When a child can answer 7 + 8 quickly and correctly we know they’re developing strategies for number fact retrieval. And when you’ve spent the last two weeks teaching them the mental math strategy – doubles plus one, this quick response is what you want to hear. But is it fluency? What is fact fluency? Fact fluency is more than… Read More
I love it when I know kids are using addition strategies to answer their number facts. You know how it is, at the beginning of the year they’re using a ruler, their fingers or blocks to add 4 + 5 and now you ask them and they answer …within three seconds … no fingers! They can mentally process 4 +… Read More
Do you spend a lot of time teaching the addition strategies but a lot less time on subtraction? No matter what country you teach in, you will find a mathematics standard that says something like, ‘Fluently add and subtract within 20 using mental math strategies’. This means we need kids to have automatic recall of both their addition and subtraction… Read More
Double digit addition with regrouping is another tricky concept for children to learn and understand.
We all want our students to master their multiplication facts. Quick recall is important and we know that fact fluency builds so much confidence in our young learners.
Number fact fluency is important to develop in first and second grade. Without automatic recall it’s hard to move on to more complex skills. It’s also crucial in developing a child’s confidence in using mathematics. Without a doubt, kids need to know their addition strategies!