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Teachers' Lounge Discussion: Who "invented" touch point math?

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From: owen

To: Teacher2Teacher Public Discussion
Date: 2008100922:20:56
Subject: Re: Re: The Potential Dangers of Teaching Touch Math

To: Dawn <dawnrowe@comcast.net> Date: 2008100921:55:49 Subject: Re: The Potential Dangers of Teaching Touch Math You said that you find that your child is stuck on the dots in the touch math. I found the same problem with my first system of DotMath I made 1966 that had dots on top of the numbers so I stopped doing that. It took me many years to recover from doing that. I have recovered and now teach other people how to recover from dots on top of the number. Your child must relearn the dots off the number in the form of dice patterns and then covert them to number symbols. It is very important to break the bond between the number symbol and the dots. To most of these people the dots and number are ONE symbol and that is why they get stuck. The Dotmath for kids system helps break the bond and remove the dots from the number. The Dotmath system also teaches how every number is a calculator. Single line symbols and digital number symbols are explained. This system has helped children beat a calculator in a race. You asked for advise as to how to help her recover. You can get the DotMath for kids charts from the DotMath for kids web site with any search box. I would advise you to look into that to see if that would be helpful. You can copy the charts from the site for FREE as long as you do not mix any thing from the site with touch math.

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