Jones Genuises Vs TouchMath

Jones Geniuses Matrix Vs TouchMath
Disclosure
Full disclosure, I received one program for review and I purchased the other program. This DID NOT influence my opinion and neither company asked me to write this entry comparing the two programs. I just wanted to share with my readers the differences and reasons why we decided to use one program over the other.

Math Hunt

As a homeschooling parent, the one area you will hear me write a lot about is math. Math scares me, like it does a lot of people out there, young and old. There are two topics that stump me no matter how much effort I put into them—Chemistry and Division. Well, I don’t want this for my child. I want math to be easy and fun for him. I want him to be able to take Pre-Calculus and Calculus in High School and not spend hours feeling frustrated. To date I have tried several math programs with my son and most of them just didn’t feel right, so I had to get back on Google and try and find on that did.

Two Programs I decided to Try

Two programs that I stumbled upon that were somewhat similar were Jones Geniuses Matrix System and TouchMath’s TouchPoint system.

TouchMath(TM) describes themselves as:

“TouchMath is a multisensory program that uses its signature TouchPoints to engage students of all abilities and learning styles.
Our award-winning, step-by-step approach covers: Counting • Addition • Subtraction • Place Value • Multiplication • Division • Time • Money • Fractions • Story Problems • Shapes • Sizes • Pre-algebra”

Jones Geniuses(JG) describes their program as:

“Jones Geniuses Accelerated Education is the number one provider of accelerated learning math curriculum for homeschoolers, after-schoolers and their families. We operate under The Institute for Accelerated Learning, Inc., a 501 (c) (3) non-profit corporation with headquarters in Kerrville, Texas”

Dot Systems

Both systems teach a child to place dots on the number in a specific order, and then to count the dots in a specific order. If you show a child the number 3, they may know it is the number three, but do they understand what that means in quantity? Children that use the JG program or TM program truly learn what the numbers represent. In turn, if the child knows what the number truly means, mathematics becomes a whole lot easier. Math is a language, just like English, French, or Japanese, and I want my children to truly understand this important language.
Both programs have their pros and cons, however in the end one of them works better for our family at the moment.

Jones Geniuses

The first program I tried with my son was Jones Geniuses. There was a big hype on the Brillkids forum, and Dr. Jones himself offered several online conferences free of charge and explained his program to us. This was fantastic as I was able to ask questions directly to the man who created the program. They also offered Brillkid forum members a co-op style deal. So I ordered their program. I dealt with their representative Chris who was extremely helpful and friendly on the phone. We chatted about homeschooling and the public education systems in Canada and the US vs. the UK. I was extremely impressed with the time and effort both Chris and Dr. Jones took to make sure all my questions were answered. Watching some of the older children in the more advanced JG Programs made me realize they were on to something.

Not What I Expected

However, I think I can speak for a few of the forum members, and some of us were disappointed with our packages. For myself, it seemed homemade and not very child friendly. Posters were printed on plain paper instead of cardstock. I was expecting a more professional looking package for the price I paid. Later I found out after reading a blog review that part of my kit was missing. I called my friend who was waiting for her kit and emailed another who had just received hers a week or two earlier, and they too were missing that piece. To the JG organization’s defense they did send us our missing pieces quickly, but I for one do not enjoy having to double check packages to make sure all the pieces are included. The other thing that surprised me was that it had passed their quality assurance inspection noted on the inside of the lid, everything was checked off and signed that it was in the package.

Overwhelming

One thing I found with this Early Learning program from JG was I did not like the step based approach. Personally I think if you’re doing a step based program you should start with Step 1, then once that is mastered move on the Step 2. With JG Early Program, you’re working on several steps all over the place. I felt disorganized as a parent/teacher, and my son (5) was getting bored.

Tears, Tears & More Tears

So after a phone conversation with Dr. Jones, we jumped right into the worksheets. They were plain looking sheets that started off with 4 questions per page with dots and increased to 100 questions with no dots. Having my son do these sheets was like pulling teeth. There was nothing physically attractive about them to interest a young child. Also I didn’t like that I had to teach my son to place the dots one way and count them another. When we got to larger numbers like 7, 8 or 9 it seemed like dots were all over the place. My son was frustrated; he would place the dots like he was suppose to count them, and the other way around. And even though I was staying completely calm and positive, subtraction problems had my son so frustrated he burst out crying. This was not what I wanted for my son. It broke my heart, and I packed up our JG program and put it away.

