7 Tricks to Make it Stick: How to Help Kids Remember What You’ve Taught Them

Want to help kids remember the main point of your Sunday School lesson? It’s easier than you think! Try the methods below to help get those Bible truths “stuck in their heads”:

1. Make it rhyme

Making your application rhyme is an easy way to help kids remember it. When they know the first line, they are likely to remember the next line because it has similar sounds. For example, a popular phrase among Christians coined by Ken Collier goes,  “Just two choices on the shelf: pleasing God and pleasing self.”

2. Sing it!

Ever wondered why those TV commercial jingles get stuck in your head so easily? Music is a powerful memory device. Combine that power with rhymes, which are commonly incorporated into songs, and you’ve got an easy, fun way to help kids remember the Bible verse or the key points to your lesson! You don’t have to be a musician to use this device, or even a good singer. Simply choose a well known tune, such as “Mary Had a Little Lamb” or the “Birthday Song”, and replace the lyrics with what you want your kids to remember!

3. Get creative with syntax

Play around with syntax (how you arrange the words in a sentence) to create “catch phrase” for your Sunday School Lesson that’s easy for your kids to remember. Here’s an example: “The Bible will keep you from sin, or sin will keep you from the Bible.” This phrase also uses repetition, which is another excellent memory device.

4. Use motions

This method is especially awesome for kids. Children jump (literally) at the chance to move around a bit. You can use hand movements, whole body movements, or even choreography if you’re up to it. Try setting one movement for each key word (words like “a” and “the” don’t need their own movements) or key phrase. Here is an example of hand movements for Psalm 23:

5. Use location-based mnemonics

This may sound odd, but humans actually have an incredible ability to remember the layouts of buildings or other fixed locations. If you’ve ever remembered the route to a certain place because of landmarks or stores you pass on the way, and not because of street names, you already know what I’m talking about!

Location-based mnemonics can work in the classroom, too. All you need to do is help your students associate a room in your building or spot in your classroom with a certain idea. For example, have your students say the first line of your application point/verse behind the teacher’s desk, the next part by the door, and so on. As they walk to each location, they’ll be able to remember what comes next.

6. Repeat, repeat, repeat

Help your students remember the point of the lesson by repeating it a few times during the class. You could even have them respond back to you with a certain phrase each time you say the “catch phrase”.

Here’s an example of a repeated “catch phrase”: 

Teachers says, “God is good…”

Kids respond with: “…all the time.”

7. Harness the power of association

It’s easier for kids (and all of us) to remember something when we associate it with something else. That’s why visuals are so important for teaching. As you say your lesson’s application point, hold up a drawing or object. You could even “add” to your visual each time you repeat the application (for example, add a drop of food coloring to water, or a block to a tower). Try using an object lesson or experiment while you teach, or something else unique and eye-catching. The more senses you involve, the better.

If you’re looking for a few more ways to help kids memorize, click here!

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