One of the most frequent questions parents ask neurologist is “how can I help my child recall things they’ve read for school?” Kids aren’t born with sharp memories but develop and improve memory skills with consistent practice and Improving memory usually requires a combination of different methods to enhance a child’s working memory.
Intelligence in children is a manifestation of the various senses such as sight, touch and sound. As children learn to process these senses, they develop better memory. Some of the kids who fall behind in class have trouble organizing information and understanding the topic.
We’ve put together a few tips to teach parents how to help their kids improve short-term and long-term memory.
Encourage kids to ask questions before reading a new content. The questions could be generated from the book, the child or your own created questions. Their attention is focused on finding answers as they read and they derive satisfaction from achieving their goal while increasing memory through specific goals.
Another method is to show the kid how to ask self-questions on what they might hear or learn in the lesson. They write their predictions before reading and as they read, write responses to their questions. During review, they check the notes for the right answers and this helps to rewire the brain memory circuits with correct information.
Games are a proven way to enhance memory in children and storytelling is the most popular form that helps kids remember key points in the story. Children daydream and create images in their mind. They easily attach faces and names to personalities for faster recall. To improve long-term memory, ask the child to repeat the story continuously until its’ stored in their long-term memory.
Nursery rhymes and songs
The human brain remembers patterns and music easily, which makes it a smart choice to create poems, rhymes and songs with your kids to boost memory and recall. They work better with visuals such as toys and playthings or moving objects to consolidate the process.
Make them curious
Kids are naturally curious and have a sense of wonder that could be utilized as a tool of learning and memory. When you add novelty to curiosity, they will remember the experience. Find a way to tie what they learn in the classroom to a real-world experience. For example, if the class is about reptiles, sea creatures and other animals, a trip to the zoo pointing out each animal and discussing class notes helps the child recall information faster.
Memory boosting foods
Just like in adults, children require memory-boosting food to aid the learning process. Increase the serving of fish, nuts, dark chocolates, wild berries, avocados and green leafy veggies to enhance short and long-term memory.
Stress affects the brain’s intake of information and prevents long-term memory. When trying to help the child, be careful not to overwhelm them with pressure. Make learning fun and always destress studying to open the conscious brain where long-term memory is constructed.