Company Name: TouchMATH
What I Received: First Grade Homeschool Program Units A-D, Flip Cards, TouchMATH 1st Grade Tutor Software, Math Fans, 3D Numerals, TouchPoint Posters, Touch Numerals, Desktop Touch Lines, and Student Number Cards
Price: All four levels of the First Grade Homeschool Program Units A-D ~$199.95 or you can purchase each unit separately for $59.99. The units are available in pdf format only.
TouchMath is a multisensory based program. It has the child See It, Say It, Hear It, and Touch It. TouchMath has the child use all of their senses making it a unique math program that will reach children with different learning styles, visual, auditory, tactile, kinesthetic and special needs.
TouchMath uses TouchPoints. Each number (except zero) has a TouchPoint that corresponds to the number. This helps the child to understand that each number represents a quantity. Numbers 1-5 have a singe TouchPount.
Numbers 6-9 have double TouchPoints. You want your child to touch each point in the correct order as shown below. Counting in the correct sequence is the key!
With addition the child is counting forward and when subtracting he counts backwards. It really is impressive. I find myself adding using the TouchPoint method when counting all my carbs and calories at the end of the day. I have rows of numbers to calculate. I start with the largest number, cross it out, and continue adding starting at the top and working my way down.
TouchMath 1st Grade program has 4 units, each unit has 6 modules, A, B, C, and D for a total of 24 modules.
Unit A teaches: Counting, Adding, and Subtracting Within 9
Unit B~ Adding and Subtracting Within 20
Unit C~ Adding and Subtracting Within 100
Unit D~ Measuring, Time, Data, and Geometry
Each module has an overview page (which introduces the content, common core state standards, objectives, prerequisites, vocabulary, and material), Instructional Strategies, Answer Key, Module Test and Progress Monitoring check off list.
The Instructional Strategies pages walk you through the lesson. You don’t want to just hand your child the activity sheets. In the Instructional Strategies pages it indicates when an activity sheet is to be ‘guided’ or ‘independent’.
Lance is my wiggly little guy and leans toward being a kinesthetic learner. He loved all the TouchMath manipulatives. The colors, feeling the numbers, and/or pointing to the TouchPoints kept him focused on the lesson and he had fun as well.
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TouchMath manipulatives are an optional part of the program. You can use your own manipulatives or use Legos, beans, button, and so forth. If you have a special needs child these are absolutely wonderful.
One of our favorite TouchMath manipulatives were the 3D Numerals. We used these the most because we loved the brightness, size, and the raised touchpoints. For $79.00 you get numbers 0-9 and a CD with activity sheets. In the photo below left you can see the Desktop TouchLines, you get 24 of them for $19.00.
Even big brother Josh liked the 3D Numerals!
I liked the TouchPoint Posters, $43.00 and the Student Number Cards, $24.00. I laminated the posters and two sets of the number cards. Lance used the TouchPoint Posters more than the number cards.
The TouchPoint Numerals with Base 10, $99.00 are made of sturdy foam. I haven’t used the numerals as much as I’d have liked, but I do see the value of them and plan to get them out more in the future. It comes with a printed teacher’s manual.
TouchMath also provided me with 12 sets of Flipcards. Each set cost $19.99.
I was really excited to have received a unique TouchMath item, Math Fans, $239.00. This comes with a CD which contains the teacher manual and student sheets. I had Lance use these when he was learning “greater than/less than” and also for place value. The Math Fans are also used to teach fractions, addition, subtraction, shapes, and more.
Another wonderful optional but very loved item we received was the TouchMath 1st Grade Tutor Software, $99.99. Lance liked having his own ‘computer’ math program. I used this to reinforce what I taught him using the Activity Sheets and manipulatives.
How did we use TouchMath? First I would get the required manipulatives out and introduce the lesson with them. Some of the topics he understood like counting from 1-120 so we skipped those lessons.
We then would move to the activity sheets. I would sit and guide him through the activity. The instructions to the parent/teacher is some-what scripted which I liked. The more hand holding for this mama the better because I can overly explain things and confuse my Lance.
We would work through 2-3 activity sheets a day depending on the topic and how long we used the manipulative.
Once a module was thoroughly covered I’d let Lance use the TouchMath Computer Software.
Currently Lance completed Unit B~Module 2. In this unit concentrated on adding within 13. He understands the concept of adding but hasn’t memorized the all of the addition facts. What I will do this week is use the Flipcards and the TouchMath Computer Software to reinforce and memorize the addition facts before moving on to Unit B~Module 3.
I will have him practice writing his addition facts in his math notebook to aid in memorization.
What I liked:
- Activity pages are clean and uncluttered
- Activity pages are not overwhelming with many problems
- TouchMath comes in pdf format, therefore there is no need to purchase more workbooks for younger students.
A few things I’d like to see added or improved:
- A little more direction with when and how to use the manipulatives, whether using what we have at home or using TouchMath Manipulatives. Having manipulatives shceduled in the instructional stratagies pages would have been really helpful to me. Each module does mention what manipulatives would be needed and gave some suggestions but I’d prefer to have it scheduled.
- More activity sheets. Lance could have used more practice. Having more sheets for him to work on would have been great!
My final thoughts: I love the whole touchpoint concept. Like I mentioned I find myself adding and subtracting using the touchpoints. The manipulatives are top notch, colorful and very well made. Lance loved using them.
I am very pleased with TouchMath and plan to continue using it with Lance. For the remaining of our school year.
Quote from Lance: “I liked learning the TouchPoints and using the game (meaning tutor software).”
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