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Tips to Help Kids Memorize Information

Kids are learning all the time.  Their minds can absorb information more efficiently than our adult minds.  Still, there are times that kids have trouble remembering information.  What can you do to help your kids remember information?

  • Expose your kids often to the information you want them to memorize. An example of this learning technique is the way you probably are instinctively teaching your kids their home address and telephone number. The kids see their address on mail, on the outside of their home, etc. They see their telephone number on their telephones, on some correspondence, etc. You state aloud the home address and telephone number often to help your kids remember this information. You may also ask your kids to write this information, sometimes over and over again, until they can write the information legibly and from memory.
  • Set the information to music and sing through the learning experience. An example of this learning technique is the “A-B-C” song.
  • Use word associations to aid memory. An example of this learning technique is the way piano teachers teach music to early childhood learners. The treble clef staff includes the following sequence: E,G, B, D, F. The word association often used for these is, “Every good boy does fine.”)
  • Use visual cues to aid memory. An example of this learning technique is method many parents use to teach their kids the number of days in each month. [Kids are asked to fold their fingers of both hands inward, toward their palms. They should be facing the backs of their hands. The left-most knuckle represents January, the gap between the left little finger and the left ring finger represents February, the left ring finger knuckle represents March, and so on, proceeding across both hands. Knuckle months have 31 days. Gap months have 30 (or, in the case of February, fewer) days.]
  • Use prior experiences to aid memory. An example of this may be found when you teach your kids to avoid tasty foods to which they may be allergic. Let’s say Johnny loves, but is allergic to, peanuts. Johnny may unthinkingly grab for a tempting snack and forget, for the moment, that he is allergic. To prevent that, you remind him of the one time he had an allergic reaction to peanuts, the quick trip to the emergency room, how frightened and uncomfortable he was, etc. By triggering these powerful memories in Johnny, Johnny will be more likely to remember to inquire into a snack’s ingredients before he seeks to consume the snack.

These and other mnemonic devices can help you help your kids to memorize information.

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