Here you will see students as young as 4 and 5 years old doing algebra and "advanced" math, without ever knowing it's supposed to be hard.
You are invited to learn how to use this method...

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Algebra with Base 10 Manipulatives

This little girl is doing some pretty big math.  Algebra doesn't have to be hard or scary. It' can be exciting easy and fun. I admonish all parents and teachers using this method to introduce algebra early. Four and five is not too young, Little kids enjoy algebra, especially when they don't know it's supposed to be hard.

In kid culture, they do know algebra is supposed to be hard. So when they see themselves doing algebra and it's easy and fun they think that they're smart. Their self talk is superior to those failing algebra, I assure you. 

The idea here is to introduce concepts gradually, but you'll find that with this method we cover a lot more ground a lot faster than the traditional symbol-based approach. Using base 10 blocks makes algebra visually obvious and so easy even very little children can do it and have fun at the same time.

Compare and contrast this to symbol based approach which often results in teenage tears. The problem I see in many mah textbooks is that they introduce too many concepts at once. This makes the "cognitive load" too high and algebra becomes frustrating. Instead, using base 10 blocks they can get their hands on it and we introduce one concept at a time. The algebra is actually used to teach addends and multiplication facts.  So a concept is introduced, we play with it, another concept is introduced and then we play with that.  While we are learning math concepts we are counting. But again don't be confused, computation is not all there is to mathematics. Mathematics is the development of logic and reasoning.

While we are learning basic math concepts, 45 addends and 400 multiplication facts can be internalized for instant recall not just memorized and forgotten again.

The fact that she still on her fingers doesn't matter either. Neither does the fact that she couldn't write all of these problems down quickly.  In fact if we took the time for her to write them down it would slow the lesson down to the point where he wouldn't get anything done. Learning math concepts can be done whether or not the child can write, in fact her ability to write is not reflective of her ability to learn math at all. Public schools seem to have this confused. Mathematics is intrinsic to the human mind. Concept based teaching of mathematics with base 10 blocks not only speed the process up but removes a lot of the pain.

In the short eight minutes we introduced some very powerful and important math concepts. The concept of the exponent, distribution; we reinforced counting by fours and nines did addends for 11 and 12 and 13. We didn't do stale worksheets. It wasn't boring, it was fun: child's play.

The deck is definitely stacked against little girls. In 2017, we still put little girls at a disadvantage. There still told math is a "guy thing." Girls are often discouraged from participating in math and science even if it's unconsciously. And mathematics is still taught to the male visual learner. Kinesthetic female learners usually have a difficult time with mathematics. But this method levels the playing field.

I charge $50 an hour or for $200.00 you get five classes. All you need is gmail vid chat and A set of blocks. This little girl could use a playmate and I have one other little girl would also like of playmate too.  If $200.00 is out of your price range, for $36 a month you can get passwords that allow you access to a plethora videos and webpages that show you how to do it yourself.  For example Raymond's page, shows you how to start off very young children. But there are many more password protected pages than that with PDFS and more.

Subraction in Action

Subtraction when done right should be easy and fun. All it takes is the proper method and a little practice. In this video you see intermediate supremely simple subtraction. Where we are not just taking away one digit...but two. With a little more practice, long strings of digits can be done quickly and easily.

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I don't see why it's difficult to train your child to understand if that number is bigger than that number then this number is one less... And if the number on the bottom is bigger just add the addend. And little more practice you can go from left to right instead of right to left. The idea is to make computation fast and easy.

It is amazing to me that we have fallen down this early on in the teaching of mathematics. This is just subtraction, it shouldn't be hard. If you want to make subtraction easy and fun for your kids just click the link. Supremely Simple Subtraction.

Friday, January 6, 2017

Base Ten Blocks and Playdoh

Basically what you see here is a math rich environment in action.

Playin is learning. Play with the stuff they like to play with... In this case playdoh and manipulatives, or base 10 bucks.

This screen cast got over 150 hits in a day, I'm pretty sure people were amazed by their ability to multiply more than by the playdoh but you never know with the Internet.

If you like it, share it.

Basically we played and had fun first and learned math concepts second. this play session lasted about two hours you'll the complete lack of symbols interplay we just talked about the concepts, the symbols will come later.

Here you see us playing with addends and subtraction. A lot is going on here... You see Hero Zero wearing his five disguise at the top, first it was a 10 and we made addends for 10 below it and the four-year-old showed me ten take away one in no uncertain terms.

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Here we see an addend for seven and a couple cutouts.
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Here you can see how the boys lined up and press them in.

