Did you take some Thanksgiving photos yesterday? Photos can help kids–and grownups-with memory skills and readiness for kindergarten.
Our brains use pictures as well as words to create memory connections. Try this yourself first to check out your memory. Look at a picture you took recently, perhaps yesterday for Thanksgiving. Now, turn it over and see how much you remember. Who’s in the picture? Is it inside or outside? What’s happening? What are the colors of the clothes that the people are wearing? I’m not very good at visual memory, but I could probably tell you who was talking and what they were saying at the time. Which one is easier for you, visual or auditory?
Children, just like adults, will have their own learning and remembering strengths. But it’s important to practice both. If possible, print a few pictures for your child just to look at. With your little one, talk about who the people are and what they are doing. Maybe hang the picture on the fridge at eye-level for your child. This will encourage picture or visual memory for your child. And that is an important skill strategy for kindergarten readiness and learning.