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The Secrets to Raising a Smarter Child
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Boosting Memory and Learning in Your Child - Basic Methods

By Andrew Loh

Boosting memory and learning is an intricate process. Enhancing learning in young children depends on how well they remember their lessons and later recall them to perform well in the tests. Learning and memorization go hand in hand. They are mutually dependant and reciprocating. Before planning for introduction of memory boosting, you may wish to know and understand about the basic methods and techniques. Boosting memory in children is possible by using different methods. Some of them are purely nutritional while many others are memory acceleration techniques.

Matching images and words: Most parents use memory exercises as the prime methods for boosting memory and learning in children. These memory exercises may involve matching images and words. Using images is a very powerful mode of boosting memory and learning in children. Images can evoke very strong memories. When you teach your children how to use words and syllables in relation with their images, they can easily remember both the images and words. In conjunction, they form very powerful tools of memory retention as well.


Spell and Play: This is a classical memory enhancement tool kit that helps your children boost memory and learning. The kit will contain a number of picture cards with words and syllables printed on them. Some words will have gaps in between them and your children will need to fill the gaps with relevant and correct words. An apple card may contain the picture of an apple. Your child will need to see the image and arrange the words, APPLE. Likewise, there are many picture cards in the box and you can even set time challenge for each image.

Connect words and images by using an electronic pen: This memory enhancement tool kit quite advanced and designed for older children. Your children will need to match right words with their images by using a stylus pen. When the word and the image match, a small bulb will light up to indicate that the answer provided is correct.

Developing reading habits: As your children age and develop physically and mentally, they begin to read story books and lesson books. Reading is an amazing activity that will help children in many ways. It helps them to comprehend the meanings of lessons as well as stories, understand themes and subjects and learn understanding words in their different forms. Basic reading involves sounding out the words of the book and joining them together to make sentences and phrases. As the words and letters embed in the minds, children will start to remember content of the book as well as its meaning. Reading also helps children connect millions of nerve cells with each other that eventually will form the information highway for storage of information. Reading is also a wonderful tool to assist your children develop reasoning and comprehension.

Colors and their integration: Integrating different colors in the life of your child may help him or her develop memory. Using colored flash playing cards, pencils, highlighters and other colorful tools will assist children streamline their memory and develop memory retention. The main goal of using color is to identify specific ones for their themes, feel and appearance.


  • Drawing images shapes and patterns on sheet of white paper by looking at a colorful book with pictures.

  • Identifying different colors of flowers and leaves in your backyard garden.

  • Allowing children to play with colorful toys and play tools

Integrating visuals and graphic items in the play: Always give a visual representation of the information you are trying to teach. Provide different colorful patterns and shapes for your children to draw on blank paper.


  • Different shapes like circles, ovals, squares and right angles will help your child know and understand about shapes and how they are helpful in their life

Integrating sense of touch: The sense of touch helps your children develop tactile or kinesthetic type of memory. Touch can be anything; it can be laying out things neatly on a table or it can be building clay models by looking at some pictures. Touch will help children understand the basic aspects of concepts.


  • Using colorful clay to create different types of models.

  • Using colorful building blocks to create models.

Classroom success always depends on children's memory power. The main key to memory retention and recall is get your children's mind and senses actively involved so that they can store information in the form of long term memory. You can also provide nutritious diet to improve the working of nervous system. Oat meal and apples can help boost long term memory in children. Micro-nutrients like Zinc, Selenium, Magnesium and Chromium can enhance the basic structure of nerve impulses. Consult your family doctor to know how you can use different food items to boost memory and learning in children. 

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Memorizing Strategies & Other Brain-Based Activities That Help Kids Learn, Review, and RecallStudents draw cartoons to help remember vocabulary words, toss dice to review math skills, create similes to relate a new concept to a more familiar one, and much more. Students even design their own games for classmates to play. Includes the latest in brain research. 80 pages. Grade Level: 4-7.



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