That which is this program's strength — its discovery-oriented approach to learning — can also be its greatest weakness for some students and parents, especially those who believe that to become educated means to memorize certain data or to master certain mathematics formulae. Miquon Math seeks, as a fundamental commitment, to train your child to look for alternative solutions, to "think outside the box," to discover what is not immediately obvious.
Miquon requires curiosity, flexibility, and
openness to investigation. If your children prefer
to be given the facts, the discovery-oriented
approach may not be appealing.
Miquon Math's approach can help some children to truly understand math in a way that they wouldn't otherwise, but, as noted, it has its limitations. Besides the emotional limitation for some students (who could not care less to understand the subject), please note, too, that Miquon usually requires more time from the parent than competitive programs. The publisher recommends that parents and children work together as a team to share ideas and discoveries.
One teacher's manual (the Annotated Lab Notes) covers all six workbooks from first through third grade. Though one can usually figure out how to do something with most of the pages in the workbooks, the Lab Notes contain specific, helpful instructions, suggestions, and anecdotes for using each and every page in the workbooks. The Lab Notes' contributions go way beyond the obvious.
Overall, Miquon Math is an inspiring and inexpensive — but very profitable — program.
Due to the difficulty of starting Miquon Math in midstream, the publishers — and we — urge you, if you are just beginning the program and have a child in second or third grade, to start with the books from the grade before (see their item numbers; books beginning with "1" are generally for first grade; "2" for second grade; etc.)
Finally, please note that Miquon doesn't cover long division.