Awards & Reviews
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"It is perfect in every
way. Math Heaven ... without a doubt, the best
math resource I've ever come across"
A to Z Home's Cool homeschooling website
"Kids regard it as a Gameboy"
"a godsend for any parent of
a schoolage child ... actually quite addictive"
The New York
gamelike attributes make arithmetic surprisingly engaging.”
"none of our testers (age 6 to
16) wanted to relinquish the FlashMaster"
Mary Pride in
"Unlike other electronic drill
gizmos a serious educational tool"
"takes on a gamelike feel …
a fine tool"
The Philadelphia Inquirer
"the electronic answer to ... flash cards to teach
Detroit Free Press
subtraction, multiplication or division at various skill levels"
"your kids will figure out how it
works before you do"
Santa Cruz Sentinel,
South Florida Sun-Sentinel, News & Observer,
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, San Diego Union
other favorable reviews
“All Star Award” -- 2002 & 2003 "very intuitive, well
labeled…sturdy…easy to read LCD"
"fun to use, game-like … a better
value than Turbo Twist Math by Leap Frog"
"Best Vacation Children's
Product" for 2003 "helps children—essentially on their own—master the
basic math facts"
The Home Educators' Guide
... a great tool for your student ... anywhere, anytime"
Hoagies’ Gifted Education Page
"This is a great tool, that's great
"The kids love it! ... I strongly recommend this
"my eight year old figured it out
The Busy Educator Website
"will help students ages 7 and up with their math
facts in a fun way"
"Yes, the kids are fighting over who gets to do math! They love
"observations and experiences of independent teacher volunteers"
"most helpful, engaging tool for
"neatest learning tool to
hit the homeschooling market"
"a five-star resource"
"he loves it even more than
his occasional Gameboy"
"It's almost $50, but worth every penny of it!" -- awarded 5 of 5 possible stars
Every Party Under the Sun
helps children learn … in a fun way"
Education Clearinghouse Review Center
product that has solved the math dilemma"
2nd-grade teacher Linda
average SAT-9 score of her
16 students rose from 32% to 47%
The New York Times
The Old Schoolhouse Magazine
from April 2004 product review on its website by Jenefer Igarashi,
If … you
plan to teach them math, you're going to want the Flashmaster.
This may end up sounding more like a commercial than a review; …
It is perfect in every way. …. It's Math Heaven … I love it!
…This is the first math product that I've ever found that I've
honestly felt like it was a 'must have'. … This is no
exaggeration! I am thoroughly impressed, and cannot stop telling
every homeschooler I know about it. Get this product! It is,
without a doubt, the best math resource I've ever come across.
My husband and I are thrilled
with FlashMaster. Never have we found a tool so handy for
teaching math drills. With nine levels covering all four math
learning areas, we finally feel like our children are getting
the timed drills they need on a regular basis. All four of our
kids use it daily. We love it- Gena Suarez, Publisher, The Old
[Click on the above address to
read the review by Jenefter Igarashi in its entirety,
as well as the magazine's "Publisher's Note".]
made about the FlashMaster by Ann Zeise in her website
A to Z Home's Cool homeschooling website
Kids regard it as a “GameBoy,” but it is a
little computer for practicing basic
math facts: addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.
♦ Excerpts from Mitchell
Levine’s September 2003 magazine and website article titled
Product Review: Flashmaster
Electronic Math Tutorial
This tutorial device is a godsend for any parent of a
schoolage child .... [T]his surprisingly diverting resource is actually
has received rave reviews from such diverse and venerated pillars as
Education Week, The New York Times, and Mary Pride in Practical
Homeschooling (when's the last time all of them agreed on anything)?
Education Update recommends that any parent, teacher, or home educator
with school-age children allows their child to develop the computational
confidence that comes with basic mastery, while hav[ing] a disconcerting
amount of fun while doing it.
