GRANDFATHER FLEXES HIS EASY TO USE MATHS KIT TO SUPPORT HOME SCHOOLING
A bit of an odd one this one, in that the subject, Tony Campbell, is in Northampton not Swindon. But with so many parents battling with home-schooling I thought this piece on a flexible maths kits supporting homeschooling might be of interest.
Introducing Flexitable by Tony Campbell – A Flexible Maths Kit Supporting Homeschooling
Twenty years ago, Tony Campbell developed a maths toolkit. He’s now adapted that kit, used by special needs education professional nationwide, for home-schooling.
You can order the new “Maths Home Schooling Kit” online. It contains flexible tables that allow primary school children up to year 7 to grasp the basics of addition, subtraction, multiplication and fractions. Like many parents and grandparents, Tony, felt concerned about the effect of the closure of schools on children’s education.
Home school challenges
“I’m seeing the challenges of home-schooling for parents and children – even with my own grandchildren. My grown-up daughter, Jemma, is dyslexic. She had great struggles at school and also suffered with dyscalculia – number blindness. It occurred to me that my product could help parents and children throughout the UK and overseas.”
Spotting the potential
Tony, who spent his working life in sales and marketing, spotted the potential of Flexitables over 20 years ago. He it as an easy to use classroom learning and hands-on maths manipulative product. They can help children learn multiplication/division, fractions, square roots, addition/subtraction, decimals and percentages.
His patent attorney introduced Tony to the prototype. At the time he was working on behalf of a non-teaching assistant who had produced a rudimentary version but had no idea how to take it to market.
Tony said: “There was and still is nothing else like it on the market and I encouraged the female inventor to proceed with her patent applications. But having obtained patents in both the UK and USA she opted to sell them to me as she’d decided to join the prison service and teach maths there. I then took over the domestic and export marketing of Flexitables. They’re now sold here and in:
*Canada and the US
Aimed in the first instance at the mainstream schools’ market, Tony found SENCOs (Special Educational Needs Coordinators) started to take an interest in Flexitables. The found the grids particularly helpful to pupils with dyslexia, dyscalculia, ADHD and autism. They’re designed to be manipulated so they help with hand/eye/brain co-ordination.
Pupils who have difficulty tracking i.e. following their eyes across a line of information also find the horizontal and vertical channels mostt helpful in getting the correct answer.
Both of Tony’s children, Jemma and her twin brother, Jeremy, have children. But none of them show signs of any learning difficulties. In fact, Tony’s grandson, Jack (14) even taught maths GCSE last year to his mother, Jemma, when she was 44 and he was 13. And with his help she passed! So there you go -the Flexible Maths Kit Supporting Homeschooling
To find out more visit https://flexitable.co.uk