As a parent, you want the best for your kids. Involved parents help their children succeed. And the first step to their success: choosing an educational curriculum that invests in your kids the way you do.
The Forgetting Curve?
Did you know that in most schools, kids can lose up to 50% of what they’re taught in just a few days? And even more with each passing day? It’s true. This phenomenon is known as the “Forgetting Curve,” and it’s part of the reason children struggle to learn.
It’s the night before a big test. Your child is cramming at the last minute. And they pass. The teacher assumes your child has mastered the concept and moves on to the next lesson. Then the Forgetting Curve kicks in. Because this “block” style of learning only promotes short-term memory.
Fortunately, there IS a solution.
Enter Spiral Learning.
Spiral Learning may sound like a new idea, but it’s a learning method that’s been around for years. Better still, it works. Spiral Learning is proven to help your kids remember more because it’s based on repetition—diminishing the Forgetting Curve.
Here’s how spiral review works: The spiral curriculum begins with the basics, building to more complex concepts at age-appropriate times. There is a continual emphasis on review for mastery, reinforcing specific concepts, then advancing to the next level. Every year and across subjects, concepts are reintroduced and applied in new ways. So each time your child revisits the material, what they’ve learned is reinforced.
Take math, for example. In typical educational approaches, fractions are taught from start to finish, then set aside as “mastered.” But Spiral Learning works differently. Fractions start with kindergarten, where kids begin by deciding if they want a whole cookie or a half. As your kids progress through each grade, the concept of reciprocals and inverse of fractions is introduced. They will revisit the concept each and every year, right through to high school.
So ideas and information stick. Your kids actually understand and remember what they’ve studied. Goodbye, Forgetting Curve.
Spiral Learning Means Better Learning.
There are lots of approaches to learning. But Abeka relies on the spiral teaching method because it’s a proven, time-tested approach. Spiral review focuses on mastery, not memorization. It forms a bridge to new topics, promoting flexible and critical thinking skills. And while it uses repetition, it’s far from repetitive. In fact, you and your children probably won’t even notice it at work.
Better for Them. Better for You.
Spiral Learning boosts your children’s confidence. And why wouldn’t it? When kids can remember more and master what they’ve learned, they’re prepared to do better in school. Which puts a smile on their face, and as a parent, is as rewarding and fulfilling as it gets.
True mastery is what it’s all about. Challenging new concepts aren’t introduced until they have already had a solid foundation. So if your kids don’t master a concept the first time, they have more chances to get it right. As the old saying goes, “first they learn to crawl, then they learn to walk, then they learn to run.”
Lesson after lesson, grade after grade, from K4 to 12, Spiral Learning is a part of every nook and cranny of the Abeka curriculum. Ensuring the lessons your child learns won’t just last a few days.
They’ll last a lifetime.