Remembering the Importance of Memory (Games)

Good memory skills are essential for a successful schooling experience. Read on to find out how memory games can stimulate your child's academic success.

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There are many ways you to foster your child's memory at home. Ask him or her what part they liked the best about a story you've read together, or have them draw a picture of a positive memory in as much detail as possible.

The ability to memorize phone numbers or solve math problems requires training. Through the employment of specific exercises a child can be trained to remember more with less effort. Working on memory skills from a young age will help prepare a student for the future. Memory games can help your child master techniques for organizing and storing information that will be of benefit for years to come.

Memory exercises that incorporate bright colors and sounds all help a healthy mind develop the memory devices that organize the experience of the senses. A child's memory is important in building relational awareness, establishing patterns of recognition for people and events, and for transforming information into knowledge that facilitates problem solving at a later time. Simply put, without proper memory skills, your child's experience in school, in social activities and at home will suffer.

The ablity to recognize and utilize patterns is an important skill in the classroom. Patterns of letters create words that eventually become familiar in a child's mind. Similarly, your child will begin to notice a pattern in how each word is used and what it means when grouped with different words in a series. (That series is sometimes called a sentence!) A similar thought, memory and recognition process takes place when your child confronts numbers and mathematical problems during lessons.

It's easy to take memory for granted. Introducing your child to sensory games will encourage them to use and sharpen their growing memory skills in an enjoyable context.

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