We just wrote a post on children and memory. Here are five ways to build your child's memory scaffolding:
- 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.
- Ask your child who, what, when, where, why and how questions. For example, "Why do we wear this special baseball glove?"
- 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?"
- Follow up on your child's interest with more questions and talk. "What else do we need to play baseball? Do you know?"
- Give the child positive feedback on her comments. "Good job!"