children.
Suzanne C on Oct 6, 2020
Used these for my own children. Now ordering for my grandchildren! :)
Melanie D on Sep 30, 2020
Friend of mine is a math teacher and this is what she teaches her kids, i just took her advice
Dee W on Sep 3, 2020
We have been using Miquon Math and Cuisenaire rods to homeschool our children for years. We are currently on child 4 and 5 starting this system and will use it again for 6 and 7. It's a great way to learn math!
John B. on Aug 19, 2020
My kids love them, so we need a second set.
Katalin T on Aug 19, 2020
I don't really like worksheets, but these were great for my children, and now I am homeschooling my grandkids. They want to try them out!
Mary Kate L on Aug 9, 2020
I ordered the orange and red to try with my oldest, and we really enjoy it. I wanted to go ahead and get the rest of the books for him and get another orange and red for my middle son to start.
Ashley S on Aug 6, 2020
We love this curriculum and the way it breaks apart the mathematical concepts. All our children are advanced in math and I think the way it's presented here builds great pathways for the mathematical brain. Fifth time ordering this set of workbooks.
User on Jul 22, 2020
I love miquon. I have used the first 3 books with my older child (7yrs) and will be starting the K on the first book this year. It is the only thing we have used and my older child can already multiply and divide up to 100 in her head and is comfortable with fractions.
User on Jul 1, 2020
Miquon with Cuisenaire Rods is an effective tool to help children learn the concepts of the value of numbers (what does it mean to be a "5," for instance).<br /><br />My children enjoyed manipulating the Rods, and now I get to share that wonder with my grandchildren!
Teresa W on Jun 6, 2020
As a resource for teaching in a Waldorf school.
Heather A on May 12, 2020
Used these for my older children and that have amazing number sense
Ashley M on Apr 24, 2020
summer tutoring
patti p on Apr 21, 2020
I used these as a kid and would like to supplement what my kids learn at school with them!
Molly I on Feb 25, 2020
I am currently homeschooling 2 children and used these books as a classroom teacher. I like encouraging children to think and explore numbers and that's the approach used in these books.
Gayle L on Feb 24, 2020
Great value. Have used this series with all our children.
Angela R on Jan 16, 2020
I am buying a second set so that my children have their own copies. I was very impressed with this program.
Wendy W on Jan 13, 2020
as above but we only need one copy of lab annotations
Mike S on Oct 10, 2019
With 3 kids making their way through this program and one more coming up in a few years it only makes sense to just order the whole set each time they are about to move up a book. We love Miquon!
Sean M on Sep 30, 2019
Sounds like a great program, would be perfect for my children.
Mary Rose B on Sep 24, 2019
I learned decent math skills for the first time when I used these with my children! Thought I had "graduated" from homeschooling, but we are in the process of adopting. Am now purchasing these to use with 1st, 4th and 6th graders to help them "get it" as I did.
Cindi C on Jul 15, 2019
additional children using the program
Melanie K on May 21, 2019
The BEST introduction to mathematics I have ever known. Develops critical thinking skills in a fun way.
Linda H on Apr 19, 2019
We were needing the next level up and have another child starting.
Melissa W on Mar 30, 2019
Recommended by one of homeschooling website
Sona C on Nov 3, 2018
I love Miquon and this is a great value.
John S on Sep 4, 2018
Our family has loved these math workbooks. They flow through different mathematical concepts and operations so well. Our first graders are doing fractions and division, and it doesn't seem intense. It just makes sense. It's a quirky system, and I definitely recommend the Lab Sheet Annotations (basically the teacher's guide with deeper mathematical explanations and lessons). I highly recommend Miquon for conceptual understanding.
Erica S on Aug 22, 2018
Wanted to look through
Cynthia M on Jul 20, 2018
like it as it shows different ways a sum could be presented. ie ( ) = 3+4 instead of usual 3+4 = ( )
Rui Xin Kelly F on Jun 11, 2018
I choose this as an addition to what we are currently using.
rebecca f on May 24, 2018
We used Miquon for 2 older kids. I love it. It teaches kids to be mathy. The content is interesting even for grownups -- not boring.
Wendy C on Apr 30, 2018
This cirriculum has worked well for my daughter so we are re ordering to use for our Kinder/1st grader
Angela R H on Mar 24, 2018
We love Miquon, and I needed the books for my second child.
Laura M on Feb 6, 2018
use it, like it.
Jonathan P on Feb 2, 2018
Math curriculum for home school.
Geri S on Dec 5, 2017
This system of teaching math concepts is so sensible!
Charlotte C on Nov 29, 2017
We love the Miquon math books and needed books for our 3rd child to start using them.
Katherine A on Oct 14, 2017
I love this series for beginning math students. It teaches them to read math and practice numeracy.
Kathy S on Aug 16, 2017
I love this math set! It's very thorough and my son can easily understand it. I'm purchasing it again for my daughter.
Jessica V on Jun 22, 2017
We love these "workbooks". They encourage kids to think mathematically and are easy to implement. They provide a different scope and sequence that is challenging but with the use of cuisinaire rods - kids feel very successful meeting the challenge.
Peter W on Jan 13, 2017
I'm choosing Miquon for the third time, as my third child is ready to begin the books. I'm very satisfied with this unique approach. Miquon helps to keep math interesting with its variety. I think it ersults in a more thorough learning because it presents the material in different ways. I do suggest supplementing with math fact races and/or flash cards.