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And here we are getting ready for addends bigger than 10.
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Talk about making impressions, here we see 6+4 really is the same as 7+3, and they're both the same as 10.
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So what if they don't line up  perfectly? They still "get it" and that this age the emphasis is on fun not on being didactic with clay. You can't play "wrong."
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Cutouts for the one I don't talk about talk much about the video. And you don't see it much here either but we did all kinds of map of the cutouts, mostly adding and subtracting and smooshing together.
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Then we started playing with fraction, under my direction... It's play but it's directed play.  "Why don't we..?" "What if we..?" "What would happen if..?""Can you make a square and cut it up?"

Looks like an American cheese single. And right there I got about 100 ideas for lessons with a pack of cheese singles... Eat your math lessons, that will get them subtracting--assuming you like eating processed American mucus forming, chemically enhanced for optimum flavored cheese-like substances. I wonder if I could get Kraft as a sponsor. Anyway I can see lots of lessons that could be done with cheese singles.

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Here we talked about one whole, then because it was yellow we cut it into a 4 x 4 square using the four block as a guide. First would cut it in half then we cut each half into it quarters and the make up the other way and we talked about equivalent fractions 1/4 equals 2/8, and they could see it. And then we got those in the house and you get what we see here:
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This gives a good chance to practice coming by fours and to see 4/16 is the same as one quarter.  You can also see a relationship of 1 to 3, 1:3, but we did not talk about it at all I mention it here because it's so blatantly obvious we could show it equivalent fractions the other way keep it simple and fun and don't try to stuff too much in there at a time. Older kids and adults might be ready to make the switches between the two but with the toddlers I made sure it was a coherent lesson with no jumps and perception. It's one square with a strip colored in as opposed into rectangles, one over the other to show ratio and equivalent fractions of one third that way. This one square teaches a lot of math to toddlers as it is. his could just as easily been a lesson about right angles and squares and square root.

The older boy wants in on the action since you did such a good job accounting by fours and sixes.
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But the younger boy would like to know that he did all the "work."

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Bigger is funner. Here we put  together a 6 x 6 square and talked about fractions as we did it can you see that fractions and multiplication go hand-in-hand and that you can't teach one without the other than that you can teach multiplication with fractions.  Why not teach fractions while you teach multiplication or why not teach multiplication with fractions?
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Since it was all cut up already or use a six to show one out of six or 1/6 and that was the same as 6/36 or six out of 36. Again they didn't see any symbols and we didn't do any writing during the lesson. But when they do see them, the symbols will make sense.
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 Just for fun, here's one of 36. 1/36.
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 And since they had some purple Playdoh,  they made six out of 36 themselves. Again I see you ratio listing here 5 to 1 or 1:5, but we didn't do it. You could if your students are a little older. Or as a separate lesson.
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 Them we made it smaller and talk about fives and fifths each blue-black is one of five or 1/5th. Of course conking my fives is easy and fun.
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 Which is the same as 2/10ths, and here you see them using their imagination to break it into tenths.

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 It was fun rolling out the skinny lines and making stuff with them. I missed taking pictures of them playing with the yellow flat and showing other fractions and fraction concepts. But you get the idea.
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 And after we played long enough with these concepts we just crunched it all together and started over again.
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"What should we do next?" the four-year-old asked.
 "I dunno." I said, "let's just play and see what happens."

Here is a video for the boys help me tell the story. Caution: they may blow your mind with their ability to count.

At the time I made this post using YouTube and Screencast-o-Matic had outages that were commonplace. I put screencasts here for all my teacher friends who have YouTube blocked at skool but then the screencasts stopped working so now I'm going back and finding screen casts that don't work and am replacing them with  YouTube vids or links.

This screen cast is titled "Crewton Ramone play W/Clay Learn Math" on both YouTube and Screencast-o-Matic. People ask me if they can use my material on blogs and web posts, lancer is by all means just a link back to wherever you got it.

Here are couple of old posts where they play and learn math:

More fun math activities.

Math rich environment.

Four-year-old math enrichment.

Find us on Facebook... and at the house of math.

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Base Ten Blocks for 2017

SO much to do.

