# Concepts

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The picture is Top View. The child has built 11 to 18.

The Mortensen Method is concept-based teaching.  Jerry Mortensen was Montessori trained, so of course his methodology is based on Montessori principles and teaching.

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Using concepts makes math fun and easy because once the child understands concepts all we can do is change the numbers.

The concept shown above for example is a simple concept but numbers are made up of other numbers, The child is building Addends past 10.

The lesson about the pyramid that contains Concrete Drawing and Symbol, isn't on the concepts page yet.  It is on one of the videos in module to teacher training.  There are other Videos and PDFs to help explain the topics below.

There are also links to pages of for further explanation.

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This entire website can be boiled down to these five concepts, & variations around these five themes.

The Five Basic Concepts:

1. Mathematics is the study of numbers and all we can do with numbers is COUNT
2. The concept of SAME. The highest number we can count to (in base ten) is 9, the numbers tell you how many the places tell you what kind. Before we can count they must be SAME.
3. We form rectangles to facilitate counting.
4. O
Hero ZERO.
5. 1
No Fun Get Back To One. NFGBTO.

These concepts are covered more fully on the next page:

The Five Basic Concepts

Three Period Lesson

Start in the Concrete

Directed Discovery

Use Math to Teach Math

Remove the "NO" from the lesson.

Stages To Mastery.

Place the student in a situation where they can not fail.

Economy of Symbol.

Control of Error

Early Exposure to Math Concepts Helps Ensure Success.

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And here is the most basic concept of all, keep it fun (as much as possible) and play math. Especially when they're little.

"Do not…keep children to their studies by compulsion but by play." ~Plato Greek philosopher 427-347 BCE

"Almost all creativity involves purposeful play." ~Abraham Maslow American psychologist 1908-1970

"Whoever wants to understand much must play much." ~Gottfried Benn German physician 1886-1956

"Play gives children a chance to practice what they are learning." ~Fred Rogers American television personality 1928-2003

"People tend to forget that play is serious." ~David Hockney Contemporary British painter

“Intellectuals solve problems, geniuses prevent them.” ~Albert Einstein

“Example isn't another way to teach, it is the only way to teach” ~Albert Einstein

More education quotes.

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