Parents, admit it. Our children’s activities – from school to after-school to home activities are as overwhelming to us as our children are. In our heydays (no, not too long ago), school was breezy, subjects were yes, difficult, but manageable. Homeworks were already aplenty, but we still had time for play (outside, mind you), and were able to get good grades, and squeeze in our after-school activities (for girls, maybe dance and sports; for boys, sports and hanging out at friends’ houses). And of course, the home chores, to please our parents, inculcate good values, plus the occasional popcorn time for family movies.
Nowadays, we see our children lugging big bags full of books and a long list of homeworks, lessons seemingly alien to us already, reading materials available online (thank you!) but then we notice our kids do not necessarily pay attention to.
What are the traditional ways we used to do, or ways our parents taught us, to help us remember lessons and memorize key information needed to help us get through each subject in school?
1. Mnemonics, where we use measures and tools to aid us in remembering things. How did we remember the colors of the rainbow? ROY G. BIV : Red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, violet. When do we use the letter “i” or “e” in certain words? “I before e except after c.” Think receipt, believe, weird, forfeit.
2. Recite out loud (alone, thankfully) paragraphs needed to be memorized, until such time we have mastered it. How does this help? It uses many senses in learning, and it helps promote concentration.
3. Using those note cards or index cards, and flashcards have been a big help too! When we were toddlers learning our first words, our parents would use flashcards. In school, that is how we learned mathematical equations. Do not hesitate to use these even in adulthood. For parents, the current version is post-it-notes. Thank you, Arthur Fry (inventor of Post-it).
Here are 7 other ways we can encourage our children to use to be able for them to easily memorize, not only for school, but on a daily basis. Having a sharp memory does make our children (and us!) go through each day without much stress, with a happy disposition, thereby making them like (and love) what they do in school and at home. Which in turn makes for happy parents.
Do you have other fun ways you have used to help your child’s memory, and maybe even yours, that have been helpful in your daily lives? We all want to have healthier minds and happier lives, don’t we?