Port Shepstone, 8 December 2018
Dear Michal, dear Alex
We would like to thank you most sincerely for everything you did to make the MickMath experience so memorable to our learners. Our Primary Grade teachers and all pupils have not stopped talking about their exciting and challenging MickMath games. We could not have wished for more professional Math teaching – you both, Michal and Alex are professionals, warm and encouraging. The MickMath learning material is top class as expected, the MickMath program so well designed, exiting and motivational for the teachers and learners. We are so grateful to you all for providing our children and our school with such an awesome experience. Through your MickMath program it is so exiting to watch our children growing in Math to maturity and learning these essential skills in such a wonderful way.
Once again thank you very sincerely. May God bless you and your family
With kind regards
Sister Staff HOD Primary School St.Martin de Porres, Port Shepstone, KZN South Africa
Jeannette B. lic.phil 1 SHP
Männedorf, July 2013
Experience Report – MickMath Concept
1. Initial Situation
Following an intensive, thorough tuition with Michal Gablinger in Kusnacht/Switzerland, I immediately implemented the MickMath-Concept in the 1st and 2nd grades as well as in kinder garden.
What convinced me most is above all the fact, that the material – once introduced – remains the same an can be used for various problem solving. The time usually required to explain new things can be saved and put to use for the benefit of exercising and playing. The child (children) becomes not even aware that they permanently tackle math problems and train their capabilities. Everything is so playful and fun. Time flies by and nobody ever feels board.
The materials present themselves colourful (following the earlier Cuisinaire colours). The so-called “Mathis” allow the child to immediately grasp the numbers and quantities they represent by way of forms, sizes and colours. They only change their appearance according to the child’s progress. All games, card decks and accessories are dovetailed and offer therefore unlimited possibilities and combinations in order to find the access path to each child. There are no limits as to the phantasy being carried away. For all necessary basic core knowledge required up to the 3rd grade, practical and goal oriented material is available.
3. Learning Success
The MickMath-Concept is based on stimulation of a variety of senses: Perception aural cognition (“Step Dance”), visual, tactile and kinaesthetic (e.g. “Move & Collect”). The child is always being introduced to maths in a playful way. First it uses the “Mathis” creatively, laying down “pictures”. Furthermore their attention is being drawn to the difference in colour, form and size. They thus become acquainted with the value the “Mathis” represent as well as their principles until they subsequently understand for which numbers these substitutes stand for and switch over to numbers capable of using them.
Having become familiarised the child can be led step-by-step playfully to new math operations. Suitable are either the “Mathis” themselves or the attractive games (“Butterfly”, “Mosaic”, “Street”, card games etc.) Because the children can deduce a great deal from the “Mathis”, they quickly experience success on which they can build. Many games are suitable for 2 or more players, which again enhances the fun factor and thrill.
Children, who got frightened only hearing the word maths, come with enthusiasm to MickMath and even sacrifice their break. More often than not they do not apprehend that all of what they are doing has to do with maths but realise that during “normal” lessons they encounter less problems and many a task becomes automatized and much easier.
The self-esteem and trust in their own math capabilities rises and the children can overcome their anxiety and blockades towards maths and even find joy in their new capabilities. Enhanced self-esteem also shows in the overall mental state: The children are generally more receptive and follow the lessons more concentrated because they understand and actively cooperate. The biggest success is, when children start explaining one another and mutually help themselves – this also has a positive influence on the social and emotional structure within the class. (E.g. “weaker children explain others MickMath games they have learned.) The game “1,2,3 together” is especially well suited for this purpose as the children franticly search for suitable math operations and none of them realise that they are calculating, combining and trying more than ever before.
With no other learning material I have experienced that it even changed my way of thinking but MickMath managed this in a way that I do not only see the numbers but the equivalent “Mathis” and their value. For children with difficulties in imagining anything behind the number symbols most important and helpful. Above all joined-up thinking is omnipresent.
All children I have trained with MickMath to this very day very much enjoy the playing and subsequently made a lot of progress, which again allows them to rebuild their trust in their own math capabilities.
Forthcoming school year we shall start implementing MickMath in the 2nd kinder garden so as to enable the kids a good start in the 1st school year.
July 7, 2013
I would like to thank you once more for having given me the opportunity to learn your MickMath-Concept in such a pleasant way. I am convinced, that is exactly the (my) way I was looking for so long.
My first experiences always prove this to me anew. The pictures of these well thought out and beautifully presented materials accompany me. This is really the fulfilment of my vision of child-oriented support. These playful forms so very much represent my pedagogical principles.
With best regards,
Prior to starting learning with you 2 years ago, our daughter G. was diagnosed with Dyscalculia. She was in the 4th grade. After one year G. could stop with MickMath, as she could easily follow the arithmetic lessons in the 5th grade. We had her checked once again after 2 years and no weakness with arithmetic’s could be seen anymore. Today G. is in the 6th grade and has just received the results of a test – 4.8!!! The joy and pride G. and we felt having achieved such a good mark, was apparent. This accomplishment is due to the MickMath concept. We sincerely hope that many pupils will be able to benefit from this method.
Following the participation of our daughter in your MickMath lessons, we are happy to give you a feedback regarding her development.
As you know, our daughter was on the verge of repeating the 1st grade. After visiting your MickMath lectures, her perception and understanding of numbers has dramatically improved. Our daughter could now really visualise the meaning of for example 2 or 3 or 4 etc. In school this was plainly abstract. She likes to learn now because she lost her anxiety of numbers thanks to the playful exercises.
In the end all went well and our daughter just started the 2nd grade – a real success. MickMath as well as her promotion to the 2nd grade also fostered her self-confidence.
We are happy to have decided on MickMath and must say, not an everyday but most effective way to teach children arithmetic.
MickMath Support in School
After 6 months in the first grade it already showed that our daughter had difficulties in arithmetic’s, everything seemed too abstract for her. My sister in law, a nursery school teacher, told me about the MickMath concept from Mrs.M.Gablinger. The entire school she works in, were just about to implement with great enthusiasm this convincing method. Consequently our daughter started once a week, first together with another girl, later on her own, where she got to know the joyful “Mathis”. It was and is a pleasure to attend these lessons – for children real playing sessions – but where they get to perceive a great deal and which offers a good basis for arithmetic’s. The children delve into forms and colours and sophisticated cleverly though out games where the “Mathis” (the various numbers are represented by a defined form and colour) repeat themselves over and over.
Our daughter has made a lot of progress in school, due to this child-oriented and clear concept. The playful way Mrs. Gablinger mediates MickMath automatically includes fun and joy whilst doing arithmetic’s. Without MickMath our daughter would have gone through a great deal of frustrations, which could have brought about anxiety and blockades throughout her school career.
We are more than happy to have heard about this method and would find it helpful if MickMath would be offered in all schools This would ease the approach to arithmetic’s for many children and even bring fund and joy to this subject.
With best regards,