Excerpts from Susan Stellin’s August 15,
2002 Article Titled
STUDY AIDS; Device Helps Make Arithmetic Appealing to the
If you suspect that all those electronic gadgets for children are only
good for wasting time with games, check out the FlashMaster, a digital
alternative to flashcards that helps teach basic math skills. … Its
gamelike attributes make arithmetic surprisingly engaging. … At the
end of a practice session or a test, the total score is displayed.
Snooping parents can push a button to see the results of the last nine
activities; another button calls up drills in problems that were
[This link is to only a shortened abstract of the article. The full
article is accessible only after payment of $2.95.]
Excerpts from Carol A.
Mangis's May 27, 2003 Article Titled
Learn Math in a Flash
Kids who are learning math basics-addition, subtraction,
multiplication, and division-can hone their skills with the FlashMaster,
a simple yet engaging handheld computing device. You can practice
in several customizable modes .... The FlashMaster gives feedback after
each activity and remembers results of the previous nine activities.
Surprisingly, it really is fun to use; none of our testers (age 6 to 16)
wanted to relinquish the FlashMaster.
[The preceding quick link goes to only the text of the article.]
[The preceding slower link goes to both the article's text and
(enlargeable) photograph of the FlashMaster.]
Mary Pride in
lead article in “Hot! Products” section of
May/June 2003 issue (#53)
academic area homeschool kids are worst at, according to the
results of national standardized tests:
timed arithmetic drill. What the Flashmaster is:
a hand-held electronic math drill product that kids can operate
on their own. ... Unlike other electronic drill gizmos we've
seen, the FlashMaster is a serious educational tool.
... Obviously a lot of love and a lot of engineering went
into this product! ...[H]ere is a quick and easy, highly
motivational, way to speed up those arithmetic skills.
(James Coates, Sept. 23, 2002)
If you know a youngster who needs a kick start to do basic arithmetic,
point … to www.flashmaster.com …where … Flashmaster LLC offers a …
simple gadget to coach …
multiplication tables, basic addition, subtraction and division. …
The $50 FlashMaster is an 11-ounce gadget … that handles all the
drills that earlier generations learned by grade school flashcards.
… The thing takes on a gamelike feel … to reward or prod the user.
Sounds can be muted and … an earphone jack that can be used in the car
on family trips. … a fine tool.
The Philadelphia Inquirer
(John L. Fried, July 24, 2003)
now we have the electronic answer to ... flash cards to teach children math. And a
good thing, too: This 11-ounce
hand-held computer can do all sorts of things that paper flash cards
cannot. ... It can display a variety of addition, subtraction,
division and multiplication exercises. It allows children to work by
themselves, but retains their work so parents or teachers can review it
later. It can be set to give timed practices or timed tests.
Detroit Free Press
(Aug. 25, 2002)
[C]heck out the FlashMaster …. This
7-by-4 inch hand-held device can be set for practice sessions or tests
in addition, subtraction, multiplication or division at various skill
levels, Once an activity and a skill level are selected, a series
of problems appear on the screen. … The FlashMaster responds to answers
with screen messages and sounds that can be muted when necessary.
(Elizaabeth Kemper, July 27, 2003)
FlashMaster, the winner of many awards ..., is a handy
little $49 machine that can help with basic addition up to ... division.
... [Y]our kids will figure out how it works before you do, so
just let 'em at it. Luckily the machine keeps track of missed problems.
Kids are given the missed equation(s) ... until they get it right, and
you get to keep track of progress. My third-grade niece played with
this for days before she realized she was doing homework, and my
sister learned a lot about what areas need the most amount of attention.
