Published on March 6, 2014
By: Esther Wachs Book FEELING CONFIDENT LANGUAGE CENTER www.fclc.url.ph
• Between reading, writing, math, social studies, and science, there's a lot of material for your child to know. Here's how to help him absorb it all.
• 1. Get the details: "Studies have shown that parents can have a long-term impact on memory development by including many questions and specifics in conversations about past events with their children," says researcher Catherine Haden, Ph.D., an associate professor of psychology at Loyola University Chicago. When you talk about a recent trip to the circus, for instance, ask your child, "What was your favorite act?" or "What did the big top look like?" Fill in the details if he can't provide them.
• 2. Play memory games. The card game Concentration and toys such as Simon and Bop It are good ones. In the car, try games like "I'm going on a picnic, and I'm taking . . . ," in which everyone has a turn adding an item and repeating the ones said previously.
• 3. Suggest strategies: Look for memory tricks that can help your child. For example, when you teach left and right, have her hold up both hands in the shape of an L. The hand with the forward-facing L is the left one. To help her recall how to read a word with two consecutive vowels, tell her, "When two vowels go walking, the first does the talking."
• 4. Divide and conquer: If your child has to memorize a short poem or some lines in a class play, have him break the task down into parts and work on the toughest sections first.
• 5. Practice, practice, practice: Offer to quiz your child on her spelling words or multiplication tables. Try repeating the numbers aloud with her to make them easier to recall. After testing her on spelling, have her highlight and rewrite the difficult words. Once your child realizes that memory is an active process, she'll feel smarter and more confident that she can tackle tricky topics.
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