Got fractions videos to put up on the fractions's been a couple YEARS that that page has needed work...passwords really are going to change shortly and many pages are going behind paywalls when in doubt use the sitewide password....and there's a slight chance that I have a live seminar/playshop here in Southern California...somewhere in "the valley" January meantime sometimes people figure rapidly that what's at the house of math currently is worth a whole lot more than $349.99. And I am quite serious when I say if you can find lessons that make math easy using base ten blocks post them here. 
This is what gets me out of bed in the morning.
Got in another conversation about Khan Academy. Which is great, free lessons BUT they are "traditional" symbol based lessons with no pictures. No compound lessons and lots of memorization...and I have heard more times than I can count that watching the videos over and over again does not lead to understanding although you can remember the steps long enough to take the test--sometimes. I have had high school students tell me over and over again teachers basically let Khan Academy teach their classes for them and homework can consist of watching vids there.
"if I didn't get it the firs time watching again and again isn' going to help although once in a great while watching it over and over again makes something click. I still have an "F" though." ~16 year old girl, with regard to Kahn. Same girl: "Holy crap! I watched your video one time and totally got it why didn't anybody tell me this before?"
I find the explanations clear and usually concise, but again the algorithms are symbol based and I have an ace up my sleeve because I know what the symbols mean and the pictures they represent due to my familiarity with base ten blocks. Again it's not me it's the tools and understanding of their best use.   Also you get compound lessons that teach more than one thing at a time.
High school kids who tell me they hate the site because they hate math have no pictures or blocks. You'd hate English too if all you learned was letters like c o w but never saw a cow; chair could be confusing because they both have four legs and start with "c" but you've never seen a chair either...and nobody ever explained to you that those letters mean the thing you sit in as opposed to an animal from which milk can be had assuming you get a female. I have talked to more than one teen that was confused by Khan Academy not because Sal is a bad teacher but because he lacks tools other than symbols. Many have benefited from the vids there and he has many, many more than I do.

Despite appearances I did not pay for this testimonial.
The idea is that free or not, a huge amount of videos that explain math or not--it's not fun, kids often don't "get it" and it helps but still falls short for too many students, particularly female kenesthetic learners but also males. If you go through my blog and website, Crewton Ramone's House of Math you will see why this is a problem. It's just more of the same. It will work for a certain percentage of students...but my method works for a much greater percentage. "Gifted and talented" as well as challenged or remedial. I guarantee you most autistic kids do not prosper there at Khan Academy although there are a few for whom the method is perfect.

The point is the base ten block method works for more students more often.

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Healthy Sibling Rivalry is a good thing.
Problem: most people don't know how to use base ten blocks effectively and completely. They fall off right after basic operations and usually explain division incorrectly...and no one shows you how to subtract with addends. Nobody. Most base ten block use is limited to addition & subtraction (regrouping) and that's it.
Nobody is showing you how to teach trig to 8 year olds or calc and 3rd & 4th power algebra to ten year olds...
My website needs a lot of work and I basically lost a year trying to build the Kajabi site many lessons never saw the light of day because the threads weren't the pages never got published...all you got was the teacher training but I had several other stands like trig and algebra partially built. Oh well. Pretty much all of it is at the house of math NOW, just not in such a snazzy format and some of the vids are low quality because they were uploaded when I was having net problems...well I wasn't: the cable company was, but now it's all high speed. have to replace the low quality ones but first I have to replace or re-cut the screencasts that don't work at all anymore.
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Anyhow, I will work on the house of math this year and I think will come back online this year...also there are going to be some more Crewton Ramone in the kitchen vids...lots of stuff to do in the new year. Also many have asked for more "getting started guidance." More what to do first type stuff and then what to do after that...which is more concrete than "anything you want."
Also need to revamp and add to the parent/teacher training and add more elsewhere too. Even where it's at now, if you go through all the training I have up currently you will be head and shoulders above most elementary math teachers. That's not hyperbole. Experienced teachers have been amazed. I show you how to use the tools to get more done faster without pain and tears but with joy and laughter. As I have heard more than once, it's life changing.
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DO not discount this blog and old blog posts, once you get some instruction or training you can see the method/theory in action here. There is information you won't/can't get anywhere else, like thisHere is a collection of vids showing a little history.

Here is a new MATH PDFs page for people who don't want to buy a password but still want PDFs
Also working on my book,  "How to teach Math o Young Children" (trying to bang out chapter 4)...and tutoring an interesting set of students this year. Nice to get these from password purchasing people:
"Thanks so much! I love your videos and materials and look forward to using them with my kids!
Best regards,
Anne-Marie Tan, Ph.D.
Certified Reading Specialist, K-12"

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Getting Started AMA1

base ten blocks, algebra, #littlekidsHere is an email exchange that is all too typical. Before we begin let me say none of the little girls pictured are his little girl and this is exactly the time to start teaching math concepts right along with language and motor skills development. But her ability to push a crayon around is not indicative of her ability to understand basic math concepts which, when you think about it are just vocabulary.

How many is three?

What is three anyway?

Well, one and another one and one more. Or two plus one...half of six, the square root of nine...there's a lot to know about three. And at that age it's fun to learn it with blocks with your mom and dad or one or the other. And this is the right attitude. Explore and discover together and you shall see in short order, a little child shall lead them. 

