The left brain memory records information in an organised way and tries to connect new information to existing memories. The right brain memory is able to absorb and memorise mass information at high speed. For example, what we often refer to as photographic memory (the ability to memorise things with a single glance) is a function of the right brain.
Linking Memory – The Memory Train
Linking Memory (or Memory Train) is a memory program that enhances the photographic memory function of the right brain. It facilitates the recall of a series of images through fun, whimsical stories. The system works by tapping into the right hemisphere for recording, storing and recalling of images. Linking each image with another and learning to recall the images can help enhance your child’s memory function. Children work their way up from 1 to 10, then 1 to 100, then 1 to 1000 images.
What you will need:
Linking memory cards. You can use the series of cards from our Linking Memory Flash Cards Resource Page or you can make your own.
- Read the story and show your child the relevant pictures as you tell the story.
- Ask your child to repeat the story back to you. Eventually, your child will want to tell you just the objects in the story – that’s fine, too!
- If your child needs help recalling the image, give him a moment and then help him. Remember that this activity should be stress-free. Helping your child does not hinder future memorisation. Your child’s memory will improve with repetition.
- Repeat the exercise once more and stop. The idea is to stop early so that the exercises remain exciting and inviting.
- Start with 10 cards. Once your child can remember those 10 cards, add another 10 cards. Practice this exercise daily and see how long your child’s “memory train” can get.
- For babies below 1 year, just use 3-5 pictures and demonstrate the procedure.