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From: Owen <firstname.lastname@example.org> To: Teacher2Teacher Public Discussion Date: 2012111307:56:39 Subject: Re: I invented touch math at age 6! You did not tell us your dot pattern that you used as a child. What you used as a child may have been dot math and not touch math. Touch math has dots and circles on top of the number symbol. You can not add dots to circles. 1 dot plus 1 circle does not equal 2. If you used only dots then you did not use touch math you used dot math. You can get the Dot math fun book from the DotMath for kids web site for free. You may find it closer to what you did as a child. The dot math helps the student prepare for high school math. The touch math was made for LD students who were not expected to advance beyond basic counting. After reading this site it seems that the TM does not even work very well for LD students. Use the google search box and you will find the DotMath for kids web site. You can get a DVD with lesson plans and you can send questions by email for help. Dot math has dice dots that are translated into the number symbol. Every number is explained as a calculator for addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. The fraction circles foreshadow the grade 12 unit circle and digital numbers are explained. No other system in the world does that. I hope you have fun with the fun book.
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