02 Oct How to Enhance your Child’s Memory
Have you ever met someone who has a photographic memory? They may have similarities to Dustin Hoffman’s character Raymond Babbit in the movie “Rain Man”, who remembers every detail in his life and remembers statistics.
Much of school is progressing upon previously learned concepts, skills, and memorization. In elementary school they learn the alphabet, counting, numerals, handwriting, addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division, just to start.
Perhaps as adults we do not appreciate our memory until we cannot remember something.
Imagine your children remembering concepts and techniques with ease. In junior high school they are able to express themselves and perform well on tests, including essay tests. The key is expanding upon that knowledge and drawing upon it without thinking. These are some of our objectives at ALOHA.
“I think some parents try to get their kids to memorize their work by repetitively doing the same work. We are not sure how much it helps memory in general, but at least they have the problems and answers memorized,” said Shweta of ALOHA Mind Math in Mason, Ohio.
What can parents do? Parents can improve their child’s memory by playing games, like the Memory card games, Concentration, Pass the Secret, or Solitaire.
“There are many games we play in class during break time, where we show kids some random pictures and hide them, or arrange in a particular order. Later we take another break and we ask the kids either the order of those pictures or ask them to find the pictures. We ask our parents to do that same game at home,” stated Shweta.
Between fourth and sixth grade the amount of new knowledge and homework requirements compound each year, equally increasing expectations on a child’s learning. Reading researcher Michael Pressley suggests that after your child reads a textbook chapter to think about, search, and then write down the main idea. The next step is to write the corresponding facts or ideas. If there is a time span, or many details, it can be helpful to create a timetable, or diagrams charting the supporting subordinate ideas or Remembering lists can be a challenge. One memory technique is to create an acronym. To memorize the colors of the rainbow we were taught ROYGBIV, which stands for R = red, O = orange, Y = yellow, G =green, B = blue, I = Indigo, V = violet.
At ALOHA we strengthen the mind and memory. The brain is divided into a left hemisphere and a right hemisphere, performing different activities on each side. Our method and curriculum improves overall brain development. We enhance their ability to visualize, focus, calculate without a calculator, increase their analytical skills and thought processes, resulting in advanced overall academic performance, translating to better grades, happier child, and family.
How do you challenge your child’s memory?
To locate the nearest ALOHA Mind Math center near you visit www.alohamindmath.com/locations.