Favorable Reviews in:
Santa Cruz Sentinel
(Aug. 19, 2002)
Children’s Software Revue
South Florida Sun-Sentinel
(Aug. 25, 2002)
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
(Aug. 26, 2002)
(Aug. 26, 2002)
San Diego Union Tribune
(Oct. 14, 2002)
Reviews the FlashMaster and Awards It the Magazine’s
All Star Award
2002 & 2003
Following is what the May/June 2002 issue said about the FlashMaster:
On page 6, under
"Smart Toys... Smart Kids", the magazine lists, by subject area,
recommendations for summer-vacation use: "Here's a roundup of our
favorite skill-boosting gadgets that the kids will actually want to
There are two well-designed gadgets that will help children enhance both
speed and accuracy of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division
skills. FlashMaster (4.4 stars, FlashMaster LLC, ages 6-up, $,
307-733-8577, www.flashmaster.com) is a lightweight, compact, handheld
device that quizzes kids on their number facts. It's very easy to use,
and quite customizable. You can select from all four operations
(addition, subtraction, multiplication and division) and can zero-in on
specific fact families. Progress is recorded in a memory bank that shows
the results of the last nine activities. We found the gadget very
intuitive, well labeled, and sturdy, too, with large keys and easy to
read LCD screen. [The paragraph then describes Turbo Twist Math by
LeapFrog as the second and only other recommendation for math. Both this
product and the FlashMaster are shown (on pages 20 and 21 as winners of
the "All Star Awards", but Turbo Twist Math is classified as "Early
Elementary" and the FlashMaster as "Upper Elementary (grades 3-5)".]
Then on page 16 under "Smart Toys" (accompanied by a color
photo of the FlashMaster):
FlashMaster LLC … Smart Toy--This lightweight, compact
(4" x 8") handheld device quizzes kids on their number facts. It's very
easy to use and quite customizable. You can select from all four
operations (addition, subtraction, multiplication and division) and can
zero-in on specific fact families. Progress is recorded in a memory bank
that shows the results of the last nine activities. We found the device
very intuitive, well-labeled, and sturdy, too, with large keys and easy
to read LCD screen. Sound effects can be turned on and off. In
appearance, the device resembles a calculator, which we see as a
strength in that older kids won't be put off by a toy-like look. We
wished there was a sign-in feature to track individual children's
progress, but this is a minor issue for home use. If your child needs
extra, straightforward practice on
math facts, we highly recommend this product. (Keep it in the car
for some quick
math facts practice.) Visit www.flashmaster.com.
On page 21, the
FlashMaster is listed under "Upper Elementary (grades 3-5)" as the
winner of the magazine's "All Star Award" (sometimes also referred to as
the "All Star Software" award) "based on the recommendations of CSR
editors and testers".
[This link may be time-consuming since it is to the entire May/June 2002
issue of Children's Software Revue.
The three locations where the FlashMaster is addressed can be found by
scrolling to pages 6, 16 and 21.]
(Stevanne Auerbach, Ph.D.)
Home School with
Excerpts from review of July 17, 2003
No more missing flashcards!
We were pleasantly surprised at the quality and functionality of
FlashMaster. ... All of the children who tested the FlashMaster in our
trial were able to figure out approximately 85% of it on their own in
under 15 minutes. They reported it as being fun to use, game-like and
much more interesting than flash card drills.
We ... found a better value than Turbo Twist Math[®] by Leap Frog[®] ...
well thought out in design, versatile and very useful. ... so many
features to FlashMaster that they can not all be covered in a short
[Click on the above address to read the entire review.]
(The Institute for Childhood
Resources in San Francisco, California)
THE FLASHMASTER AS A:
Product" for 2003
Following is an excerpt from “Dr. Toy’s” comments about the
when it was
selected by the Institute for Childhood Resources as a
“Best Vacation Children’s
The FlashMaster is a fun 11-ounce handheld computer with a
large, clear display that helps children—
essentially on their own—master the basic
math facts in addition, subtraction, multiplication, and
... It enables the busy parent to check quickly and in detail
the work that their child has done. This product
comes highly recommended. It will help your child to improve
their mathematical abilities and gain confidence.
the above address to read the entire review.]
