Four-Year-Old Aspen and RightStart™ Mathematics Level A Lessons

Maren is starting her 4-year-old daughter with the RightStart™ Mathematics program. Here is a sneak peek into the process….


December 19, 2011

I got the Level A for my daughter Aspen, who is 4 years old. She is currently in pre-school and was so excited that now she gets to do “homework” like her big brother and sister. On her first lesson, she jumped up and down she was so happy to be working with the tools provided in the kit.

We just started with the tally sticks and working with some small objects up to three, and she flew through it with great success. At the end of the lesson, she was completely disappointed in the fact that she thought we were going to finish all the “cool stuff in the box”, but I let her know that she’d get to work on it lesson by lesson.

My older son, who is currently a senior in high school, struggled so much with math, that when he brought home his math homework, it brought both of us to tears at times. I only wish that I had been able to take advantage of this program with him while he was young.

When Aspen told him that she was going to be doing “math homework” with mom in the evening, he wasn’t thoroughly impressed. He’s now seeing how excited she is about it. Maybe it will be a bit contagious, and he’ll be able to take away some valuable insight as well as he works with her through the lessons.


January 3, 2012

Aspen is continuing to show her excitement over her math. She is completely loving the program. She’s consistently running through the house reciting her “one, two, buckle my shoe” rhyme she learned in Lesson 1. She asks several times a day if we can do another lesson.

She is forever looking at groups of items and letting me know how many are there. When I ask “if we take away 2, how many would there be?” or some other number, and she is excelling in her responses, both in accuracy and in speed.

People looked and smiled when we were shopping the other day. We were doing our little groupings and subtraction/addition lessons as we worked our way through a store.

The only thing that she has “struggled” with, and I use this term loosely, is her grasping of the terms of placement, such as “second, third” etc. This is still a bit of a mystery to her, but she is so willing to jump in with both feet to work harder to grasp it, it’s a complete joy.


Stay tuned for more reports on Aspen’s progress in Level A!

2 Comments on “Four-Year-Old Aspen and RightStart™ Mathematics Level A Lessons”

  • Trisch
    February 4th, 2012 10:36 am

    My 4 year old daughter was also excited to “start kindergarten” so that she could also be in school (I homeschool) like her older brother. She loves her math time and has even answered some of her brother’s questions. (Addition facts, something like what is 20 + 5, she said 25 and I didn’t even know she was listening!) (My son began level C as a 7 1/2 yr old, but I slowed him down a bit to get a little more memorization and quick thinking in.) My 4 yr old is also frequently spitting out math facts, like 2+ 2 is 4 and talked about the number of times I was cutting as I was prepared dinner last night, so we talked about halves, doubles and how they all fit together. She really enjoys her manipulatives and has begun some of the games. I just love how they both understand the process and know that there may well be more than one way to solve a problem. (An issue I had with a “math” teacher in the 7th grade. I think she was scared of math and didn’t like it that one of her students understood it better than she did. This seems to be a similar theme with many teachers as I’ve talked with others who are having the same issue with their children or grandchildren’s teachers.
    Thank you Joan for RightStart Math!

  • Mary
    March 2nd, 2012 3:11 pm

    My 4 year old son just finished Right Start A and moved into Right Start B. I can echo much of what the article and the other comments say about how rapidly he spouts off his math facts and how much fun he has. My older daughter started in Right Start level B when she was about 3 1/2. She had been in a Montessori daycare so already had basic number sense down. We worked along and along, nothing structured or consistent, because she was so young. We just did it for fun when we felt like it. She is now a 2nd grader excelling with Right Start Level E. The program has built so logically and gradually that we just keep moving forward. She loves it, so we do lessons year round and sometimes on the weekends or more than one per day. She competes with her public schooled 7th grade step brother, and whips him hands down on anything to do with mental math.

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