Memories enrich children’s lives and provide them with lots to talk about, which in turn enhances their language skills. Here are four easy ways to build your child’s mental workspace.
1. Play Memory Games
Ask questions when you’re out and about. For example, if you’re passing a friend’s house, ask, “Who lives there?”. Games like this give children experience in recalling information.
2. Establish Routines
Focus on events that resonated strongly with them, such as a trip to the zoo. As they get a little older, help them make stories out of their recollections. Your child’s memories will be richer, and they’ll learn how to relay them in a clear form. Soon enough, they’ll be reminding you of all the good times you’ve had together.
3. Talk with Your Child about Their Experiences
Young children thrive on them, and they make perfect fodder for enhancing your child’s memory. If your three-year-old knows that they snuggle with their bear each night after their bath, they’ll start to get the bear themselves. As they grow older, you can enhance the language memory link by asking, “What happens after you take your bath?”
4. Demonstrate How to Perform Tasks
Kids model their parents’ actions. If you want your child to learn how to do something such as folding clothes, show them how, and then give them a turn, Doing rather than simply observing helps your precious one store information more solidly.
Originally published in “Enhance Your Child’s Memory”, in Singapore’s Child August 2014.
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