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How to DRAW expanded notation in five minutes! (+ FREEBIE)

“I’m afraid my child is falling behind.”
“I hate to see my daughter losing her love for learning.”
“I wish my son could have fun with math.”

Unfortunately, these familiar narratives are the norm when families find MFM. Which begs the question, “Is there a way to put the brakes on the academic backsliding?”


Is there some sort of rope or rescue that can lift kids out of the mire of mathematical failure?


Yes! Yes! Yes!

But first, see if the answer isn’t found in today’s lesson with Math Specialist, Matthew. It exemplifies our intervention in a short, sweet, and empowering five minutes! Click “play” on this video and hit “Pause” on the old story that was full of school shame, multiplying tears, and subtracting joy!

Get your “art kit” out as we draw expanded notation. It’s time to see math! So, we may not need our pastels and oil paints, but we will draw numbers in this lesson!


Have you watched Free Range Math: How to write expanded notation? Start Here!


What you will see in this video is an essential component of our “CRA Methodology.” Oh, and by the way, the CRA method, IS the short answer to how we (students and specialists), put the brakes on the perpetual downward slide students experience into the void of “Math Hades.”

Speaking of answers, grab yourself some invisible and imaginary bonus points! How? Be on the lookout for all the ways we use SUBITIZING in today’s lesson and other lessons!

In less than six minutes!


Related: Flexible Brains: How to flexibly subtract

So go ahead and download today’s FREE printable, include your child, and click “Play” on this expanded notation math lesson. We’re not merely pulling the emergency brake on “falling behind.” With the pedal to the metal, we are making momentum!

YAY for Expanded Notation!

Step 1: Download the Printable

Step 2: Watch the Video

MFM Authors

Matthew Lyda

Matthew Lyda

Multisensory Math Specialist

Matthew is a Blue Belt in Shotokan Karate, a happy husband, wilderness lover, drummer, and a voracious reader! He works with students one:one as well as in group classes.