Dr. Joan A. Cotter began her work in the late 1970s when her son needed help with his math facts. The first book she wrote was Math Card Games, published in 1980. This book is now in its fifth edition and has sold over 30,000 copies worldwide!
When she was tutoring children with learning challenges, she desgined the AL Abacus and wrote the Activities for the AL Abacus in 1982. This manual is now on its second edition and still available.
When Dr. Cotter earned her Ph.D. in Mathematics Education from University of Minnesota in 1996, her doctoral dissertation became RightStart™ Mathematics Grade 1. The program was expanded to encompass Kindergarten to Grade 4, then made available to homeschoolers in 2001.
With Dr. Cotter’s continuing work, feedback from program users, and new research on brain development, she began to prepare for a second edition of RightStart™ Mathematics. In the last ten years, she began to compile material for the second edition. In early 2013, RightStart™ Mathematics Level A Second Edition was available. In late 2013, Level B Second Edition was published. Level C Second Edition followed in 2014, Level D Second Edition in 2015, and Level E Second Edition is expected in late summer 2016. Dr. Cotter will be introducing Level F Second Edition tentatively slated for completion late summer 2017.
For those of you utilizing the First Edition, you’ll migrate from Level E into Level G, The Geometric Approach.
Curious to know the differences between the two editions? Or want more information on the Second Edition? Perhaps you like the RightStart™ approach, but don’t need a full curriculum. We have tutoring materials and games just for you!