On The Hunt Again For The Perfect Math Program

Then while on another desperate search for the “Perfect Math Program” for my son I stumbled upon TouchMath.  I emailed the people at Jones Geniuses and asked them what the difference was between their program and TM. This was the reply I received:
 “Our Matrix is a dramatic improvement on Touch …in a nutshell ours is simpler to understand. Touch is too abstract for the younger brain to understand.”
This was discouraging to me, and I thought, well if JG dots are so difficult for him to place TM with be even worse with their double touch point. Boy was I wrong!

TouchMath

I decided that I had to do something so I emailed TouchMath and asked them if they would be interested in doing a review/giveaway on my blog. Bob promptly emailed me back and we started hashing out the details. I was sent the computer software Kindergarten Math Program, and the Digital Kindergarten Kit 4 program.  I was excited and nervous while waiting for the program to come in the mail. At this point I was really sick of trying so many math programs and being disappointed time and time again. I was also nervous because TM has double touch points. If my son couldn’t handle single touch points how would he handle double?

Math Magic?

When the product arrived there were 3 CDROMS. I registered the products and loaded The Kindergarten Software’s first disc on to my computer. While the program had a minor glitch in the first lesson, my son learned his touch points in 45mins the FIRST time using the software, the double touch points and all. Subtraction was presented to him using both touch points and objects to cross out. Suddenly it clicked for Wesley! The Digital Kindergarten program took what my son knew and brought it to the next level! He was adding 3 numbers together, and learning things that JG program doesn’t hit, for example patterns, time, fractions, etc.

Amazing Customer Service

I contacted Bob and told him we were having difficulty with the software program. Nothing major, just the touch points were difficult for a 5 year old with a lot of computer experience to place. He told me they were already addressing this issue and it would be corrected in the next version. A month or two later I received this email:

 According to our records, you have purchased and registered our TouchMath Tutor Kindergarten Software. We will soon begin production on an updated version, and because you are users of the current product, we want to give you the opportunity to help with the process!

Please take a moment to complete a very brief survey and give us your feedback. By sharing your thoughts, you will receive a FREE copy of the updated software when it’s released later this year!

The survey will close on January 21, 2011.”

This showed me that TouchMath does stand by their product! And they are willing to listen to suggestions and improve their already great program. I also enjoy that I can download free samples of each Kit and try them out with my son. It allows me to know what to expect when I order, and helps me decided what grade level I should be ordering him.

Price Point

The thing I think that scares people away from TouchMath though is the price. But the way I look at it is, it’s an excellent product, and it works. The new digital kits make it easier for families to reuse the program over and over again with younger children. And when your family is done with it you can resell it, just like you do a textbook.
UPDATE October 2018: Since this article was originally posted TouchMath has created some more affordable options for homeschool families. These products copyrights only allow you to use them with your household, but they are significantly cheaper.
You can read more about it here: TouchMath for Homeschooler!! A Review
In the end, I know JG is working on a Matrix 1 program. My son was not ready for Matrix 3, however the Early program was not for him either. He may have benefited more from using the Matrix 1 program if it was available. Touch Math is presented in a fun way with cute characters, and is more aesthetically pleasing to my five year old right now. At this young age I have to respect him and present him things that keep him interested.
So for now we will continue using Touch Math till he is at the Upper Grades Level (Grade3) Then I will likely look at going back to Jones Geniuses program, when he is older and more mature and may have more patience for it.

How To Make Jones Geniuses Work For Younger Children

I know other parents who have made Dr. Jones program work for their young children. They created manipulatives and other tools and their children are doing excellent. But right now in our day to day lives I know I don’t have the time or motivation to get these types of tasks done in a timely matter.

