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Fluency in Reading and Math

Reading Fluency is  the ability to decode text with speed, accuracy, and the appropriate expression. Reading fluency is important because it provides a bridge between word recognition and reading comprehension. Since fluent readers don't have to concentrate on decoding the actual words, they can focus their attention on what the text actually means. They can make mental connections throughout the text, as well as apply those connections to their personal backgrounds and experiences.
Simply, fluent readers recognize the words and comprehend their overall meaning at the same time. 
Math Fact Fluency is the ability to recall the answers to basic math facts automatically and without hesitation. Educators and scientists agree that the ability to recall basic math facts fluently is necessary for students to attain higher-order math skills. In other words,  if students develop rapid, effortless, and error-less recall of basic math facts, it leaves their attention and memory available to att…