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3. Linking Memory
I wrote an earlier post about the purpose of Linking Memory. The following is a video that talks about the link memory method – it is a common technique promoted to individuals who want to improve their recall:
In right brain education, linking memory is an important activity for developing the right brain’s photographic memory function. Through imaging and the creative linking of the pictures with a unique story, children are exercising their right brain. The following video shows one method you can use to teach a child the linking memory activity.
There are several ways you can introduce linking memory to your child. Memory Magic offers a linking memory activity which they call “Silly Stories”. Gavin has played this before and he really enjoys it:
The downside with Memory Magic is that it is the same story over and over. What I like about it is that it is a great way to learn about linking memory. It also gives you a very good idea about how to properly use linking memory because the stories are pretty wild and detailed. While the story is being told, the pictures morph for further emphasis on the story. That, I believe, is what you and your child are aiming to do when you create your own “silly stories” with cards. Actually visualising the pictures morphing will also help you to remember the cards.
I have seen other examples of linking memory which I feel doesn’t really link the pictures properly. For instance, you have cards A, B, C, D, and E. What you want to do is create a story that links A to B, then B to C, then C to D, and D to E. Some stories I’ve heard link A to B to C which I find confusing because you can still forget the proper order of the pictures. For example, “A was carrying B and C”, as opposed to “A was carrying B but B fell over when it tripped over C”. All pictures need to be specifically linked to the one immediately before and the one immediately after it. Anyway, that’s just my own thoughts about linking memory…
Other ways you can play linking memory with your child: you can create your own cards and play them with your child as if you were performing a tarot reading. You can also make them on Powerpoint on your computer. If you don’t relish the idea of making your own cards, you can do what I did – I used picture flashcards which we bought for Gavin from Borders. I shuffle the cards and then open them one by one, creating a story as I go along. Once I’m done with the story, I cover the cards and we go through them again to see if we can remember what all the cards are. We start with three cards and progressively increase the number of cards we must memorise. We practice until we can remember all the cards without difficulty before increasing the number of cards.
Linking Memory helps your child to develop:
- imaging function of the right brain
- photographic memory of the right brain