Using base ten blocks to teach math makes math EZ and FUN. Base ten blocks will make your explanations simple and obvious. Parents and teachers alike find using them makes it much easier to explain even difficult concepts because the students can SEE IT.
“If you can’t explain it simply, you don’t understand it well enough.” ~ Albert Einstein
“I advise my students to listen carefully the moment they decide to take no more mathematics courses. They might be able to hear the sound of closing doors.” ~James Caballero
This site makes math easy and understandable by using base ten blocks or math manipulatives. Concept based teaching means once you understand the concepts all they can do is change the numbers...
The idea is simple. In the same way you give a child piano lessons for enrichment, give the child math enrichment. You don't expect every child to become concert pianists for the philharmonic, nor every child to become a mathematician or rocket scientist; however, if the child wants to be an engineer they can become an engineer, and if they want to be an artist or journalist they can do that, because they want to not because they can't do the math. Base ten blocks will help.
Please click on the Tutoring/Help tab to the left for more information about Math Tutoring and Math Enrichment.
If you want blocks or books click on the Products & Passwords tab.
If you want some FREE TRAINING on how to use your blocks click on the Parents/Teachers tab.
People that tell me they can't do math are trying to convince me (and themselves) that they can't count, because all math is, is counting...they often do a very good job of fooling themselves into thinking it's hard. They may even think they have bad "math genes..." Well, here at my house of math we are going to explode those myths answer a lot of questions and make math so easy it's child's play. Right down to the algebra. You'll SEE because we use base ten blocks to make it EASY.
It is paradoxical that many educators and parents still differentiate between a time for learning and a time for play without seeing the vital connection between them. -Leo Buscaglia, author (1924-1998)
Here is a 90 second introduction:
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Welcome to Crewton Ramone's House of Math!
That's me, sort of, Crewton Ramone. As you can see the pic needs work...
Please note that this site will always be under construction. Used to be what you saw was mostly nuts and bolts...bells and whistles are being added constantly...also right now the "cool" parts have barely been added...cool as in using "higher" algebra to teach 5 year olds how to count...they factor polynomials as an added bonus. There are now several hours of teacher training using base ten blocks, where you get theory instead of practice but you find it's practical theory. Most of the site is The Method in action with actual students in real time, unrehearsed. Check out my blog for more on this, it now has TONS of information and pics of base ten blocks and lots of videos showing you practice not theory.
I'm less than 12% done so check back often. More Video is being produced and added sporadically and now I'm adding PDFs.
...after a 6 years I'm still just getting started.
So when you return, remember to hit refresh or reload on your browser to get the latest page. Some people have told me that they have come here because I told them to check out the work I've done and they see the same thing...hit refresh or reload and suddenly the page is the latest version. I have quite a few pages so far; errors are being fixed and stuff is added on a sporadic (at best) basis. My blog gets regular updates lately, so does the FaceBook page. I'm up over 300 posts on my blog, and over 500 videos and screencasts on YouTube.
Just search "Crewton Ramone."
Okay, you have a set of base ten blocks, now what?
This site uses base ten blocks to teach math, so if you have a set it should help you use them more effectively. If you need a set I have them here at the best prices possible...
This method says if you can count to nine, identify a rectangle, and tell if two items are same or different, I can teach you math. Period. Counting through calculus...okay you'll need zero and one for calculus; but don't get the idea this site is going to be just for little kids. Most of my students are in high school and college. Click on the "concepts" tab for more.
It has become clear that if the student's grades improve in math they tend to improve in ALL areas of academics. The reverse is also true. I can't count the number of people who have told me after seminars or during tutoring sessions that they can point to the time when their trouble in school started. They know all too well that it was when they got their first "F" or "D" in Math. Usually it was in algebra; then all the grades went "south". This site is all about avoiding the problem in the first place (with conceptual understanding) and fixing the problem if this is where you or some one you love finds themselves now.
There is a tremendous amount of mathematics to cover, some might say an infinite amount of math...
This site will start at the beginning, that is math for young children and simple counting (i.e. preschool math), and then head off in varied directions as we go along. Because the methodology I will rely on most doesn't exactly fit into the pre-school math, 1st grade math, 2nd grade math etc format most are used to, you may need to explore this site a little to find what you are looking for, since you will see I use algebra and factoring expressions to teach basic math right along side counting, addition and multiplication. Older students and adults often learn MOST from watching me explain concepts to the little kids using base ten blocks.
You will actually SEE why factoring trinomials and factoring polynomials as well as completing the square can be used to teach counting, addition, multiplication and more. You will see how we use fractions to cross teach multiplication as opposed to many methods that say they should have their multiplication facts finished first before they learn basic operations with fractions. "Place value" will be made EASY and visually obvious as will "combining like terms" in algebra.. I make new vids every month...
