- What’s the first thing you can remember? (Allow your students a few minutes to briefly share about first memories.)
You’ve all been learning things since you were born—first how to talk, walk, and feed yourself, and then how to read and write. You probably know more about the world than many scholars thousands of years ago would ever have been able to figure out!
- What are some different ways that we learn? (Possible answers: School, reading, watching educational TV, listening to parents or other authority figures.)
- What’s the easiest way for you to learn or remember something? (Answers may vary. If students have difficulty picking something, offer choices such as “Do you learn better by reading how to do something, actually doing it, or hearing how it is done?”)
Often, the earliest way we start to learn—like the alphabet, the names of the days in a week, or the months in a year—is by singing them. Some of you might have used a song to learn more complicated lists, like the capitals in every state or every United States president. Ask students for a show of hands if they have memorized any lists like this. If time allows, you can give willing students an opportunity to demonstrate.
Some people have a pretty amazing memory and can recite lengthy passages or even whole books. Others have been able to demonstrate even more amazing feats of memory. Let’s watch a 12-year-old boy with an amazing memory.
Share this video with your students [1:32].
12-Year-Old With A PHOTOGRAPHIC MEMORY | Child Genius
- What would you do if you could train your memory like that? (Possible answers: Remember homework, surprise people by knowing facts, win games.)
Sometimes, people assume that Jesus always knew everything, almost like He was born with a magical brain. But it’s important to remember that Jesus learned and grew just like we do. Let’s find out more.