I will say again consciousness rising: there was a time that they had you believing you might have bad math genes.  This dad understands that he has an opportunity to break a cycle forever. Once you learn how to do this they can teach their own children. Kinda like riding a bicycle. This is the difference between rudimentary understanding via memorization, and knowing. Anyway I share this with you because it typifies a lot of mail I get but this one is exactly the right age...I hate it when I get mail like this but instead of three and a half it's 16...

Hi Crewton,

I have a 3.5 year old daughter.

My love of math was squashed when I was in the 5th grade and they introduced long division. I hated math in high school barely squeaked by Algebra and Geometry. I never took Calc or Trig but satisfied my last math requirements by taking "computer programming" classes.

So... here I am. Wanting to give a strong foundation for my daughter to LOVE math and have FUN with math and be GREAT at math.

And I think that learning how to teach Mortensens Math to my 3-year old would actually teach ME how to LOVE and have fund and be great at math as well!

I've looked around enough to believe that Mortensen's Math is the way to go.

And I've read enough great feedback about you on a number of forums, that I feel confident you have the tools, training, resources, etc.

I see that you are extremely generous with information on your website. However, (probably due to my previous bad association with math) I feel completely overwhelmed with the amount of information and seriously have no idea where to start.

Do you have a simple 1, 2, 3, A, B, C (buy this, DO this) recommendation for a math-phobic parent with a 3.5 year old?

Thank you!

Austin, TX

J.R. If it was Dallas it would have been too perfect. But anyway my heart particularly goes out to little girls because the deck is so stacked against them. And the concept of transference is very real your show math anxiety THEY show math anxiety except they don't know why. So play and have fun and learn together--with my help.  Hundreds have now come before you. Quite a few get tutoring and then very quickly see all they have to do is play blocks. The cool thing about this is it works for the gifted and talented kids because it's accelerated learning due to multi-sensory input. Visual, Auditory, Kinesthetic...base ten blocks cover all the bases.

Getting Started AMA1  + New Year's Stealth Sale.


Unfortunately the warehouse is down for the holidays and you just missed our product sale.

Get a password. Start, ANYWHERE--you've got years. But the getting started page is a great place to begin then the EZ PZ Overview, once you get a password. From there Parent teacher training...

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 45 addends, 400 multiplication facts.

There is a lot of free stuff currently...look through it. But just like learning a new language it will take years to get comfortable...right now play and have fun and put concepts and math facts in. For everything there is a season this is an important post to understand the opportunity you have to make a change.

Get my free subtraction book and there is a Holiday bonus gift attached (I sent him the curious counter compendium). You can get my password for $349.00 if you do it before New Years, NORMALLY I say take advantage of the free stuff but I'd say get a password now because a lot of pages are about to go behind paywalls, and a combo kit combo ($135.00) or a deluxe combo kit combo and you are in for under 500 bucks and it's an investment that will last a lifetime. I can't do anything about the product price or availability but I can offer you a deal on the passwords and training. (And quite a deal considering I charge $50.00 and hour and those trainings go 4 or 5 hours at a shot.) And you'll be able to get started as soon as your blocks come.
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And I can't give you the same deal I gave people for the Christmas sale, BUT get a password and I'll throw training 2x in for free...good till new years. That's a $100.00 in real savings.

Season's Greetings.

And if three or more sign up I'll send you all my division book FREE, even the life time members paid for that.  Also I should throw this in, it's like meeting the parents.

Monday, December 26, 2016

Merry Chrsitmas 2016

Merry Christmas, Mele Kaliki Maka you guys is nutz, 500 people came to my blog yesterday and 507 people came to the House Of Math on Christmas Day! Of that only 332 were "new" that means 675 people had been to the house of math at leaste once and some of you mathaholics 10x or more. Playing math on Christmas-- I can not think of anything better than that: giving the gift of knowledge for Christmas. And I hope some of those 675 had fun and saw how magical math can be...when you see the wonder and they begin asking "what if" on their own. (They won't ask if you don't.) I also envision a few of those being because boxes of blocks got opened under the tree. Right now it's because parents want their kids to have them but one day kids are going to ASK for them...this was a dream of a man named Jerry Mortensen. Dreams can be contagious, and those are the worst and most dangerous ones.

I am famous among some students for saying math takes no holiday.  Yesterday I took one, starting with missing my flight Christmas then I took the Red Eye and got in at 6:30 AM, got to drive on an empty freeway at 95 MPH which to a Maui boy is a Christmas Present all in itself. I was doing 80 but kept getting passed like I was standing still so I kicked up to 95 just to keep even.

Sunrise out the airplane window at 30,000 feet.
Guess which City I'm in.

Pretty sure here was math involved.
I went to not one, but two Christmas dinners. Basically ate and drank and laughed continuously for 5 hours…got to drive at 95 again and then ate and drank and laughed and played with my old friend Ziggy the cat for 4 more…still not hungry today…view from 30th story flat in downtown LA.