DRINA E on Oct 4, 2016
We LOVE Miquon. Great job at teaching kids skill steps in order.
User on Sep 29, 2016
Our favorite early math books
Heather M on Sep 6, 2016
We used Miquon Math with our girls twenty years ago, and are sending a set to our grandsons, at the request of our daughter! Our daughters begged to do math every day when Miquon was our curriculum!
Kim F on Sep 2, 2016
I was raised on these, and they provide a solid foundation for mathematics that helped bring me all the way through calculus at university for mechanical engineering. It's a solid system, and completing the first page of the first book is all I remember from my first day of first grade. The dots on that page will stick with me forever. lol
William B on Nov 8, 2021
Georgios S on Jul 13, 2021
I used this with my kids and loved it as a math curriculum when I homeschooled. Now I have a grandson starting kindergarten. He likes puzzles and I was wondering if I purchased these to do at my house when he comes to visit - to use as an activity book - He is at my house once a month, and I am not sure if he would want to do something out of it every time he came over. What do you think? Could it be used in this way?
A shopper on Jan 11, 2019
BEST ANSWER: I don’t think it would work very well like that. I use it and love it but there is probably better fun worksheets for once a month
Are these pages printed front and back? Meaning if I was to cut off the binding and put them into a binder, will there be an addition page on one side and lets say a fractions page on the other? If I purchase the PDF off of curricick, will the pages be in color or black and white?
User on Jan 24, 2018
BEST ANSWER: They are front and back and are colored. The pages are perforated. I've not done the PDFs, but have used the material with all of my kids across the past 12 years, and am in the Orange Book with my youngest now. I strongly recommend staying with the physical workbooks in their printed form, because the exercises build on each other and because the previous workbooks have been useful as review/reference materials. The 6 books have taken about 3-4 years to complete, and sometimes, we have gone back from the last book to the first or second to review and rebuild lost/forgotten concepts. Miquon is the sole piece of curriculum that I've continued to use, as designed, with all of my kids.
What do you use after Miquon Math (4th grade+)?
A shopper on May 4, 2017
Miquon Set of all 6 Student Workbooks
Miquon Set of all 6 Student Workbooks
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Miquon Blue Book Level 3
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Miquon Purple Book Level 6
Miquon Book Set - 6 Workbooks + Annotations
Miquon Book Set - 6 Workbooks + Annotations
BEST ANSWER: Here are several to consider. ShillerMath (a Montesorri program) continues in a strong hands on/exploratory approach to math. Beast Academy couples strong concept development and instruction with graphic novel type of illustrations. Finally, Saxon Math is a solid math option with lots of review and repetition. Manipulative options are available for Saxon Math Intermediate 3, 4, and 5. There are placement tests available on our website - search for "math placement tests".
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Rated 5 out of 5
Excellent books!
Excellent books! I've used them for all three of my kids and they love them. They are sad that they don't go past 3rd grade. The math problems make you think outside the box in very fun ways.
December 13, 2021
6 months ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Very clever.
Wonderful books to learn Math. I'm so glad I bought it. My daughter has a hard time with Math and it gives her a different perspective. It's important to get number sense and learn in different ways to really work and get the concepts. I wonderful collection of books. Very clever.
August 16, 2021
10 months ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Great Math Curriculum!
I love that this curriculum encourages children to figure things out for themselves and explore with Cuisenair Rods. It is amazing that children understand basic algebra so young, where even some adults get confused with letters and numbers together. I also love that they can learn and do the math lab pages, and it doesn't take a lot time. Especially at the beginning, I had to refer to the Annotations book. Now we can do most of them just by looking at them. I would definitely recommend this program.
January 29, 2021
1 year ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Solid math at an affordable price
I love Miquon! It lays a solid conceptual foundation for Math, and the price tag is great! Most kids will need additional practice with math facts, but needs there vary from one child to the next. I prefer getting that practice somewhere besides our primary math curriculum because a curriculum that supplies sufficient practice for one child will bore another. I love the simple colored pages of the workbooks. The cuisenaire rods are simple, useful manipulative to accompany the books. Some people seem to rely heavily on the Lab Sheet Annotations, i've referred to them a couple of times over the course of years out of curiosity. If you're somewhat mathy, I think the Lab Sheet Annotations are unnecessary.
August 25, 2020
1 year ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Tried and true
I’m beginning this set with my sixth and final student. My children are all so different, yet Miquon math has given them all a solid base from which to learn and truly engage mathematics, and they show a solid understanding that many of their peers don’t have at a young age. Also, this is the best price I have found anywhere (thanks Rainbow Resource!).
April 14, 2020
over 2 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Miquon Math
This is probably the best gentle math program I have ever come across. Without tears, or math drills, concepts can be learned through play. How I wish we had started sooner.
February 14, 2020
over 2 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Good products
Prompt delivery, very good math program
October 7, 2018
over 3 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Teaches kids to be mathy
Miquon is not written in a drill-and-kill format. It's a "numbers are interesting. Let's play with them" format. Miquon is interesting for Mama too, as I never know what will come next. Miquon provides an amazing foundation for future math.
June 6, 2018
over 4 years ago

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