I’d like to take the time to talk about a wonderful approach to math that I stumbled upon earlier this year. I’d never heard of it before, but apparently it has been around for quite some time and is the sort of math taught in Montessori-type schools.
Throughout the past ten plus years I’ve been homeschooling, I have implemented manipulatives at one time or another but never stuck with it long term. It also may have been because I couldn’t figure out the best way to integrate it into our math curriculum.
Also, one of my children is dyslexic so math has always been a difficult subject for him to fully wrap his head around. And I’ve never been strong with numbers myself, so you can imagine the complications resulting from these two combinations.
At any rate, several months ago I was searching for something – anything – that would help my son overcome his struggles with regard to this subject. I think my exact search terms were: “How to teach subtraction to a dyslexic” or something along those lines, on YouTube.
I found this guy – Crewton Ramone – and was blown away at how darn EASY he was able to make math seem. Granted, some of it is SO easy that it will take a bit of re-training to think about numbers this way and to perform certain tasks differently than how most of us were taught in our massively inefficient government school system.
I found out after further research that Crewton’s math system is actually derived from Mortensen Math. In my opinion, this is an approach to math that everyone should be exposed to.
Crewton’s site is jam-packed with videos, essays, etc. and it will take a bit to weed through everything. It may not come across as super-spiffy or polished or sophisticated to some people, but I assure you, the wealth of information contained on his pages is worth exploring – especially for homeschoolers or parents/teachers who have a child that struggles greatly with math.
Anyway, in addition to sharing what I’ve discovered, the purpose of this post is to help Crewton with his current fundraising attempts. Please, take a moment to check out his site (linked above), and if you would so choose, his fundraising page at Indiegogo here:
I do not stand to gain anything monetarily from your participation in his fundraiser. I simply wish to do whatever I can to help him make his site even better and bigger in the coming years.