Suggested Activities for Increasing Memory

Suggested Activities for Increasing Memory

  • Simon Says
  • Round Robin stories
  • Play game of “I am going shopping”, “I am going on a trip” etc – begin with three items and have each child repeat, with success: then add a fourth, etc.
  • Ask child questions about such things as “what did you have for dinner last night?”, etc. Look for detail.
  • Teach nursery rhymes and have child repeat accurately over and over.
  • Say a sentence and have child repeat it accurately. Begin with three words, then four. Increase length with success.
  • Clap a series of rhythmic patterns and have child repeat the pattern.
  • Repeat short poems from memory.
  • Play Milton Bradley Memory Games for visual memory.
  • Show child a picture for two minutes, then take away and ask child to name items seen in the picture.
  • Ask general information questions, such as days of the week, months, etc. Any factual generally known information.
  • Read child a short and simple story and after each page, ask child to repeat (in summary form) what was read.
  • Say a short series of unrelated words (beginning with a list of three) and have child repeat the list. Increase with success.
  • Say a series of digits (beginning with three) and have child repeat the list. Increase with success.

Strategies to Increase Memory:

  • Include movement for student when teaching or reviewing important information since motor memory greatly enhances auditory memory
  • Repeat material with music
  • Learn mnemonic devices
  • Combine visual cues initially with material to be recalled
  • For remembering letters or sight words: use medium weight sandpaper and large sharpie, cut into 3×5 rectangles. Then write letters or sight words on single card, have child trace, say and see the letter or sight word. This uses several inputs to increase memory of the letters and words
  • Study for exams and take exams in place where material was taught since the location facilitates memory.
  • Provide visual cues and stimuli
  • Review and repeat material extensively
  • Teach material in variety of locations to generalize
  • Study at home material just before bed
  • Use flash cards for visual input
  • Do NOT introduce similar concepts or skills in close time proximity
  • When teaching material to be remembered, include stories (episodic memory) and evoke feelings (emotional memory). Both strongly enhance memory.
  • Present material with intensity, novelty and movement
  • Provide organizers in advance
  • Actively involve student – more involvement with material, more readily placed in memory
  • Use several sensory channels (ex- use colored pens or makers to enhance visual input)
  • Incorporate humor, use props, vary location
  • Have student reteach material to someone else
  • Use recognition activities before recall activities
  • Use role playing
  • Drink lots of water – keep brain hydrated!
  • Teachers: don’t have a substitute teacher administer tests – it interferes with episodic memory!