A Good Memory Will Change Your Child's Life
Would you like to help your child develop an amazing memory
quickly and easily? Have you ever envied someone because of his
or her incredible memory? Did that person seem to learn and
remember everything effortlessly? Chances are that your answer
As children begin their education and face the mountains of
facts and formulas ahead of them, they will need tools to
simplify their learning and master subjects. A good memory will
change your child's life. You can help them develop a good
memory and have fun doing it!
These are tried and true techniques I have used throughout my
life with different types of learners, different ages of
students, and differing subject matter. You, too, can make them
a part of your child's life and education (and your own).
I received my primary education in a religious school, where I
was expected to LEARN. I was forced (yes-forced) to memorize by
rote every day. This ranged from multiplication tables to Robert
Frost, but every day it was something. Worse, every day we had
to stand up in the front of the class and recite the lesson. The
performance anxiety was intense. It was pure torture. Little did
I realize, from that perceived trauma, that I would develop
techniques that would supercharge my brain power. Later in
college, I majored in the History of Art, which required
memorizing thousands of seemingly random facts. It was nothing
to be expected to know 200 dates, artists, objects of art, and
the history surrounding them for one exam. Wow, so much stuff
and so little time!
I never dreamed that my shortcuts were so special, that they'd
be the keys that would catapult me to the top of my class and
give me the edge over my classmates.
I thought everyone used them. Whoa... was I wrong! When my
classmates were struggling, cramming, and panicking, I slid
through the curriculum and exams with ease.
For the last 30 years, I taught my memory techniques to my
students (as an elementary school teacher). It was wonderful
watching the "skulls full of mush" develop into eager learners.
Recently, I have branched out into studying why and how learning
and memory occur. I have been focusing on the brain, how we
learn, and how we remember.
The brain is a miraculous thing! Train it properly once and you
are its master for life!
Here's the first step: Encourage your child to look at the world
around them. Yes, LOOK ... (I told you it was easy.) Just look
and talk and talk and talk to your child, almost non-stop, (no
matter what their age) about what you see. Emphasize colors,
textures, positioning of objects in your surroundings. Point out
how various items interact. Ask "why" and "how" questions.
Something as simple as how the egg you're frying "interacts"
with the pan - how it spits, congeals, gets crispy, etc. Notice
the little things. Use your senses; use your adjectives. Call
attention to cause and effect.
This gets children interested in all things around them.
Depending on the age of your child, elicit input - anything.
Help your child to develop his or her natural curiosity about
It is critical that they get the gist of this without too much
prompting. Take as long as your child needs to develop this "new
attention"! This "attention" is the foundation to ALL memory, so
perfect it now! Make this heightened awareness a normal part of
your conversations with them. This is the first step in
developing your child's memory. Make sure each child gets a
grasp of this concept before moving on. I guarantee they will
enjoy this "game" and never realize they are developing skills
that will serve them their whole lives.
A good memory is fundamental to all learning.