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Crew Review: Touch Math – Grade 1

on March 18, 2013

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My son, Christian, who is 6 years old, has almost completed his current first grade math work, but I thought maybe he could use some refreshing of what he’d learned so far, so when I received TouchMath for Grade 1 I was very, very excited.  Christian enjoys math and it seems to be coming very easy to him, which is a good thing but he also enjoys a hands-on approach versus totally worksheet oriented work.  TouchMath fits the bill with both worksheets, touch, making it a multisensory approach to math with fun and fundamentals.  TouchMath also aligns with the common core standards so each first grader is doing the same work no matter where they live.

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I was given the entire 1st grade module which is good for an entire year’s worth of math – including the teacher’s guide – all in a PDF format.  There is a lot of information in how to implement the TouchMath program, and it would have been nice to have a physical copy as there is so much information and it’s much to large to load onto my tablet so I did find myself needing to excuse myself to go to the computer to look something up.  However, my son thoroughly enjoyed the worksheets, he loved the fun designs and would make up stories about some of the illustrations to go along with his math work.  Each unit can be purchased for $59.95 or you can buy all four units and save for $199.95 – for the units in PDF download form.

Christian working on his TouchMath.

Soon after beginning the TouchMath Grade 1 program I realized that my son is advanced and I should have probably gone with the 2nd grade – he found the first worksheets to be very easy.  So I had him skip around, instead of going through the sheets in order, because I didn’t want him becoming bored with the process.  This worked out great for us, using the worksheets four days a week along with the manipulatives that I was given to aid his learning.  The one item he really liked was using the FlipCards   they sell for $19.00 a set and I was provided all the sets for Grade 1, these really helped him ‘see’ the math after working through the lessons.  The other item he had fun with was the TouchMath TouchNumerals which sell for $99.00 and are made of heavy duty foam and teaches the TouchMath system as well as base 10 ideas.
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I have to say this was a fun and enjoyable way to do math with my son, including the TouchMath Tutor software which added a technological aspect to making learning math fun.  The software sells for $99.00 and while not necessary (none of the manipulatives are needed and other household items can be substituted) it was fun for my son to feel like he wasn’t ‘doing’ math but instead playing, and he was rewarded with computer time.  The whole TouchMath experience was fun for us all and provided a wonderful learning environment for a boy who needs to touch, see, hear and feel what he is doing to fully learn a subject.

 

Christian using TouchMath FlipCards.

 

You can read what other homeschooling parents had to say about TouchMath at the Schoolhouse Review Crew blog.

**Disclaimer:  I received a free copy of this product through the Schoolhouse Review Crew in exchange for my honest review.  I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way.  All opinions I have expressed are my own or those of my family.  I am disclosing this in accordance with FTC regulations.

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One response to “Crew Review: Touch Math – Grade 1

  1. Our experience was that our son was a little advanced for what we got too (PreK). We did enjoy this curriculum over all. Blessings fellow crew mate!

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