"Children will never remember what we expect them to forget."
Nancy McGraw, Creator of the Simple Solutions Approach
The Simple Solutions Approach emerged from a classroom teacher's vision for her students: In math especially, children need to experience on-going success. Being successful makes a child feel self-confident. A confident learner is willing to take a risk, and this willingness to try something new leads to further learning and even greater success.
Strategies known as distributed practice, the spacing effect, and over-learning have been around for a long time. In fact, research dating back to the early part of the twentieth century points to the lasting value of such strategies. Despite this research, neither text books nor teacher training widely promote a practical combination of distributed practice and daily instruction. The Simple Solutions Approach utilizes daily distributed practice to ensure that students not only master, but actually retain, everything they have learned. All Simple Solutions products are devised, written, edited, and tested by classroom teachers
Simple Solutions is a supplement to the mathematics curriculum, and its purpose is to provide daily distributed practice. This practice allows students to regularly and systematically revisit material that has been introduced by the classroom teacher. Simple Solutions is easy to implement, and the routine takes just minutes a day.