Sunday, September 30, 2007

Right Start Math

Right Start Mathematics is the math program we've chosen for Elizabeth this year. She's in Level B and doing very well with it. We use an abacus and several other manipulatives. A paragraph from the website explains what Level B covers:

"In this level, the child learns the addition facts and adds numbers in the thousands. He learns the addition facts with strategies and learns to add 4-digit numbers. Subtraction is delayed until addition is thoroughly understood. Geometry, money, unit fractions, and other math related topics are also introduced."

I researched several programs, and while many seemed great, I liked this one the best because of the author's research into how the Japanese do their math (Japanese students do better in math than US students). The link to the philosophy of Right Start Math is

The link to the home page for this program is Elizabeth is doing very well with the lessons; we're on lesson 13 and 14 this week. We do two lessons a week right now and play math games on one other day (Blokus, Logic Links, Mancala, etc). The lesson takes 10-20 minutes to complete and 10 minutes to prep the day before. I'm very pleased!

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