Review of the
(THE HOME EDUCATORS’ GUIDE)
is what the August 2002 issue said about the FlashMaster:
Quite often we receive emails and letters to review
websites for home educating products and services. Now, for at least one
of our students (!!), math isn’t exactly the subject of choice, but a
necessary evil! A few months ago, a product came along claiming to help
a child master
math facts in flash card style but with a handheld computer.
The day we received the FlashMaster, every one of us had
to check it out! It only took a few seconds to study the layout, choose
a learning activity, a problem type, whether timed or not, and ‘Start’!
Of course, there are many other options to choose from. Bottom line,
this is a great tool for your student to take anywhere, anytime.
Just a few minutes a day helps your student to master their
math facts. The best part is, they’ll have fun and a second person
doesn’t have to be around to flash the cards or check the answers!
Feedback is immediate.
We’ve used different learning aides in the past: flash
cards, “multiplication bingo”, “multiplication wrap-ups”, and other
tools. Each one has helped in varying degrees. The FlashMaster is a
great learning tool, even when it’s just “lying around” for someone to
pick up just to “doodle” with for a few minutes. After all, isn’t home
schooling quite often a child learning when they do not realize they are
learning?! The FlashMaster is a good replacement for your traditional
Here’s the lowdown on the FlashMaster (taken from their
It’s easy to understand and operate. On their own,
students master addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. No
more than 10 minutes per day is required of the student, with minimal
supervision (none during practice). The “See Results” key makes it easy
to evaluate in detail at any time and anywhere, each of the 9 latest
“activities”. Timed or untimed tests may be taken. You can even print a
form from their website to record results and assignments.
Students are motivated by the automatic display of
results at the end of each activity and by later “reviewability” of 9
activities by you. It is an extremely efficient use of your students’
time. There is no time wasted by distracting computer games, by
unnecessary keystrokes, or by tedious and time-consuming “rewards”. Your
student really can use the FlashMaster anywhere and at any time—the car,
the kitchen, break time, campouts, during TV commercials, etc.
The FlashMaster really is a unique and fun math aide.
Visit their website today to see a picture of the FlashMaster and read
about all its many uses. It comes with a 100% money back guarantee.
Remember, Christmas is coming up, too!
(Note: In case you’re wondering, we do not receive
any compensation whatsoever from Flashmaster LLC. We just thought it was
a really neat educational tool to share with you!)
Written by Ericka &
Craig Brown of THE HOME EDUCATORS’ GUIDE (a monthly publication of
Home School Organizers—www.homeschoolorganizer.com)
Recommendation of the FlashMaster by
A toy, a learning tool... both. FlashMaster replaces flash cards
math facts. Use it with or without the timer (or make it
longer, for kids who need some limits, but a little more time), with or
without sound effects, problems that are missed can be run separately in
"missed problems." Change the format of the problems, putting the
"variable" in any position. This is a great tool, that's great
fun, even for our twice exceptional friends...
Recommendation of the FlashMaster by Annette Mixon
Website’s “Education Expert”
FlashMaster is a handheld 11-ounce computer that helps students learn
addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division
math facts. We use the FlashMaster at our [Sylvan Learning]
Center in Lafayette and the kids love it! It costs around $50 and is
worth the price. You can purchase this device on their website:
www.flashmaster.com. If you are looking for an avenue to break up the
flashcard routine, I strongly recommend this product. It would be
a great way to help your child keep up on
math facts over the summer.
