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Touch Math

6760 Corporate Drive
Colorado Springs, CO 80919
PH: 800-888-9191
www.touchmath.com

See it, Touch it, Learn It: Math Becomes Comprehensible with TouchMath
By Linda Pliagas

Most educational learning materials are developed by adults who have been teaching for numerous years and who often hold advanced degrees. TouchMath is a mathematical learning system that was created and developed for kids, by kids.

“The children put the visual cues in place; they literally were responsible for the program,” admits Janet Bullock, founder and CEO of Innovative Learning Concepts Inc., creators of TouchMath.

She recalls that very special time when her students, a group of 28 sixth-graders, helped her design a mathematical learning system, which would later blossom into a global educational corporation with a family of materials for general classrooms, special education and intervention programs.

Bullock was stirred to take action when seven of her 28 students could not figure out simple addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. “Even with extra teacher support and exposure to a variety of math programs, these seven special education students did not understand what they were doing,” she recalls.

Throughout her 15-year career as an elementary teacher, Bullock says she noticed that “math was one of the most difficult subjects for students to understand.” She attributed this lack of comprehension to the fact that far too often math was being taught only as an abstract topic.

By being more directly involved with numbers, children begin to comprehend what the abstract figures really mean and see them in a non-threatening way. “All children are basically tactile when they are born. That’s the strongest learning sense that we have,” Bullock explains. “Next, they learn visually. The auditory sense is not fully developed until the sixth grade.”

The TouchMath system is multisensory. “When students see, say, hear and touch the TouchPoints on the numerals, all of their senses are involved, and they will learn and remember more efficiently,” says Bullock and adds that this style of teaching “gives them a much better chance at being successful.”

Everything the children said about the program was taken into consideration. For example, the students “let us know that they could only handle a certain number of problems on a page,” Bullock says. She adds that for them, having too much information on a single page is overwhelming. It sets them up for failure even before they begin.

Bullock says that homeschoolers interested in seeing how TouchMath works can visit the TouchMath website and view their training video. Also available on their website are free sample pages and thousands of affordable activity sheets that can be downloaded.

She says her company has taken into consideration the budgetary constraints homeschoolers face when they have only one source of income and the company has priced TouchMath accordingly. “The materials are also reproducible so homeschoolers can start with one child and then use it with siblings. We tried to be fair to that market,” she emphasizes.

TouchMath has a mission to reach as many homeschoolers, traditional students and teachers as possible because of the dire situation in our educational system. “We need mathematics and science, we are dropping behind academically,” Bullock admits.

For more information, please visit www.touchmath.com

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