Memory Improvement Techniques for Children
Parents are the first teachers that children have. A child's personality, ambition, and motivation (to name just a few characteristics) are greatly influenced by their parents. This is also true for a child's faculty for memory. A child's brain is often compared to a sponge which can absorb almost everything presented to it. Two years after birth, a child's brain grows so fast that it reaches three-fourths of its adult weight. During this time, children mature intellectually at a rapid pace as well. Studies show that a child's intelligence rises during the first four years of life at the same rate as during the next thirteen years. So rather than depending solely on teachers once a child reaches school age, parents can do a lot to strengthen their children's memory skills in the years before they go to school
There are many different memory improvement techniques parents can use, including storytelling and reminiscing, playing, and rhymes. To use these techniques and accomplish the goals of the memory improvement training, parents must spend time with their children.
Before going to bed, parents can read books along with their children. After reading, parents can ask the a child to repeat the story in their own words. If a child can repeat the story, it means that their short-tem memory is working well. To commit information to long-term memory, parents can discuss the moral lessons that can be derived from the story, or some other questions that help the child focus on the meaning as well as the content. Parents can ask questions to check if their children understand the story and can recall the information in it.
If your family is planning to visit a zoo or a museum, take it as an opportunity to educate your children. Take notes of the animal names, historical explanations, or anything that is worth remembering. Draw your child's attention to this information. After coming back home, ask your children about your trip. In this way, you can help your children to recall the information you shared while on the trip.
Weekends are another occasions for family time and memory building. Playing with children is one way to have quality time as a family. There are many memory games that will be enjoyed by both children and adults, like crossword puzzles, Scrabble, and jigsaw puzzles. Parents can also use the information from a visit to the zoo or a museum by creating a trivia game to quiz a child on the information, and see how much they remember.
Rhymes and Acronyms
Creating rhymes and acronyms is another way that helps memory improvement in children as well as adults. If you are trying to help your kids to memorize the colors of rainbow, for example, you may use the memory cue that you learned when you were a child. Can you still remember it? Depending on where you grew up, you might have used the sequence "Richard Of York Gave Battle In Vain" or perhaps the simpler "ROY G. BIV." The letters in bold represent red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and violet. Easy, right?
These are just few memory techniques parents can use. Memory software is another option, especially if both parents work. With software, children can use their time alone to practice memory skills, and then parents can work with them later. Because you may need this flexibility, it's best to choose a software that allows multiple users, like the Ultimate Memory software system.
No matter what techniques you use, remember not to create stress for your children when training their memory skills, because this can hamper memory growth. Keep it fun and light!
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