The ability to memorize is an essential skill that all children should master. Some children have a natural ability to memorize things easily, but everyone can still benefit from a strategy for memorization.
We have a quick and easy method that my kids like to use when they have to memorize something, whether it be a vocabulary definition, a series of numbers (like skip counting), a poem, etc.
The process is simple.
- Using a white board, write out the words (or numbers) that need to be memorized.
- Looking at the written words, read them aloud at least once.
- Erase one word — preferably an 'important' word, not an article or conjuction — and then read the selection aloud again, including the word that was erased.
- Repeat the process, erasing one word and reading the selection aloud, until all the words have been erased.
- By the time everything is erased, you should have the selection memorized. If not, just take a break, and then come back later to repeat the process. Taking a break is very important if you don't have it fully memorized the first time!
If you don't have a white board, you could also use index cards, or even scraps of paper. Just write one word on each card, and then turn one card over at a time. The card method might actually work better for a younger child since they can do the studying on their own, without having to write it out each time.
Do you have any tips or tricks for memorization that work for you?