The thought of teaching my son anything seems impossible. That would require him to sit still for longer than 2 minutes. He can not sit that long to watch a movie let alone learn. Well I was honored that Touch Math decided to work with me because as much as it scared me to try to teach him, I was eager to try.
First I have been working on him with letters, how to spell and write his name. I never knew how hard and different it was to work with a left handier. Which Nolan is. He wanted to wright backwards (from right to left) and then remembering to turn his paper the other way was hard as well. Well when I got my Touch Math materials printed out, there was a place for him to write his name. Take a look I think he did pretty darn well for only being 3. And with no help from me. I was so excited. OK the A looks like and H but that is OK by me.
Touch Math was kind enough to send me the Pre-K homeschool program, The Touch Shapes, The Textured Cards, and The 3D Numerals. All of which Nolan is loving.
To start off I want to tell you a little about Each Touch Math Product.
The Pre-K Homeschool Program.
First let me say that I am not a homeschool mom, and I do not plan to be, but if I was going to consider schooling him at home, I would definitley use the assistance of some online tutoring to help out with those more difficult topics! I have to say big props to the parents that can do so, but it is not for me. There is just something about preschool that appeals to the needs of my family. For instance, for us, the social side of preschool education is very important. Which reminds me, one of my friends who lives in Raleigh is sending her son to preschool soon so I have been giving them lots of first day tips! Preschool can be a daunting prospect, but you cannot deny the importance of education in the competitive world that we live in today. My friend has found a wonderful independent school that you can check out here: ravenscroft.org. I cannot wait to hear how it all goes. As soon as that all important first day is over and done with I am sure they will both feel much more confident that preschool is the right option for them too.
But that being said, I have to admit that the Pre-K Homeschool Program from Touch Math was amazing. It was included with an Implementation Guide, 6 Module Guides with Instructional Strategies, 90 Student Activity Sheets, Real world Connections, Answer Keys, Progress Monitoring, and Vocabulary. How amazing is that. Everything included to help me teach correctly to help my son succeed. Now I have only been using all of these products with Nolan for about 2 weeks now. But he is learning so fast and all of the real world connections is a huge help. Right now he is learning to count how many of what are on the page. I know that does not sound like much but remember he is only 3.
The Textured Cards are my favorite. It contains five sets of cards (45 all together), each with its own texture and theme. Each set has cards for the numbers 1-9 and the back of the card shows the numeral with TouchPoints and touching/Counting patters. I am in love with these things. They are not only helping Nolan with is numbers and counting but also with shapes and animals as well.
The 3-D Numerals were also a favorite and I loved that they were plastic so that he can play with them in the bath and make the learning even more fun. He pays more attention that way. They are made of brightly-colored, durable plastic. Students can touch and count the raised TouchPoints as they learn the correct Touching/Counting Patters.
The Touch Shapes were amazing but not so much fun to clean up after. I used them a lot with the Pre-K homeschool kit. It comes with 108 pieces of six different multi-size-color shapes. (circle, square, rectangle, triangle, rhombus, and hexagon). We loved experimenting with the different shapes and the different combinations that the shapes can make.