Have you ever wondered what was your earliest memory? Did you think back to something important that happened when you were a young child? Or did you remember a funny incident that involved you and your little brother? Maybe, you thought about a time you and your older sister got into a little trouble together! No matter what you think of as your earliest memory, you most likely have an image in your brain of an even earlier memory, although you may not realize it. That’s because your memory development started long before you knew what a memory even was. As a parent, you may not have even thought about your child’s memory development. But, you can actually help to improve and progress your little one’s sense of memory!
For just a moment, let’s think about your own memory again. The earliest thing you can remember right now might have happened when you were four or five years old. So, it may be a little hard to think that anyone can remember anything that happened when they were any younger than that. The reason you’re not really able to remember much that happened in your life before your third or fourth birthday is because of a thing called “Infantile amnesia”. It’s basically the inability to remember things that happened in your life before a specific age or period. Infantile amnesia is the reason most adults almost feel as if they didn’t have much of a life before their earliest memory. But, believe it or not, your little ones can remember quite a bit at this point in their lives. You might be shocked by the memory development that is happening in his or her young mind.
Memory development is a tricky thing. There are some memories that stay with us forever while others slip through the cracks. During your child’s lifetime, he or she has experienced a lot of changes. Kids make new friends, see new sights, hear new words and songs, and so forth. Without them really even thinking about it, their brains are constantly forming new memories. Even infants experience memory development. Have you ever noticed how uncomfortable your baby might feel when she sees a new face? What about when your little guy hears a voice he doesn’t recognize? This is a sure sign of your child’s memory development.
You can actually help to engage and develop your child’s memory through everyday activities. You can ask your kids to tell you about their day at school. Ask them what it was like to spend the day with their friends and teachers. Read with your little ones and find out which part of the book was their favorite. Ask them why. When your child learns how to do something, allow him or her to repeat that action. Repetition helps us to commit things to memory. For example, as you teach your child to put away her own toys, allow her to carry out this task as often as possible. This helps her to remember where things belong and gives her a sense of independence. Help your son learn to tie his shoes. Then, let him try it on his own as much as possible. Again, this helps with his memory development and helps to build up his independence.
Here at Ivy Prep Early Learning Academy, we work to help your children to develop in every area. Through learning activities and peer interaction, your little ones can progress socially, physically, emotionally, and cognitively. This includes memory development as all of those areas help to form memories for your child. So, if you’re looking for a fun and educational environment where your child can grow and progress, just contact us!