1. This video series shows me introducing early algebra concepts to my 6 and 8 year old daughters using Cuisenaire rods and Base ten blocks. I covered some base ten rods with paper and Mod-Podge to represent "x" here.

I got these ideas from Crewton Ramone's House of Math. He uses different blocks than I do and his are actually meant to be used for algebra. Cuisenaire/Base 10 blocks are what I have here so I just made some cosmetic changes in order to do the same things he shows in his videos.

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2. This video series shows me introducing early algebra concepts to my 6 and 8 year old daughters using Cuisenaire rods and Base ten blocks. I covered some base ten rods with paper and mod podge to represent "x" here.

I got these ideas from Crewton Ramone's House of Math. He uses different blocks than I do and his are actually meant to be used for algebra. Cuisenaire/Base 10 blocks are what I have here so I just made some cosmetic changes in order to do the same things he shows in his videos.

Please see educationunboxed.com for more videos!

3. This video series shows me introducing early algebra concepts to my 6 and 8 year old daughters using Cuisenaire rods and Base ten blocks. I covered some base ten rods with paper and mod podge to represent "x" here.

I got these ideas from Crewton Ramone's House of Math. He uses different blocks than I do and his are actually meant to be used for algebra. Cuisenaire/Base 10 blocks are what I have here so I just made some cosmetic changes in order to do the same things he shows in his videos.

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4. Cuisenaire Rods and Base Ten blocks can be used to represent variables in algebra. This makes it less abstract and young kids are able to understand what would otherwise be completely beyond their math and logic abilities.

My girls have had previous experience with square numbers and I think that helped them to catch on to this quickly. You can see videos of them playing with square numbers in base ten here...

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I learned this "x squared" stuff from Crewton Ramone's House of Math - this video specifically… youtube.com/watch?v=4T5-Iu64e6k&feature=relmfu He knows a lot more than me so go check out his videos.

5. This video shows the second time my girls and I played with factoring polynomials. The first time we did it, our "x squared" was not covered with paper on the side so it looked like 10 and that made it confusing. We fixed that and re-recorded what we had done in the first video.

These ideas come directly from Crewton Ramone's House of Math. I only learned how to do this two weeks ago. He's been teaching it for 22 years, so go check out his stuff. crewtonramoneshouseofmath.com/

Does anyone else out there wonder why algebra isn't taught this way everywhere?

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