Review of the FlashMaster by Mary Ann Kelley, Editor
This summer I had the
opportunity to test a new math resource called the FlashMaster. At first
glance I was unsure of how my girls would react to this little
electronic device. The FlashMaster measures about 5"x7" and has the
ability to give timed tests, timed practice, and timed flashcards. It
also has the ability to drill addition, subtraction, multiplication, and
division tables either in order and out of order. Because it offers both
timed and untimed functions, it is easy for children to use in a way
that makes them most comfortable. It looks quite busy, with several rows
of buttons and lots of notations. Undaunted, my 5 year old grabbed it
from me and within a couple of minutes (and with a little help from her
mom with the reading part), she had deduced how to set up the
FlashMaster to quiz her on
math facts at her ability level. Without any instructions from me
(which is how the teacher's guide recommends introducing the
FlashMaster), my 8 year old figured it out completely. The
FlashMaster quickly became a favorite take along for long car rides and
waiting at ballet lessons, among other times.
If I just tuck it in my bag without a word, the children quickly spy its
familiar shape and ask to play with it.
The FlashMaster is $ and includes a 60-day money back guarantee
(which includes a refund of shipping and handling).
Excerpt of the Review of the FlashMaster by Marjan
FlashMaster is a lightweight (11 ounce), handheld, easy to use
electronic device that has an incredible number of features to help
students with their
math facts including: 6 learning activities, 8 per activity time
limits, 10 per problem time limits, 9 levels and 10 or more tables for
each of its 4 arithmetic operations, 3 problem formats, ability to
practice the 15 most recently missed problems, a very useful guide for
teachers and parents and more.
The FlashMaster ... will help students ages 7 and up with their
math facts in a fun, engaging and challenging way.
Made about the FlashMaster by Editor of
We received our FlashMaster two days ago. Yes, the kids are
fighting over who gets to do math! They love it! My second
grader is actually taking the initiative to teach herself new math
problems. The FlashMaster lets me go in and check all her scores
for that session of playing too. I keep a running track of it, and
it is proof they are both learning the basics of math with this little
wonder! Great way to teach with Fun Learning!
We are on month two with our FlashMaster. It is great! My
second grader is taking to multiplication like it was child's play!
Excerpts from review in Nov/Dec 2003
[My six-year-old son would] quickly figured
out how to get the little machine going, and while he needed some help
to figure out how to turn off the time function, he didn't want any
further assistance after that. … The little gadget is small enough to
take along in the car or a totebag, and what is especially nice is that
the instructions have been placed permanently on the back …! As a
mother who has picked up more bent and chewed paper flashcards than she
can count, I find the FlashMaster a most helpful, engaging
tool for young mathematicians.
Excerpt from Review by Angie Blackman
Homeschooling Horizons Magazine
seen people, both adults and children, react to something with such
consistent excitement as they did when I brought out FlashMaster … [M]y
"test subjects" were just itching to get their turn. … Is FlashMaster
only of interest to those math loving homeschoolers? No way! … The
Game Boy wasn't even touched. … I am more than sure that this is the
neatest learning tool to hit the homeschooling market, and it'll have
your kids buzzing as well.
Excerpt from Review by Mrs. Joseph Wood
Christian Homeschooling Community website
I have never seen a program for drilling math
facts that has ever been this much fun and … this successful! ...
FlashMaster® has truly come to the "math phobic" child's rescue! …
easily set … to your child's personal skill level, building the
confidence needed to succeed. … aids the parent and/or teacher in
creating sessions designed to address the areas needing attention most;
storing up to fifteen math facts … missed in previous drill sessions. …
Your children will enjoy … seeing their scores improve while you will
enjoy seeing your child's confidence skyrocket. a
[Click on the above address to read the
Excerpts from review in February 2004
[M]y nine-year-old son grabbed it, and he
has continued to use it over many weeks! … [H]e loves it even
more than his occasional Gameboy, and it's much more educational.
He wanted me to tell everyone...that he can 'bring it anywhere' ….
Dubbed as 'The Affordable 11-Ounce Computer That Replaces Flashcards' …,
Flashmaster does just that ... [T]his little tool [is]
excitingly simple and convenient. … extremely easy to use ...
fit[s] inside a mom's purse … jacket pocket … even … glove compartment,
so that your child always has an exciting, interesting ... and most
importantly, an educational activity handy.
