adventures in unschooling

Miquon Math

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The Miquon math program had been recommended to me for unschoolers so we thought we would try it out.

“For 30 years, the Miquon Math Materials have offered children a friendly invitation to the world of mathematics. Based on the belief that mathematical insight grows out of observation, investigation, and the discovery of patterns, the six workbooks of the Miquon Math Materials lead children through an exploration of mathematical relationships. Concrete models are not supplements to the written work but instead are the basis of it and are used continuously”

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Miquon Math uses cuisenaire rods.  I loved playing with them when I was a kid, and  thought Cassius might like them too.  Unfortunately, when I opened the first book my first thought was “boring”. I didn’t get the teachers manual, and on some of the pages it isn’t obvious what you’re suppose to do.

I handed the book over to Cassius to take a look at, expecting him to hate it. Surprisingly He had a lot of fun figuring out different things you could do on each page with the rods. Then he played with the rods for an hour. He put all the rods together and figured out they equalled 927 units. But of course the best thing to do with them is build towers.

I think Cassius will get something out of the books. The first book looks pretty easy so we’ll probably jump ahead to the second pretty fast.

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