Excerpt from “Accelerator”, Accelerated Christian Education, Jan-Feb 2016, pg 10.
“How do children learn?”
The answer to that question can unlock the door to greater achievement for your child. Accelerated Christian Education has done considerable research on the topic of how children learn, and the results, along with other education surveys, indicate that children:
Have varying IQs and learn at different rates
Must learn specific developmental skills
Process information differently at different developmental levels
Learn best through mastery with repetition, then review
Vary in their abilities to learn through visual, auditory, and kinesthetic/tactile stimuli.
Accelerated Christian Education has developed a distinctive, individualized, high-tech educational package that addresses these issues. Let’s take a closer look at these factors that so critically impact your child’s learning.
Since children have different IQs and learn at different rates, testing to determine each child’s knowledge and performance level is critical. Accelerated Christian Education provides not only testing but also diagnosis and prescription for your child.
Testing also reveals whether a child has attained certain developmental skills. For instance, skills that are prerequisite to the learning-to-read process include sequencing, recognition of colors and shapes, relationships, coordination, and the ability to process some information on a subconscious level while processing other information on a conscious level. These skills are mastered in the Kindergarten with Ace and Christi program.
Children process information differently in varying stages of physical development. Nearly all children from preschool to puberty are able to answer the “who, what, when, and where” questions. At puberty, brain chemistry changes and most children are able to answer “how and why” questions. Accelerated Christian Education core curriculum below seventh level focuses on the “who, what, when, and where” questions, but “how and why” questions are concentrated at and above seventh level. These critical skills of deductive reasoning and logical thinking are necessary for your child’s college preparation as well as for his preparation for life.
The A.C.E. School of Tomorrow curriculum is mastery-based. Most children need to have a concept repeated several times for mastery. Therefore, vocabulary words are introduced and repeated several times and are practiced and tested. Academic concepts are presented in sequence and mastered with repetition, then review follows in a spiral approach. Progress is controlled, and your child moves on only after he has demonstrated understanding and mastery of the material.
Some children like to learn best visually. Some like to learn best auditory. Others like to learn best by hands-on experience. Although children tend to want to learn through one medium, they should be encouraged to gain understanding of academic material in different ways. Strive to have balance. You will notice that your child’s PACEs incorporate color, pictures, diagrams, and other enhancements to stimulate learning. He also has the opportunity to individual attention by reading aloud or discussing concepts with his supervisors or you, his parent or guardian, to assure mastery. the Readmaster Plus suite is one tool that is especially helpful in making the learning experience individualized to each student.
Children learn on an individual basis, and Accelerated Christian Education meets your child’s specific educational needs.