You do math all the time when you calculate how long it will take you to get there...making adjustments for weather and traffic if you miscalculate and then try to make it up while driving in California you could end up here:
No too smoggy.

You do it automatically...switching between bases without thinking...11:55 plus 10 minutes is is 12:05 not 11:65...people who tell me they can't do math, while speaking it in English, that can tell time make me smile. They are simply victims of clever programming. If you can do ha you can do any of it, and by the way you learned to do that. There was a time when you couldn't tell time and you didn't care.  Very few believe me when I say that the reason the masses can't do math is very much on purpose and by design. Meantime they can't each their own kids rudimentary algebra; but don't feel bad neither can the teachers in public high schools who believe a certain percentage have to fail...they are programmed, too. The better to extract wealth from you. No one wants to hear this. Fine.

And I've watched the problem steadily increase for 27 years website just turned 8 so far it's cost me $2,400.00, in that 8 years I've received a little over 50 dollars in donations. LOL. But I do have a small, but loyal cadre of customers who have paid 100 bucks or more for passwords, YOU support this effort, and for that I thank you. Soon many pages that are currently free are going behind paywalls. Those with passwords won’t be affected, freeloaders are welcome to see if they can find what’s currently at Crewton Ramone's House of Math for free some place else.....when you do, come back and post it here or on Face Book, I enjoy watching other people teach math...speaking of that.

Here is a great website, Education Unboxed for users of cuisenaire rods beware though, people seem to have a little problem with division for example this video is the still the number one hit on youtube for division with base ten blocks...although she clearly doesn't know how to model the problem.  She does know how to divide up base ten blocks into this...I show you how to use base ten blocks to mirror the notation they get in school and show you why the problems are set up the way they are.  Across and up for multiplication across and down for division--but this book will show you how to put it together and make division easy.

Should be able to get quite a bit done this week...starting with fixing webpages and making stuff work again winter maintenance then password changes. Also in January I will be having One our live Q&A's/AMA's via google chat just look for the link. And on the 21st a live 4 to 5 hour training...those of you who got passwords during the sale ought come as part of your free gifts. Anybody, that bought anything is welcome at the Q&A's/AMA's Other's mark your calendar and come on the 21st for $50.00.  

Friday, December 16, 2016

Birthday Sale

Marti has completed another trip around the celebrate a flash sale.
Blocks and passwords:

Sale is ovr
CKC consists of consists of the bottom two trays plus ONE of the multi tens trays.
DCKC consists of consists of the bottom two trays plus TWO of the multi tens trays.

Sorry no 10 pay on kits.

Passwords ONLY:

sale is over

If all else fails use this link:

All purchases come with a training. And a access to one hour Q&A. Check back here or FB for tonight's sample Q&A. There will be a link you can click to join a google hangout...tonight:

Q&A was quite nice....

Sunday, December 4, 2016

2016 Chistmas SALE

Well here it is the last sale of the year.

Mortco informs me the sale is for a week...I was going to leave it until the 15th but SALE ENDS the 12th...

Are you new to this? Check out Crewton Ramone's House of Math and specifically these videos.

Combo kits. The combo kit is your GO TO kit. It's also the only kit on sale. A combo kit combo consists of three trays. A top tray a bottom tray and a set of Multi tens. M10s

Two Multi tens sets per combo kit makes math faster and easier because you don't have to get out and count single ten rods. If that sentence makes no sense to you, you should come to training. If that sentence does make sense you, should still come to training. Click to see a Combo kit combo in action.
You will find this is indeed BY FAR the best, easiest, funnest way to teach math to your kids. Here are a few testimonials.

What people don't seem to understand is, this knowledge is unique. Lots of people have base ten blocks, cuisenaire rods or similar, but very few people have perfected a methodology that works to teach math conceptually and fewer still have made and effort to bring it you. Most of those who have, cost a lot more but I don't see them teaching trig to 8 year olds or teaching 4 year olds algebra.  They make money selling you books and manuals. (That are not as effective as video I might add).

If you already have base ten blocks my pdfs and videos will show you how to use them to best effect.

Basically your passport has 4 links to four passwords, three of them ONLY work on one page each but the "Sitewide" works on lots of pages. If all else fails:

Total it up and use this link:

BTW I also take those old fashioned things called CHECKS by snail mail. Here is my contact information.

Already have blocks, need help learning to use them.

Passwords and Training Only.

