RightStart™ Mathematics is coming out with a second edition! This new edition will have the same award-winning and innovative approach to teaching mathematics as the current program. The revised lessons and worksheets incorporate an easier-to-teach format and use the Common Core State Standards as a base minimum. In addition to the topics that are addressed in the Standards, RightStart™ Mathematics Second Edition will continue to advance and develop the child’s conceptual understanding of critical math concepts.
Listen to a recorded webinar on the differences between RightStart™ Mathematics First Edition and RightStart™ Mathematics Second Edition.
When will RightStart™ Mathematics Second Edition (RS2) will be available?
RightStart™ Mathematics Level A, Second Edition – AVAILABLE NOW!
RightStart™ Mathematics Level B, Second Edition – AVAILABLE NOW!
RightStart™ Mathematics Level C, Second Edition – expected 2014
RightStart™ Mathematics Level D, Second Edition – expected 2015
RightStart™ Mathematics Level E, Second Edition – expected 2016
RightStart™ Mathematics Level F, Second Edition – expected 2017
RightStart™ Mathematics Level G – no changes planned at this time
Will RightStart™ Mathematics current edition (RS1) continue to be available?
Yes! RightStart™ Mathematics current edition lessons and worksheets will continue to be available for purchase and will be supported. You may continue to use this edition with your entire family. You will not be required to change editions.
What is updated with the RightStart™ Mathematics Second Edition (RS2)?
The first edition was written in the 1990s and made available to homeschoolers in 2001. Minor changes have been made over time; however, the Second Edition will be a complete rewrite. This includes new research and ideas that Dr. Joan A. Cotter has developed over recent years. The RS2 manuals have a slightly different and easier-to-follow format and will align with the Common Core State Standards. RightStart™ Mathematics Second Edition will not be limited by the Standards, rather it will encompass and exceed the Standards.
Why do the Common Core State Standards matter?
Forty-five states, the District of Columbia, four territories, and the Department of Defense Education Activity have adopted the Common Core State Standards. These standards identify the topics that the tests will be based on. You may not be concerned with tests; however, some states require periodic testing and some parents and teachers are affected.
Will RightStart™ Mathematics Second Edition (RS2) be limited by the Common Core State Standards?
No! We are making sure that everything that the Standards require is addressed in each grade level; however, we teach for understanding, exceeding the requirements. We will continue the same RightStart™ philosophy and approach for which we are recognized.
Does RightStart™ Mathematics current edition (RS1) cover the Common Core State Standards?
Yes. RS1 was written before CCSS were developed; this alignment is simply a reflection of an all-encompassing curriculum.
What if I have a child finishing Level C or D and one starting in Level A or Level B?
We will not have RS2 Level C, D, or E ready at this time, so you will need to continue with the current program for your older child. For your younger one, you could choose to move into the second edition or continue with the first edition.
Are there any changes with the manipulatives?
The lessons will utilize the same manipulatives; however, the order and use may change, therefore the kits will change.
What does the new format look like?
Objectives and materials are identified in the heading area. The Activities for Teaching in the left column details how to proceed with the lesson. Explanations provide additional information and are clearly written in the right column. Some examples are below. You may also download the first 15 lessons of RS2 Level B below these examples.