TouchMath For The Win

Touch Math has done the work for me, manipulatives are available to purchase and the worksheets are fun and keep my son coming back for more. He actually completed 11 sheets in ONE sitting, he wanted to do more, but I hadn’t printed out enough. On average he does between 4-6 sheets a sitting. I see him loving math, and getting excited about it. For me this is thrilling! I can finally lay off Goggling math program options.   
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14 Responses to Jones Genuises Vs TouchMath

  1. Tracy says:

    We enjoy Touch Math here as well. I’m finding I may need to get it for my 11yr old because she is struggling with math this year. Sigh. I think this will definitely do the trick for her though. I know it will.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Please go to the DotMath for kids web site and look under the copyright tab. You will find that BOTH these programs are in violation of the copyright law and the rules of my web site. I own the copyright for the dots on top of the number from 1966. I am informing you at this time that you must stop using the dots on top of the number symbol and you must give credit for dot math to the ?DotMath for kids” web site and Owen Prince. You need to stop using these programs now before you do damage to your and your families ability to do math.

    You will see that my last version of dot math I made in 1995 has the dice dots off the numbers because I found that the dots on top of the numbers can do harm to a persons ability to do math.

    The number 6 to 9 in TchMath have dots with circles around the dot and the child is told the circle represents a second dot. This is very bad because a circle in math represents a group. The children need to have math that helps prepare them for higher grade math. They will need to be able to understand venn diagrams -when you put more than one dot in a circle to show (one group of two dots) and then add that to (one group of four dots) in another circle. Students should be able to overlap two circle to show how one set of dots can be in both groups.
    Please do not put the dots on top of the number. These people who charge you large amounts of money are only interested in the large amount of money they can get from you. You can get the DotMath for kids dice charts from my web site for FREE. and the lesson plans DVD cost less than one chart in touch math. Jones matrix math site is almost impossible to get to and when you do all he shows is the cover of some math book. He does not give out even one sample and if he does I will file a complaint against him under the copyright law.

    Owen Prince
    copyright owner
    dot math 1966
    DotMath for kids 1995

  3. TouchMath says:

    Mr. Prince, the gentleman who crafted the previous comment, had a poorly created children’s workbook many years ago with his version of dots on and around numbers. Mr. Prince copyrighted his book, as anyone can put dots on numbers and copyright pages, but it is not possible to copyright the idea of dots on numbers. The dots Mr. Prince created were in patterns completely different than TouchMath and were inefficient and awkward for learner usage. His work lacked enough repetition for students to succeed and was not sufficiently scaffolded to help students make successful steps. He has changed his work several times over the years (random “dot” placement, domino patterns, and now a new “dot” placement) in an effort to make his program successful.

    TouchMath was researched with children and teachers before it ever went to print, thus the need to change the patterns has been unnecessary.

    TouchMath has been developed into a complete program with all of the necessary components to meet the Common Core State Standards Pre-K through second grade. For nearly 40 years, TouchMath has benefited millions of students and educators in thousands of school districts in the United States and around the world. Our global presence reaches schools in 14 foreign countries

    As to Mr. Prince’s comments about venn diagrams, TouchMath prepares students for exactly that skill and it does not interfere with student progress in later math –– in that, or any other area.

    TouchMath
    http://www.touchmath.com

  4. Anonymous says:

    To the TouchMath person:
    In your comment you have agreed with me that I created a children’s workbook
    many years ago. 1966 is long before touch math so I was first with this
    idea and have had many years to become the leading expert on this. Thank you.

    You claim my patterns are completely different than what you use in touch
    math (this is very easy to prove false as you have the same patterns for the
    numbers 1 to 5 as my 1966 dot math). You claim my patterns were inefficient
    and awkward . I agree the dots on top of the number are inefficient and
    awkward. This was only one of the problems with the dots on top of the number symbol as there are many more. That is why I changed it to have the dots
    off the number symbol because I do not want to do any harm to childrens
    ability to do math. I agree that your TouchMath patterns for the 6, 7 8,
    and 9 are completely different than dot math. I have always had dots and
    just dots because it is important to be consistent with children when
    teaching these concepts. These are very different than my dotmath -in fact
    they are opposite to my dot math so I have no problem with your copyright on the dots and circles.

