Creative Learning Systems  cc
for excellent educational software

South African distributor of Autograph , Derive , Geometer's Sketchpad,
Maths Circus
, Miquon Math , Superspell , Wordshark & Numbershark
Complete Physics Series, Biosphere & Core Chemistry


Reviews of Wordshark and Numbershark:


"A rich resource of learning activities with a considerable range of
imaginative and well structured tasks"

Evaluation by BECTA (British Educational Communications and Technology Agency)

"The best piece of IT support I've used for children with literacy problems"
Lynne Sefton, LS Teacher, UK

"My son played these games spontaneously"
London Parents Guide Review

"Wordshark is my most effective teaching aid"
C. Best, Dyslexia Teacher, Special Needs, London

"Wordshark is worth every penny"
Anne Parker, NOTTS DA Newsletter

"This brilliant program teachers phonics for spelling and reading in a fun way.....
It is a program no school and parent should be without"
Jan Poustie, Editor, Solutions

"The program is used extensively for pupils with various learning difficulties"
Teresa Zbyszewska, The British School, Brussels

"Excellent program for reading and spelling"
British Dyslexia Foundation


By Debbie Davies

"If your memory of maths lessons ranks akin to being eaten alive by a shark, try this CD tutor.
White Space has a formidable reputation with primary school teachers, many of whom already use Wordshark, the company's literacy programme. Now the company has launched Numbershark to teach numeracy to children aged six and over. It may have similar objectives to the government for teaching maths, but Numbershark's approach is quite different. Education ministers remain tentative, hoping that children will be able to cope with maths in adulthood. But Numbershark wants children to conquer their difficulties so they can positively enjoy maths.

There are 30 games  (newest release has 50 games), each finely graded . Some add meaning and understanding to addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. Others allow you to practise what you know. All teach fluency in mental arithmetic. It is at its best with tricky concepts like swapping tens for units, or understanding that one of the numbers in a multiplication or division equation stands for a number of groups rather than a number of objects.
Numbershark's graphics are a surprise to those used to US west coast-style animation. The mix of stick men and silhouette shapes could hardly be more basic but they communicate with children as effectively as the simple graphics which Bandai uses on its virtual-pet screens.
In testing, our six- and eight-year-old children loved the games. Older children realised for the first time that adding or taking away nine is easier if you use ten instead and then recalculate one up or down. As with Kumon maths, there is plenty on the value of numbers. Games make you instinctive about where, on a board of numbers up to 1,000 or more, one would place a figure.
As the price tag suggests, the content of the program is vast, and the incremental steps for each game are kept as small as possible so that the maths is never too difficult: as soon as we set problems which were too tricky for our testers, they disliked the program. The onus is on the parent to log their child in and oversee their choice of games and the level at which they play. For parents prepared to take the time, Numbershark promises to make pocket calculators almost redundant."


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