I am the poster child for this thought. The way I play the board game Rapid Recall is proof. The game forces the player to cram as many words into their short-term memory as possible. My natural instinct is to attach a movement to each word. My foot taps the floor for "carpet" while I hold my wrist for "bracelet." My ring finger wiggles in the air for "wedding ring," my eyes blink for "contact lenses," and my lips quiver for "Elvis" etc. With all my moving parts I'm quite a sight. When it's finally time to wrench all the words out of my memory, they actually come without too much trouble simply because movement cements memory.
In the classroom, I've seen how attaching movement to memory works wonders. Every letter of the alphabet has a motion. Certain tricky words that we spell do as well, like you'll see in a video here. My goal is to be increasingly mindful of more ways to incorporate movement with new concepts, no matter the subject area. How can movement improve science, math, social studies, character development, reading, writing, and so on? I know all the little memories in my room will be better off for it.
I now invite you to head on over to Barb at Grade ONEderful. She's got a Saturday Sayings of her own to share this morning. No doubt it's going to be worth a visit!