[Click on the above address to read the entire review.]
It's almost $50, but worth every penny of it! This electronic device will endlessly quiz a child on the times tables. It also let's you know how the child has been doing. Check it out!
Two Reviews of the FlashMaster in
Clearinghouse Product Review Center
(aka Education Explorations, LLC)
Quick, intuitive, easy to use, FUN!, great product!
losing flashcards? Do your children get bored using the same old format?
Now you can spark new interest with the help of Flashmaster! This
intuitive little computer makes learning math so much fun! Created to
simulate / replace flashcards, your child can now learn their math facts
on their own with little or no help, depending on their age.
Flashmaster is lightweight, affordable, easy to use and offers so much
power inside this little box. All ages will find this a fun tool to
learn by and review their math facts with.
Flashmaster allows the parent or teacher to monitor progress … with
complete details on the work completed by the student.
Now your child can learn at home or in the car and enjoy it! No more "OH
NO! NOT MATH AGAIN!!?!?!?" Now they will be asking to "play"
We found this product to be of great value and great quality. Easy to
use as well as fun to use. All ages will enjoy it and it will endure
through the use by multiple children, because the quality it has been
Multiplication, Division, Subtraction - all at the touch of a button!
Now THAT is math that "adds up" to fun!
This is a tool that any child can use without a parent or teacher's
help. With the touch of a button a child can choose the category and
skill level desired and begin to learn on their own. Then, once they are
done, their parent or teacher can check what they have done and see what
areas need more study/practice/review.
This is a handy product that allows one the freedom to take math
practice with them, wherever they go.
Our children love using Flashmaster and it has become a part of our
daily math routine. I have also found they ask to use it once the day of
"school" is complete. This is an added benefit that normal curriculum
does not usually render.
Thank you, Flashmaster, for a product that has solved the math dilemma.
Review by second-grade teacher Linda Carrey
Horizon Elementary, Broward County, Florida
Submitted by Linda Carrey
Teacher, Grade 2
Publisher: Flashmaster LLC, P.O. Box 9321, Jackson Hole, Wyoming 83002
Sunshine State Standards: MA.D.2.1.1, MA.A.3.1.1, MA.A.18.104.22.168.2
I first read about the FlashMaster, an 11 oz. handheld computing device
that replaces flashcards for teaching addition, subtraction,
multiplication, and division facts, in the May 27, 2003 issue of PC
Magazine. Intrigued, I wrote a TDIF grant in June for eight FlashMasters
to use in my second grade classroom.
The FlashMaster is well labeled with large keys and an easy to read LCD
screen. Six yellow keys display the learning activities: 1) "Table: In
Order”; 2) “Table: No Order”; 3) "Practice", 4) "Test", 5) "Flashcards",
and 6) "Special Problems"; and three white buttons allow the user to
select the arithmetic operation (+, -, ´, or ¸), the “Level” or “Table”
from which problems are generated, and the time limit for answering
correctly. Using the FlashMaster is a snap: After pressing the On
button, step 1: push a yellow key to select a learning activity; step 2:
push the white keys to select an operation, level or time; and step 3:
push the green “Start” key. The “Special Problems” key reviews problems
that have been either recently missed or manually entered and the “See
Results” key allows teachers and students to view the number and
percentage of problems answered correctly.
My [second-grade] students in 2003-4 ranged from low to average in
math abilities. Eleven of the 16 children who took the SAT-9 in first
grade scored below 40%. The average score for the class was 32%. The
students used the FlashMasters enthusiastically throughout the day as
they completed assignments and during center times. Did the FlashMasters
improve their mathematical abilities? The scores for the 16 students
rose from 517 to 751 and climbed to an average of 47%, an increase of
fifteen percentage points. (emphasis added)
Multiplication Tables, Division Tables, Addition Tables, and Subtraction Tables
The FlashMaster is the key to