# RightStart Mathematics Starter Kit Level A with AL Abacus Standard (1st Edition)

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Includes lessons, worksheets, geared clock, cards for math games, tally sticks, 2 geoboards, colored tiles, abacus tiles, place value cards, Standard AL Abacus, geometry reflector, "Yellow is the Sun" CD and Math Card Games DVD (no book).

Category Description for RightStart Mathematics:

Based on research comparing the differences between Japanese first grades and first grade classrooms in the U.S., this curriculum incorporates certain aspects from Asian math programs such as non-counting strategies and, for us, an alternative number naming system. In this program, the student is taught to see quantities in groups of fives and tens. When asked to add 9 + 7, instead of counting 7 up from 9, you would take 1 from 7 to make 10 and 6. This program also uses a unique number naming system. Asian words for numbers greater than 10 implicitly give you a feel for the base ten system. Literally translated, eleven is "ten-one," twelve is "ten-two," and so on. RightStart students learn to count the "math-way" before they are taught the less intuitive words for 11 to 19.

I cant summarize this program better than the creator, so let me quote from the manual:

"There are eleven major characteristics.

1. Refer to quantities of up to 3 as a group; do not count individually.

2. Use fingers to show quantities up to 10; teach 6 to 10 as 5 plus a quantity.

3. Avoid counting procedures for finding sums and remainders.

4. Once quantities 1 to 10 are known, proceed to 10 as a unit. Use the "math way" of counting; say for example, 1-ten 1 for eleven, 1-ten 2 for twelve, 2-ten for twenty, and 2-ten 5 for twenty-five.

5. Use expanded notation (overlapping) place-value cards for recording 10s and 1s

6. Proceed rapidly to hundreds and thousands; use place-value cards. Provide opportunities for trading between ones and tens, tens and hundreds, and hundreds and thousands with manipulatives.

7. Only after the above work, give the traditional English names for quantities 20 to 99 and then 11 to 19.

8. Teach tens-based strategies for addition and subtraction facts that have a sum > 10. Teach informal solutions and mental computation before written algorithmic work.

10. Teach four-digit addition and subtraction on the abacus; let the children discover the paper and pencil algorithms.

11. Short division precedes long division, which is taught in fourth grade."

In Level G, students continue to practice arithmetic, fractions and decimals, while they begin to also explore triangles, area, volume, ratios, Pythagorean Theorem, tiling, and other new concepts.

All levels require a lesson manual and worksheets, which are included in the starter kits. (The worksheets are also available separately for multiple students.) Lesson manuals contain detailed lesson plans with helpful diagrams and teaching notes. Both lesson manuals and worksheets are spiral-bound. Add on kits allow you to move forward, buying only what you need in addition to what you already have for the next levels. Deluxe Starter kits (and deluxe add-on kits) are now available, which include everything in the original kits, plus additional recommended books and manipulatives. Please note that if you start with a deluxe kit, you will need a different upgrade kit to transition to the next level. See individual descriptions for more details on kit-specific contents.~ Anh

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Category Description for COMPREHENSIVE PROGRAMS - ELEMENTARY:

Primary Subject
Mathematics
K
Author
Joan A. Cotter, PhD
Brand Name
Activities for Learning
Weight
8.0 (lbs.)
Dimensions
18.0" x 12.25" x 4.5"
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From my research and reviews by other mom's who chose this, it seems to give the best foundation for math skills of the curriculum options I was considering. I can't wait to get started with it!
on Aug 7, 2022
recommended by homeschool FB group
on Jun 11, 2020
From my research and reviews by other mom's who chose this, it seems to give the best foundation for math skills of the curriculum options I was considering. I can't wait to get started with it!
on Aug 7, 2022
two homeschooling moms recommended it
on Jul 3, 2022
two homeschooling moms recommended it
on Jul 3, 2022
SPED homeschool suggestion
on Oct 26, 2018
Are the colored tiles in this manipulative set used just for counting? Can I substitute teddy bear counters?
on Jul 23, 2019
BEST ANSWER: We use colored tiles for many purposes in addition to counting, especially as you progress to upper levels. And yes, you are free to use any objects as you see fit.
Is this edition 1 or 2?
A shopper on Nov 6, 2015
BEST ANSWER: The Starter Kits - such as this one - which include manipulatives are 1st edition. Second edition material is packaged differently: there is a complete manipulative set (for all levels) and then teacher/student bundles for each level.
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Rated 5 out of 5
We bought this for our four year old daughter this past fall At first I was worried that we were "rushing" through the lessons I soon realized that it wasn't supposed to take a long time to get through them The program is easy to follow and she never complained about doing math I found out about their online seminars by "liking" RightStart Mathematics on Facebook It was absolutely free to sit through them and you could even ask questions live on the spot Our daughter likes all of the manipulatives and I think her favorite things are the abacus and the games She doesn't even realize she is learning math while playing them There are some additional accessories that you will have to purchase at some point that do not come with the initial kit but it isn't a deal breaker for me You do not have to do too much preparation for the lessons except for copying a page here and there I looked ahead a week at a time to make my copies You will need heavy card stock for the game cards I used different colors to help distinguish between the games I wish I had learned math in this way and I highly recommend it for younger children so you can catch them before they are counting on their fingers by 1's etc Great program!
April 16, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5
We started with Level A for my 1st grade son As other folks have mentioned I should have started with the Level B program It is a very fun hands-on math and the kids like doing math especially with all the games It would help to have more than one abacus also I ordered the small wooden abacuses but the beads don't move as easily as on the larger 8x9 abacus I believe the scope of the program covers all learning styles as there is oral work done in each lesson plus worksheets (more worksheets as you progress thru each level) Definitely worth the money! If you don't have a copier I'd recommend buying extra worksheets for other kids
March 19, 2009

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