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Testimonials: Des Rainey's Number Stick™ and 'Number-Family Teaching Methods™
it doesn’t need to be ‘plugged in’ to be an appropriate learning technology!
I saw this device when I visited and worked with educators in New Zealand.
The invention of educator, Dr. Des Rainey, the tool’s richness is in it’s
simplicity. It consists of a rod on which colored balls can be
clipped… And here is the magic. Thinking about and talking about how
the balls lie after a ‘spin’ can only be done by thinking and talking in
math. This simple little technology is certainly worth pursuing.
really enjoyed hanging out today and discovering your invention.
I think it is a truly brilliant idea - so simple yet such depth
of potential. I will certainly ask my school to buy a set
for a class, so if you could send me a pricing sheet that would be
fun and children love it, even learning tables! – I love the
practicality of it - no more counters and bottle-tops all over the floor –
very visual -
understand and that’s where children need help in moving from the
concrete to the abstract
– very good too for Place
Value and different bases. The Activity Books as a resource are great.
'10 out of 10' for the
'Number-Family' concept. Fantastic!'
excellent teaching tool, especially for children not yet fully past the
concrete stage of learning. It is very easy to understand and operate at
all levels and SPELD teachers throughout the country will find it
extremely useful in the teaching of maths.’
'The Number Stick is fascinating.
Our Special Needs students all enjoy working with it.
impressed with the versatility of the number stick resource as a
mathematics tool. It is suitable for all ages, stages and levels for
numeracy. The practical ideas were able to be readily implemented into
classroom programmes. An advantage of the number stick tool is that it
is engaging for all learners as it utilizes visual and kinesthetic
love it. They
get so excited.’
is fabulous one to one with our children or even one to three.
its range of printed material, the Number Stick certainly offers busy teachers
the opportunity of delivering well constructed lessons which fit superbly
with English, American, Canadian and Australasian curricula.’
‘ My young pupils enjoy
working with it, and I find it a very successful tool for assisting their
understanding of number and basic operations....
This manipulative is
especially and UNIQUELY effective in helping children gain an
understanding of the ten-ness of 10,
one of the most important elements of good mathematical education.’
and the utility of it is excellent. You
can just go from one aspect of math to the next and the next and the next
on the same tool. It’s a very very diverse tool! ...There's a magic here.'
Very interesting, thought
simple way of developing abstract from concrete. Tidy
and compact. Simple
and effective. Marvelous!’
exploration tool and toy
which children can use
creatively and imaginatively...’
‘Teachers and children have
enjoyed using the equipment and the activity sheets. The children
have found it
easy to master
and have experienced a
high success rate
in increasing their understanding of number...
‘We see our
job as to produce truly excellent resource materials for primary
education which enable teachers to teach and children to learn in a
better and more effective way than previously. We see in Doc. Rainey’s
Fun-Abacus an original, creative, well designed and produced resource
which meets all our criteria..... All
members of our Product Development and Marketing Team were very
enthusiastic with the originality and effectiveness of the Fun-Abacus.
We do believe it is a product with considerable potential in Primary
Schools in worldwide markets.