P4 "Lifetime" Passport. 4 Passwords. $349.95 SALE: $300.00 + DDnDD, 2 Trainings + Q&A
Save $100.00
A4 Annual Passport. 4 Passwords. $125.95 SALE: $108.00 + DDnDD, 1 Training + Q&A
Save $50.00


P2 2 Passwords One Year $249.98 SALE: $108.00  + DDnDD 1 Training + Q&A
Parent Training only.  1 Password. $149.99
SiteWide. 1 Password.  Most Bang for the buck. $99.99

That's basically like getting a year of access for $29.99 +50.00 P/T Training + 19.99 DDnDD

And I'll throw these in for FREE for a year.

EZ PZ Overview 1 Password. 39.95 Included in P4 &A4
Trig 1 Password. 39.95 Included in P4 & A4

Break it into 10 payments:

Blocks only:

Combo Kit Only Reg $95.00 Sale $80.00

Combo Kit Combo Reg $130.00 Sale $100.00
One Combo kit plus One Multi Tens (M10)

Deluxe Combo Kit Combo  Reg $165.00 Sale $135.00

M10 Only Reg $42.00 Sale $35.00
M10 Pair Reg  $84.00 Kirk Lunde Special $60.00
M10 Four Reg $168.00 Sale $130.00 (2@30 2@35)

Plus I'll throw in the PDF's Package if you don't already have them. Plus Q&A.

Just Want To Teach Using Blocks 

Set Up Your Homeschool. Buy cases, get Passwords and Training FREE.

Case of Combo Kits (4)
Reg $330.75 Sale $280.00

Case of Combo Kit Combos (4/4)
Reg $520.00 Sale $410.00

Case of Deluxe Combo Kit Combos (4/8)
Reg $666.75 Sale 540.00

Case of M10s (20)
Reg 42 ea. Sale 600.00 30 ea. (20)

THREE Cases CKCs (12/12) $1140.00

THREE Cases DCKCs (12/24) $1550.00

Buy any one case I'll throw in the PDF's Package if you don't already have them.  Plus ONE Training and the Q&A.

**Order two cases of Deluxe Combo kit combos, receive one extra training for a total of TWO.

***3 cases  CKCs receive A4 (Annual passport all four! $108.00), + Total two trainings $100.00 Save $208.00
****4 cases (combo kits or three cases DCKCs) receive A4, +Total three trainings
Save $258.00

+P/T  Training Password ONLY (P/T good for one year) +PDFs + 1 Training + Q&A

Combo Kit Only 
Combo Kit Combo
Deluxe Combo Kit Combo

+Sitewide (SW Good for one year)  ONLY+PDFs + 1 Training + Q&A

Sorry no ten pay option.

My Three Books for $14.99 Reg 24.98.  Don't get this if you are getting ANY Passport or Blocks. Divinely Dandy Division is usually $19.99 alone.

Skip Count Tape and Coloring books.

If you are new and just want to put a toe in as it were.

Skip count CD on sale for $10.00,  Coloring books 20 or both for $25.00, or CD coloring books and PDFs for $37.99 for people who aren't ordering kits or passwords. Again don't get PDFs here if you are ordering kis or passwords because he pdfs are included...if you want to add the skip count CD to any order use the all else fails link below.
Not on sale but offered.
5 Classes $200.00 upfront or $50.00@ via vid chat.
Openings for bright 5-8 year olds to join existing vid classes on Mondays 8am HST, Wednesdays 1PM HST.
Bright 8-10 year olds Wednesdays 10am
Bright 7-9 year olds Wednesdays 3pm HST
Bright 11-12 year olds Wednesdays 12pm or 3pm HST emphasis on Algebra.
All classes are one hour and start promptly.

I'll teach math to your homeschool.

Just an Idea: $1299.00 Math Coaching. 2x a week for six months, 26 weeks. Regular "sessions" one hour each in small groups. Work with parents/teachers and their children showing them how this method works by actually tutoring your students right in front of you and then explaining to you what I did and why. This is like OTJ training for those of of you who are thinking about tutoring as an option to supplement your income as a home based business.  Works out $25.00 an hour and will only work if several people or home school groups sign up. Or $699.00 for 13 weeks. If it's 10 people in your homeschool group that works out to $69.99 a person. And it would be best if you were one group behind one terminal but you could be in up to 9 different places. And I could mix and match homeschool groups...

Also have now done several teleseminars for homeschool's not as hard as you think.  There's plenty of easy tech that turns your big screen tv into your computer monitor...put your lap top in front of the tv and boom two way vid chat to a group.

I get to take screen shots and video. 

Contact for details. Put Math Coaching in The Subject Line.Total it up and use this link:

For example you want to add a CD or coloring books to an order above and do in one transaction.

