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Memory gap (in children?)

nanay: what are these luis?( while nibbling on pistachio nuts)
luis: hazelnuts?
nanay : no luis .these are pistachio nuts .say pistachio luis...
luis: pis ta sho
nanay: okay luis . very good..

after a few minutes...

luis : mmmm yummy ...
nanay: what kind of nut is this again?
luis: hhhmmmmm
nanay : starts with letter P
luis :(thinking) hmmm    Poh nuts? pohnuts!
nanay : hehehheh no... pis______
luis: Pis..nuts?
nanay: pis ...ta__________
luis: Pista nuts? pistanuts!
nanay : no...
luis: ahhhhh.... pistayronuts!!!! pistayronuts!
nanay: hahhahhahha ..(suko na ako kakatawa... )its pistachio nuts...

According to Teacher Melissa Fernandez Abaya , co owner of The Little Apprentice Preschool ,children (especially between the ages of five and eight) are processing so much information in their young brains that it is often difficult to recall everything.

Children , like adults, do forget. Reassure your child that remembering is a skill he can learn like any other.

From GH November 2010 issue
To help your child:

1.Teach him how to remember.
Saying  I forgot or I don't remember may become a bad habbit
2.Be positive and supportive.
Give him follow up questions related to what you are asking.This will help stimulate his mind.
3.Eliminate factors contributing to such mental block
Substitute  tv and video game time for more mind challenging games. Just like our muscles, the brain needs to be exercised regularly to keep it at an optimal level of strength.
4. Be active.
Giving your child more time outdoors will benefit his mental progress and prevent him from feeling lazy and lethargic.
5.Provide a good diet.
Make sure he eats food with Omega-3 or carrots as these contain carotene , a well known memory booster.

Teacher Melissa Fernandez Abaya earned her Masters in Basic Education Teaching from Boston College, USA and the Ateneo de Manila University.


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