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“It’s spelled wrong, Mama!”

Young Anson, a precocious four years of age, was playing the Zero Game as part of RightStart™ Level A, lesson 16. Numbers from 0 to 10 & tally numbers of the same are on slips of paper, folded, and placed in a bucket.

Part way into the game, Anson picked out a slip, opened it, and stared intently at the paper for a long while. Finally, he said, “Mama, I think this is eight, but it’s SPELLED WRONG!”.

He showed the slip of paper. It showed 3 tally sticks to the left of the group of 5!

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Valentine’s Day Applied Math

In a small school district in North Dakota, elementary students make Valentine’s Day card boxes to collect cards from their friends. Some students just write their name on their boxes, others go all out. Here’s what Kylee created.

Notice how she has the planets proportionate in distance and size? Hmmmm. Wonder if she used math? Good job, Kylee!


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!