Program Info

This research based math program is developed by Dr. Joan A. Cotter, electrical engineer, certified Montessori teacher, middle-school math teacher, and mathematics education doctorate. The basic premise underlying the RightStart™ curriculum is outlined in What Makes RightStart™ Different.

Math and the Young Child outlines how you can teach children, at a young age, so they will have a life long love of math. It also explains that visualization is key to helping children understand mathematics.

AL Abacus Basics explains how the AL Abacus is a hands-on learning tool and also how to teach children how to use it correctly.

RightStart™ Mathematics: A Hands-On Geometric Approach discusses the innovative approach for teaching middle school mathematics. Since the vast majority of middle school students are visual learners, approaching mathematics through geometry gives the student an excellent way to understand, remember concepts, and create a deeper learning. 

An article entitled "Teaching the Core of Number Sense" was published in California Mathematics Council Decembeer 2014 ComMuniCator. A copy is available here.

The Research Summary outlines Dr. Cotter's doctoral research and is available for review. Dr. Cotter's work was also chosen to be included in NCTM's Growing Professionally publication. The Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award was given to a school in Chugach AK using the RightStart™ curriculum.

We have an interactive AL Abacus for you to explore. You can work with addition and multiplication using trading and quantity recognition. Place value cards and the math way of counting are also shown. NCTM, National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, also has an electronic version of the AL Abacus for you to explore.

The classroom pricesheet is available below along with samples of the RightStart™ Mathematics lessons. Purchases may also be made online. Each school and each classroom is unique.  Because of the many variables that may be present, please call us to discuss your situation one on one. This will allow us to address your specific needs and make sure we have the best possible implementation process for RightStart™ Mathematics in your school.

Please contact us at 866-354-9003 or email at We look forward to talking with you and helping your students understand, apply, and enjoy mathematics!


Our teachers have been very impressed with the materials and are eager to teach the program - even those who would tell you that they're "not math people." Please thank Dr. Cotter and everyone for making this …
– Drew Campbell, Dean at New England Classical Academy

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