Too many parents think that it's the job of the teacher or school system to educate their child. In reality the teacher is there to assist you in the education of your child or children. Not to do it ALL for you.
This part of the website is designed to assist parents and teachers.
Eventually there should be a lot of FREE and LOW COST items as well as books, pdf's and other tools here to help you teach and teach math. I will also be adding links to my Amazon store front if I ever get the thing built, and links to CRHOM merchandise like T-shirts and etc. I also want a store full of nerd gear...math jewelry clever t-shirts and so forth.
NOW you can buy the blocks here too...well, the combo kit at leaste. Go HERE for more info on Combo Kits. It's the tray with the blocks you see all over this site. After two years it's finally available thru me. More products coming online as "negotiations" continue.
Ever since I started this little adventure of building Crewton Ramone's House of Math I have talked about having links to products for parents and teachers that I know work (for teaching math and other topics) or that I actually use and have had good experiences with. Like Snap Circuts Pro, (go HERE for a BLOG post and screencast about it.)
HOOKED ON PHONICS. Not math obviously but they've been around since the 80's and for good reason: it's fun and it works. I personally am a believer in sight reading, but Hooked on Phonics has a proven track record and it's has stood the test of time. Best offer I could find saves you 20% with Hooked on Phonics! Enter "SAVE20" (without the quotations) at checkout click here for details.
Also check out the overstocked sale:
Time Savers For Teachers is a great pdf resource at low to reasonable cost. You can make or find just about everything they have but it will indeed take you time to do it...save time by buying a couple of their packets of printable pages. You can preview a few pages first, and you will see there is nothing that unique or fantastic about them but they have everything you need all in one place. It's worth the money in time saved...hence the name.
The three I like best are the Teachers Binder, Just Multiply It, and Math Time Savers. These are good for about K thru 8th...
Prices range from about 30 bucks for the interactive Teachers Binder to 15 bucks for 90 pages of Math forms. Sometimes it's just nice to have stuff all in one place.
Here is a super simple one:
For teaching little kids how to count and get a one to one correspondence this book is great. Don't just read it to them, have them count and point with their fingers...get creative. Do simple addition and ask how many more one animal has than the other. Count a lot on just about every page, add up the apples--"How many do they have together?" "Who has the most apples?" etc. There are times when this book takes a half hour to get through...if you just read it it takes less than ten minutes.
Talk about the pictures, count by tens at the end and count by 7's when they all have 7 apples up on top. There is a page where the lion has 3 the dog has 4 and the tiger has 7...make it into a little problem 3 + 4 = 7 but also show them 3 needs 4 to be 7 and 4 needs 3 to be 7 etc. MAIN THING: HAVE FUN.
Add this book to your library if you have young children. As you can see it's a very low cost tool that can make a big difference if used properly. Eventually maybe I'll have a detailed page that shows some of the things I do, page by page, but I'm pretty sure you can handle it. Great before bedtime or as a playtime activity where you get out the blocks and follow along...
TEACHER CREATED RESOURCES. This is a great site chock full of great info and useful stuff. A lot of it for free. They have items made by teachers for teachers. They have tons of FREEBIES! You'll also find the quote of the day, teaching tip of the month which you can download as a pdf, and Free Lessons:
Teacher Created Resources is pleased to offer free lesson plans for students in PreK through Grade 8! Quickly and easily search our database of over 400 lesson plans by keyword, subject, and grade level. Each lesson plan includes the objective of the lesson, directions, and a list of resources. A downloadable PDF version of each lesson is also available! (Just look for the Download the Activity icon to the right of the lesson title.)
DISCOUNT SCHOOL SUPPLY. Here is one I'm actually excited about! Stuff you buy anyway at a discount. 110% price guarantee. Check the prices for yourself. They have regular stuff like paint and paper, but also all kinds of manipulatives, classroom furniture and more. Check their CLEARANCE tab often for GREAT deals. Spend enough and you get free shipping...anyhow I am happy to have this available to visitors at my house of math. This is everyday stuff teachers and homeschoolers use and it's the best price you'll find PLUS I also got a coupon code for 10% off, "SUPERDSS", click the banner below. And seriously the clearance prices can't be beat.
Be sure to click their resources tab for FREE stuff, info on GRANTS and stimulus money, homeschool supplies, curriculum, even stuff for infants and toddlers...
Why buy when you can RENT? Rent math games!
Here are three games and a movie you can rent from Gamefly. It's like Netflix but for games. ALL Games here are for Nintendo DS. Prices start at 5.95...
Math Play - Pre-Played
Colorful cards and fun brain-teasers add up to an entertaining challenge in Math Play for Nintendo DS. Use the DS Stylus to move a series of colorful numbered cards and arrange them into equations. Strengthen your mental muscle in four brain-boosting modes. Get your friends and family hooked with some multiplayer action - Math Play is an excellent game for everyone, young and old alike! A variety of levels offer suitable challenges to everyone from beginners to math-e-magicians - it all adds up to a heap of fun!
Personal Trainer: Math - Pre-Played
It's time to get your math on! Professor Kageyama (of Brain Age fame) is back, and this time, he's going to have you bending your brain around basic math skills like addition, subtraction, and multiplication. You'll use the original grid-based system to learn how to do math in your head, or just to get a refresher course on skills you already have. Different tests will keep you working on building up your capabilities, and you can compete with up to 16 different opponents on a single cartridge. You can even try to beat their best scores and keep your name at the top of the leaderboard. There are over 45 different tests to challenge you at your leisure! Nintendo DS.
Math Blaster in the Prime Adventure - Pre-Played
A hero will blast his way onto the Nintendo DS, and it's up to you and your math skills to help him! Use the innovative Touch Screen to solve math problems in a variety of fast moving active games. Three different difficulty modes will keep your mind sharp and your abilities challenged. Save the galaxy in the 20 levels in Adventure Mode, or take on the games individually, arcade style, in Challenge Mode. Master your math skill and increase your speed and accuracy to improve in each event. And track your high scores in both modes to keep setting the bar for yourself higher and higher!
21 - Pre-Played
Math movies are hard to find! This one almost qualifies as a math movie. Ben Campbell (Jim Sturgess) wants to go to Harvard Medical school, but he can't afford the $300,000 he needs to get there. When his math professor at M.I.T., Micky Rosa (Kevin Spacey) approaches him with a quick way to make a lot of money, Ben decides to go for it. He joins a secret group of five students who, using their incredible math skills and undercover hand signals, manages to rake in the cash playing blackjack. Ben's plan is to make enough to pay for tuition then get out, but he soon gets corrupted by greed and power, endangering the professor and his fellow students. Meanwhile, a vicious casino security officer named Cole Williams (Lawrence Fishbourne) has it out for Rosa and the kids - for more reasons than counting cards.