TESTIMONIALS
STUDENTS, TEACHERS, PARENTS, AND ADMINISTRATORS


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The Mathematics Pentathlon games have had a tremendous impact on the Math Program at our school. More and more students are saying that they like math class and test scores have improved noticeably. Each year there is a waiting list of students wanting to join the after-school Pentathlon Math Club. Participation in the Pentathlon Program has certainly added a spark of excitement to my teaching and, I believe, made a difference in the lives of many of my students.
Augusta McAnulty, Teacher, Hazel H. Hendricks School, Indianapolis Public Schools, Indiana

I hope you know what a difference I believe you’ve made in the lives of my kids. They are very strong in math in the classroom, on standardized tests, and in “real life”. It’s the one subject I know they’ll always do well in, because they have a strong foundation. So, thanks for creating games that have had such a profound effect on kids’ lives!
Eileen Sailor, Parent, St. Maria Goretti, Westfield, Indiana

I have been involved with the Mathematics Pentathlon for over 20 years. I have coached competitive teams for grades 2 through 5 and used the games in my classroom for grades K and 1. In my opinion there are no other games for children who do what these games do. It has been my experience that the games fit for children of all abilities from the brightest to those with more limited abilities. Children who are in academically talented programs, regular education programs, and special education programs have been able to participate successfully. All levels of competency benefit in the following ways: increased computational skills, active problem solving, sense of fair play, attention to detail (learning game rules), the experience of winning and losing, and providing children who are not able to compete in team sports a chance to be successful.
Judy Campbell, Retired Teacher and Current Pentathlon Coach, Mason Public Schools, Lansing, Michigan

Math Pentathlon has helped improve students’ confidence to solve problems critically and creatively. The activities are fun, engage the students, all while challenging their thought processes. Teachers see the benefits of using Math Pentathlon in their classrooms due to increased student understanding of difficult concepts. Parents love Math Pentathlon because it keeps their children challenged while increasing the depth of their understanding of mathematical concepts.
Beth Needermeyer, Principal, Fishback Creek Public Academy, Indianapolis, Indiana

Math Pentathlon has taught me that I probably should have been a teacher. I’m not good at the math games, but I’m really good at teaching the games! Teaching the games gives me a certain energy that I never could have expected. One of the most positive things about the games is that they unveil talents that kids never could have expected. The “smart kids” in the class aren’t always the best game players. This is because the games reveal talents not tapped into by traditional educational methods, but talents that are so vital to the types of thinking and strategizing necessary in certain real world professions. Stated simply, the games help kids “think outside the box!”
Nina Brahm, Math Coach and Parent, Wayne Township, Indianapolis, Indiana

In seventeen years of teaching I have seen many instructional programs come and go. Often this is because they are not “teacher friendly”, matching state models, or not fun for kids. Math Pentathlon meets all of these requirements and more. I enthusiastically support this program for all students.
David Herick, Fifth Grade Teacher, Sugarcreek Local Schools, Ohio

The annual tournaments are a unique part of this program and are a big attraction to probably the great majority of children participating. The desire to compete provides additional incentive to the children to play the games, which in turn improves their math skills. Preparation for the tournaments is exciting and energizing. Competition in them is also valuable in many ways beyond a math education. Tournaments are real-life experiences that provide lessons in learning about oneself and other people. These lessons are in such areas as team support, standing up for oneself, logical legalistic argument, and most importantly, good sportsmanship. This has kept me involved in the program even though my youngest child has graduated from it.
Laurie Dubin, Parent and Math Coach, Walled Lake Schools, Michigan

I have been involved with the Pentathlon program for about 5 years. All students, at all levels of math skills, can play and succeed at the games. I have had both behaviorally problem students, along with academically challenged students, place in the tournaments. What a difference winning can do to change a poor self-esteem to an attitude of “I can do it.” Students are encouraged to use higher level thinking skills when playing these games. Strategy and logic are important key elements. Many games focus on spatial reasoning skills which are sometimes overlooked in the regular classroom setting. I highly recommend the program for all grades Kindergarten-7th.
Debbie Boles, Teacher and Pentathlon Coach, St. Jude School, Indianapolis, Indiana

Plugging in students’ minds is only the tip of the iceberg known as “Mathematics Pentathlon.” As an educational adminstrator I explore numerous educational programs and examine what they offer above the surface and their foundational depth: connection to research, history, and current standards. Through these explorations I have found the Mathematics Pentathlon Program to be truly exemplary while meeting the needs of a variety of populations. Experiencing this program first hand over the last seven years in diverse settings I have found the following to impact my educational community: 1) challenges students from all ability levels while providing multiple venues for them to become more successful; 2) provides educational opportunities for students from like and different cultures and/or communities to come together to explore academic and social needs; 3) raises students enthusiasm for mathematics; 4) encourages students to work cooperatively in groups while sharing ideas and strategies; and 5) teaches students to successfully “think” through life.
René LeBlanc, Principal, Maplewood Elementary, Austin, Texas

Interest in Math Pentathlon by St. Jude students continues to grow each year. The thinking and problem-solving skills challenge the advanced students, while those less able students gain more practice in many math areas. Pentathlon enhances any math program and aligns with state standards. One student even remarked, “It’s called Math Club, but really it’s just fun games!” What’s wrong with making math fun and painless while learning important skills?
Nancy Meyer, Teacher and Math Coach, St. Jude School, Indianapolis, Indiana

The suppport materials are so helpful and valuable. These are used along with the math curriculum to enrich, reinforce, and differentiate. As a result, we notice students’ attitudes, skills, and self-images improving because of their success with these games and hands-on activities.
Libby Stanton, Teacher, Bell Creek Elementary, Ohio

