Memorize It!

I have been amazed at how many things my preschooler is memorizing at school. She is like a sponge and learning so much, and luckily, she has a great teacher who is positive and gives them lots of positive things to learn and think about.

After her first couple of weeks at school, she was sitting at the table eating her lunch after school, and then turned to me and quoted Ralph Waldo Emerson. She even said his name at the end of the quote! I turned to her and said, “Wait. What did you say?” And she repeated it to me again and again. So every now and then, she’ll come home with a new one. Here’s the one she told me last week:

“Stick to a task, till it sticks to you. For beginners are many, but finishers are few!” -Thomas S. Monson

I love this quote! And, how wonderful of a lesson it is for a child to learn at such a young age.

Memorization is something that we don’t often think about helping our children do at such a young age. But, many times, it is the way they learn. Think about those amazing kids we’ve seen on TV that already know all the Presidents, or states and capitals at 2 or 3 years old. It is possible.

So, why not help your child memorize some things that are important to you and your family? Ideas for things your child could memorize include:

*A favorite scripture verse

*A poem

*A quote

*A favorite song

*Your family mantra

*A Nursery Rhyme

Whatever it is, memorizing can only help your child in the future. Studies have shown that memorizing increases brain power. We all know this. A great article, In Defense of Memorization by Michael Knox Beran, addresses just this issue. One of my favorite things he stated in this article is:

“What the child discovers, in other words, is not only aesthetically pleasing, but important to cognitive development. Classic verse teaches children an enormous amount about order, measure, proportion, correspondence, balance, symmetry, agreement, temporal relation (tense), and contingent possibility (mood). Mastering these concepts involves the most fundamental kind of learning, for these are the basic categories of thought and the framework in which we organize sensory experience.”

And, when their brains are ready to soak up anything you give them, why not start with giving them positive thoughts from the very beginning?

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About Meredith

Meredith is a native Texan who is currently living in Salt Lake City, UT. She graduated from the University of Utah in 2002 with a B.A. degree in Psychology and a minor in Human Development and Family Studies. She has been married for almost 10 years and has three beautiful children who consume most of her time. However, she started blogging in 2007 and has fallen in love with the idea of becoming a writer. She started scrapbooking over 10 years ago, and has become obsessed with that as well. She also dreams of the day when someone will pay her to scrapbook for them! When she is not scrapbooking, or blogging, she loves to people watch, and analyze what makes people tick. Meredith is proud to be a Mormon, and even served a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints where she fell in love with the Latin culture and learned to speak Spanish. Visit Meredith on her personal blog at