When you get your blocks, get some training.  All Lifetime Passports and Annuals come with a least ONE complimentary training.  These usually cost 50 bucks.  I will also throw in BOTH my Division Book and Counters Compendium for people who buy any combination of blocks and as you see, at reduced prices if you get the skip count tape and coloring books.  If you have a password you can download Supremely Simple Subtraction and the Curious Counters Compendium plus a boat load of other PDFs here.


Also I think I will throw in one hour a week Q&A for the month of Jan not necessarily training just Q& to any who buy ANYthing,  I will have a google hangout open for an hour once a many have found, I can clear up a lot of irking questions in short order.

The point is to get you started; once you get started you'll have fun and once you start having fun and learning math you don't need me anymore you can use the blog and website.

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Trigonometery For Little Kids with base ten blocks.

In this pic we see our little man looking from 60° so we can figure out the relationships and put them on the table.
Quick lesson on Trig. This was maybe 15 minutes of an hour lesson where we practiced addends, algebra, multiplication, subtraction, division and more. If it was a little kid we would have drawn a generic triangle and talked about SOH CAH TOA. And that would have been it.  See: How To Teach Trig To Eight Year Olds.

This child was 10, so we did a little more. Talked about two special triangles and made a little trig table, NOTE we did not rationalize the denominators, that will be another lesson. Baby steps. Concept 5: no fun get back to one...
One concept at a time. Keep the cognitive load LOW. Right now most important is understanding what SIN means, which is simply the relationship between the opposite side and the hippopotamus...but you need to understand the what the opposite side means and that it depends on where you are. But look at it as vocabulary. SIN COS AND TAN are words that have meaning and are the basis (along with
Pythagorean theorem) of trigonometry.
We talked about Pythagorean theorem (one or more lessons in and of itself), the fact that the angles add up o 180 another lesson in and of itself and a great way to practice some subtraction...subtract from 100, 100.00 and then subtract from 90 and 90.00.

I hope you can see how after a little bit of practice figuring out angles, where we subtract from 90 you could easily segue into subtraction or algebra lessons x + 60 = opposed to dumping it all on them all at once and then going into the unit circle...sin = y and cos = x?? What? Just memorize SIN30° = .5

We talked about that too...if all I did was memorize SIN30° = .5  and didn't even know that meant the relationship between the opposite side and the hypotenuse was one to two, trig is going to be hard and NO FUN...and no fun. And if I play on the unit circle without even having been exposed to basic concepts the cognitive load is too high, not to mention they probably aren't even trying to teach to my learning style, and I get an "F" and then I have self esteem problems...and $35 bucks a month is too much. OK.
There are a leaste SIX separate lessons here...all of which can be EASILY understood by a six year old if you keep the numbers small while explaining the concepts. Get a password. For $35 bucks a month for 10 months you can have these lessons and more FOR LIFE and AVOID the tears that typically come with math when they are teens...most people wait until their kids are 13 or 14 or even 15 and 16 and confused instead of avoiding the problem in the first place. 

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Birthday Sale!

Birthday Sale! $300.00 Lifetime Passport.

Time to get back to work as a lot of you are either back to school or kicking off another year of homeschooling. So to celebrate my youngest turning 10, I'm taking 50 bucks off (1/7 off) the regular $350.00 price of a LIFETIME Password, Passport, through October 2nd.

Sorry no 10 pay option.

You get Lifetime Benefits for one low price. What you get is a Passport that has 4 passwords to all my password protected content. PLUS you'll get info on how to get into the new Kajabi site's Parent Teacher Training for just $1.00!

See all you get here:

Sitewide: $50.00

As an less expensive alternative, I will give you "the site wide pass" (just the site wide pass) for $50 and if you upgrade to a LIFETIME (ie all 4 passwords) within 30 days (Deadline: Halloween 31OCT2016) the upgrade will only be $250.00! Otherwise, enjoy the Statewide Password for an entire year plus a month for just 50 bucks. (Expires: Halloween 31OCT2017)!


Sitewide: this is the password that gets you the most bang for the buck. It's the password that gets you into the most pages. It gets you into all of these pages (and more):

Completing The Square: This page takes from the very basic starting with young children through all the various lessons you need to make this part of the algebra easy and understandable. I will also give you quite a bit regarding square numbers, square roots, dividing by two, squaring numbers that end in 5 and other basic foundational concepts that make math EZ and fun.  This link takes you to the "start" of it, beginning with the FREE page.

Advanced Algebra:  This page show how to do negative expressions and integers as well as graphing polynomials, some story problems and more. Shows little kids doing "advanced" math. The point is not that they are geniuses the point is if they can do it you can do it and learn how o show your kids too.  There is NO PLACE else you will find 5 and 6 year olds factoring problems like x² - x - 6 or 8 year olds factoring third and fourth power polynomials and HAVING FUN DOING IT.  They ask for it. 

