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  1. My 7yo and I have been using Miquon from the beginning, and are about to begin the final book in the series. I have to admit that I was disappointed to read the "after Miquon" threads, which confirmed that there isn't a published curriculum that serves as the perfect follow-up for Miquon. Because that would be too easy. :001_rolleyes: Cuisenaire rods have been absolutely perfect for Ds7, and I'd really like to continue using them after we finish Miquon (around Christmas?). He struggles with language, and the rods both suit his learning style and allow me to see how he’s solving the problems, which can be difficult for him to explain. We do use rods to solve problems from other sources, but all of the concepts have already been covered in Miquon. Even after 2.5 years with Miquon, I don't feel confident in my ability to just pull out the rods and teach him. I'll need a plan. I would love to hear if anyone else has continued using Cuisenaire rods after Miquon, or into upper-elementary math if you used the rods without Miquon? What programs/resources have you used, and how have you made it work? Right now, I'm leaning toward using a published/formal curriculum (likely Singapore or MEP) and just using rods to introduce each new concept. Anything else seems like it would be extremely time-consuming on my part. I've found a number of resources for using Cuisenaire rods in upper elementary (I've included some early elementary ones to keep them all in one place), but haven't purchased any of the books yet. Education Unboxed Gattegno Textbooks & Gattegno Workbooks (I haven’t seen a US site selling the workbooks, or any samples of them) Mathematics Made Meaningful Using Cuisenaire Rods - A Photo/Text Guide Idea Book for Cuisenaire Rods (Primary) & Idea Book for Cuisenaire Rods (Intermediate) The Super Source Cuisenaire Rods Grades K-2, Grades 3-4, & Grades 5-6 Using Cuisenaire Rods: Addition and Subtraction, Multiplication and Division, Geometry and Measurement, Fractions and Decimals, Probability and Statistics, & Patterns and Algebra Addition and Subtraction with Cuisenaire Rods Everything’s Coming Up Fractions with Cuisenaire Rods Book Spatial Problem Solving with Cuisenaire Rods From Here to There with Cuisenaire Rods: Area, Perimeter and Volume
  2. How frustrating would it be for a student to work with Math U See and have Cuisenaire Rods as the manipulatives instead of integer blocks? Background: I'm trying to find strategies to help my SIL remediate my nephew. I'm looking at Math U See. (He has almost completely stalled out with MM.) We both have C-Rods, I'm not sure she'll be excited about springing for MUS blocks, too. So, I'm wondering if c-rods can be substituted. Bad idea? I'm planning to purchase a used copy of Gamma DVD/student text from someone on the boards. A trial run, I guess, to see how it goes. Will attempting to use C-Rods make it so irritating to the student that he won't want to try later if the program itself is a good fit, and we decided to go ahead and spring for the specific block set it calls for?
  3. http://www.rainbowresource.com/product/sku/005104 The Idea Book for Cuisenaire Rods in the Primary Years, by Patricia Davidson Background: I've got the first several Miquon books (and the lab sheet annotations, and teacher idea book, first year diary, etc.). And, we have lots of rods. And, the cuisenaire alphabet book. I've used the orange and parts of the later books for kindergarten math with my three older girls (who each began more focused, teacher-intensive math with Singapore at some point as first graders). I'm familiar with education unboxed and really like her videos. We have Nooms (DragonBox Numbers) on our tablet. My fourth (only ds) is chomping at the bit to be BIG enough to be in Kindy next year even though he only makes our local cutoff by two days and is not super-socially mature. But, we're at home, so ....hey, I think I'm going to start phonograms and some simple math with him by next fall. Knowing all that, has anyone had experience with the Cuisenaire Idea Book? I'm wondering if it will lay out pages differently enough from Miquon that it would be worth it for me to add to his options for playing math (while I try to school his older sisters and corral the younger one). Or if it's major overlap? The samples are basically just the TOC. I have a comb-binding machine and a laminator (and currclick's pdf of a couple Miquon books), so I'm looking to get him started on some concepts and let him play for a while with his own little workbook. What I'm trying to say is that this will not be intended as something that we always play together (though there will be times when we do). But, something that feels grown-up-i-er for him to start and mess around with without completely frustrating him. TIA
  4. I have a box of 155 wooden ones that dc use daily. We are about to start Miquon math also. My younger dc play with them frequently, simply being creative. Someone I know is selling a ton of wooden ones, like (800), for about 1/3 the price of buying them new. Is that a deal worth snatching up? If I could, I'd get just like 200-300, but it is an all or nothing deal.