    I disagree with the concept of dots in circles on the number symbol because
    I have people asking me for help because they feel the dots and circles have
    hurt their ability to do math. I ask children to explain your touch math to
    me. They think they can add 1 circle and 1 dot to get 2. I ask them if
    the total is two dots or 2 circles. All the children I talk to find the
    6, 7, 8, and 9 hard to understand. Children see what is there and not what
    you want them to see or think they should see. Even on You tube the child
    doing the example points out how strange the 6, 7,8 and 9 are in the touch
    math. All the teachers I know who teach grade 7 and up hate that the
    students were taught touch math because they are too slow counting dots
    and circles to keep up to the other students. The teacher does not have
    the time to teach grade one math in grade 9.

    You claim my work lacks enough repetition for students to succeed. You make
    this claim but you do not know what you are talking about. You seem to make
    claims that I can prove wrong. The “DotMath for kids” system has full page
    sheets that can be printed and covered in clear plastic so the student can
    reuse the lesson page as many times as needed to learn the material. The
    pages can also be printed out as many times as needed. A three year old
    girl colored and used up three FUN BOOKS in a very short time. She loved
    dot math so much she would line up her stuffed animals on her bed at night
    and teach them Owens DotMath. The students get a lot of repetition because
    it is so fun that they want to keep working on it. It was the children
    who named my book The Fun Book so I changed the name of the book to
    what they wanted.
    You said: “He has changed his work several times over the years
    (random “dot” placement, domino patterns, and now a new “dot” placement)
    in an effort to make his program successful. You agree that I have multiple versions and have a copyright on them. You agree that my program is
    successful and that I have made a great effort to make sure the dot math
    program is successful and correct. Thank you.

    Owen Prince

  5. Anonymous says:

    To Touch Math:
    You said: TouchMath was researched with children and teachers (elementary teachers not high school teachers). A 5 or 6 week test trial to show that students were able to remember the patterns a few months after the test trial was over will show a memory improvement if that is the only thing you are testing for.
    The 40 years you talk about is the real test. There are students who can’t get into college because they are stuck on the dots and circles and can’t pass the math entrance exam. A girl at a food store was to give me $15 in change. She gave me 2 five dollar bills. She was unable to figure out how to give me $15 in change. I asked her if she had been taught touch math in school and she said that she had been taught touch math and that she was unable to figure out math without touching the dots.
    You said: TouchMath has been developed into a complete program. You were very negative about the fact that I worked on dotmath for many years to develop and improve on my system yet you now want to claim touchmath has been developed. I know you have worked on it for a long time.
    The foundation of a building must be correct or it will not stand the test of time. The same is true of math. The dots on top of the number symbol are a failed foundation and it does not stand the test of time so my Dotmath for kids is 40 years ahead of touch math. If you do the same old thing you get the same old resualts.
    You said you have a global presence in 14 countries. You are a corporation and everyone knows that the bottom line for a corporation is how big a profit the corporation can increase every year. I understand that when you have so much invested in your corporation that no one wants to rock the boat. In 1995 I saw teachers go to your web site for help and they were told they were not good teachers because they could not figure out how to make touch math work. Your blamed the teacher instead of thinking there could be something wrong with the touch math- hence no need to fix any problems with touch math they were just bad teachers.
    You said: about venn diagrams, TouchMath prepares students for exactly that skill and it does not interfere with student progress in later math –– in that, or any other area.
    Please show the lesson plan that explains how a student can go from touch math-
    were the value of the circle is = to a dot to explain that a circle is a group that you put elements into to show common elements in both groups ( a venn diagram)
    Please show the lesson plan to explain how touch math helps students understand the grade 12 unit circle for grade 6 students.
    Please show the lesson plan to explain how every number is a calculator to help students learn to combine number symbols 6 + 7 = 13 and not just count every dot.
    Please show the lesson plan to explain how digital numbers are true numbers because the symbol is equal to its value.
    The “Dotmath for kids” system does this and much, much more.
    Owen Prince

