Math is so much more than numbers. Math is a language that needs to be learned and applied. It is virtually impossible to move through life without basic math skills. Think about balancing a checkbook or shopping for groceries. Math teaches logic and order in a world that sometimes can seemingly be without logic or order. In today’s global economy, math is a unifying language. Math is reflective of critical thinking skills sought after by colleges and employers. In Kulam, our students often lack confidence in their math skills. Students need to be provided with multiple and varied strategies to enhance number sense, the foundation of mathematical learning. We create opportunities to see, touch, and genuinely embrace math learning.
One such program that our students in the Kulam program truly benefit from and thoroughly enjoy is TouchMath. TouchMath, a proven curriculum, K-8 and beyond, makes important mathematical concepts and skills engaging and attainable for all learners. The goal of TouchMath is “to banish math anxiety in learners whether from fear, lack of comprehension or a learning disability” states Janet Bullock, Founder and CEO of Innovative Learning Products, developer of the program.
In a word, it is just so simple, the strategy that is. It is all about TouchPoints that correspond to the value of numerals 1-9. As the students touch the points, they develop a true understanding of the value of each numeral. Understanding value enhances number sense. As the students see, touch and say aloud, the process becomes a multisensory approach: auditory; visual; and kinesthetic. Counting becomes the key as all operations are about counting. In addition students count forward or up; in subtraction the students count backwards or down; and of course, multiplication and division in groups and/or sequences. in the upper grades, the students navigate such skills as measurement, decimals and fractions, and pre-algebra.