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From: Owen

To: Teacher2Teacher Public Discussion
Date: 2006111413:50:19
Subject: Re: Re: Individualized math programs research

Dear Michele: You said that you are looking for an individualized math program for students that read on a 2-6 grade reading level and math on a 1-8 grade level. There is a program like this at a local college that was started in 1980 for students from grade 9 to 12. This worked very well for this age level. Some were able to complete the required material in half the time with a 95% or higher score, so there is a track record of success for this type of program. You may want to look into "Picture Me Reading" by Marlys Isaacson, PH.D The isaacson system was made to help children learn to read but she does have some material for math. The digits are drawn to look like people, animals, and objects which a child can recognize easily. (This is the same idea as DotMath) A verse accompanies each to help set the name of the number in the child's memory. She has a web site but her program is mainly for reading. For help with math you may want to look at the DotMath for kids web site. Dots are used to define the number symbols. You can get free graphics to work with. The students color “The Fun Book” first and then use it as a work book. I have seen children in grade one beat a calculator in both addition and subtraction with the DotMath system. The DotMath for Kids web site is at: http://dotmath.tripod.com/ If you click on this link it should take you to the site. If this does not work then you may have a problem with your computer and may have problems getting on other sites too. Owen

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