This unique hands-on program de-emphasizes counting, uses visualization of quantities, and provides strategies (visual pictures) for learning the facts. Understanding and problem solving are emphasized throughout the curriculum.
The primary learning tool is the Cotter Abacus, a specially designed two-sided abacus that is both kinesthetic and visual. The Cotter Abacus is grouped in fives and tens for quick recognition of quantities. Children develop visual strategies as they use this manipulative. The back side of the Cotter Abacus teaches place value to the thousands. Read more about the Cotter Abacus here.
Practice is provided with math card games, minimizing review worksheets and eliminating stressful flash cards. These games provide interesting and varied repetition that is needed for the automatic responses to the facts. More importantly, these games provide an application for new information and create hours of fun learning math facts and concepts.
The RightStart™ Mathematics homeschool program is set up with levels, rather than grades, so that your child can begin at the proper level and advance at their own pace.
The RightStart™ Mathematics classroom program uses grade levels, although some smaller classroom setting use the small group levels. More information on classroom settings can be found here.
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Are you interested in watching a presentation about RightStart Math? You can do that here.
Are you interested in reading a review on RightStart™ Mathematics? Cathy Duffy has some great comments on our Second Edition. You may check them out here.