Sometimes it’s fun to learn something new just for the fun of it! Or maybe just because you want to have a new skill to show off at holiday parties or family get-togethers. 🙂 And to be honest, memorization is great exercise for the brain! Did you know that memorization offers the following benefits (among others)?
- The first one makes perfect sense. Memorization trains your brain to remember! It’s kind of like exercise. If you exercise your muscles, they do a better job on tasks that require strength. Your brain is the same way. The more you memorize, the better it is at memorization.
- Similar to exercise (making your brain better able to memorize new information), memorization makes your brain more fit. This means that memorization may contribute to better mental health and to better using the information that stored in there!
- Memorization helps your brain stay “younger” longer. Many of the people who come to this site regularly are probably younger adults who have young children. But as we get older, our brains start to lose some of their sharpness and ability to work well or work quickly. Getting in a habit of participating in memorization can help your brain stay younger longer! So whether you’re getting your kids in the habit of memorization or whether you’re sharing this with an older adult (maybe a parent or grandparent, etc.), memorization is a healthy habit to form now!
- Having our kids do memorization at an early age may help develop their ability to focus. That’s right! Kids who memorize facts (like math facts, spelling rules, poetry, etc.) may enjoy an increased ability to focus on educational tasks as they get older.
- Memorization is necessary for learning. In other words, children who have better memories are able to put new information to use better and faster than children whose working memories aren’t as developed.
- Students (and adults) who begin memorization now may retain better mental capacity for a longer period of time. Studies show that elderly adults can delay cognitive decline by 7 to 14 years by using their brains for memorization!
As you can see from the information above, memorization is great for our brains whether we’re children, adults, or senior adults! So download this printable and learn to say “Merry Christmas” in 14 different languages! Learn it for fun or for the brain exercise or just to enjoy doing something with your children during the days leading up to Christmas. Whatever the reason, we do hope you enjoy the time with your children this holiday season. And we hope you enjoy showing off your ability to say “Merry Christmas” in 14 languages!