Saturday, March 2, 2013

Memory Work - The Sticker Incentive

When it comes to memory work, I resort to all sorts of bribery rewards.  Last week, it was M&Ms, this week it was stickers.  

When we parent-proof all three of them at the end of the year, we use coins.  It’s pretty motivating when they get to put a coin on top of each fact instead of just a sticker. (Equates to ~$16 for dimes, ~$8 for nickels, $1.50 for pennies.)

I only have one child who will be officially memory-master proofing all the way through the director proof.  With the other two, I still go through the process of proofing them as a parent - they're my little Memory Masters in Training.  To know a bit more about what a Memory Master is, click here (though that post was written last year!).

Download a copy of the Memory Work Sticker Book here.


  1. I love this! Thanks for sharing. : ) I have two testing this year and this will come in handy. : )

  2. What a very simple idea that is so easy to implement! We don't have any ... but we'll still use it for review.

  3. Thanks for this! We aren't going for Memory Master this year -- still getting our feet wet, but Grant wanted me to print this so he can try on his own with me for Memory Master. What a wonderful printable this is. Thank you, Brandy!

  4. That is so great! David and Levi did not go for memory master this year, but to be honest, I was exhausted with proofing Stephen on all three cycles! :) (And somehow I STILL was not able to do it myself, even after all that REVIEW! LOL! Timeline gets me every time! But... there's always next year!)

    So glad this printable is useful to you! Thanks for your comment, Mary!

  5. Can you give a little more detail in how you use this? I have 1 that has been Memory Master 2 years now and doesn't need much motivation. My other two are younger boys (6 & 5) who won't be going for MM but need more motivation. Do you give them a sticker once they've "mastered" the memory work for that week or do you give them a sticker once they've reviewed it a certain number of times for that week?? Just trying to think through how'd we'd use the chart without giving them a visual "failure" if they can't do it all??

  6. In the past, I've used this during proofing time to see what they can remember (as I'm doing right now with our youngest who asked to earn stickers again). But the other options you mention: is to give them a sticker once they've practiced that particular memory work three times for the week or once they've "mastered" the material each week would also work. If you're not sure about how they will respond to not receiving a sticker, you can use it as a practice incentive, or they can continue working on that particular memory work until they've "mastered" it. Our children have not had a problem with not having them all filled out - especially because geography is still a bit over our 5-year-old's head. He just likes to see how many stickers he can fill the book with. :)