  6. Anonymous says:

    You said that my work book was poorly created. The graphic line work is accurate to 1/1000 of an inch. That means you can print out the rules and use them to measure with. The Fun Book
    is black and white so the children can color it to make it more personal for them. They then use their very own Fun Book as a lesson book. No one to this day has been able to draw my charts to the high quality standard that I have so your comment about poorly created sounds like your sour grapes to me. Feel free to try and draw a copy of my ruler chart. I think you would soon learn what poorly created looks like because it is not as easy working to 1/1000 of an inch as you might think.
    I think a debate is what this person wanted here to give people a choice.
    Jones Genuises Vs TouchMath. The “DotMath for kids” was overlooked because it is not a corporation and is not as well known- even though it was first, best and less expensive.
    To sum up we have agreed on many things and agreed to disagree on other things because of different points of view. I am the expert on Dot Math.
    I am not please with Jones Geniuses system at all. His dots are a complete copy of my early dot math system. He did not do any research at all or he would have found my web site and known that this has already been done and it failed. He points out that the dots on the numbers he has are far better than touch math as he has seen improvement over touch math with it. Do you really want someone teaching your child math who has not even done enough reseach to type the words “dot math” into a google search box?
    PLAGIARIZE:
    : to steal and pass off (the ideas or words of another) as one’s own : use (another’s production) without crediting the source
    Jones System matrix is a copy of all the dots in the same location as my dot math to sell for money without crediting the source as if it was his idea. If you copy 99% of someone’s work and pass it off as your own to sell then it is a copyright infringement. It does not matter if you copy it with a pen, pencil, a crayon or computer.
    If Mr. Jones used boxes and x’s in different locations that is an idea that is different enough to be his. But he didn’t do that. (it’s not his)
    Touch math used dots and circles in different locations so that is a different “idea” both in context and content so is an original work and idea.
    Owen Prince

  7. Anonymous says:

    To the parents:
    You have heard from us and we have our different points of view and we each feel that we have the best system to help you teach math to your children. Your children’s future is at stake here so if you choose wrong you will have to live with that. I did some research for you as I know most of you do not have the time to find out what the teachers on the front lines have to say about touch math. University level – not elementary grade teachers who are also addicted to the dots on the numbers.

    You said: Touch math does not interfere with student progress in later math
    Lets see what the university math specialist has to say about this. Her name is
    Angela G. Angrews and I give her full credit. You can find her comments under
    The Potential Dangers of Teaching The Touch Math system
    She is the pre-service university instructor of math methods

    The Potential Dangers of Teaching
    The Touch Math™ System of Computation
    By Angela G. Andrews
    What is Touch Math™?

    “Touch Math ™” is a system of assigning a touch point to each number. The number 1
    has one touch point; the number 2 has 2 touch points, etc.
    Students are taught to touch these points and count them to get an answer. Later students
    are taught a series of rules for using touch points to obtain answers to problems involving
    the operations of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.

    Where did Touch Math ™ come from?
    Touch Math ™ was originally developed to teach cognitively challenged adults how to
    perform basic operations of additions, subtraction, multiplication and division. These
    students, who found memorizing the facts to be extremely difficult, were given an
    acceptable process for arriving at the correct answers needed to pay for small purchases
    or receiving correct change. Some LD teachers picked it up and began to teach it to their
    students. When LD students were able to compute more accurately and quickly than
    their “regular” education counterparts in the classroom, some classroom teachers began
    to teach it. Because it produces quick, accurate answers, teachers are often enthusiastic
    about the system. They don’t have to worry about their students knowing their basic
    facts, and their students perform well on timed tests.

