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About RightStart Mathematics

RightStart Mathematics is a hands-on and visually-based program that stresses understanding and problem solving. The primary learning tool is the AL abacus, which children use to visualize concepts and strategies for memorizing basic facts. Practice is provided through Math Card Games, which provide interesting and varied repetition needed for fluency. Standards-based and comprehensive, this Kindergarten to Grade 4 program is formatted in daily lessons with detailed instructions for both classroom and homeschool.

Full program features include:

  • The AL abacus, grouped in fives and tens, encourages visualizing quantities and operations

  • Students use a minimum amount of counting, which is not used to find sums or remainders

  • Students are taught value naming of tens and ones; for example, referring to 23 as 2-ten 3
  • The part-part-whole model is used for integrating addition and subtraction and solving problems
  • Two-digit addition and subtraction is done mentally
  • Four-digit addition is taught in first grade and 4-digit subtraction in second grade
  • Problem-solving and reasoning is stressed throughout
  • Practice for mastering strategies and facts is provided through games
  • Geometry introduced in Levels A-B and continued with drawing boards in Levels C-E

RightStart Edition Information: RS1 & RS2

You’ll notice that there are two editions available below, the 1st edition (RS1) and the 2nd Edition (RS2).

The new Second Edition has the same award-winning and innovative approach to teaching mathematics as the first edition. New approaches and techniques have been implemented, and the second-edition lessons and worksheets are in an easier-to-teach format that incorporates updated research and more games, and which continues to advance and develop the conceptual understanding of critical math concepts.

The Second Edition utilizes almost the same materials as the first edition; however, the order and use may change, therefore the supplies needed will change.

Because the Second Edition is a complete rewrite, the new RS2 material cannot be used with the first RS1 edition; topics are presented in different orders and some subjects are presented in a totally new manner.

As of February 2016, only levels A-D are available in the 2nd Edition; Level E is available in the first edition only; Level F is planned for the 2nd Edition; and Level G (The Geometric Approach) for middle school will remain the same.

Both lines are also organized differently.

The 1st editions have starter kits that include the lessons, worksheets, and manipulatives together, with the worksheets sold-separately.

The 2nd editions have “book bundles” that include the lessons and worksheets; the manipulatives are sold-separately in the RS2 Math Manipulative kit (which includes the manipulatives needed for every level, and thus only needs to be purchased once). Second Edition additional worksheets are still also sold-separately.

  1. Math Set, Second Edition Manipulative Set
    Math Set, Second Edition Manipulative Set
    Activities for Learning / 2013 / Other
    $205.50
    Availability: In Stock
    CBD Stock No: WW776267

Get all the manipulatives you need for the second edition of Right Start Math! This RS2 Math Set kit includes the manipulatives needed for every level.

Simply pair with the appropriate level 2nd Edition book bundle to use.

RightStart Mathematics Level A

RightStart Mathematics Level B

RightStart Mathematics Level C

  1. RightStart Mathematics Level C Starter Kit, 1st Edition
    RightStart Mathematics Level C Starter Kit, 1st Edition
    Activities for Learning / Trade Paperback
    $257.25
  2. RightStart Mathematics Level C Worksheets, 1st Edition
    RightStart Mathematics Level C Worksheets, 1st Edition
    Joan A. Cotter Ph.D.
    Activities for Learning / 2001 / Other
    $21.00
  3. Rightstart Mathematics Level C Book Bundle, 2nd Edition
    Rightstart Mathematics Level C Book Bundle, 2nd Edition
    Joan Cotter Ph.D.
    Activities for Learning / Other, N/A
    $88.50
  4. Rightstart Mathematics Level C Worksheets, 2nd Edition
    Rightstart Mathematics Level C Worksheets, 2nd Edition
    Joan Cotter Ph.D.
    Activities for Learning / Other, N/A
    $21.00

RightStart Mathematics Level D

RightStart Mathematics Level E

  1. Rightstart Mathematics Level E Starter Kit, 1st Edition
    Rightstart Mathematics Level E Starter Kit, 1st Edition
    Activities for Learning / Trade Paperback
    $257.25
  2. RightStart Mathematics Level E Worksheets, 1st Edition
    RightStart Mathematics Level E Worksheets, 1st Edition
    Joan A. Cotter Ph.D.
    Activities for Learning / 2001 / Other
    $21.00
  3. Rightstart Mathmatics D to E Add-On Kit, 1st Edition
    Rightstart Mathmatics D to E Add-On Kit, 1st Edition
    Joan A. Cotter
    Activities for Learning / Other, N/A
    $110.25

RightStart Mathematics Geometric Approach

  1. Rightstart Mathematics: Geometric Approach Starter Kit
    Rightstart Mathematics: Geometric Approach Starter Kit
    Activities for Learning / Trade Paperback
    $168.00
  2. Rightstart Mathematics: A Hands-On Geometric Approach Worksheets
    Rightstart Mathematics: A Hands-On Geometric Approach Worksheets
    Activities for Learning / Trade Paperback
    $36.75
  3. RightStart Math A Hands-On Geometric Approach Solutions
    RightStart Math A Hands-On Geometric Approach Solutions
    Joan A. Cotter
    Activities for Learning / 2012 / Trade Paperback
    $15.75

Additional Resources

  1. Activities for the AL Abacus
    Activities for the AL Abacus
    Joan A. Cotter
    Activities for Learning / 2012 / Trade Paperback
    $26.25
  2. Worksheets for the AL Abacus
    Worksheets for the AL Abacus
    Joan A. Cotter
    Activities for Learning / 2012 / Trade Paperback
    $21.00
  3. RightStart Math Transition Worksheets
    RightStart Math Transition Worksheets
    Joan A. Cotter
    Activities for Learning / 2012 / Trade Paperback
    $10.50

Manipulatives & Resources

  1. AL Abacus Standard
    AL Abacus Standard
    Activities for Learning / 2012 / Other
    $15.75
  2. Abacus Tiles
    Abacus Tiles
    Activities for Learning / 2012 / Other
    $3.75
  3. Thousand Cubes
    Thousand Cubes
    Activities for Learning / 2012 / Other
    $15.75
  4. Base 10 Picture Cards
    Base 10 Picture Cards
    Activities for Learning / 2012 / Other
    $5.75

Yellow is the Sun

  1. Yellow is the Sun CD
    Yellow is the Sun CD
    Activities for Learning / 2012 / Compact disc
    $3.25
  2. Yellow is the Sun
    Yellow is the Sun
    Joan A. Cotter Ph.D.
    Activities for Learning / 2009 / Trade Paperback
    $7.50

Card Games

  1. Cards for Math Games
    Cards for Math Games
    Activities for Learning / 2012 / Other
    $36.75
  2. Math Card Games DVD
    Math Card Games DVD
    Activities for Learning / 2012 / DVD
    $3.25
  3. Math Card Games, 5th Edition
    Math Card Games, 5th Edition
    Joan A. Cotter
    Activities for Learning / 2012 / Trade Paperback
    $26.25