Going into this new school year, I’m feeling SOOO disorganized! I need to start putting all our library books on hold (we follow the Classical Conversations curriculum and I love using these book reading plans to have themed library books each week!)
So, even though I haven’t done all the cleaning and organizing and decorating I had wanted to get done over the summer, I DO know that at least when it comes to our math curriculum, I can just open it right up in the morning and it’s all there – completely scripted – for me to just open and go! (Same goes for our reading and spelling programs too. For those we use All About Reading/Spelling which I think are similar to RightStart Math – very hands on, and short scripted lessons).
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I often see people worried that with so many manipulatives in the RightStart* kit they’ll have to do a ton of prep the weeks (or night) before doing the lesson. But you really don’t have to do this!
Each RightStart lesson is just 2 pages long. There’s a small list of that lesson’s manipulatives listed at the top, and you can pull these out of your box while singing various warm up songs with your kids. I like to have my 6 and 4 year old sing the days of the week song (there is one suggested in the book, however we use the version that my kids’ learned during Community Bible Study), along with the months of the year song (also in the book).
This year will be a little different for us. I’ll be using Level A with my 4 1/2 year old (he was super excited to bust out the math balance today and actually figured out how to balance it on his own! — he is my math brain kid though!!), and my first grader will be in the local public school 😦 (incidentally, this year their goal is to learn to count by 2’s, 5’s, and 10’s, so if you’re feeling behind in your kindergarten or first grade curriculum, well, you’re probably well ahead!)
I hope to continue my eldest with Level B though, but if that becomes too much work, at least play the RightStart Math Games* with her. These are available as a standalone kit for use alongside any curriculum – including math tutoring – so if you have a child in school who needs some supplementary math work, then definitely look into the RightStart Math Games kit.
Finally, I know I have readers from all over the world! Did you know RightStart* is available in 5 country specific versions? Money card decks and math games books have been modified for Canada (money deck only), Australia, New Zealand, and Europe (Euro).
Are you ready for this school year? Tell me I’m not the only person feeling behind!!
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