If you are a parent looking for math help for your preschool, grade school or high school math student or better yet some one looking for math enrichment for your child or even yourself check back often and refresh pages often (hit re-load). Pages are being built and re-built, software is being built, videos and screencasts are being made, pdf's created and more for this site using base ten blocks. I also troll the web for info (so you don't have to), regarding math education, news, products for learning math and teaching math and so on, this usually appears on my FaceBook Page... trying to put it all here wasn't working.
If you are a math home schooler looking for lessons or help with home school math using base ten blocks there will be plenty of help here, math games, math lessons, how to teach math and why to teach math, what math to emphasize and more all done with manipulatives.
If you are a teacher of the mathematics, first off hats off to you, you most likely have more formal math education than I ever will, and I think you may find some great math resources here too. Check out the 5 - 15 minute math lessons using base ten blocks on my BLOG...
The blog doesn't get outdated, there you will find lessons and videos derived from my tutoring sessions and work I have done in schools.
The FACEBOOK PAGE has a good mix of fun math stuff, a lot of my Math Videos in one place plus pics of actual students and sessions, with 100's of links to other math pages and free software for learning math using base ten blocks, articles, 3rd party videos, websites and more...and I get to interact with people I've never met from all over the world.
Please come with a “beginner attitude.” If your cup is already full and I try to pour some knowledge in, all we will do is make a mess. I'm sure there are some things you can use here and some things you may chose to disregard, but don't toss the baby out with the bath water, I have a long history of taking kids from “F” to “A” who were failing to understand teachers who had more degrees than I'll ever have. I have also had success with SPED and Autistic kids where others have failed.
Of course if you are a student who is having a hard time with math or one of those weirdos like me who enjoys math and wants to get ahead this site will also contain just what you are looking for...eventually.
If you are math phobic or a "math phobiac", have no math fear Crewton Ramone is here. I have watched more than one math phobiac go from fear to math tutor in short order. Once you discover how fun and easy math is using base ten blocks, you will naturally want to help others. The worse it was for you I find the stronger this inclination is. Sounds unbelievable now but as you explore my house of math you'll find it's true, it's true, it's oh so true.
I know you can teach/learn math for one simple reason: YOU SPEAK ENGLISH. And you are reading this in a language I would argue is FAR more complex than most of the mathematics and certainly the mathematics taught from 1st grade and 2nd grade on up to 9th grade in most schools in the USA. The Mathematics is a simple, beautiful language and one which I will attempt to demystify it using simple base ten blocks if you will be so kind as to allow me to do so. In fact I postulate that The Mathematics has been made complex and hard on purpose by some who would rather you didn't learn math. More on that elsewhere.
I also will spend time on math tutoring: How to start your own business teaching math using specific tools, particularly manipulatives, that will make you a stellar teacher of math concepts. I will show you step by step how I did it, and if I can do it so can you. Again, I've seen people who never in a million years thought they would teach math at any level in any way, shape or form become good at it and supplement their income at the same time. In order to teach it you obviously have to "know" it (or you should, I had a teacher or two that DIDN'T) and to "know" it you have to learn it and in many cases UN-learn it...so pretty much no matter where you are or what your level of experience there should be some math here for you. Look for some 7 week video courses using base ten blocks "soon". Click on the Parent /Teacher tab for more on that and for inexpensive training.
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Write (snail mail or email; gmail address is best use "contact" tab) if you would like to arrange a FREE seminar for home schoolers or teachers or parents...or for those on MAUI arrange tutoring. I specialize in ALGEBRA but "counting thru calculus" is what I do.
I like 4 at a time best...not just because it adds up to more bucks an hour but because the learning goes fastest and best in a group. REALLY. Solo classes are not better. "It's no fun playing in your sandbox alone..." Click on the Tutoring/Help tab for more.
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BE sure to visit my blog:http://crewtonramoneshouseofmath.blogspot.com/" With the caveat that if you don't already know a bit about this system and using base ten manipulatives it may not make much sense at first because it's new and strange to you...so you may want to dig around this site first. Be assured: kids love learning this way universally. 100% Success speaks for itself. Teachers will enjoy the blog for the short 5-15 minute lessons it details. Note: the blog only gets about a 1/4 of the visits compared to this website, but because some people made some pleasant donations and because people wanted to see what I do and how I do it there is a TON of content there now. Videos and screencasts and pics and more. People have told me "it's gotten to be pretty cool"...because the bells and whistles I talked about 4 years ago are appearing. So really: check back often...and hit refresh.
Why Is Math Important?
This site will attempt to answer that oft asked question. Certainly one or two paragraphs won't cut it.
“Mathematics is a language.” ~Josiah Willard Gibbs