When I was in elementary school I remember always having such a hard time memorizing my addition and subtraction facts. Luckily, I had an amazing teacher in 1st grade who taught my class something called “Touch Points”.
This is definitely not a new math concept. It is, however, a concept that has stuck with through the years and that I still daily myself.
Touch Points: Making Math as Easy as 1 2 3
So, what exactly is touch points? For those who are not familiar with this concept, it is basically where numbers have imaginary dots placed on them in specific places.
When you remember where these dots are, you can use them to count when working on a math problem. This eliminates the need of counting on your fingers.
Each number has that many touch-points on it (meaning, the number 4 has 4 touch points, 8 has 8, and so on). Once you’ve really remembered where these touch points are, it’s kind of like riding a bike. You will never forget them again.
How Touch Points Have Saved My Homeschool
Math can be a total battleground sometimes in our homeschool. I always struggled with math growing up, and my hubsterdude did too. Unfortunately, we seem to have passed the non-math gene on to a couple of our girls too.
KK, my (almost) 9-year old seems to struggle with fact memorization the most. I knew I had to come up with a way for her to have a resource she could access anytime she needed a refresher.
I created a printable document that shows where each of the touch points is in a colorful and fun way. Originally I had printed them onto card stock, cut them into little flash cards and laminated them to keep them sturdy and durable.
I also stuck a full sheet printable into a page protector in her school binder, so she has a copy with her anytime we have to take our school on the road with us.
This resource really helps KK get through those tough math problems that she hasn’t quite memorized just yet. Thankfully, this simple counting tool will help her throughout the rest of her life when she needs help figuring out a math problem. Luckily those pesky fingers won’t be in the way anymore either.
Download Your Free Printable
Would a touch points visual help your child with solving math problems too? Today I’m sharing my touch-points math printables with you.
As you can see below, there are two different styles to choose from (because who doesn’t love options?!).
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