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It’s not just parents who could use a memory boost; children can
brush up on their recollection skills, as well. From kindergarten through third
grade, your child can use memory techniques to remember lists and simple
grammatical rules. Below are ten memory tips that will help your child
excel in school and in life.
The alphabet system. Help your child associate images that are represented by
the letters of the alphabet. This is a great method for remembering long lists
of items in a specific order, and a useful tool for your child to practice
alphabet order. For example, “A is for apple, B is for boy.”
link/story method. Help
your child invent bizarre or funny stories to link items he needs to remember.
For instance, if he needs to learn primary colors, have him develop a story
such as: “The yellow bird grabbed its red parachute and flew into the blue
Acronyms. Have your child make a word out of the first letters of
the item to be recalled. For instance, the letters that spell HOMES represent
each of the Great Lakes: Huron, Ontario, Michigan, Erie, and Superior.
journey system. This
system uses landmarks on a journey. To remember the first four presidents of
the United States, take this
journey: On our way to Washington, we saw our
friend Adam, who wanted to go to Jeff’s house to play a new video game called
Mad (Washington, Adams, Jefferson, Madison).
that include movement help children remember the song’s vocabulary.
“Heads, shoulders, knees, and toes” is very effective.
and sound. When
reading a book aloud, adding inflection and excitement to the story will help
your child remember it. “Fee, fi, fo, fum,” boomed the giant in
“Jack and the Beanstalk.” Children will pick up the emotion of the
story through the words that you act, and their increased interest will help
them retain more of the information.
and rhythm. This
is an effective tool for remembering dates or simple grammatical rules.
Example: “In 1492, Columbus
sailed the ocean blue.” Or: “I before e, except after c.”
number/shape mnemonic. With
this system, your child builds imaginary pictures and uses numbers to represent
the shape of the object. The number seven could be a boomerang, for instance.
code. The use of
color is linked strongly to memory. If your child needs to remember the
original 13 colonies, have them color-code a United States map.
Acrostics. In a poem that is an acrostic, the first or last letter
of each line combine to spell out a word or phrase. Here’s an example:
Reduce, reuse, and recycle.
Earth needs us to do our best to keep things clean.
Caring for the planet is everyone’s job.
You can do your part to save the environment.
Collect metal, paper, and plastic for recycling.
Litter free is how it has to be.
Everybody should work together to keep the planet