Friday, March 15, 2013

TouchMath 2nd Grade #TOS

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Sometimes Math can seem so abstract to my kids, especially the ones that need to get in there and feel what they are doing! Random numbers on a page can be difficult to teach depending on a child's learning style. Touch Math uses a multisensory approach to teaching the fundamentals in a way that my children can learn from and retain. SEE, HEAR, TOUCH math and help it come alive!

TouchMath has programs for as early as Pre K and goes up to a complete program for Second Grade (though there are possibilities for using the materials in upper grades). We are reviewing  Second Grade with my daughter age 8.

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We received the TouchMath Second Grad Homeschool downloadable program (shown above)
Thankfully there is a lot of information for the teacher with this program. I felt a little confused at first since this truly is a unique program. We have been just doing the standard math worksheets for the past two years, and to add in something new took some reading up. We had to learn the Touch Points system first, so that Shiloh could  implement it into the program.

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These Touch Numerals  ($99.00) are nice, thick (6 inch) foam numbers with base 10 containers for storing the touchpoints. First Shiloh needed to learn the touch system by learning to count each number in order of the touchpoints. She felt it was 'babyish'  and as a second grader she is right. These can easily be used with your pre-K student. I explained to her that she had to learn it now because she is jumping in midway through second grade rather than as a beginning student. As a core part of the program I felt it was important to learn it well. She got into the swing of things and we had some games to get her to memorize where the points went and how to utilize them for counting. As a child who uses her fingers for counting, it may take some time to switch from that to using the touchpoints.

 My 5 year old is already chomping at the bit to get his hands on these Touch Numerals. I am thrilled that I can begin him in the kindergarten program with Touchmath and help him really understand the concept behind numbers and math.

After learning the Touch Numerals we dove into Unit 1 of the Second Grade Program. I loved how each unit is explained what concepts were going to be taught. Because we started mid way through Shiloh's second grade year, I was able to gauge where she may already be in the school year with TouchMath.
 Units A, B, C, D sold separately for $59.95 or all four for $199.95.

If you are planning on using this for an entire school year curriculum you will want to purchase all 4 units.

With a downloadable program I can just print out the worksheets and information I need, storing the rest safely in the computer. I do need to get in the planning habit to have a weeks worth of worksheets printed out at one time, so that I don't have to go to the computer to print each day. It has been a learning curve but we are getting the hang of it. There are usually two worksheets a day, and they are very straight forward and not overly time consuming. It is suggested to spend about twice the age of the child in time spent on math each day, for Shiloh that would be 16 minutes.

TouchMath Tutor Second Grade Software ($99.99) gave Shiloh some extra 'fun time' when she was done with her worksheets. 

From the Website: 

What's included in the software?
  • A pretest, activities, review, and a posttest for each topic
  • Scores recorded for each student
  • Tracking functionality to determine topic mastery
  • Choose and play any topic in any order based on student needs
  • Touch screen and interactive whiteboard compatibility
  • Fun and educational themes and geographic locations for each topic
What concepts does the software teach?
  • Touching/Counting Patterns 0–9
  • Skip counting by 2, 3, 4, 5, 10
  • Place value 100–999
  • Backward counting 18–0
  • Single-digit addition with TouchPoints and counting on
  • Single-digit subtraction
  • 2-digit addition with and without regrouping; 3-digit addition without regrouping
  • 2-digit subtraction with and without regrouping; 3-digit subtraction without regrouping
The software teaches valuable skills while the student goes on a world wide adventure. This is an optional tool for 2nd grade, but a valuable one. Shiloh really enjoyed the programs and it helped her practice without doing more 'worksheets'.

Another tool that I felt was most helpful was the FlipCards. Priced at $19 per set, these cards are a tangible way to reinforce the skills that are being learned and master the concepts. I love that they are mobile for car trips or long waits at the doctors office. Pull out the FlipCards you are working on currently for just a quick game or reinforcement. We were working on grouping like problems together and found that a dry erase marker works perfectly on the cards!

Student Number Cards can be utilized as a poster for ease of remembering the touch points, or for breaking down into smaller cards for practicing. Memorizing the touch points is key and these cards are a colorful reminder of how the points go on each number. To visualize these numbers with the points on them is going to be very helpful in rounding out this program.

TouchMath has been one of the best Math programs we have had the blessing of using. I highly recommend it for your homeschool!


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1 comment:

  1. Hi Melanie. We are thrilled that you and your family enjoyed the program, and are always happy to hear and see ways in which TouchMath positively impacts students! Thank you for the informative write-up and wonderful photos of the program in use in your home. Please let us know if we can be of assistance in the future.

    All the best,
    The TouchMath Team