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# Right Start Math Balance Fun

I could have also titled this post “How I Fold Laundry”. 🙂 You see, I have our Right Start Math box underneath my bed. About once a week, Jenna(2.5) likes to get out the box and play with the math manipulatives, while I’m folding laundry.

Pictured here is the math balance. Developmentally, Jenna’s not ready for all the learning skills the math balance can teach. But it is teaching her the concepts of “balanced” and “equals”. I guess one of the benefits to being a little sister is that there are extra cool things floating around the house to play with!

1. Nicol says:

Right Start Math is my next purchase! I love that I can use these things on my younger child in the future.

• jenbrdsly says:

The only problem is making sure that younger siblings don’t eat the pieces. 🙂

2. Nicol says:

Okay, so I was going to purchase Right Start math this month and put it off because someone said that for a young child (my daughter is 5) it may be difficult because Right Start does it’s counting differently. My daughter counts and does basic addition. I wanted to give her a good foundation in Math. Now I don’t know if I should get this for her now or if I should wait. What do you suggest?

• jenbrdsly says:

The difference in counting is that RS uses 10-1, 10-2, 10-3, instead of 11, 12, and 13. In Asian languages that is how their counting would translate, and there is some research that suggests that this simple difference might give kids an edge. I don’t think that’s a big enough difference to be a deal breaker in your situation. You would just say “11 is the same as 10 and 1, 12 is the same as 10 and 2” a lot. But since your daughter can already do basic addition, maybe RS B would be a better choice. I’d check out the placement test to see. http://rightstartmath.com/home-school/placement-test Or, you might want to consider Singapore. Good luck!