What does Disney’s “Frozen” have to do with working memory?

May 10, 2014

Let it Go! Let it Go!

If you are a parent or a teacher of a young learners you have heard these lyrics over and over again, day in and day out. Are you sick of them? More than likely.

What you may not realize is that a child uses their working memory to recall the lyrics in their head.

Now, I am huge Disney Fan! I remember the days where I use to sing Disney songs day in and day out, but I often forgot the words to a song. I would sing “A Whole New World” and forget the second verse.

So here are three ways parents can help their child who struggle with word recall improve their working memory using music.

1. Put it in a song.
Turn a subject matter into a song that they like, including daily tasks. One example is to turn the Frozen song into a ‘Days of the Week’ song.

2. Use the Karaoke method.
Provide a visual of the words via the bouncing ball to follow the words. You can also create a karaoke video! iKaraoke TunePrompter is a great way to create simple videos with lyrics that show up on the screen. Click here to learn more.

3. Repeat, Repeat, Repeat.
Hate to say it but repetition is not a bad thing for a child to work out their working memory. Sorry folks, who think Frozen song will be over soon just join in and sing: “I just can’t take it anymore.”

 And an added bonus:

Have the music take them on a journey as you read, such as calm, soothing music while you read a science fiction chapter book.

If you see your child still struggles with retention and it affects their learning, and you aren’t sure how to improve it, I welcome you to schedule a free 20-minute Soundboard Session with me at renee@madeforyoulearning.com.

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