Strong Math Foundations

An Online Course for Building Student Fact Fluency and Number Sense

Does it feel like fewer and fewer students are entering your classroom with strong number sense and the ability to actually think through the math process?

Do you struggle to balance teaching the current math curriculum while also filling gaps from previous years?

You know your students and their math challenges, but you aren’t always sure why they are struggling−and how to adjust instruction.

You have questions about how to develop number sense and teach fact fluency strategies instead of just focusing on speed.


Imagine what it would feel like...

...for math to finally(!) be accessible to all of your students. have number-sense-building routines in place that get results. No more late night online searches for last-minute resources and activities. know the best practices for teaching fact fluency and number sense, even if students have learning challenges.


You want to build fact fluency & number sense but you have questions

Is it possible to build number sense without a lot of extra time or resources?

What about my math students who struggle with attention, memory and processing challenges or students who are grade levels behind?


Strong Math Foundations

“I could take the things on video and do them with my class the next day. And then hear the reaction of my students—both the fact that they seem to be getting a little deeper meaning and that they seem to enjoy math. They pick up the dice and go play PIG on their own during 'free time.'"

- Terry R, 4th Grade Teacher, Kentucky


Join Strong Math Foundations

Learn how to make big changes in the way your students think about & approach math, even if you are strapped for time.

Create a vibrant, positive math community, develop growth mindset & efficiently build fundamental math skills.

Support students in 1st-6th grade using adaptable assessments, number talks, math games & activities that will jumpstart your students' fact fluency & number sense.


“Maria had straightforward yet engaging techniques and games that taught my daughter fundamental ways to think about math. My daughter's confidence improved immensely and she is no longer overwhelmed at approaching math.

The skills Maria has imparted have made my daughter independent and successful at a subject that once before eluded her.”

- Deanne Detmers, Mom & Executive Director, Behavioral Intervention Association


Embed Growth Mindset into Your Classroom Culture

In Module 1, learn how to create a positive learning environment where growth mindset & math mindset are a built-in part of every day in your classroom.

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What You Get:

Plus, I've added a bonus mini-course specifically for distance learning:

Courses Included with Purchase

Bridging the Distance
(Re)Engaging Online Learners With Math Games & Virtual Manipulatives

Original Price: $34


Learn How to Use Math Games to Assess Fact Fluency & Number Sense

In Module 2, we go beyond timed tests that only assess for speed and the right answer. Instead, learn how to examine fact fluency & number sense, so you know exactly where each student is in their math concept development and what that means for future instruction.


With increased fact fluency & number sense...

Students have a deeper understanding place value, addition, subtraction, multiplication & division and can solve problems flexibly & creatively.

Numbers are no longer abstract concepts.

Students readily make connections between concepts & use more-efficient mental math strategies when solving problems...even if it's a problem-type they have never seen before.

A stronger foundation means content is increasingly more accessible. New concepts will start “clicking” faster & faster.

You will spend less time redirecting & cajoling students.

But, most of all, students will start liking math class because they are engaged, making connections & finally understand what is happening!



"I had been looking for a practical and convenient way to get more PD. Maria has a wealth of knowledge and presents the material in a lively, straightforward style.

This was information I could use with my students right away."

- Stella, Educator

"Working with Maria made me more comfortable and confident doing math. I can now do all the little things that used to trip me up when I tried to solve problems."

- Ava, Former Student

(P.S. Ava is now studying computer science!)


Watch Number Talk Demos

Module 3 focuses on conducting effective number talks, the different types of number talks and what skills they build. Plus, the recorded live number talks with actual students allow you to see them in action!

Your Instructor

Maria Howard
Maria Howard

Hi, I'm Maria! I have over 15 years experience in education, including over 8 years providing intensive math intervention. I'm a former classroom teacher turned educational therapist and K8 math specialist.

Even though I always saw myself as an educator and not an entrepreneur, I took the leap & started my own business in 2016. I only wish I'd started sooner!

I provide one-on-one academic support to students with learning differences (mostly girls, mostly math). Basically, I created my dream job, with a schedule and a workload that works for me and my family. Every few weeks, I'm asked how I made the switch and decided to empower other educators with the information and guidance to do the same for themselves.


You wish you could find the time to go back to the basics, but there is so much else to cover.

You want to make sure all your students have fact fluency & strong number sense…

…so they can access what you are teaching in class now & in the future.

Don't miss your chance to join Strong Math Foundations today!


Frequently Asked Questions

How long do I have access to the course?
You have access for the lifetime of the course. Once you have enrolled, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
I know that professional development is often a big investment. If you have spent time with the material and are still unsatisfied with your purchase, contact me in the first 14 days after you enroll in the course and I'll give you a full refund.
When does the course start?
As soon as you enroll, you'll get immediate access to all the course content. The bonus module covering remote learning will be made available on July 6, 2020
What happens when I buy?
You will get an email confirmation with log-in information, along with immediate access to all the course content. Make sure to introduce yourself in the Welcome Module comments!
What resources do you have for distance learning?
In July of 2020, I created Bridging the Distance, a mini-course focused on re-engaging your math students through math games, virtual math manipulatives and online teaching strategies. You will have instant access to Bridging the Distance with your purchase on Strong Math Foundations.
What grade levels would this course be best for?
Overall, the scope of the concepts, assessments, and math and growth mindset work are 1st-6th. The games and number talks, however, focus mostly on addition, subtraction, multiplication and division fact fluency and number sense. There are plenty of activities for 1st and 2nd graders, but, are most-applicable to 3rd - 5th graders (and 6th-8th if intensive intervention is needed).

How is this different from PD at my school, Teachers Pay Teachers resources or ideas from Pinterest?

👆 Convenient: Bridging the Distance is a collection of tools and resources in one place.

🙌 Cohesive & Deliberate: Go beyond downloading random activities from the Internet & praying they will engage your students.

✍️ Tried & Tested: I walk you through every step of a system that has worked for my students during online learning, many of whom have multiple learning challenges.

👍 Easy-to-Access & Revisit: Every resource and training video is available on-demand whenever you need it.

"During her time working with my daughter, Maria has been able to identify my daughter's challenge areas, structure a plan to overcome those challenges and provided my daughter with a roadmap for improvement. Not only has my daughter’s achievement dramatically improved, but she has adopted a growth mindset which bolsters her confidence when taking on academic challenges."

- Roxanne Christophe, Founder & CEO, Girls Crushing It

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Have any questions about the Strong Math Foundations course? Email me at: [email protected]