Including Pictures in Memory Work

Do your kids (or even you!) find it difficult to memorize things? Use this trick to help make the task a snap!

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All of the Molly of Denali graphics are actually photos of the show on my tv. 

I'm over at Pam Barnhill's site again today, with my Using Drawings to Help Kids Remember post that shares why drawings are such a fantastic memory aid.

Click on over to see what the research has shown, but check out the examples below for ways we've used this memory trick in our own house.

If you attended the recent Fall in Love with Morning Time event, then you enjoyed a session presented by Pam on using the Memory Palace technique to memorize a poem by Emily Bronte.

Missed the Fall in Love with Morning Time event? You can still see all the replays when you grab a Morning Time subscription!

Gv and I loved learning the fall poem with Pam, but we decided to add another level to her use of images to aid in memorization. After the video ended, we sketched out the ideas she’d provided so we could continue practicing our recitation even before the replay with the graphic was posted.

These are basically the same images Pam talked about on her video
We realized that not only had we already memorized the poem by the time we finished the drawings, but that this added drawing technique was one we’ve been using for years.

Way back when Gv was still learning her letters and letter-sounds, I created a set of phonic cards for her to refer to.

You can see my post series on these cards here or pick up your set here!

We’d post these on the wall initially, then add them to a dollar-store photo album for her to flip through afterwards.

Then, some of the first “lessons” in our Latticed Learning time centered around memorizing Bible verses, and I made a set of cards to go along with the verses we were learning to post, too.

See the Latticed Learning page for more about these verses, or pick up your own set here

And although some of our favorite fun at Christmastime revolves around our Shepherd on the Search adventures, we continue to use our Celebrating the Season materials, as well.

Read all about our Shepherd fun here and join in on the fun!

The ornaments on our refrigerator trees totally help us remember all the stories we've read while leading up to the big day!

See all the fun and grab your own printables here

More recently, Gv has been attending Awana. 

Usually she can learn her weekly verse just by reading it through a few times, but some weeks, we’ve made a “picture sheet” to help jog her memory when the words just seem to go in one ear and out the other.

Not only do these pictures help Gv remember whatever it is she’s trying to memorize, she and I have an awful lot of fun coming up with the ideas for the images we want to use as reminders.

This was the first crumpled-up sheet from Gv's Awana bag that I could grab, but it's a doozy. Gv added several aspects to many of the drawings and especially loved the one for #6.

So consider adding in pictures or sketches the next time your kids need to memorize something. Even if you’re not an artist, it can be a fun “artsy” activity to do together and create plenty of great memories!

Do you have kids that love to write, or do they moan whenever they have to jot down more than two letters at a time? I'd love to hear!  Either leave a comment below or email me at lisahealy (at) outlook (dot) com.

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