Improving Fact Fluency

Kids have to learn basic fact fluency such as addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.  So the question is how to do this without resorting to the dreaded flashcard?  How do you learn and make it fun?  There are several websites that can really up the ante when it comes to enjoyment of this type of learning.  Pink cat studio has a ton of games, some paid and some free which work on basic fact fluency.  I use it all the time, especially with my younger learners.  Another platform that can be really beneficial for drills is Quizziz.  Quizziz is a platform that covers a broad base of subjects but the fact fluency games can be fun and motivating for our little learners.  Kahoot is another fun free game that I learned about in a teacher training course that provides fact fluency drills.  There are both free and paid versions of this platform and it covers a wide range of subjects, beyond math.  The most important component of learning basic fact fluency is repeated practice.  A little bit each day goes a long way.  Another critical component of teaching fact fluency is teaching strategies.  Strategies such as skip counting (2,4,6,8 etc) when learning multiplication tables can go a long way and other strategies such as the 9’s trick (a method of figuring out the nine’s table using your fingers) with multiplication can be very beneficial.  A final strategy that I would suggest is for students to practice with someone.  Over the summer, it could be a parent, sibling or friend.  Working and practicing fact fluency with someone can be quite motivating to keep the momentum going as well as holding students accountable for their learning.  Whatever method/s you choose know that repeated practice will cement the knowledge that your child needs to succeed!

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