What to do with this activity?
People have different ways of remembering stuff. You might remember the rhythm of a phone number, or the pattern your fingers make on the keyboard when you dial it. We remember using all our senses - what we see, hear, smell, touch or taste.
If you have to memorise information, there are tricks that can help. Strangely tricks can involve adding extra things to remember such as a pattern of letters, ideas or associations. Here are a couple of useful rhymes:
1) "Richard of York Gave Battle in Vain". The first letter of each word helps you remember the colours of the rainbow in order - Red, Yellow, Green, Blue, Indigo and Violet.
2) "Big elephants can always understand small elephants". The first letter of each word spells "because".
Help your child to find new ways to memorise things. You could ask other people how they remember names for example. See more rhymes and tricks in the PDF document on the top right of this page.
Why am I doing this?
Talking and listening helps your child build their language and thinking skills – this is a great foundation for them to learn more. Asking questions, finding out answers and looking up words together will help build your child’s vocabulary and knowledge of the world around them.
How can I do more?
Encourage your child to give their opinions and to ask questions about things they see around them. Help your child to make decisions by discussing their ideas. Check if your child understands different things they hear. Encourage your child to teach you new words and phrases they have learnt.
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