Right Start Math is Fun
We found RightStart Math 14 years ago when our two youngest were starting out on their math journey. They loved RightStart Math- the games, the abacus. Math was fun. My daughter, now in Algebra II, has kept her abacus through all these years!
Fast forward and we are still using RightStart Math. The True North Homeschool Academy Special Needs program uses RightStart Math and our students are thriving using Math games and manipulatives under the excellent tutelage of Amy Vickrey.
Right Start Math Works
We are doing yet another review of RightStart Math, this year with a couple of giveaways to boot. Why? Because we love this program and it works!
Let’s start by talking about Level A. Level A helps students understand quantities based on 5’s and 10’s, addition and subtraction to 10, place values to the hundreds, money, clocks, basic geometry and measurement. Card games are introduced. And seriously, folks, the card games are fun, interactive and will take your kids to math success!
Included in Level A you get the Right Start Math Lessons, Worksheets, Level “A” Appendix, and Yellow is the Sun book.
The book begins with objectives for the level by math subject and includes:
- Place Value
- Problem Solving
The book also tells you which quarter of the book these areas will be covered in. Next is a list of “living book” suggestions, along with the materials needed for particular lessons that are not included, all of which are easily found at home- such as sticky notes, tape, etc. Then a note from Joan Cotter (the developer of Right Start Math) about how the program was developed along with thoughts on how to teach math, and how this program differs from others.
Daily lessons are straightforward and simple to implement with specific learning objectives, along with materials needed clearly stated at the top of each lesson. Daily lessons also consist of warm-ups, activities, worksheets, and games. The lesson pages are then divided in half visually with “Activities for Teaching” listed on the left-hand side of the page, and “Explanations” listed on the right-hand side of the page. The Appendix includes songs, activity cards, and Assessment Checklists. It is so simple to go through the book sequentially or to pick out lessons that need to be reinforced. The structure of the book is simple and straightforward.
The First Lesson – Level A
In the first lesson, children hold up their hands and sing a simple song, then tiles and tally sticks are incorporated. Lessons include tactile, auditory and visual modes of teaching, utilizing and integrating various neurological pathways for optimal learning. Games are integral to the program and are an excellent way for kids with executive functioning issues to build not only their math acumen but overall neural integration. The Activity Pack includes several game decks: a money card deck, multiplication deck, fraction cards, and the basic number deck.
Level A helps the child understand quantities based on 5’s and 10’s, addition and subtraction through 10, place value to 100 and basic geometry and measurement. Money and clocks are introduced and problem-solving is emphasized.
This math program is well-organized for the teacher and is a fun, dynamic and interactive way to introduce basic math facts with your littles. The program acknowledges the strengths and challenges of young learners, capitalizing on both to create an exceptional math learning environment!
Level G and H
Level G and H are geared towards Middle School Mathematics and early geometry. Like the other levels in the RightStart Math series, each program includes a lesson manual, complete with lesson objectives, materials lists, activities, and extras. The program emphasis is on students taking charge of their learning, and it is assumed that they will be teaching themselves, as they go through the book. The materials for this class are worth gathering ahead of time and include a T-square, 30-60 and 45 Triangle, 4-in-1 ruler, Goniometer, mm Arc Compass, a Scientific Calculator and the math card games book.
Each lesson follows the same format where students read the lesson, look at figures and patterns, read the extras, and then summarize. But that is not all – children are encouraged to read the lesson again (gaining not only math acumen but study skills!) to look for vocabulary and define terms, and then read the lesson again to look for details. This builds critical thinking skills as they read for detailed information. Also, included are review lessons and assessments for understanding. This is a sequential, skill-based program, so understanding previous skills will ensure later success with the program.
Both levels include:
- Spiral-bound Lesson Plan Book
- Spiral-bound Solution Manual
- 3 Ring Binder and Worksheet Results Rubrics
- Game Logs
- Math Dictionary: the student co-creates this
- Records: a place for students to record need-to-know information
- Certificate of Achievement
The program is laid out in an easy to use, easy to succeed format, that makes math comprehension and learning do-able, accessible, and honestly, fun. Math games are an integral part of the program. I love how kids can record the number of times they played games. Games build math literacy, competence, critical thinking, collaboration, and creativity as students search for information and solutions.
Level H is a continuation of Level G, with the added bonus of the History of Math woven through this level. Daily Card Games are included and students are expected to work independently. This is an excellent and comprehensive introduction to Geometry and will set your student up for Geometry success through High School and beyond!
Right Start Fractions
We were also given the Fractions Kit to review. This kit comes with a lesson book, workbooks, 3 Card decks, and 2 fractions charts. Are you intimidated by the thought of teaching this complex subject to your kids or your “non-mathy” kid isn’t succeeding with the program that you are currently using? Is one of your children struggling in your homeschool? You are going to want to stop what you are doing and purchase the RightStart Fractions Kit.
Lessons begin with the basics- simple enough for everyone to understand- and continue through more complicated lessons. Concepts are solidified while building on each other in a way that is fun and engaging. I love how Dr. Cotter (the author and developer of the Right Start Math Games program) has woven games in and throughout each part of the program. Math becomes associated with fun and success!
At True North Homeschool Academy we love RightStart Math; all the levels, all the games, all the fun, all the learning, all the math mastery. Kids learn math. They realize that it is doable, enjoyable and is figureoutable. Win-win for everyone!
A Special Offer
Thanks to RightStart Math for this special offer for our readers. You will get 15% off your order when you use the discount code NDHSA20ME at checkout online PLUS you get free standard shipping within the US.
About Our Giveaway
We are giving away the full RightStart Math Fractions Set. Enter from now until February 7, 2020.
RightStart Fractions Kit
This set includes everything you need to teach addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division of fractions as well as a solid introduction to percents in just 42½ days!
The RightStart™ Fraction Kit includes:
- The new RightStart™ Fractions Lessons Book
- RightStart™ Fractions Worksheets Book or E-WorkBook
- Fraction Charts (set of two)
- Basic Number Card Deck
- Multiplication Card Deck
- Fraction Card Deck
You can enter multiple times for more than one chance to win over the next two weeks. Follow us on Facebook, visit RightStart, share our Pin to one of your boards on Pinterest, follow us on Twitter and leave us a comment here on the blog! Lots of chances to win this wonderful resource!
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