8 ways to improve your child’s memory skills

April 03, 2018
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    Perceptual skills are important for memory, especially since visual and auditory perception enables your child to receive and understand the meaning of sights and sounds and respond appropriately. Agnes Ng, principal of Heguru Method @ Harbourfront and Choa Chu Kang, offers simple strategies to engage her in a multi-sensorial approach.

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  • Mnemonics
    2 / 9 Mnemonics

    Use music to help children remember words together with visuals. Make a song with, say, the melody of Twinkle Twinkle Little Star. As you sing, show the picture of the words to your baby.

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  • Reading
    3 / 9 Reading

    Reading is an excellent way to train your child’s memory. Does your child ask you to read that same storybook? When you do so repeatedly, you are helping reinforce her memory. Read for her a couple of times, then get her to recite the order of events while looking at the pictures (or eventually even without pictures).

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  • Choose books with rhymes
    4 / 9 Choose books with rhymes

    Infants and toddlers are receptive to phonetic sounds and enjoy listening to nursery rhymes with repetitive words. Singing along to nursery rhymes helps to work on their memory, too.

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  • Make lists into stories
    5 / 9 Make lists into stories

    It is easier to remember a list of unrelated items when you connect them with an interesting story.

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  • Learn through play
    6 / 9 Learn through play

    This is appropriate for younger children. Play a memory game with materials easily found at home, such as toys. Prepare nine paper cups all in the same colour. Place four sets of two or three similar items under the cups and take turns with your child to find the matching items.

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  • Recycled materials
    7 / 9 Recycled materials

    Use recycled materials such as bubble wrap, sandpaper, wooden chopsticks or even shaving cream to form alphabet letters that she can trace with her hands. This multi-sensorial method helps her to better remember how to write the alphabet.

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  • Engage her senses
    8 / 9 Engage her senses

    If you want to introduce a fruit to her, start by showing her flashcards with the image of the fruit. Then engage her sense of touch by getting her to explore the actual fruit. Thirdly, cut it and encourage her to smell it to stimulate her sense of smell. Finally, let her try the fruit to engage her taste. She will remember it easily.

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  • Working on puzzles
    9 / 9 Working on puzzles

    Puzzle solving is an excellent way to train memory. It involves her attempting to reconstruct the puzzles by recalling and exploring the action pattern. Cut a picture from a magazine or newspaper into three to five parts, and get her to piece them together. Remember: The more we exercise the brain, the stronger it gets.

    (Photos: 123RF.com)

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