Kathleen Cotter Lawler is the daughter of Dr. Joan A. Cotter, author and creator of the Right Start Mathematics program. She was one of the first children to grow up under the Activities for Learning principles. Kathleen has a degree in Home Economics from the University of Minnesota and two master’s degrees from the University of Mary in Bismarck, North Dakota. Kathleen is the mother of four children ages 20 to 25. Three of the Lawler children have graduated from North Dakota State University and the youngest is attending college at the University of Minnesota. Kathleen travels all across the U.S. and Canada to share the Right Start mission of helping children understand, apply, and enjoy mathematics. In her spare time, Kathleen designs and sews quilts and is relearning how to unicycle.
Many people, especially children, are visual learners. Approaching math from a visual perspective, using an abacus, is a sure-fire path to success! Learn how an abacus fosters quantity recognition and develops addition strategies. Investigate place value in a crystal-clear format. Explain “borrowing and carrying” when adding and subtracting numbers. Discover the simplicity of multiplication. Come […]
Teaching is not for the faint of heart. Mix in a child with learning challenges and you may end up becoming very discouraged, and possibly ready to throw in the towel. Rest assured, you are not alone. Whether your child has been diagnosed with a learning challenge or simply doesn’t “get” math, come to this […]