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."
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 sky."
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.
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).
Songs that include movement help children
remember the song's
vocabulary. "Heads, shoulders, knees, and
toes" is very effective.
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
an effective tool for remembering dates or
rules. Example: "In 1492, Columbus sailed
the ocean blue." Or: "I before e, except
system, your child builds imaginary pictures
uses numbers to represent the shape of the
object. The number seven could be a
boomerang, for instance.
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.
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:
reuse, and recycle.
needs us to do our best to keep things
for the planet is everyone's job.
can do your part to save the environment.
metal, paper, and plastic for recycling.
free is how it has to be.
should work together to keep the planet