How to advance a child's memory skills

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How to advance a child's memory skills

Postby ELMO » Fri May 10, 2013 2:16 am

Recently I realize my 5yr old can memorize books she read after reading them for 3 to 4 times.

Mostly storybooks about 12 pages and not more than 4 sentences each page.

How can I help her use her skills further? Is there an enrichment classes she can attend?

Presently she is in Berries n LCentral. She attended CMA for 1/2 yr and stop as she finds it boring.

Many thanks, Lin

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Re: How to advance a child's memory skills

Postby mathtuition88 » Fri May 10, 2013 2:45 am

Hi, I recommend that your child learn chess, if she has the interest. (International Chess, or Weiqi) She can start either now, or at 7, it is the best age to learn. And most of the chess kids are boys, if your girl has talent, she can easily represent her school for competition for CCA, DSA, etc.

Bobby Fischer, World Chess Champion, said, "A strong memory, concentration, imagination, and a strong will is required to become a great chess player."

This is not an advertisement, I don't teach chess, I just play it for leisure.

Usually, I use some memory techniques to teach concepts in Maths so that students can remember the formulas better. However, nowadays, the maths syllabus is geared more towards understanding, so memory takes a second place, but is still important nevertheless.

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Re: How to advance a child's memory skills

Postby slmkhoo » Fri May 10, 2013 9:08 am

Memory is a good tool for learning basic facts, but you need to make sure she understands how to use those facts or she will find higher level work tough. You can try encouraging her to memorise poetry, dialogue of plays, bible verses (if you are Christian), song lyrics etc to build up memory skills. Some card games also encourage kids to use their memories if the games make it important to remember what has been played, where the cards are or who has which cards. You might also want to see whether she has better auditory memory or visual memory and strengthen one or both (depending on whether you want to cultivate both or focus on one).

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Re: How to advance a child's memory skills

Postby ELMO » Sat May 11, 2013 2:03 am

slmkhoo wrote:Memory is a good tool for learning basic facts, but you need to make sure she understands how to use those facts or she will find higher level work tough. You can try encouraging her to memorise poetry, dialogue of plays, bible verses (if you are Christian), song lyrics etc to build up memory skills. Some card games also encourage kids to use their memories if the games make it important to remember what has been played, where the cards are or who has which cards. You might also want to see whether she has better auditory memory or visual memory and strengthen one or both (depending on whether you want to cultivate both or focus on one).


She memories songs fast and is also good at memory card game. Will take your advise and let her try other things too. :thankyou:

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Re: How to advance a child's memory skills

Postby newuser » Sat May 11, 2013 7:44 am

Get her to memorize 唐诗,三字经。my youngest girl is 4 and I will recite 1 poem a week. I started this 3 month ago and she memorized over 10 pcs. In between I also teach her 三字经。
Kids nowadays prefer English over Chinese so I emphasize Chinese at her age to cultivate her interest.

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Re: How to advance a child's memory skills

Postby chryl4parents » Fri May 17, 2013 7:42 pm

All the memory ideas and suggestions shared are wonderful. Remember to always keep the fun element throughout, as this is what our children need. If parents are involved and also tried to remember and recall the exercises with their children then this would be the added motivation factor for your children to want to do more!

A fun game I use to play with my sons when they were young was to put several items on a tray and cover it then lift the cover and show them for a couple of minutes. Then I would take the tray away and remove an object. They would then look at the objects on the tray and try to guess which item I had removed.

The other is to recall all the objects on the tray before I lifted the cover again. We had so much fun especially when it was my turn to recall the objects they had put on the tray. Yes, you guessed it, they kept wanting more! ;)

Brain research has proven that concrete pictures and colours also helps with memory.

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Re: How to advance a child's memory skills

Postby Blue Pearl » Tue Dec 09, 2014 11:10 am

interesting activities

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Re: How to advance a child's memory skills

Postby sweettemptations » Fri Jun 05, 2015 7:20 pm

Interesting thanks for sharing

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Re: How to advance a child's memory skills

Postby Anfield » Fri Jun 05, 2015 7:44 pm

Sleep more and exercise more.

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