What is Fact Fluency?
Our students learn by building on prior knowledge, extending as far back as early childhood. Learning and development are incremental processes that occur gradually and continuously over many years. For all content areas, conceptual understanding, computational fluency and problem-solving skills are each essential and mutually reinforcing. Practice allows students to achieve automaticity of basic skills – the fast, accurate and effortless processing of content information- which frees up working memory for more complex aspects of problem solving.
That being stated, the Fern Hill Fact Fluency Committee has developed a continuum for fact mastery grades K – 5. The continuum is another link. In order for a child to reach mastery, she/he must demonstrate both speed and accuracy consistently. In other words, this is not a “one and done” proposition, but rather a process that can take years to master. It is our goal that by the end of 5th grade, each Fern Hill child will own the multiplication facts and corresponding division facts through 12 x 12.
This will not happen without your encouragement at home. One way you can help is to allow your child access to computer sites such as the following:
We hope that you will take the time to review the continuum and work as a team with us in ensuring your child’s success in fact fluency.
FHE Fact Fluency Committee