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Memory matters

School success relies on two cognitive functions: short-term memory and long-term memory.

Short-term “working” memory is the ability to hold information, manage it and then use that information again in a short period of time. Long-term memory includes the ability to store information and later retrieve it, such as remembering vocabulary, creating a series of ideas, and being able to memorize things like speeches, poems or math facts.

As a parent you can help your children strengthen their short- and long-term memory muscles. Play games together like card memory, Scattergories, bingo or Simon says. Help your child make lists of tasks to implement or grocery items to remember when you get to the store, without writing them down.

Reciting song lyrics, home phone numbers/addresses and short poems are all useful activities. After your child reads for a while, stop them to ask about what they can recall from the story.

Finding fun ways to strengthen memory will help your child develop strategies that support them in school and far into the future.


Brought to you by:

Anna Marie Gosser

Santiam Christian Elementary Principal

541-745-5524 x 243

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