  8. Anonymous says:

    The Potential Dangers of Teaching
    The Touch Math™ System of Computation
    By Angela G. Andrews
    Why is it harmful?
    Although it is certainly true that students who use the touch point system arrive at
    accurate answers quickly, the use of Touch Math™ and it underlying philosophy goes
    completely counter to the vision of the NCTM Principles and Standards for School
    Mathematics. It is an artificial program, which encourages rote, mindless, “pencil
    tapping”. The method forces students to think of numbers as discrete units, and, as a
    result, it inhibits understanding of place value concepts. It is rule bound, and teacher
    lead
    . There are no strategies taught – only rules remembered. In this sense, it is a giant
    leap backward and puts the student, says Bob Wright of Southern Cross University,
    founder of Math Recovery, “on the path to nowhere. Touch Math™ forces the child to
    solve addition and subtraction problems by counting on or back, when even those
    students who qualify for and receive intervention services are capable of leaving first
    grade exhibiting much more sophisticated non-counting behaviors.”
    Why is using touch points any different than using manipulatives?
    An argument used to support using Touch Math™ is that it is like any manipulative that
    is used to make connections to concepts then discarded when no longer necessary. This
    argument is in error. First, touch points are not manipulatives, but rather arbitrary
    symbols added to the numbers. Manipulatives are real concrete materials that are used to
    help students make connections to abstract mathematical concepts. Dots on paper are
    not real, nor are they concrete, but simply additional abstract markings. Students cannot
    manipulate them in any way. They can only touch them on paper. Another problem with
    Touch Math™ is that teachers who use this system are so impressed with the speed and
    accuracy resulting from teaching this method that they tend not to see a need for
    manipulatives. Instead, they replace cognitively valuable models that truly represent the
    operations, with the pencil tapping Touch Math™ method.

    Can’t I teach Touch Math™ along with other strategies?
    With Touch Math™, the foundational concepts of addition, subtraction, multiplication
    or division are ignored. The method ignores the student’s need to:
    · Develop a visual image of how sets are joined and separated, grouped and shared.
    · Develop non-counting strategies for adding and subtracting, such as partitioning,
    using doubles, anchoring ten, using the commutative principle, etc.
    · Develop strategies for doing mental mathematics. (Without visible “touch points”
    children trained in this system have few options for solving mental problems.)
    · Develop concepts of multiplication and division.
    · Develop understanding of the distributive property of multiplication over
    addition.
    · Understand the relationship of numbers as defined by our base ten place value
    system.

  9. Anonymous says:

    This technique bases computation on arbitrary rules rather than on the foundations of the
    base ten number system. In fact, the authors of Touch Math™ state that they have no
    intention to teach place value, which should, they say, be taught only after students
    master computation skills. In reality, by the time students master the increasingly
    complex Touch Math™ rules, they have little patience for learning to understand place
    value.
    · Think about numerals as representations of quantity. The number 38, for example is not thought
    of as “almost 40”, which would be helpful for estimating an answer, or as 3 tens and 8, which
    would be helpful for understanding place value concepts. Instead 38 is thought of as an 8 which
    requires 8 taps and a 3 which required 3 taps.

    The Touch Math™ system is comprised of a series of rules or contrived methods that
    students must follow in order to get the correct answer. The teaching of such arbitrary
    rules to get correct answers is harmful to children’s learning of arithmetic because the
    rules go counter to children’s natural way of thinking. These rules “unteach” the intuitive
    understanding that students have of place value, thereby depriving them of opportunities
    to develop number sense. The history of computational procedures suggests that students
    would understand algorithms better if they were allowed to go through a constructive
    process. (Kamii) However this process is time consuming and requires cognitive effort
    on the child’s part. Giving the child the option of “not thinking, just doing” is seductive,
    especially for a teacher frustrated by students’ difficulties in understanding mathematics
    or learning facts. However, it should not be considered by primary teachers. Forcing,
    encouraging, or even allowing students to give up their own thinking and follow the rules
    of Touch Math™ is harmful to children’s autonomy and separates students from their
    own thought processes.

    Won’t students discard this method when they become more proficient?
    To be fair, this scenario is possible. To be truthful, all available evidence indicates that it
    is not likely. Manipulatives or the natural finger counting strategies that young children
    use are discarded when their use becomes unavailable or cumbersome to a child who has
    internalized the concept with the help of such manipulatives, or who has learned noncount by one strategies, or math facts. On the other hand, “touch points” never become
    too cumbersome, because using this system is quicker than thinking and always available.
    Students who are addicted to Touch Math™ then have no incentive to either understand
    math concepts or learn number facts. Touch Math™ becomes a “nasty addiction” which
    has proven to be practically impossible to break.