  5. I've been making videos all week that show how to use Cuisenaire Rods to teach math concepts. After watching some videos by Crewton Ramone (thanks, Beth in SW WA!) I tried to find similar ones using Cuisenaire rods instead and couldn't find much. So I decided to make some. Honestly, I don't feel like I know very much. I still feel like a novice at all of this! I learned with a completely formula driven approach and so this has all been new to me. I've learned along with my dds! But I'd love for other kids to benefit from what I've learned. So, hopefully someone will gain something useful out of these... Here is a link to my Vimeo channels where you can find all the videos I've posted so far in the correct order... https://vimeo.com/educationunboxed/channels And here is the facebook page I started for people who'd like to be notified when I post a new video. https://www.facebook.com/EducationUnboxed Enjoy! (And let me know if you have ideas for other videos!) EDIT: Eventually, http://www.educationunboxed.com/ will have all the videos organized even better than Vimeo. (Right now it just takes you to vimeo.) And eventually after that, it will be a blog (not just for math stuff). Just wanted to post the link in case this thread gets dug up in the future!
  6. I know on one of the threads (that I cannot find) had a link to an introduction worksheets for cuisenaire rods. I have Miquon, but I want to start with a gentle intro. Please send me the link if you know where it is :) Thank you!
  7. I'm this close to getting some Cuisenaire rods. I know many folks have found C rods really useful, but I feel like I need to understand them before I go out and get some. I'm just lost as to how they are useful for mathematical thinking. What I just don't get is why they have no lines to indicate which value the rod represents. Yes, the child memorizes that orange is 10, blues is 9, etc. -- but it seems like this is teaching the child that ten is a Thing, and nine is a different Thing, and so forth, and that as such the numbers are all separate entities, black boxes that aren't composed of anything. Without the lines, the rods seem to promote that the relationship between numbers is side-by-side comparison rather than composition. This also seems to promote numbers as things to memorize rather than things to understand. I also wonder how this is a useful visualization tool later on... how is the child going to have an accurate mental image of something 6cm (or at least the relationship between something 6cm and something 2cm)? Why do people like C rods so much more than unit blocks or other manipulatives? How exactly are they able to help a child's mathematical thinking?
  8. I have read great things about using Cuisenaire rods for math in the early years. I have 3 yr old twins & a 4 yr old that I'd like to start with. Does anyone have any suggestions/ideas on where to begin with them? Thanks so much!
  9. Anyone try these connecting ones? I'm wondering if the are the same size as the non connectiong rods. Or do you prefer them not to connect? I'll be using them with K-6th grade children over the summer (10 kids). I also found magnetic rods. Any thoughts on those? Thanks!
  10. You probably have read my other thread about my daughter, age 5 years 1 month, who has trouble remembering the difference between the numbers in the teens and the twenties (and any number after that....). I know this is very common, thanks to the reassurances from all of you, so instead of panicking, I simply want to supplement our current math with something that might help her grasp the concepts better. We finished Singapore Earlybird and now are doing the Power Math book, and she really loves it. However, we have reached the point where she is required to put numbers in order from smallest to greatest (such as a set with 4, 9, 15, and 27) and generally she can do it, but she has trouble sometimes. She can put numbers in order from greatest to smallest when they are smaller numbers (a set with 12, 9, 1, and 5) but not always with larger numbers. She stopped recognizing / remembering how to write the numbers in the teens once we introduced the twenties; now she confuses, say, 12 and 21, and when I tell her to write 15 she wants to write the 5 first. Again, I know this is normal, but I do want her to know this! :) This child loves to color, and she enjoys doing her work when she is not frustrated, but the moment she gets frustrated, she becomes angry and does not want to work any longer. I don't want her to feel angry and discouraged! :( She does not memorize well at this point in her life (such as counting by 5s, 10s, etc.) and shows no interest in doing so, or in memorizing math facts, so I do not push her to. (However, she does want to know how to tell time, so I tell her she needs to count by 5s first....) So, what kind of math would you recommend? Bill (Spy Guy) kindly recommend Miquon but I just don't know if that's for me. Others suggested Right Start, yet others said it might be too close to Singapore. And many suggested Math-U-See, which does sound appealing! Please note: I do not have hardly any time at all to prepare, so please, please take this into consideration. I need an open-and-go curriculum, and as embarrassed as I am to say it, I feel comfortable working with workbooks. I know, I need to break out of that!!!! It's the public schooled person in me (blech! :tongue_smilie:). :lol: I really, really appreciate your help! ETA: I meant to add a poll! How do I do that?
  11. I see Lab Annotations, Notes to Teachers, Workbook Orange, First Grade Diary. Are they all essential to someone completely new to the program? Thanks. Can you buy the Annotations only for Orange?
  12. I'm considering getting some Cuisenaire rods for my kids. I'd like to buy from Rainbow Resource Center when I make my big order but they have so many kinds. I like the idea of the ones that have little indents so that they show the actual number. What kind do you have? Anything else that I should get to go along with the rods?
  13. Here are Geraldine Rodgers' thoughts on the use of the Cuisenaire Rods as she saw them being used in a unique manner in Belgium. She has given my permission to share these pages from her book. I'd be interested to see if anyone else is doing things like this, and just how it compares to Miquon. (I'm planning on buying Miquon at our homeschooling convention next weekend.) http://www.thephonicspage.org/Other/rods.html
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