Every parent wants their child to be that extraordinary whiz kid. There is a rat race at every school. Parents urging kids to study hard, fretting over their exam grades and demeaning them over poor performance is a sight not so rare.
Sharp memory aids to construct a solid foundation for learning. To our dismay, this is not something every child is born with. As a subject of evolution, these skills heighten depending upon their usage. It is vital to make sure your child is regularly working to enhance these capabilities.
There are plenty of activities that parents could execute to enhance this essential learning weapon.
Short-term and long-term memory
Before moving on to those tips, you need to figure out the difference between long-term and short-term memory. Operating perpetually, each blend with another enabling every person to organize information and attach a meaning to it. Hence, allowing a succinct understanding of the topic. The lack of this connection is what causes dementia.
Short-term memory allows the student to process and recall previous information so they can carry out a task. It is then transmitted to the long-term memory, enabling them to form a broader conceptualization of the topic.
We list down a few schemes that a parent could tug at, giving rise to their child’s learning:
- Play mind/physical games
- Establish routines
- Encourage questions
- Ask for help
- Multi-sensory approach
Study stress can result in information sent to the reactive side of the brain. Various functions may then root out. The child may respond aggressively, in a fleeting manner or show no response at all (freeze)! It disables the information to flow into reflective higher thinking, the conscious part of the brain where long-term memory contains.
To de-stress the child, play memory games that would open up essential brain networks. Use your ingenuity and create games that would make your child think, develop strategies and internalize information.
Games like Simon Says, Concentration and Memory help boost the brainpower of child. When on the drive, ask them different questions, like, “Can you spot the blue truck?”.
The gist of the matter is playing and play more often.
Regular physical activity and mind games are known as the “Miracle Grow” for the brain. Tricia Ferrara, a family therapist, and producer of Parenting in 21st-century states:
“Extensive research shows that as our bodies move, we produce a biochemical cocktail that primes the brain to learn and strengthens connections that enhance memory. Children should be given ample opportunity to run around, climb trees, and play physical games before, during, and after learning.”
A child cannot be taught to schedule his/her day’s activities. The responsibility lies with the parent to structure days in a particular pattern. Allotting time slot for each task of the day would allow your child to enhance their memory. Establish a link between different activities. These make up a pattern in their brain.
It ends up with the child considering each activity as important and builds a linkage in their brain, passing through multiple brain filters to create a memory.
Understanding a concept is the initial step towards remembrance. Encourage your child to ask questions. It ensures they are on the path to deeper comprehension. Enable them to formulate a logical connection between different things.
Such behavior allows the student to think critically and internalize problem-solving skills.
Ask them about events in the past and stories which they read. Among other things, it also makes your child realize the importance of being more alert, noting details and remembering them.
Once the information has entered into the higher thinking portions of the brain, your child has to turn them into permanent memories. Let them summarize information in their manner, be it sketches, songs, skits or writing.
Your little one works so hard to be an independent ninja. They often try to be tiny helpers for mommy and daddy. Invite them to be one. So, on your next visit to the supermarket, ask them to remember a few items for the grocery. Such deeds not only make their minds sharper but also makes him/her feel a little bit extra special.
On another note, ask your child to teach you. Encourage him/her to explain to you the new knowledge they just discovered. It poses a challenge to their brain. You must also clarify any areas they are unsure of and need help with.
Make use of all senses for explaining concepts. A multi-sensory approach to learning uses sight, touch, and sound. Read aloud, ask them questions and make use of flash cards or illustrative videos. Such methods allow your child to engage with concepts in diverse ways and makes the concept even more clear. They can understand the idea in another way if not from one.
Once the concept is clear and brain fixes a logic to that, this information can retain into the long-term memory. In turn, association with previous and future events gets smoother. Information obtained from each sense enters the part of the brain that is specific to that.
Bear in mind, these are not one-time tasks but must repeatedly carry out.
Dig up in the past, refresh the memories of your child and get down onto the floor to play with them. Add some humor to their lessons and do not lose hope if they don’t turn out to be the fast learners. Each child needs their own time to take in and process the information from around.
The important thing is, a parent must always back their child, at all times. Give them some space, let them try and learn at their own pace.
Apart from that, there is no way your child could lag behind other kids. Infuse these exercises into your child’s routine to fasten their conceptualization.