One thing I have learned in years of teaching is that kids remember better when you teach non-traditionally. There is a lot of value in traditional frameworks but it is when you step outside that you really imprint to memory. I remember when I was in college I had a college algebra professor who would pick a chair up and smack through the seat to show how important the correct equation was to building a chair. If you got the equation wrong, the seat would fall through. i will always remember that as the importance of math. Kids of all ages are the same way. use props, act things out, give visuals. These quirky things outside the box are what make kids remember abstract concepts in concrete ways.