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

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From: Owen <owenbprince@hotmail.com>
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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