My students at the second and third grade level have been actively involved in the Math Pentathlon program for several years. The games are used in the classroom and in a weekly after-school math club. In the classroom the games help the students sharpen their math skills. The games teach the students to think, investigate, and develop problem-solving techniques. The Math Pentathlon program provides a different format for developing various mathematical thinking strategies. Math Pentathlon games assist the teacher in enhancing and meeting the Indiana Standards. It helps the teacher address various learning styles and abilities in a cooperative learning atmosphere.
Cynthia Wiley, Teacher and Math Coach, Prairie Trace Elementary, Carmel, Indiana

I have personally grown, as an adult, in my math abilities while using and teaching these games as well as observed some incredible growth in the student’s abilities as a result of the Pentathlon games. The Pentathlon games continue to take kids from any ability level and develop them at their own pace.
Brenda Busscher, Teacher and Parent, Michiana

As a teacher, I found the Math Pentathlon games to be an extremely valuable resource. The well-crafted games covered topics that were appropriate to my grade level. The students always loved walking into the room and seeing the gameboards out on the tables. It was a welcome relief from the textbook and a fun way to practice key concepts while strengthening critical thinking skills as well. Math Pentathlon emphasizes cooperative learning and it was wonderful to see students of all ability levels working together to solve a problem in order to make the best move in the game.
Julie Kerr, Former Middle School Teacher and Parent, Carmel, Indiana

I’ve been at this task of education for forty-two years. I believe math holds children back more than any other subject. Most teachers are pretty good reading teachers; they need help with teaching math. This program works and makes the teachers artists. I encourage all educators to learn more about the Pentathlon games. I am a total convert to those wonderful Pentathlon games. I have had students tell me it changed their lives. I have witnessed this.
Kathleen Fleming, Principal, Our Lady of the Greenwood, Greenwood, Indiana

In my regular fifth grade classroom I have used the games as the basis of my instruction in mathematics. The games are a close match to our Ohio State Model. The best part is that they are wonderful tools in the differentiation of instruction.
David Herick, Fifth Grade Teachers, Sugarcreek Local Schools, Ohio

For 11 years I taught a transitional first grade classroom. These children are ones who were having difficulty in Kindergarten and needed more time before entering first grade. I taught my children the Division I games and they blossomed with math skills that they would not have gained through traditional mathematics teaching. I plan to continue to be involved with the Mathematics Pentathlon as I see the great things that it does for our children.
Judy Campbell, Retired Teacher and Current Pentathlon Coach, Mason Public Schools, Lansing, Michigan

Having worked with technology for 13 years, I am aware of the need for logical thinking in the computer world! Some people have a nack for this, some don’t. These math games help develop the logical thinking that doesn’t get covered in text books.
Fran Kandrac, Parent, Indianapolis, Indiana

I only wish these games had been available when I was young. I know I would have thought differently about myself having mathematical abilities and I would have enjoyed math! These games build community, provide a gateway for reluctant parents, especially dads, and help students improve their math skills in a non-threatening environment.
Libby Stanton, Teacher, Bell Creek Elementary, Ohio

Math Pentathlon has strengthened our students’ ability to think critically and strategically when solving problems. They now persevere when they used to give up when challenged. The Math Pentathlon games encourage cooperation, collaboration and communication skills among students. Thanks so much for making Math Pentathlon available for our students, staff, and families!
Beth Needermeyer, Principal, Fishback Creek Public Academy, Indianapolis, Indiana

Participating in the Mathematics Pentathlon program is such a rewarding experience for children and adults alike. We learn more math, make more friends, and practice important life lessons, such as being willing to try something new, even if it seems hard. And most of all, how to win and how to lose.
Augusta McAnulty, Hazel H. Hendricks School, Indianapolis Public Schools, Indiana

As a mother, I have enjoyed watching my daughter gain the same benefits from learning the Math Pentathlon games as my students did in the classroom. She has gained confidence in her math ability and I have noticed a big difference in her critical thinking and problem-solving skills. My son can’t wait to learn the games when he is in Kindergarten.
Julie Kerr, Former Middle School Teacher and Parent, Carmel, Indiana

In my inclusive classroom I was able to use the game FAB-A-DIFFY to instruct all learners in the concepts of equivalent fractions and the adding and subtracting of fractions. All students from Learning Disabled to Gifted were able to play some form of the game. The best part was that ALL students passed the unit test.
David Herick, Fifth Grade Teachers, Sugarcreek Local Schools, Ohio

This exciting and comprehensive program has helped many of my students increase their problem-solving ability, confidence with mathematics, and deeper understanding of math concepts. I have also used this program to help bridge the home-school connection and increase community involvement.
David Herick, Fifth Grade Teachers, Sugarcreek Local Schools, Ohio

The Math Pentathlon program was a part of my children’s lives for 13 years. The games at each division level exercise a variety of mathematical thinking skills to provide both a broad strengthening of math skills and a broad range of fun. They made a great contribution to my children’s mathematical education and are particularly valuable in helping children understand the concept of fractions and in giving kids an incentive to memorize math facts.
Laurie Dubin, Parent and Math Coach, Walled Lake Schools, Michigan

One child stands out in my mind as one who was able to participate in the Pentathlon competition against great odds. He was a child who was in a special education classroom with an autism label. He had not been able to participate in activities that “normal” children could participate in. He was able to learn the games and with some adaptation at the tournament (time to adjust to new people) he won 4 out of the 5 games he played. This accomplishment was monumental.
Judy Campbell, Retired Teacher and Current Pentathlon Coach, Mason Public Schools, Lansing, Michigan

At my school we have over half of our school population playing the games. Many are playing the games in regular classroom settings of gifted classrooms. We have bi-weekly meetings and family game nights that are a huge success! It is truly a community of learners.
David Herick, Fifth Grade Teachers, Sugarcreek Local Schools, Ohio



 
 
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