Often, children will have a short-term memory. Therefore, they are only able to retain a short amount of information. If this is the case, it can be beneficial for a child to reinforce their memory by repeating the information. These 10-point tricks are proven tactics for remembering something for your child and improving their long-term memory.
1. Play games that involve visual memory.
Use games that involve visual memory, such as memory games. You can use these games to help your child remember things they have seen or heard. For instance, when you’re outdoors, you can play letter-spotting, wherein you have to spot a particular letter in everything you pass by. In doing so, they can remember these letters and your game rules.
2. Make rhymes to remember important information.
When you chant rhymes, it helps children concentrate, visualize, and recall the information they have learned more efficiently. If the child experiences difficulty remembering the rhymes, playing a rhyme game may be beneficial for him/her as well.
3. Help them to visualize.
When asking them to do some things, encourage them to create a mental picture of their looks. For instance, when you want them to play in a public playground, help them picture the slide’s color, how many swings, and other aspects. This practice can get better over time, and as a result, they will be able to describe a situation from memory in more detail.
4. Play card games.
Most of the card games make use of brain-enhancing skills. Aside from remembering the rules, they also have to picture out the other cards and their own, so they will know the next move to make. Card games can help kids to improve their memory in a fun way.
5. Give them time to read.
Children build their minds through reading, an activity that is proven to help them. Children who read every day improve their reading skills and learn new words, events,, or stories. They can be read and learned again later. It is also one of the best ways for children to develop literacy skills and boost their reading skills.
6. Ask your child to teach you something.
When you engage your child in a conversation, ask them to teach you something new. The information will be more memorable for your child if they are teaching them to you. It will also help them learn new words and phrases that they may hear from their parents, siblings, or peers. When your child can explain or show something, their sense of information is enhanced, strengthening their ability to file details mentally. For instance, you can ask them about how to kick a ball or draw a cat.
7. Relay instructions one step at a time.
One way to assist your child in building their memory skills is to relay instructions one step at a time. First, you must start with the instruction that asks the child to do something and then move on to the next one. As a result, your child will develop more attention and focus to follow your instructions. As a result, the information will be stored in their long-term memory to ensure that they do not forget how to perform each step. Also, if you want them to get into a routine, you should use this principle. Eventually, your child will be able to absorb the instructions throughout.
As a leading daycare and preschool provider, we say that allowing your child to associate a learning objective with real and actual experience can reinforce their memory. Aside from teaching them how to brush their teeth, assist them also when they do it. If they need help tying their shoelaces, you can be there to assist them. While it may not seem practical, creating associations isvery important in helping your child take sense of new knowledge.
9. Make use of visuals and objects.
During your conversations with your child, be sure to use visuals and objects to help tell the story. If you want your child to count to five, let them see the numbers on a clock. If they have difficulty dressing themselves, show them how you do it and have your child repeat.
10. Make use of all their senses.
When conversing with your child, try as much as possible to let them use more than one sense. Aside from asking them to do something, let them see an item or touch it. You can also write visual aids so you can even sharpen your child’s remembrance.
A word of caution
Try not to over-stimulate your child as it may lead to a tantrum. If you notice that your child is getting overly excited, take a break and go for a walk or simply calm them down before proceeding.
At Baby Steps, we help our children grow by offering them a uniquely stimulating and balanced early childhood landscape. We believe that early childhood is an opportunity for learning through play, so our preschools, childcare centers, and enrichment programs reflect that philosophy. For instance, in our three-year-old classroom, children are allowed to explore during free playtime with highly structured classwork interspersed every 15 minutes. As a result, children can develop their skills before moving on to more challenging assignments.
In addition, we offer a variety of curricula that aim to teach both literacy skills and problem-solving abilities to develop lifetime capabilities that can strengthen their memory and ability to learn new things later on in life. The curriculum