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Right Start Level D

For the past month and half my six year old son Bruce has been working out of the Right Start Level D workbook, which is at the 3rd-4th grade level. Even though it is summer vacation, he is still doing math each day because the rule in our house is that two pages (or one side front and back) of math earn 30 minutes of screen time. So I’m not making Bruce do math all summer, it is his own personal choice.

We do not own the Right Start Level D Teacher’s Guide, but we do have all of the manipulatives at our disposal. I am also familiar with teaching in the Construcvist method and have read the Level C Teacher’s Guide cover to cover. So we even though we are not following the program exactly, I am still able to deliver a lot of meaningful instruction to Bruce, that is a huge step beyond plunking him down on the dining room table and having him do math worksheets.

I don’t know if you can tell from the blown up picture of what he was working on today, but Bruce has quite a sense of humor! He is also still struggling with number reversals. At this point in his math education, I am having him go back and correct the reversals each time. Today however, I chose to ignore them because Bruce was trying to do extra math to earn watching a movie.

We are about 22 out of 150 pages into the Level D workbook, and so far I’m pretty pleased. I think that the workbook can stand alone as an Afterschooling supplement, but that if you were using this program for Homeschooling, you would definitely want to get the Teachers Edition.


  1. Claire H. says:

    It’s my personal feeling that the “meat” of the Right Start program lies in the scripted lessons. I would not choose to use the RS workbooks without the TM for that reason. There are better workbook programs out there IMHO like Singapore Primary Mathematics or Math Mammoth.

    • Claire H. says:

      Bruce would probably really like Edward Zaccaro’s Challenge Math series as well.

    • jenbrdsly says:

      I would agree that the scripted lessons would be essential for most people. Since I taught third grade for two years, and 3rd/4th for two years, and worked at a Charter school where we designed our own entire math curriculum, I feel comfortable flying solo on this one, especially since we are just using the workbook as a supplement. I primarily need to make sure that Bruce keeps his skills up so that the Houghton Mifflin 3rd grade Math Expressions program he will be doing in fall will be a piece of cake.

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