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Tips to Improve Your Child's Memory

Tips to Improve Your Child’s Memory


Kids need to use memory all day long, every day of their lives.  Much of the memory they rely on is called working memory.  Working memory refers to when we take information in and then manipulate that information such as when we do a math problem in our head.  We take in the numbers in the problem, remember those numbers, and then manipulate those numbers to find the answers.  Practicing memory drills and using memory tricks can help your child improve his or her memory or be able to use that memory more effectively on a daily basis.  The following are tips to help improve memory:

1.      Teach your child visualization skills:  Have your child make a picture in his or her head about when they are trying to remember.  For example, if you have told them a two-step direction, ask them to visualize themselves doing those two steps before they try to execute the direction.

2.      Ask your child to teach you:  When your child is trying to learn a new skill, like the steps to solve a math equation, ask them to teach you the steps.

3.      Play visual memory games:  play games in the car where you recite the letters and numbers of a license plate and then try to recite them backwards.  Try to find and circle all the times the word “the” appears in a magazine page as fast as possible.

4.      Play card games like “Go Fish”, “Crazy Eights” and “Uno”.  Kids have to remember both the rules of the game and what cards the other players have or have played. 

5.      Pair emotions and your senses to information:  If your child has to remember information about the civil war, talk about how things must have looked, how soldiers must have felt, how things would have sounded, etc.

6.      Play games with categories:  placing items in categories is a great way to help remember them.  Challenge your child to try and think of all the animals they can or the names of states.

7.      Chunk information:  by putting information together in ‘chunks’ it is easier to remember.  For example, when trying to remember a series of numbers such as “5,3,8,2,9,4” it is much easier to remember them if you think of them in two groups ‘538-294’.

8.      Make connections between information:  Find ways to connect new information with information your child already knows such as if they know that 3 + 3 = 6, then connect that to 3 x 2 = 6 when they have to start learning multiplication facts.



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