Memorization Skill & Sequence of Events
Young minds are so amazing, they quickly absorb information and learn new skills. As they say, children's brains are like sponges that will absorb as much information as they can.
Hence it is really important that we stimulate these growing minds -- "use it, or lose it!".
Memorization is one of the ways in which their young brains can be stimulated. It will help them improve how they think and learn. I personally am not the bookish type, I prefer conceptual learning. But I still think memorization is important for growing minds.
Little Man's Memorizing Skills
"Hop and Learn"
A few months ago, we shared how my youngest memorized the months of the year in one day by using what I call "hop and learn" technique.
Being physically active, it helped my children to learn when it involves physical actions like hopping and skipping. It is also a great way to improve their coordination, balance, and memory skills.
Other similar activities are bouncing balls when spelling or doing maths. As you say the words, bounce the balls.
Sequence of Events
This time around, he memorized a short poem in I think less than two days. Here are but some of the things that helped him achieve the feat.
Repetition. The poem was written on the white board which he can see all the time. This encouraged reading. By reading the poem repeatedly, he got familiar with the words and rhymes.
Comprehension. With repetition, he came to understand what the poem was trying to say. He recognized the rhyming words and being a rhyme lover, he continued to recite the poem.
Sequence of Events. The most important factor for the recall of the poem is that he understood that there was a sequence of events that transpired in the poem.
In this particular case:
- There were leaves.
- A bird used the leaves to make a nest.
- The bird laid two eggs.
- The bird sat with the eggs for many days.
- The eggs cracked and two tiny birds came out.
- The little birds made rhyming sounds.
Here is a short clip of him reciting the poem.