Welcome to Mrs. Woods' Page! Mrs. Woods' Email Address is Lori.Woods@sbschools.org


Welcome to the Instruction Support Page for Kindergarten through Second Grade!       

Mrs. Lori Woods

Instructional Support Teacher


Getting Better Together


Instructional Support provides additional learning opportunities for students who benefit from small group instruction, preteaching or additional practice in literacy and/or math skills.

I look forward to working with your child!  If you have any questions, you can reach me at lori.woods!sbschools.org



  Here is a brief introduction to Touch Points:

Each numeral from 1 through 9 has TouchPoints corresponding to the digit's value.

  • Numerals 1 through 5 have single TouchPoints

  • Numerals 6 through 9 have double TouchPoints

  • As students count the TouchPoints, they associate numerals with real values. They learn that a numeral (3, for instance) is not just a squiggle on a page. It represents a quantity such as three apples, three ladybugs, three buttons or three TouchPoints.

    Using pictorial objects and our trademarked TouchPoints, we teach young children to associate numerals with real values (number quantities).

Touching/Counting Patterns.
Students count aloud as they touch the single TouchPoints once and double TouchPoints twice. This multisensory approach engages students on auditory, visual and tactile/kinesthetic levels.

Counting is the key.
Computations are easier using TouchMath because all basic operations are based on counting. In TouchMath addition, students count forward. In subtraction, they count backward. In multiplication and division, they count in sequences. Students touch, count and repeat each problem and answer aloud to reinforce fact mastery.

If you see your child tapping to calcuate, you will know that they have developed a highly effective strategy for computation, which can support them not only now but into multiplication and division!


Learn to Read  then.... Read to Learn!


In Kindergarten and First Grade, children learn  the strategies they will need to decipher text.  These include decoding words, recognizing high frequency words, using picture and context cues, among others.  Once children "Crack the Code" and learn to read, they are prepared to "read to learn" for the rest of their lives.  Comprehension of text becomes the major focus of guided reading instruction as the years progress.  During our Instructional Support times, students are learning and using all the strategies that will support their journey toward independent reading.


One of the best ways that you can support your child's literacy development is to read with and to your child every day.  Even before your child can decipher the text independently, your shared reading is helping to develop a core of knowledge and an understanding of the sounds of fluent expressive reading.