For those of you that are new to my blog, when Wesley was 4-6 years old I had a real hard time finding a math program that worked well for him. Honestly most of them left him in tears and had me wondering why I could not manage to teach my child math.
Well the answer to my prayers came when I found TouchMath. You can find my past reviews below:
TouchMath Kindergarten Software Review
Touch Math Review!
TouchMath Tutor First Grade Software Review
Also you can read my comparison between TouchMath and another math program we used
Jones Genuises Vs TouchMath
The only negative point to the TouchMath system was the price. The program was designed for the classroom, so there was more material then one family could possible use, and the price tag of just shy of $1000 one year of the program was untouchable to most families.
But the people at TouchMath heard this loud and clear and wanted to make this program available to homeschooling families and families like my own who send their children to public school but don't completely trust the subject of math to the luck of the draw and afterschool their children.
First they created the downloadable worksheets. Which can be found here:
These were an awesome first step. Worksheets could be purchased for a reasonable price in bundles and parents could work with their children at home and not break the bank. The only issue with this method was there really was not any guidance for the parent. It was more as a supplement then a full program. For us as a afterschooling family, this worked well.
Then TouchMath blew it out of the park. They created the TouchMath Homeschool Program:
Wesley and I have had the chance to use the Grade Two version(Unit A-D) of the TouchMath Homeschool Program. So far we are on Unit 3A and he is doing very well! Actually the day the links came to me via email and I was opening them up to read what they were about Wesley came up to me. Right away when he saw it was a TouchMath program he was begging me to do a few pages.
You asked, and we answered! And we think you'll agree that it was worth the wait. For the first time, we now have multisensory TouchMath Homeschool Programs available just for you. The complete pre-K through second grade activity sheets are downloadable by grade level in convenient, cost-effective packages. Each grade level contains hundreds of black and white student activity sheets specifically designed to meet the Common Core State Standards. We've also included complete instruction guides with lesson plans, real-world activities, and testing materials for every topic.
What makes this different then the Downloadable worksheets I mentioned earlier is the set up. Each unit in the homeschool program includes a "teachers" guide. This is loaded with useful information on how to teach your child. Each activity builds on what your child has learned in the last activity.
|What's included with each unit download?|
Each Unit cost $59.95 or you can purchase all 4 Units for $199.95
In my option this product is worth every penny. It is a licence for one household. Meaning younger siblings can use this product after the first is done with it. It is all digital and just requires you to print out the worksheets. I read the parents guide on my computer and print out the worksheets I feel my son needs. So there are no consumable products you need to continue purchasing for each additional child.
Wesley comes home and completes 3-8 worksheets afterschool. Basically we are reviewing a lot of what he has learned at school since he is in the second have of the 2nd grade, but I have found a few holes I have helped him fill them in, like adding or subtracting from the 1's column then moving on to the 10's, then 100's. Plus he is memorizing facts by doing so much review, which in turn is making him a stronger math student. He also has always struggled with word problems and now with all this extra practice he is actually getting stronger at them!
Overall well done TouchMath! I am very excited to continue with this program with my 2nd grader. Also in a few years when Baby Z is older we plan on using the Preschool version of this program too!
Disclaimer: I received a free copy of the second grade TouchMath Homeschool Program in exchange for my honest opinion. I was not paid or compensated other then that. Others may have a different experience, and I am not responsible for any loses if you have a different experience then we did.