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We are a family-run business licensed from Oxford University Press to solely distribute and promote Numicon in New Zealand. We regard it a privilege to support educators and families to use this award-winning and effective programme.
How did we come to this?
In 2004 the New Zealand Down Syndrome Association approached me to run a trial of the Numicon programme knowing that I am a teacher with considerable experience here in NZ and USA. A New Zealand family in the UK had been using this programme and wanted other NZ'ers to experience the success they had seen with their daughter. They donated several sets to be shared on a loan basis. (These sets can be borrowed from the NZDSA for one year. Many families and schools take up this offer every year. www.nzdsa.org.nz)
Initally I was not too keen to do this. My children were young, we had recently moved. I could see the potential for a long term involvement. My wonderful husband though believed in me and could see how this new venture could be an enrichment to me and to many other families. He was right! It was one of those 'God decisions'.
We have discovered that even though this programme was written for normal developing children, it is also a wonderful tool for children with learning difficulties. Both of our girls have learning issues, but have made the most of their learning with Numicon. One daughter is gifted with dyslexia and the other has Down syndrome. They are visual learners, as are many of us- we need to see what someone is talking about to really understand best.This programme continues to marvel me- I know of no other programme that reaches all children- regardless of their ability, in demonstrating number and the understanding of mathematics.
I had the joy and privilege of homeschooling for four years. During that time, I discovered many families in the homeschooling community work with children with learning difficulties and they do it so well. Many of my friends introduced me to innovative programmes activities and resources that have enriched our experience of mathematics. Maths education has to have a reason- that of equipping children to use it well in their community. The lessons then must be 'living math' reaching into the purpose of learning maths and giving children a sense of value in their learning.
We have discovered patterns all around us. By exploring the museums, art galleries, nature reserves, different cultures and the university, we have found some wonderful principles of maths through history taking us into the future.
Mathematics is the 'language of all creation' (Paul Hawkins), a means of describing it and working with it.
Today, we import this programme from the UK where it is used in a third of their schools and many other countries around the world. The Down syndrome community has taken this programme to nearly every country in the world. We want to make is easily available to you. The products are organised in such a way as to make it accessible to everyone. It is an investment for a lifetime and has use in a family for many years.
If you find that the cost prevents you from making a purchase, please contact us. We can let you know about a number of charities and trusts that can help you.
All our orders are couriered to you because we know that once you order, you are very keen to begin using it! When you place your order, we endeavour to process it within 3 working days. If there is a delay, we will let you know.
You are welcome to ask for a kit to view provided it is returned in a saleable condition within 30 days you will cover the cost of the return freight. Loan materials are available for the short term.
We also provide training and train consultants to also support you. If you would like to join our consulting team- please let us know!
There is no 'magic in the plastic', but training does mean that you gain more from this programme; it's a hand-up to get started with confidence.
We invite you to join us to make a 'clear image for maths' in your child's experience!
Margi Leech Dip Teaching, Higher Diploma, NZAMT
Margi has been a clasroom teacher in New Zealand and internationally from New Entrants to secondary with a specialist interest in Music. Margi was part of the team writing Musikit back in the 1970-80's. She has been a choir and musical festival conductor and has lead musical teams into competitions and community events. Her leadership in Girls Brigade and other community activites brought her into a wider understanding of working with people. It is often said that music and maths go together!
Margi has always had a passion for seeing childreach reach their full potential. As a classroom teacher maths became a special interest and desire to see students succeed with understanding and use of this amazng subject. Her passion for all children is now extended to the children of New Zealand; Numicon enables this.
She is a founding and past member of the New Zealand Down Syndrome Association Educational Advisory Group. Her desire to support her colleagues in education sees her currently presenting courses on successfully teaching children with Down syndrome and dyslexia through NZ.
Margi sees great results with her own daughters in maths and hears often from families and teachers thanking her for the gift that Numicon has been to their children and students.
Jo Howat, Cert. Ed (Uni. Rhodesia),Dip. Spld (Hornsby, UK) B.Ed (Uni Vic)
We have farewelled Jo to Western Australia where she continues to spread the good news about the effectifveness of Numicon to all learners.
Cath Reid, Dip Tchg, B.Ed
Cath has been married for 15yrs to Murray (a soldier and electrician) and has three children. They live on a lifestyle block in Palmerston North with a menagerie of animals and are always working towards a more self-sufficient and healthy life-style.
Their eldest son Dylan is 15 and is an accelerate Student at Secondary School, their daughter, Jessica is 13, is about to begin her secondary schooling, and their third, Ben, is 9 ,has Down Syndrome and is in Yr 4 at school. Ben’s arrival opened a door to a world that Cath and the family had never before been privy to. Special needs became an integral part of their lives.
Apart from feeding animals, being the family taxi-driver, cook and mentor!!, Cath currently teaches part-time at a local country school doing Maths and planning remedial programmes for those who have various learning difficulties with Maths. She has previously taught Maths at secondary school, been a classroom teacher at intermediate level and has been an Education Officer in the NZ Army,
Cath’s drive in teaching stems from a passion for wanting to provide exciting learning programmes, opportunities and support for all learners, but particularly for those children with special needs. She believes that children should be provided with learning opportunities that enable them to build self-esteem, self-confidence, meaningful friendships and ultimately independence. She is always looking for ways to provide an extra spark to her teaching programmes.
She became familiar with the Numicon programme when Ben was just 18months old and has used it successfully with him over the years, and more recently with other children with learning difficulties at her school. Numicon has been a key teaching and learning tool that has opened the doorway and switched on the light for learners who have been having problems progressing successfully within the current system. Maths has become exciting for them again because of Numicon and she is keen to share her experiences and the programme with others, so their learners can be successful too!
Jay is a Canadian who completed his Graduate Diploma of Teaching Mathematics at Canterbury University.
He and his wife moved to Matamata in 2009 with their young family. They have three beautiful and very active children ages 5, 3 and 1 years old.
Jay is currently the teacher in charge of Numeracy at Matamata College. He is a dedicated and inspiring teacher of Mathematics who is passionate about Numeracy. He works every day to change people’s perspective of Mathematics. Students achieve higher in Mathematics when they understand Number. Numicon is a fantastic programme that quickly and easily builds true understanding of number, an understanding that far too many students lack when they attempt NCEA assessments and ultimately that lack of number understanding prevents college students from achieving.
Suzanne Mudge, Dip Teaching
Suzanne has been a classroom teacher in many settings from early childhood through to secondary, intenationally as well as holding leadership and managerial positions in other vocations. Presently she is working with students with special needs at a mainstream school in Auckland.
Suzanne sees the wonderful benefits of Numicon to her students and wants to enthusiastically pass them onto others. She brings a wealth of experience in education to our team.
Jan Ward-Allen, B.ed, Dip Teaching, Post Grad Diploma
Jan is an experienced primary school teacher working mostly in the junior school. She has taught in Gisborne and Te Puke as well as in the Middle East and the UK. Having recently completed a Post Graduate Diploma in special education, this year she began working towards a Masters in Education. She was introduced to Numicon in 2008 and researched it as part of her diploma.
Since then Jan has introduced it to Te Kura (The Correspondence School) and schools throughout NZ. Jan sees huge potential in the power of Numicon for all learners and enjoys introducing it to others.
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