Before I started homeschooling, I, like many of you, read countless blogs and reviews for a plethora of Math programs. It was a lot of information to go through, but I finally settled on Miquon.
It seems to be a lesser-used curriculum, I’m not sure why, because it works great!
The program consists of 6 books for 1st-3rd grade. They also sell a First Grade Diary (you don’t need this), a manual (you do need this), and rods for hands-on learning.
With the rods they are able to introduce multiplication, division and fractions more easily for little ones to understand. I just love how it pushes them in a gentle way that they understand.
On a side note: I went through and marked each rod with the number they represent on the ends, it was such a HUGE help!
There are 6 books in the program. <—– Check out what each book covers.
My kids do Miquon each morning for 15 minutes. We set a timer and they work at their own pace. It seems like it takes about 1-3 months to go through an entire book, depending on how fast your child works and if they need extra help.
Lilly is finishing up her Kindergarten year with the Orange book. She should get through the first 4 books by the end of next year. Which would put her working a grade ahead.
Turner should be finished with all 6 books by the end of his 2nd grade year (next summer). That would put him a year ahead also. He is in the Red book now.
Miquon is unique and different, with a hands on approach. I really enjoy doing the books with my kids and helping them along the way. There are little games in the books too, and the kids just love them.
I highly recommend Miquon to homeschoolers that want to have their kids working a grade level ahead and for a unique, hands-on approach.
****Both kids also use Khan Academy 3-4 times a week for 15-30 minutes at a time.