Louisiana is ranked 48th in educational outcomes. Sometimes, depending on the polls, we are last. It’s no secret our state needs a massive educational overhaul. I believe RightStart Math is one of the first changes that should be made throughout our state. It’s – hands down – the best math program I have come across in my nearly 12 years teaching.
This past year, I piloted the program on my 7 year old. He went from panic to delight during math time.
We like the program so much that we are opening a micro school in Shreveport, LA this fall (2022), and we are solely using RightStart Math in all our grades. We look forward to delighting kids in math for years to come.
We are huge fans of RightStart Math. My daughters understand numbers in a way I did not when I was growing up. They truly visualize quantities and work out solutions in more of an intuitive way than I did just following steps. The lessons are not overwhelming, but present concepts in small friendly ways.
My older son is 12 and has always struggled with math. He is more creative and what I have called a “right brain”. This has been difficult for me to understand because I love math. He had trouble with flashcards–even simple ones like 3×0. This program has been wonderful! We are enjoying all the manipulatives and the card games with each lesson. He is learning his facts so much better and more easily! And, understanding place value is no longer a mystery. Again, so easily taught. Thank you so much for this curriculum. We have been using it for 8 weeks now and I look forward to seeing all the progress.
I don’t think I’ve ever written a testimonial before, but I am so pleased with RightStart Math for all kinds of reasons, one of which is the program’s underlying respect for children’s intelligence and innate mathematical thinking. The curriculum works with, not against, children’s problem-solving abilities and avoids many of the common pitfalls of curricula which either confuse or bore kids (or both!). The RightStart curriculum is in some respects very sophisticated and goes beyond what children would normally be exposed to; however, it is also very straightforward for both child and adult and easy to incorporate in a homeschooling curriculum or as an adjunct to regular schooling for children who need or want more math practice. All of the introduced concepts are logical, clearly presented, and can make sense to children on multiple levels as they gain understanding. The hands-on manipulative materials (including the genius balance) and the focus on numbers as visual quantities (of fives and tens) all reflect best practices in mathematical teaching. The card games are not only an excellent teaching tool in themselves but also serve to remind children that math has everyday, practical applications (eg winning a game!) and that math can truly be fun. I’m especially grateful to have discovered RightStart Math because I have struggled to find a math curriculum for my bright 10 year old with dyslexia who has strong conceptual understanding of mathematical ideas but nevertheless struggles mightily with basic computation and working memory. As a result of this mismatch, he’s been frustrated and discouraged by math instruction in school, thinking he is a “dummy” because he struggled to memorize basic math facts while at the same time intuiting that he actually understands many complex concepts, particularly in geometry, which elude his peers. This was a setup for needless math failure, something I’ve long observed (as an educator) in many children who don’t readily fit a narrow educational mold. But RightStart Math offers a valuable approach for many children of varying abilities and learning profiles because it reflects scientific thinking about the developing brain and makes mathematical learning enjoyable and empowering. Thank you, RightStart Math!
We have been using RightStart Math since the beginning of our homeschool (this is our 4th year) and are so happy we did. The lessons, games, manipulatives, and songs all blend together to create what we believe is and will be a wonderfully strong mathematical foundation for our children to have as they continue their studies and throughout the course of everyday life as well. Thank you so much for an excellent program!
I really have seen a big difference with my son, in comparison with his classmates. Within the first week, of using RightStart, he was PLAYING with numbers, saying things like, hey mom, did you know there are four 25s in 100. Thinking of the patterns of the abacus. Yay!
His [school] teacher asks an addition or subtraction question online, and he solves the questions so much faster than the other kids…because he has had the opportunity to have the information presented to him in a way that he plays with it. Yay for RightStart! I just wish more kids had the opportunity to approach math this way. I’m glad my son is doing great, but I feel bad now for the other kids in his class.
Thanks once again for a great, wonderful product.
We love doing math with RightStart!
“My nine-year-old is finally grasping some of the basic math concepts that the public school failed her on over the past four years. She loves playing the RightStart games and now actually ENJOYS doing math… after years of tears and frustration, I never thought I’d see that happen. Her confidence in math has grown exponentially. It was a tough transition since she was used to assuming she couldn’t do math and giving up, but once she realized she could do the work and learned some helpful tricks, her math anxiety has all but disappeared. We started her at the level they recommended based on her skill set and even though it’s lower than her grade level it has been extremely helpful. We’re averaging two lessons per day–I expect this will slow as concepts become more difficult–and believe she’ll be in the next book level by the new year, only with a much stronger base to continue moving forward with. RightStart has been a huge game-changer for us.
“I have been using the program for years and I am on my 4th child learning math using RightStart. It’s an excellent program that has given my 2 older kids a great foundation to be very successful in math. They are now in junior high at a private school and are at the top of their class in math. The foundations they received from RightStart have been great!”
My son is almost 5 and was asking to start school. I pulled out some of my daughter’s old kindergarten material (she’s in 6th grade now and still enjoying RS) and he and I started very slowly working through RightStart. He loved it from the beginning. I am so surprised and pleased at what he is learning so quickly! The way the concepts are laid out really resonates with him. He figured out counting by “2’s” by himself! He loves the songs and especially the games. Thank you so much for this curriculum. It really does set kids up with a “RightStart” in math.