Introduction to Multisensory Math

June 19–21, 2018
9 a.m.–4 p.m.

Cost: $600, which includes math manipulatives, handouts and activities designed by Marilyn Zecher and Key School Math teachers.

Registration: Email Catherine McKenzie at

Click here for printable flyer.

Program Presenters:

Matthew Buchanan & Catherine McKenzie
Certified Multisensory Math Instructors of Teaching and Key School Multisensory Math Teachers

What is the Multisensory Math Approach?

Based on the Orton-Gillingham approach, Multisensory Mathematics applies the research-based Concrete-Representational-Abstract (CRA) approach to teaching mathematics as advocated by the National Math Panel and the NCTM. Concepts and skills are taught systematically from simple to complex with review and reinforcement to develop mastery.

New information is taught through visual, auditory, and tactile kinesthetic modalities to ensure students form a deep conceptual understanding of mathematical operations and language.

Course participants learn hands-on, applicable methods for teaching mathematical concepts to their students. Participants learn to use manipulatives effectively to reinforce understanding, aid memory and enhance performance for all students. Strategies for helping students learn and retrieve math facts are stressed as well as structured procedures for computational accuracy. This approach is especially effective with students with language-based learning differences, dyslexia, and ESL learners. The multisensory math approach is effective for initial instruction as well as remedial work at all levels and is compatible with all curricula and programs. Using this approach, skills and concepts are taught with ample review and reinforcement and are presented through all modalities (auditory, visual, kinesthetic).


What will you gain from this workshop?

A direct impact on your teaching philosophy and approach:

  • An understanding of the importance of explicitly teaching the “language of math”
  • Strategies to adapt your curriculum to a multisensory math approach
  • Ideas for lessons, games, activities and strategies that make math concepts accessible to elementary age students

Knowledge of Concrete, Representational, Abstract (CRA) levels of understanding:

  • How to design, manage, and use manipulatives
  • How to review and reinforce math concepts using Auditory, Visual, and Kinesthetic modalities
  • Use of manipulatives to demonstrate concepts related to The Big 5 – Numbers & Operations, Geometry, Data Analysis, Algebra, and Measurement at each level of mathematical understanding
  • Focus on explicit instruction of numeracy, place value, addition and subtraction, multiplication and division, fractions and decimals.

Continuing Education Credits – 2 CEU 

Key Learning Center
Western North Carolina’s Premier Multisensory Outreach Center


To Register:

If you are interested in registering, please email


Key’s Multisensory Math Workshop is presented by Key Learning Center’s Certified Multisensory Math Instructors.

This course is offered in coordination with Marilyn Zecher. Marilyn developed the Multisensory Math approach based on the principles of Orton-Gillingham. She is a Certified Academic Language Therapist, national presenter, and instructor of Multisensory Math courses.

Learn more about Marilyn at

powered by finalsite