Children and Memory: 5 Ways to Build Your Child's "Memory Scaffolding"

We just wrote a post on children and memory. Here are five ways to build your child's memory scaffolding: 

  1. Tell your child stories and encourage him to tell you stories. Even if your child can't talk yet, tell stories about what is happening in the world around him.
  2. Ask your child who, what, when, where, why and how questions. For example, "Why do we wear this special baseball glove?"
  3. Make associations between what is happening now and what a child already knows. For example, "You watched a baseball game with your mommy yesterday, didn't you? How can we play baseball?"
  4. Follow up on your child's interest with more questions and talk. "What else do we need to play baseball? Do you know?"
  5. Give the child positive feedback on her comments. "Good job!"