Farrar Posted August 29, 2012 Share Posted August 29, 2012 Okay, this got so long probably no one will reply. As we started Yellow, I realized our days with Miquon were numbered. Alas. I guess I've got time, but I'd potentially like to start weaving in a little bit of whatever we switch to by winter and I expect we'll be done with Miquon by some time in spring. I think I'd feel better if I had a plan - a destination to be getting ready for. There have been threads about this before, but after reading several, none of them quite satisfied me with an answer. The main things that work about Miquon for my ds don't seem to be replicated in many programs. It's spiral and does not demand mastery at all. I really need a program that leads a kid into conceptual thinking in a completely non-threatening way. With Miquon, it's easy to jump around to a new topic when something isn't working. And it's also easy to know that if a kid doesn't get something now, we'll come back to it later in new ways. We have also really continued to make use of the C-rods and been really hands on with math. I don't see Singapore or MM working for him. We've done the CWP a year behind grade level (he's just starting the second grade one now) but I don't think SM overall will work for him and I know he found MM overwhelming and stressful. The way that MM wants you to really get it freaks him out, I know. My poor bundle of anxiety. Kitchen Table Math might be good... except it didn't work for me as a teacher and I know I need the touchstone of some sort of student book. I tried to do some of it, but it wasn't the right format for me to teach. Ditto Right Start. We do the RS card games, which I love, but RS as an overall program is so scripted and teacher intense in a way that doesn't suit me as a teacher. We did MEP 1a in first grade, but it was a big flop and lots of tears so we didn't do 1b and switch to MM (it worked for one kid, but not for this one and he eventually switched to Miquon). I was looking at grade 3 and thinking it was stuff he could probably do now (except for metric measurement and Roman numerals, which we have only ever covered in the most vague way) and it might be better for us now, but that first grade experience has me hesitant. It's definitely spiral, but is it spiral enough? If we let something go because it's making him crazy that day, will he have missed it or will it be covered again? One of the things that was hard about MEP is that they like to throw in these hard problems, you know, for fun. Not so fun for my ds. Other options? Something I've not considered? Whine. Why can't Miquon go on forever? I want a Miquon Pink and a Miquon Mauve and a Miquon Black (for ninja math) and a Miquon Navy (for conquering other math programs)... Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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