Percentages:This page is great because it makes percentages so easy. Problems like 12 is what percent of 40?  Or 49 is 70% of what number? Are super easy once you can see what you are doing. This page is priceless because the knowledge you find on it is contained nowhere else on the internet that I've seen. 

Problem Solving. This page makes problem solving child's play; also introduces systems of equations using "Ten Apples Up On Top".  Problems like  3x - 2 =  2x + 5 are explained in detail. 

Sample Lessons: This page alone is worth the whole price. Not just theory but theory in practice you get to see me "do it," unrehearsed on the fly with real live students of all ages and abilities. As one little girl recently said, "it's WAY more fun when you are doing it, than just watching videos." This is why we say math is NOT a spectator sport.

Sample Lessons with Sarah: Speaking of theory in practice, here is a page of vids with me working with an autistic girl. You see some of the actual lessons that got her to pass her GED and ACT Compass test. We should be very thankful to Sarah and her mom for giving me permission to use these. "Maybe another autistic  person like me will see it and they will know math is easy too because they saw me. Yeah?" I have been told this is an invaluable resource because it shows how to break concepts down so simply that her autism isn't a barrier and at times can actually be an advantage.

DBoyz playing with math. Example isn't a way to teach. It's THE ONLY way to teach. At Crewton Ramone's House of Math I don't show you how theory...I show you how.  You too can tailor lessons for you kids that make learning math fun easy and personalized for your child.

Raymond's Page. More sample lessons with another student. This a bright young student. By now it should start to ecome clear the concepts are the same and so are some of the lessons...the more you see theory in practice the easier it will be to practice the theory with you own students and get stellar results.

Emma's Page:  This child was labeled, they wanted to introduce drugs. As Far as I could tell she was a normal child who was just bored to tears in school.

Functions & Relationships This is a pdf of one of the old out of print Series A manuals. Clears up a lot of issues students have with pre-calculus concepts and shows you how to do some basic water tank and constant rate problems with a half hour video. Again, nobody is showing you how to do this kind of math with the ten and under crowd. NOBODY.

This is NOT a complete list, explore and discover--find a couple of Easter Eggs for yourself. When in doubt use your sitewide password.

***Side note: there are Free videos and training which you will find valuable on all of these pages.

SCREENCASTS: Here are two pages many people overlook. One has over 70 FREE screencasts and the Password Protected Screencast Page on has another 23 vids which equates to more than 4 hours more training via screencast. All are short video lessons, usually less than 10 minutes long, (none of them more than 15 minutes long) so you can do it in bite size pieces.

Parent Teacher Training: $50.00 = $100.00 off.

Or maybe you'd rather just have Training. I will give you "Parent Teacher Training" (just training) for $50 and if you upgrade to a LIFETIME within 30 days (Deadline: Halloween 31OCT2016) the upgrade will only be $250.00! Otherwise enjoy Parent Teacher Training (at the house of math) for an entire year plus a month for just $50.00. (Expires: Halloween 31OCT2017)! You can find Parent Teacher training on both my website and the new Kajabi site...the new site has better quality videos and an improved format. But the P/T Training at the house of math has all the same content and instead of 14.95 or 149.95 you are getting it for 13 months for 50 bucks.  (If you upgrade I'll send you info on how to get in to the Kajabi site for just $1.00).


You can also use this link if all else fails:

But wait there's more:

$20.00 Bonus!

As an added bonus for this sale only I will send you all three of my PDF's including Divinely Dandy Non Difficult Division which is usually $9.99 (lifetimers get a special code) or $19.99 (regular retail), the printable version of Supremely Simple Subtraction (if you have the FREE version you may have noted you can't print it) and the Curious Counter's Compendium.  Those who get passwords can use the site wide password here but note you'd still have to pay for Divinely Dandy Non Difficult Division. SO it really is a $20.00 bonus.


Weekly Training:

Friday Training beginning 30SEPT2016 at 6am HST returns. This will be an introductory/refresher training, FREE.

Saturday1OCT2016 at 6am HST. This will be for those who have lifetime passes that came with training and/or bought a lifetime during a previous sale that included FREE training. Otherwise this training is $50.00, but if you buy a lifetime passport here you can come free. Saturday trainings are RARE.

YOU NEED GMAIL vid chat installed and you need to email me with your gmail email address and I will add you to a circle, I use GMAIL hangouts for training, and then have GMAIL OPEN when the time comes and you will get an invite. Simply click it. Having your computer on is not sufficient, you need to have a internet connection,  web browser open and be on gmail and you need to install the video chat plug in, takes just a few minutes--having gmail without the video chat plug in will not suffice either.  There are also youtube videos that show you how.