Building Math Fact Fluency: A Modern Approach for Confident Learners

Oct 6, 2023 | Educational Tips

Dear Parents,

We all understand the importance of math fact fluency in our children’s education. Having a strong foundation in arithmetic is essential for academic success and critical thinking. However, the traditional approach of timed tests to achieve math fact fluency is rapidly becoming a thing of the past. At I Can Academy, we embrace a modern and effective approach to teaching math fact fluency that focuses on a deep understanding of numbers rather than test anxiety.

The Shift from Timed Tests: A New Perspective

In the past, timed tests were a common method used to build math fact fluency. However, research and educational practices have evolved, revealing that this method often induces anxiety and doesn’t teach the strategies needed for true comprehension of numbers. Memorizing facts under pressure does not allow students to understand the underlying relationships between numbers, hindering their overall mathematical growth.

The Power of Manipulatives and Understanding Connections

At I Can Academy, we believe in a more holistic and intuitive approach to teaching math. We prioritize the use of manipulatives and explicitly sharing the connections and relationships between numbers. Manipulatives bring math to life, making it tangible and easier to grasp. By allowing children to physically interact with math concepts, they can understand how numbers relate to each other and build a solid foundation for future learning.


The Role of Positive Language and Growth Mindset

We understand the impact that positive language and a growth mindset can have on a child’s learning journey. Building confidence in their abilities to tackle math builds a strong foundation for lifelong learning. Instead of focusing on speed and rote memorization, we emphasize understanding, growth, and celebrating progress. By fostering a growth mindset, we encourage children to view challenges as opportunities to learn and grow.

Introducing Factswise by Valerie Henry: A Systematic Approach

To further support our teaching philosophy, we’ve incorporated Factswise, a comprehensive and systematic approach created by Valerie Henry. Factswise is designed around addition/subtraction and multiplication/division goals, ensuring a structured and focused learning path. This program is tailored to guide students through the journey of mastering math facts while prioritizing understanding and building confidence.


Join us in the Journey to Math Success!

We invite you to join us at I Can Academy, where we embrace innovative approaches to math education, placing your child’s understanding, confidence, and success at the forefront. Together, we can nurture a love for math and empower your child with the tools they need to excel in their academic pursuits.

Let’s make math a subject of exploration, understanding, and joy!


The I Can Academy Team