Spiral Learning

What is Spiral Learning?

Abeka’s Spiral Learning approach begins with the basics, progressing to deeper understanding at age-appropriate times. There is a continual emphasis on review for mastery, reinforcing specific concepts, then advancing to higher complexity. Every year and across subjects, concepts are reintroduced and applied in new ways. So each time a child revisits the material, what they’ve learned is reinforced. This means children have multiple opportunities for mastering what they’ve learned.


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Did You Know?

Studies show, in most academic settings, kids can lose up to 50% of what they’re taught in just a few days.* This is known as the “Forgetting Curve,” and it’s a key reason children struggle in school. Repetition diminishes the curve of forgetting, making the Spiral Learning approach effective in helping students retain more of what they learn.

*The Forgetting Curve is a well-documented phenomenon, with studies dating from the late 1800’s1 to present showing that information is lost over time when there is no attempt to retain it.2

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Spiral Learning: Explained

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Using Spiral Learning

The Spiral Approach is a core piece of the entire Abeka curriculum. Why? Because the Spiral Learning method isn’t a fad. It’s built on proven philosophies and employs time-tested methods. Experience Abeka today by trying us for free.


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Remember More

Cramming for a test doesn’t allow a child to solidify the lesson they’ve just learned. The Spiral Learning teaching method proves that repetition leads to retention.

Advance Quickly

Because the curriculum builds on itself, your child will already have a strong foundation when presented with a more complex idea.

Be More Confident

A key benefit to Spiral Learning is that you and your child will both have more than one opportunity to master a concept. This promotes confidence for you both!

Understanding the Difference

Unit Mastery Learning

Unit Mastery Learning, or “block learning,” is the most common teaching method used. With this structure, children are expected to have full comprehension of a concept before moving to the next concept.

Spiral Learning

Repetition is the key to learning. Because concepts aren’t presented just one time, or in only one way, you’re giving your child multiple opportunities to be successful. Concepts are truly learned and remembered.

What People Are Saying

[The Abeka curriculum] builds in a variety of different ways of learning to keep my son interested. It also does a great job of mixing in review which helps build up my son’s confidence. 5 stars all the way!!!
Faith E.

I can’t say enough good things about this curriculum. Abeka gives children such a well-rounded education. The foundation is strong and lasts! Abeka knows children and how to guide them in so many ways for excellence.
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1 Type Ebbinghaus, Hermann (1913). Memory: A Contribution to Experimental Psychology. Translated by Ruger, Henry; Bussenius, Clara. 2 Murre JMJ, Dros J (2015) Replication and Analysis of Ebbinghaus’ Forgetting Curve. PLoS ONE 10(7): e0120644.