Childhood is all about learning and learning is a lot easier if you have a strong memory. Having a great memory can help your child do well in academics, sports, and many other facets of life. However, sharp memory skills are not something one is born with- these skills develop and improve the more they are used. Hence, we are discussing a few ways here, that can be adopted to improve your child’s memory:
Destress: Stress prevents the information flow to the conscious brain where long term memory is constructed. Hence, establish enjoyable rituals (favourite songs, card games ) or surprises (a fun picture) before study time to destress the study experience.
Play memory games: Provide a lot of opportunities for your kids to remember what they’ve learned about the world. For example, asking them the way to your house from the nearby market or recollecting birth dates of family members.
Encourage Active reading: Active reading strategies include speaking aloud and answering questions about the material they are reading. So make sure to ask your little ones about what you’re reading together and their reactions to the story.
Encourage Visualisation: When the child is reading something, have them pause and ask them to imagine the scene in their head and describe it to you. It develops their ability to think and process information creatively and efficiently.
Talk about favourite memories: Focus on events that resonated strongly with the child, such as his favourite activities on the last vacation. As he gets a little older, help him make stories out of his recollections that will boost his creativity and develops his critical thinking skills.
Grab Attention: Find out what your child will study next in school and hang posters or give hints about that topic. Curiosity opens up the brain’s sensory intake filter; then, when the topic comes up in class, it will grab child’s attention.
Bite size information: Its easier for a child to process and remember smaller chunks of information. Hence, start with the basics and build the comprehension from there. For e.g., while explaining the joint family structure to the child, start by introducing him to one member at a time through pictures or in person.
Help them make connections: The brain keeps information in short-term memory for less than a minute unless it connects with prior knowledge. Activate your child’s prior knowledge by reminding him of things he has learned in other subjects that relate to the new information.
Encourage Questioning: Encouraging your child to ask questions helps ensure he or she is developing a deeper comprehension of the topic. This also helps students develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills.
Syn-Naps: Neurotransmitters needed for memory construction and attention are depleted almost after ten minutes of doing the same activity. Syn-naps are brain-breaks where you help your child change the learning activity to let her brain chemicals replenish. The Syn-naps can be stretching, singing, or acting out vocabulary words.