I have homeschooled six children. Only my last has had the fun and privilege of learning through RSM. I only wish they all had had this curriculum. My last child has the very best mental math skills and conceptual understanding of mathematics of all six.
RSM is brilliantly thought through and requires almost no prep from the teacher ahead of time. A commitment to a daily joint math session with each student at a different level is necessary. The payoff is huge! We add daily math fact testing, as we don’t always do as many games we would like, but the games are excellent. We grateful to RSM for publishing such an excellent curriculum.
RightStart Math has been the most successful part of our homeschooling endeavor from the beginning, the one piece I would never change or tweak. Not only does my son favor math, never tire of it, ask to do extra, etc., but his academic accomplishment with this curriculum has been outstanding. My son began Right Start A a month before he turned five. A year after beginning Right Start (and still age five), he tested at a third grade math level! He continually impresses us with his ability to mentally subtract four-digit numbers, even with trading/borrowing. Due to his visualization of the abacus, he also came up with logical strategies for all the multiplication tables, even before they were formally introduced. For example, he figured out on his own. at age seven, that any number multiplied by 5 would be half of the number multiplied by 10. I believe this is because he holds “the abacus in his head,” as Dr. Cotter says. This is actually my favorite aspect of the curriculum: Before a concept is formally introduced, my son already understands the foundations, because the mathematical concepts are understood, rather than algorithms memorized. He is always being pointed toward the next thing, implicitly. We are now working comfortably in the middle of Level D, and I continue to be grateful for RightStart Math, the best part of our homeschool day.
I met Joan Cotter at a homeschool conference 12 years ago. I used her program to teach my two older children math for grades K-4. When they entered traditional school they were well above their peers. In fact, my son had his math IQ tested in 2nd grade and scored 182!! When the counselor was testing him orally, he thought my son was cheating because he didn’t need to write down anything! In reality, he was just doing the word problems in his head!!!
I am homeschooling 3 of my children this year. My 9 year old daughter and 10 year old son both have reading/learning challenges, and I have an eager 4 year old. We have used several different math curriculum’s in the past with varying levels of success. I was led to RightStart while researching Montessori methods for my 4 year old and discovered that it is also a wonderful choice for children who are math-challenged. After using this curriculum for only a few weeks, I was delighted to see the lights start coming on in the eyes of the 2 older children. The abacus was making things really click for them. I started the two of them in Level C, per the placement test, but each level starts with a review training that teaches the abacus methods. As for my 4 year old, she is using level A, since she was 3 1/2 and we have completed about 15 of the lessons so far. Between the manipulatives and the games (All 3 LOVE the games!!) she is getting a solid math start. We are planning to use all levels.
Our second daughter has begun RightStart Math: A Geometric Approach, and was inspired by Lesson 9, and decided she wasn’t going to be outdone by some kindergartners. She just kept going and ended up with 768 triangles. I’m pretty sure we calculated correctly. I thought you may enjoy seeing her work.
Our youngest began RightStart in kindergarten and finished Level B last year, and he finished up the year testing in the middle of third grade on the WRAT-4.
Thank you for putting this wonderful math program together for our children.
Last year, my 5-year-old daughter was doing RightStart Level A. One day we were driving and she suddenly exclaimed “Mommy! I see two tens!” I saw that she was pointing at an address that said 5510. For a second, I wasn’t sure what she meant, then she said “Two fives is ten, and another ten!”
She has continued to make similar observations over the past year. I love how RightStart’s use of the abacus quickly gets kids seeing tens. 😀
Here’s a picture of her with the sign.
Thanks for the great curriculum!
I adore the RightStart math program. I feel like it gives my children a solid base in math. We have been using it for 10 years now and are slowly switching over the to the second edition of it and loving that as well. I tell everyone who asks to give it a try and so many others have benefited from it as well.
RightStart is incredible! After ditching our other 3rd grade math program, which only produced tears and math anxiety in my daughter, a friend recommended your program. On the first day, my daughter exclaimed, “This is the best math ever!” Her smile said it all. She has asked to do math each day and loves the “Go to the Dump” game, even inviting her brother to join her. Thank you for creating a curriculum that not only teaches my daughter to comprehend math but also encourages her to love it.
I absolutely love RightStart and have helped several families start using it. I would just like to share that my kids used it through 5th grade and then entered public school. I’ve had two math teachers call and ask me what curriculum we used because they were so impressed with the way my kids could do math in their head.
These same teachers have given my name as recommendation to other homeschoolers because they wanted them to know about RightStart. It really is amazing!
Thanks for the help and have a great day!
I’d like to express my appreciation for your products. I’ve used them for a number of years with my children and found them to be helpful for a wide variety of learning styles and mathematical aptitudes. Level G was a particular favorite for my gifted eldest—he went through it at the age of 7, and for him it was the perfect balance of challenge and independent learning in manageable chunks.