Ask questions to test your partner’s memory of their preteen days. Example topics:
Teachers (e.g. your first primary school teacher)
Your kindergarten’s/ primary school’s gym/ playground/ classroom/ assembly hall
Typical kindergarten/ primary school lunches
The appearance of your kindergarten/ primary school
How you started the day
Daily routines (bedtimes etc)
Uniforms and other clothes
Friend, e.g. your best friend
Your family car
Times you were punished (lines, detention etc.)
Falling out with friends
The first time you saw certain people
Things you were good and bad at
Likes and dislikes
What you wanted to be when you woke up
Sweets and other foods
Listen to your teacher and say whether each phrase means that they can’t recall anything (“Forgetting”) or can bring to mind at least something (“Remembering”)
Label the phrases below with F/ R, then test each other in pairs.
Sorry, I’ve forgotten.
I don’t have a clue
I have no idea
I knew that once but…
I can’t remember exactly but…
It’s something like…
Wait a second, it’s coming back to me now…
It’s on the tip of my tongue. No, it’s gone.
It’s on the tip of my tongue. Got it!
I’m pretty sure it’s…
It’ll come back to me later, but…
I think it begins with… but that’s all I can remember.
I have no recollection of that at all.
I’ve drawn a blank.
I can picture it/ him/ her, but…
I tried to memorize that but…
I used to know that by heart but…
I should know this but…
As far as I remember…
The only thing that comes to mind is…
I remember that we studied that at school, but…
I’m sure it’s in there somewhere, but…
I really can’t recall
It’ll come back to me later, I’m sure
You’ve got me there
No, it’s gone
I’m drawing a blank
I don’t remember precisely, but…
The way I remember it,…
Test each other with other questions about difficult to remember things, and use the phrases above to answer
PDF version for easy saving and printing: Remember Forget childhood memories