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The Spiral Method: The Secret to Building Strong Math Skills

Do your students/children struggle to remember math concepts? The Spiral Method may help!

Have you tried teaching traditional methods of learning math, only to have students quickly forget the material? The Spiral Method offers a unique solution to these common problems. By repeatedly revisiting math topics throughout the year, this technique helps students retain and build upon their knowledge. In this post, we will explore the benefits of using the Spiral Method and provide tips for incorporating into your students’ learning routine.

Why Spiral Math?

-Unique approach to learning that involves revisiting topics throughout the year, which helps students retain and build upon knowledge

-Students will see how previously learned concepts connect to current learning

-Helps build confidence, reduces anxiety and improves long term retention

-by breaking down concepts into smaller, more manageable pieces and revisiting them often helps even struggling students feel successful

-Spiral math is a powerful tool to help build strong math skills

Tips for Success with the Spiral Method at School

  1. Create a consistent routine including time of day and how long they will work the problems before you check them. I like to start the math class with spiral review pages.
  2. Use a spiral math program
  3. Have a place to keep the student pages. I like to copy the student pages, 3-hole punch them and add them to plastic folders. That way the pages stay in order and students can easily find what they need for each day.
  4. Check student work as they are working. I would walk around and see if students are showing their work and give out stickers, at times, for great effort.
  5. Display a copy of the daily math page and go over the problems after the students try to work them. Talk through the math problems so that you are modeling math language and thinking. I would make errors sometimes, on purpose, so that I could model how to correct the errors.
  6. Spiral math can also be used for tutoring or homework.

Tips for Success with the Spiral Method at Home

  1. Create a dedicated space for math practice. This can be a quiet corner in your home or a specific room where your child can work without distractions. Make sure the space is well-lit and comfortable to encourage learning.
  2. Set a regular time for math practice. Daily math practice is ideal, but if that’s not possible, aim for at least three times a week. Consistency is key, so stick to a schedule that works for you and your child.
  3. Start each session with a review of previously learned concepts. This will help your child solidify their understanding and build confidence. You can use flashcards, games or practice pages to make the review fun and engaging.
  4. Introduce new concepts gradually. Start with the basics and build on them over time. Use visual aids and real-life examples to make the concepts more relatable and easier to understand.
  5. Encourage your child to ask questions. Math can be intimidating, but it’s important for your child to feel comfortable with asking for help when they need it.


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