  10. Anonymous says:

    Teachers all over the country tell horror stories about how difficult it is to break students of the “touchpoint” habit, and more importantly, how little number sense and place value understanding these students have.
    Parents, who may be impressed initially with their child’s ability to compute so quickly
    and accurately, are later alarmed when they realize the damage done to their children’s
    mathematical health. As a pre-service university instructor of math methods, I observe
    the crippling effects of Touch Math™ on students each term as they try to break this
    tiresome habit and, at the same time, develop the missing number sense they know they
    need to teach mathematics themselves. (Just recently an elementary school principal
    confessed to me that she did not know the answer and had no other strategies to figure
    out the answer to 9+5, except by using the touch point system she had been taught as a
    child. She recognized how much she had been handicapped by this method and was
    terrified that someone would find out her secret. )
    At best, Touch Math™ is an unnecessary handicap to impose on those students who are
    capable of building an understanding of mathematics, given adequate time and
    experience. At worst, Touch Math™ fails to encourage strategic, logical, and
    autonomous thinking, replacing it with a mechanical, non-thinking process, which will
    not prepare our students for the challenges of the 21st century.
    Teachers who are considering using Touch Math™ or who currently use this system are
    urged to reflect on the following questions about the possible long term effects of
    teaching Touch Math™:
    · While Touch Math™ is easy to teach and easy to use, does it actually promote
    mathematical understanding?

    · Can I be assured that I am not “saddling” my students with a system that produces
    quick, accurate answers in the short term, but has the potential for doing
    permanent harm?
    References:
    Bullock, Jan, Sandy Pierce, Lyn Strand, And Kay Granine. Touch Math™ Teachers Manual. Colorado
    Springs,Colo: TouchMath™ 1977-81
    Flexer, Roberta and Naomi Rosenberger. “Beware of Tapping Pencils”. The Arithmetic Teacher. 34
    (January, 87): 6-10.
    Kramer, Terence and David A. Krug. “ A Rationale and Procedure For Teaching Addition.”
    Educatio

    Suydam, Marilyn N. “Research Report: Improving Multiplication Skills. The Arithmetic Teacher. 32
    (March 1985): 52.
    Wright, Bob. Math Recovery Leadership Conference Keynote Address. St. Johnsbury, VT. 2003.

  11. TouchMath says:

    For anyone interested, TouchMath recently released a series of specifically-made homeschool programs that are perfect for implementation in a home environment. Feel free to learn more here http://www.touchmath.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=homeschool.welcome. Also in development for release in mid-2013 is a fun, educational series of apps to help students learn critical math concepts in a unique, hands-on format! On our website you will also find resources and information on the effectiveness of our methodology, a free teacher training DVD, downloadable research whitepapers, and testimonials from those in the education community who have seen the benefits of TouchMath through the years. Our Facebook page is another great resource for you to discuss the program with your peers, keep up-to-date on news and information, and take advantage of special offers and free downloads.

    Finally, a very special thanks to Monique, and all the parents, homeschoolers, and educators who inspire their students to reach their potential each and every day! TouchMath is proud to play a role, however large or small, in helping you ensure ALL learners have the opportunity to find success in mathematics.

  12. Anonymous says:

    TouchMath does not teach number sense or encourage mathematical thinking in students. Getting the right answer is only a small part of mathematics, and using dots to understand numbers will not create mathematical thinkers. It amazes me that a company would promote such nonsense. Yes, some students who are unable to use any other strategy could benefit from this, but this would represent a small number of students. This should never be taught to an entire class. Why place limits on students? Why hold them back? Dots are abstract concepts. Dots do not encourage flexible thinking and strategies. There is no way that this supports the Common Core. It goes against every part of it.

    • Waterdreamer says:

      Each to their own. My son tried many different programs and math would bring tears to his eyes. TouchMath helped him understand math. As a right brain learner, my son had to see what the numbers represented and after doing TouchMath at home, it has helped him succeed in his math classes at school. Frankly Common Core don’t impress me much. So if it goes against what my child with special needs needs to learn, I want nothing to do with it.

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