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#1 of 6 Old 01-12-2012, 06:59 AM - Thread Starter
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Hi everyone! I am FINALLY going to commit to cuisenaire rods for helping my son with math concepts. He is in 1st grade in a traditional school system, but I have regretted for too long not sending him to Montessori for early learning, and am now "putting my money where my mouth is" by teaching him at home (supplemental teaching that is.)

I am looking for advice on resources. I went to etacuisenaire.com and am liking their connecting cuisenaire rod sets, and also their lessons.

I am looking for any feedback on rods, the connectors vs. traditional rods, and more (!) resources on setting up lessons for my son at home.

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As a mom who homeschooled her kids through the primary/middle school years, we've used cuisenaires a lot. I love them.

 

We were given a small set of the connecting rods, but for our purposes we much preferred the traditional wooden sets. There's a lot of three-dimensional building and free-play that happened with the wooden rods that simply wouldn't work well with the little nubbins at the end of the plastic connecting rods. Also, it's fussy to have to connect and disconnect rods every time you just want to see that 8 and 7 are the same length as five of the 3's. You fit them all together, but bump the first one off the train as you add the fifth one, so you have to fix it, and then if they're not all fully pressed into their mates the lengths don't end up being a perfect match. So you snug them all up and check and yes, they're equal, so then you have to separate them all before you can do the next problem or activity. A small ruler or the edge of a book make it very quick and easy to line the traditional rods up and their lengths are so precisely measured that there's never any doubt about what's equal.

 

We actually got the most use out of cuisenaires in the very earliest of math stages -- up to about 1st grade level or early 2nd grade (in the Miquon Math program, which has introduced all four operations at a basic level by that point). From 2nd grade onwards we found it very helpful to have the cuisenaire set augmented by matching base-ten manipulatives (flats equivalent to 100 units, and at least one large 1000-unit cube). We bought an orange base-ten starter set and discarded the unit cubes lest they create confusion since they were the "wrong" colour to jive with the cuisenaire set. This worked very well. You might consider including something like this so that once his schoolwork starts carrying him into three-digit numbers, you can continue using familiar manipulatives to explore them at home.

 

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Thanks Miranda! That was really great feedback on connectors vs. wood. I went ahead and ordered the solid wood set from Learning Resources. I also purchased the Orange and Red book for the Miqhon Math. Super excited! The wood rods arrived last night and we are going to explore them today!

Looking forward to seeing the books and see how to start some worksheets/exercises. I devised some sample ones on my own. Fingers crossed he'll get into them. joy.gif


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Glad it was helpful. Enjoy your cuisenaires!

 

Years ago I made up a little booklet to introduce my middle dd to the rods. She was wanting "a math workbook" but I wanted things to remain playful and exploratory, so I cobbled together some games and activities and made her a book to help her get familiar with the rods. Some of the activities are more "pre-Miquon," while some of the games involve strategic and mathematical thinking that can stretch even much older children. If you want to have a look at some of the ideas while you're waiting for your Miquon books, you can view / download / print it from this link.

 

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Great! My son saw the booklet online and asked to print it out and play. I introduced the rods to him yesterday. He immediately started building a pattern. I prompted by asking "you need a two" or something like that, to introduce that rods can have a number value. He then started asking colored rods by number or size vs. color. This is going to be exciting, since this is the way I visualize math, and am wondering if my son is similar. The rods I am hoping offer the foundational concepts he has been missing from traditional school. eyesroll.gif

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Hey, Karen!  I am so glad that you are developing a love for Cuisenaire Rods!  When time allows, connect with us on Twitter (@etacuisenaire), Facebook or our forum (http://etateacher.ning.com/).  We post lessons on all manipulatives (including Cuisenaire Rods) from time to time.  We'd love for you and others to be part of our community.  Hope to hear back from you soon on any of our social media platforms.  :-)

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