Miquon is a unique math program designed for students in the first through third grades. There are a total of six workbooks consisting of math “labs”. In the labs, the student explores and discovers math concepts for himself. Cuisenaire rods are essential to completing many of the labs. The rods are a manipulative that can be used to perform mathematical operations and demonstrate concepts such as area and volume. There are rods of different colors to represent each number 1 through 10.
The white rod is the unit cube and has dimensions of 1 cm X 1 cm X 1cm. The next rod, red, is 2 cm long; the following green rod is 3 cm long, etc.
You might be wondering why I, as someone who claims to be a classical homeschooler, would choose a program like Miquon. Isn’t classical education about drill and memorizing facts? I must agree that Miquon does not seem to fit into the classical mold. However, before I was a homeschool mom, I was an engineer. So I really like math. I think math is fun and I want my kids to see and understand that from a young age. Not only do I want my kids to think math is fun, but I want them to understand math. Having a good understanding of basic arithmetic is crucial in understanding higher maths. The Cuisenaire rods are wonderful for showing mathematical operations in a concrete way. Miquon is not our main math curriculum because I prefer a primary math curriculum that is more logical and systematic in its presentation. I recommend Miquon as a fun supplemental math program because it helps children to think about math in a different way. You can learn more at MiquonMath.com.
By Kristen H.