Remember the photo holder thrift store find that we turned into a vocabulary tool? The idea was to make a card for each root Sprite studied and review them weekly. We did well with making the cards, but after several weeks, we neglected to review them. That omission was painfully obvious when we tried to review the whole set at the end of the workbook.
She remembered the meanings of the roots at the beginning of the book; we had reviewed those consistently. And she knew the roots at the end of the book; we had just finished them. But the ones in the middle were altogether forgotten.
Actually, this phenomena is normal for memory. We tend to remember what is at the beginning and end. But the middle items are forgotten more easily. By failing to consistently review, I was only reinforcing a normal tendency of the human memory.
So instead of rushing on to the next vocabulary resource, we spent a few days to review these roots and memorize the meanings. It would be a shame not to cement the learning after Sprite has spent so many weeks of effort on the material.
The whole experience reminded me again of the value of consistent, periodic review and final review. Why invest so much in our lesson planning and execution if we don’t take the time to lock in that learning with some quick review? My takeaway is this: Schedule time for review. Write it on the plans so that you actually do it.
How to you handle review? Is it a part of your homeschool scheduling or do you wing it? How important do you think it is? I’d love to hear your thoughts.