I began using Right Start Math games recently along with our base math program (Math Mammoth). We love using a variety of sources to help improve our math skills from online programs and games to manipulatives to apps. 

In fact, I prefer switching things up quite a bit and often rather than depending on only one program to do all the work for us. I’ve learned that a base program can do the heavy lifting as our spine by giving us a general outline of concepts we should cover that academic year, but we sometimes doesn’t provide everything we would like in one single math program. So, we end up supplementing a lot for math.

Recently we discovered RSM games and have been incorporating them into our weekly math routine. Right Start Math games is a great addition to any math program…but it’s not without its flaws. As a visual person I’d love to see more pictures and videos showing me how to play some of these games. It’s very word-y, so just know that if you are a visual person it can take a while to really grasp the steps for each game. And there are over 300 of them in this one book!

How to Play the Column Addition Game

This is a fairly easy game to play and doesn’t require basic skills beyond addition. This game is great for addition review even if your student is well into decimals, fraction, or pre-algebra.

  • Start with the Basic Number card deck, taking away all the 10’s.
  • Lay out the the cards in three rows of three cards each. You should have a total of 9 cards per row and per column.
  • There should be two players to make this game fun.
  • The object of the game is for each player to come up with the same final sum.
  • Player 1 adds up the nine number cards in each row and adds those sums together. Player 2 adds up the nine numbers cards in each column and adds those together for a grand sum.
  • Players 1 and 2 compare their grand sums, and they should be the same number!

For a short twist on the game, you can time yourselves to see who comes up with a grand total first.

If you don’t have RSM games, you can create your own game similar to this using cards numbered 1-9 for a total of 27 cards.

My daughter and I really enjoyed this game! Check out our CTC math review and Math Mammoth flip-through as well.

About Demetria Zinga

Demetria is a homeschooling mom and mompreneur who lives in Silicon Valley with her husband, two daughters, and a dog. She currently runs two podcasts for homeschool moms and moms in business, writes songs, and spends lots of time at coffee shops. Her goal is to be an encourager and motivator of women, helping them to find success and joy in homeschooling, business, and motherhood.

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