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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 AL Abacus, a specially designed two-sided abacus that is both kinesthetic and visual. The AL 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 AL Abacus teaches place value to the thousands.

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.

RightStart™ Mathematics received the FIRST PLACE 2014 Practical Homeschooling® Reader Award™. Thank you, Mary Pride and all the RightStart™ users!

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The RightStart™ Mathematics curriculum was developed as part of Dr. Joan A. Cotter's doctoral dissertation and was originally developed for a classroom environment. The curriculum follows the NCTM guidelines, while meeting and exceeding Common Core State Standards.

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 AL Abacus, a specially designed two-sided abacus that is both kinesthetic and visual. The AL 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 AL Abacus teaches place value to the thousands.

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.

We provide professional development for teachers as well as informational meeting for parent.

NEWS RELEASE: Riikka Mononen and others from the University of Helsinki did a pilot study in Finland using RightStart™ Mathematics with children having specific language impairment (SLI). The article in the peer-reviewed journal, Research in Developmental Disability, The Effects Of RightStart™ Mathematics Instruction On Early Numeracy Skills Of Children With Specific Language Impairment, was published in May 2014.

The abstract states the children "...received RS [RightStart™ Mathematics] instruction two to three times a week for 40 min over seven months, which replaced their business-as-usual mathematics instruction.... The children with SLI began kindergarten with significantly weaker early numeracy skills compared to their peers. Immediately after the instruction phase, there was no significant difference between the groups in counting skills." The complete article is available here.

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The AL Abacus and math card games are an excellent supplement for students having difficulties with place value, learning facts, or other basic concepts.

Need tutoring materials? Want to get a taste of the RightStart™ Mathematics program? Looking for a new approach? We have manipulatives, games, and activities that will fit your needs.

Are you a parent looking to supplement your child's current math program? Consider the Math Card Games Kit, AL Abacus Packet, or Fraction Puzzle.

Are you a teacher hoping to enhance your curriculum? The AL Abacus and Activities for the AL Abacus will supplement beautifully with any curriculum. The games are also a fun activity to enhance learning.

Are you a tutor looking for a program or additional supplies? For a one-on-one situation or small group, we suggest you look at the RightStart™ Mathematics program. The Math Card Games Kit addresses all the math facts in a fun non-stressful setting.

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Montessori

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RightStart™ Mathematics is a Montessori-influenced math curriculum. Dr. Joan A. Cotter, curriculum developer for RightStart™ Mathematics, is a certified Montessori teacher. The RightStart™ Mathematics program was the outgrowth of Dr. Joan A. Cotter's doctoral dissertation. The curriculum follows the NCTM guidelines, while meeting and exceeding state standards.

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 AL Abacus, a specially designed two-sided abacus that is both kinesthetic and visual. The AL 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 AL Abacus teaches place value to the thousands.

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 memorizing the facts. Children enjoy working with others in a social setting.

Each school and each classroom is unique. Because of the many variables that may be present, it is best if we discuss your situation one on one. This will allow us to address your specific needs and make sure we have the best possible implementation process for RightStart™ Mathematics in your school.

We also provide professional development for your teachers and meetings for your parents.

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Are you looking for a retailer of the RightStart™ Mathematics curriculum? We have a list right here for you.

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