Children who perform best in school are children who are able to understand, retain and remember what they have learnt in class. Many children are able to understand what they have learnt while the brain is built to retain what it comes in contact with through the senses. The challenge most kids face is to remember what they learnt. It is a memory issue.
That’s right. Reminisce on what happened yesterday at her classmates party or the school inter-house sports competitions. It helps exercise the parts of the brain that does the remembering. And it’s not just events that were physically engaging. Watching a movie at home or the cinema and asking your child about particular characters or incidents in the movie will also help them boost their capacity to recall.
Another way of reminiscing is to flip through your photo albums. If you don’t have the traditional albums, you could go through the pictures on your phone. Of course they should be pictures of loved ones and experiences that the child was involved in. Ask them who the people are and what each person did or said at a particular time. This will help them recall faces and characters and to attach some importance to this.
Find The Fun In It
Studies show that children tend to remember things they enjoyed interacting with. It could be the cereals that are shaped like animals, the alphabets or numbers. Or maybe they come in colors. Calling out the names of the animals or colours as you prepare the meal and feed them is a fun way of making them remember those objects. Singing those songs is a good example of putting some fun in it. Being dramatic when reading out loud to them will surely make the story and it’s characters stick. Playing memory games like calling out names of animals or colours of cars on the street also works too. So don’t “work” it too hard, find the fun part of teaching them stuff and it will go a long way for them.
Become The Student
Ask your child to teach you how to do anything they know or love doing. When they put it in their own words, the neural connections in the brain get strengthened and they even learn new ways or aspects of what it is they’re “teaching” you. It could be a song they learnt in school or how to play soccer or even something you taught them. They’ll love the feeling of independence or being “in control” unconscious of the fact that you’re equipping them to function efficiently in life.
Oh the riches of the zzzz’s: it cannot be over emphasised. Studies clearly show that a lot of healing and building goes on when your child is sleeping peacefully like an angel. The brain, according to research, organises and stores information more efficiently when the body is asleep. Doctors therefore advise that you encourage your child to get their daily dose of vitamin Z if you want their brains to function properly. A toddler should be getting between 11 to 13 hours of sleep while older kids should get between 8 to 10 hours of sleep daily.
I hope I haven’t forgotten any important tip here. These seven tips are powerful enough to build your child’s memory so that they can socialise better (recalling faces), carry out complex instructions and excel in their academics. They may even go on to train themselves to have photographic memory and become geniuses wherever life leads them.