It is a well-known fact that children learn faster than adults. Kids have an amazing grasping power and a curiosity to learn that makes them better attuned to absorb knowledge as compared to grown-ups. We constantly push our children at an early age to learn new skills so that they can unlock their full potential. From swimming to playing music, parents urge their kids to try out different activities. One such skill that parents should cultivate in their kids is the ability to remember and recall.
A lot of adults suffer from poor memory that affects their everyday lives. By following a few effective tricks to improve the memory power of early learners, we can ensure that kids don’t face memory retention problems as they turn into adults. Kids learn quicker when they are having fun, so here are 5 fun ways to improve memory power of early learners:
Rhymes and Songs
As a student, I always used to wonder why I couldn’t retain anything that I learnt at school but could memorize song lyrics to the T without breaking a sweat. It took me a while to understand that repetition is a major reason why songs are ingrained in our minds. The more you listen to a song, the more are the chances of you remembering the lyrics. And since songs are much more interesting and entertaining than reading academic lessons, you tend to listen to them over and over again. So, when you teach something to early learners through song and rhymes, it has great repetitive value and it helps them sharpen their memory power. Nursery Rhymes like ‘ABC’ and ‘1,2, Buckle My Shoe’ are great examples of teaching the basics of English and Math respectively through song and rhymes. Don’t shy away from making your own songs to help your toddler remember all that he/she needs to learn.
A major part of early learning focuses on identifying different colors, shapes, letters, numbers, and images. And the best way to ensure these things are ingrained in your child’s brain is by engaging them in brain games at an early age. Games like building blocks and jigsaw puzzles are great to learn all about shapes and colors. Mazes can be a fun way for toddlers to learn about directions and path. Card games like UNO are great for identifying number and colors. The fun quotient involved in these games catches the attention of kids and builds memory power while they are at it.
As kids, most of us have used flashcards during our schooling years. Well, flashcards can be really effective in improving the memory power of early learners. Flashcards are great for learning new words and associating an alphabet with a picture or an object. On one side of the card write the alphabet, and on the other side paste a picture of the object whose spelling starts with that alphabet. For example: Write ‘A’ on one side of the card. Paste a picture of an apple on the other side. Now ask the kid to guess what A stands for and flip the card to show the picture after the child has given the answer. This activity helps the child connect the alphabet to the object and it can be played out like a quiz to add fun to the proceedings. There are many online portals like Cram.com where one can go and create their own flashcards.
Educative Audio-Visual Aids
Today’s kids are introduced to technology at a very young age. While they have a great fascination towards mobile phones and laptops, they are attracted to videos like a moth to a flame. So, why not use the video medium for educating our toddlers? Since early learners get deeply engrossed in watching videos, it is a good idea to teach them the basics of language, maths and morals through videos. These videos, rich in colors and sounds, act as an effective audio-visual aid that will help improve the memory power of early learners. With tons of educational apps and Youtube channels out there, engaging your toddler while ensuring that they learn has never been this easy.
There is something magical about stories that piques our interest and gives wings to our imagination. Since early childhood, we are introduced to the world of fairytales and fantasies through stories that contain underlined moral values. The aim of these stories is not just to entertain the kids but to teach them various lessons and morals. Through the art of storytelling, one can teach any topic to early learners and be assured that the lesson will be etched in their memories thanks to its connection with a fascinating story.
These are just a few techniques that I have found useful to improve the memory of early learners. I am sure there are plenty other tricks to achieve this, but it is important not to pressurize your toddler into an activity he/she isn’t interested in. Remember, fun and learning go hand in hand. So, what are your effective methods to sharpen the memory of early learners?
Written by Ethan Miller
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