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Dr. Cotter on Flashcards

Flash cards are not a good way to drill the number facts. The only people who like flash cards are those who do not need them. Many adults today, because they could not respond fast enough to flash cards or time tests, became convinced as children ... Read More

Quilting and the AL Abacus

I am a quilt designer. I’ve made about 200 quilts in my lifetime, 98% of my own design. I’m currently working on my fourth quilt from someone else’s pattern. I have the directions in front of me as I’m approaching on the final steps of Bonnie ... Read More

Autism, RightStart™, and Testing Scores

My 11 daughter has high functioning autism. We consider her to be a 5th grader, and she just finished up Level D (scoring 100% on the end of the year test!). She had serious problems with math until we found Right Start. She was 8 years old and still ... Read More

What are Check Numbers?

Check numbers are a method of checking addition. Sometimes, this is called Casting out Nines. Check numbers also works with subtraction, multiplication, and division. I like to think of check numbers as a cool tool for my math toolbox. Some people ... Read More

Math Day School Event

Kulm Public School, located in Kulm North Dakota, is using the RightStart™ Mathematics curriculum. In November, they had a math day for the entire elementary school with great success. Let me tell you all about it. About a month before the event, ... Read More

Spiral or Mastery?

Is RightStart™ Mathematics Spiral or Mastery Approach? RightStart™ Mathematics is a unique program that has aspects of both spiral and mastery approach. Both approaches have some validity as well as some drawbacks. First we need to define our ... Read More