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Last year we used MUS Primer with lots of supplements to fill in the holes. My son's favorite subject WAS math. For 1st we switched to Mammoth Math, because I felt Alpha seemed light. He hates it. The pages and amount of problems we need to do are overwhelming to him. He IS really progressing with math and I like open and go nature of MM. I'm torn because while I like the program it is killing his love for math. It has also become a fighting point during school. We finished the first book but I don't think I have it in me to fight through the second book. I kept hoping he would adjust but he isn't. I wonder if we just need a switch. I don't want to juggle a bunch of books and it needs to be somewhat open and go. I have a newborn and a 3 year old so my time is precious. I just don't know what I would replace it with. 1. Singapore has so many books to juggle although it looks like a great program. It's not out of the running but I have hesitation. 2. MIF sounds promising. Maybe this is our compromise curriculum. 3. Miquon sounds great. I own all the books but I open it up and even look through annotations and its just confusing and I feel like I can't afford another math switch or we may fall behind. I am very drawn to this curriculum. This is my first choice if I can figure it out. 4. I could also go back to MUS but I just don't feel this program is rigorous enough. This is probably MY last choice, but my son did like MUS. I think I need help sifting through my options.
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 heâ€™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 havenâ€™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 Everythingâ€™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