How to think about math

The deep conceptual understanding that’s the hallmark of the program leads to strong skills fluency and the ability to make generalizations within and among mathematical strands. As students grow and learn to think critically, teachers develop their own richer understanding of math through detailed instruction and embedded support.

Math Expressions is based on NSF-funded research.

Contextual Learning
Students develop an understanding of mathematics through real-world situations and visual supports.

Multiple Strategies
Students learn multiple ways to solve problems, including algorithms based on reasoning.

Manageable Instruction
Teaching materials embody a "learn-while-teaching" style.

Student Experience

Lessons build understanding through active inquiry.

Students make connections between key topics both within and across grades.

Math Talk gives students the chance to ask questions and use their MathBoards to explain and justify their solutions.

The online Student Activity Book gives young learners the tools to explore and deepen their understanding of key math concepts.

Early Learning Resources

Research tells us that students who start kindergarten with a high level of math understanding do better in both math and reading after kindergarten. With that in mind, we developed Math Expressions Early Learning Resources to provide early learners with the understanding they need to confidently take the first and subsequent steps of their mathematics journey.  

Grounded in Research
Students will benefit from teaching-learning paths and structured, repetitive experiences as recommended in “Mathematics Learning in Early Childhood: Paths toward Excellence and Equity.”

Rated as Strong by ESSA
Early Learning Resources is based on the same ESSA strong foundation and research as the rest of Math Expressions, making it an ideal transitional program for pre-kindergarten early learners.

Focused on Numbers and Geometry
Research guidelines led to a strong focus on numbers and geometry, content areas that are particularly important in early math instruction.

Playful activities help children see, discuss, and use mathematical structures, building understanding and fluency gradually and systematically.

Teacher Experience

Differentiated support to encourage all students.

Differentiated Instruction 

The Math Activity Center supports every child with Practice, Re-teach, and Challenge resources for each lesson.

Adaptive Practice

Customize instruction with the Personal Math Trainer® Powered by Knewton™, an online personalized learning and assessment system with real-time reporting and adaptive practice.


The instruction keeps students constantly moving forward while providing teachers with explicit support. Learn more about Dr. Fuson’s approach through the samplers below.

Deepen mathematical understanding

Students develop an understanding of the concepts behind the math and build connections between concrete, pictorial, and abstract relationships.

Develop critical-thinking skills

Students learn to ask questions and use the answers to devise thoughtful, informed approaches to solving problems.

Enhance teacher effectiveness

Teachers use the program’s extensive, lesson-by-lesson support to supplement and deepen their own mathematical understanding.

Increase student participation

Math Talk classrooms create lively, collaborative environments where children share their ideas and solutions and listen respectfully to the ideas of their classmates.

Improve student performance

Students learn to effectively communicate their mathematical understanding verbally and in writing.

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