A good memory is a vital building block for success. And we can do a lot to develop this faculty in a child, right from a young age.
Memory is the ability to store and recall information in your brain perhaps the first keyword in developing memory is ‘association’. We remember something more easily if it is associated with something else. This is because the brain seems to organize itself by linking different ideas and images.
For example ,when you hear the word ‘CAT’ many different related words or images come to your mind’ like lion, tiger, whiskers, the mewing sound etc. Teaching and encouraging the skill of associating things in this manner would be a great asset in strengthening memory power. Get your child used to seeing the connections between things.
Another vital point is that the brain store information best, when the information is linked to different senses. Help the child develop the habit of ‘understanding’ a thing through more than one sense. For instance while eating an apple help him notice how beautiful its colour looks, how smooth it is to touch, what a distinct smell it has, etc.
Good concentration and observation is also vital for good memory. You could make an attempt to get your child used to looking carefully at things, and making strong mental pictures. We also remember well when we are emotionally involved. Therefore, it is vital to brain in elements of joy and delight while learning to develop positive associations. For example you could try to make up interesting stories while teaching new word to a child proper rhythm and music too are effective aids to develop good memory.
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