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How to Do Linking Memory ?

  1. Prepare two sets of cards. As you read out the story line, put the card (from set 1) face down, one by one, in sequence, in a line. Using set2, chose 2 cards, of which one of it is the correct answer and ask the kid, “which one?”. Very young babies can sometimes answer with their eyes. If the kid does not answer, you can answer on his behalf. Put the chosen card face up next to cards in set 1.
    When all cards have been answered, you would have set 1, face down in a row and in another row besides it, the answered cards, facing up. Open cards from set 1 one by one in sequence. I think this way, the young kids may understand better. Emphasize that the two cards are the SAME.
  2. Alternatively, you may stick the cards from the set 1 on a long board (using blue tack). Then cover the pictures with attractive individual flaps (same colored flaps or same animal pictures for each picture). As you read the story line, open the flaps one by one, close the flap of the picture previously shown. Read the story once, then run through it again without the story, just the names of the picture.
  3. Create a set of flash cards out of the Linking Memory cards. Flash the cards while reading the story. Run through the flash cards again without the story, just the names of the picture. Then give the Linking Memory cards to the kids and guide them to arrange the cards following the sequence of the story, with picture facing up. Once this is done, have the cards facing down. Then can randomly ask the kids to open a particular card. (This is what is done in the Shichida class)
  4. Alternative way is either you or your child will point to the pictures as you read the storyline or while listening to the Linking Memory CD.
  5. For babies: Show 2 picture cards, eg. ‘apple’ and ‘car’. Make up a story, eg. ‘The apple jumped over the car’. Put the cards down. Once your child is able to tell or point to the correct cards when you ask, increase number of cards to 3, then 4 ensuring that they are always in the right order.

Also, most importantly, recitation must be less than 1 second per picture. If you can say it fast, it means that the right brain is registering the pictures. Slow output means it is coming from the left brain.

** note: all the above are compiled from SGParenting website

When to Start ?

At Shichida Method, Linking Memory is started as young as 4 months-old.  Start with 4 pictures with very simple story lines and basic pictures. Progress to 6 cards when they are about 9 months.  At this age, it is best to prepare 2 sets of pictures, one for showing & reference and the second set for arranging.

At 1 year plus, if your child cannot sit still, you can just read him the story line of 50 pictures (as if you are reading a story book for him)…so that when he is ready, he can pick up real fast.  At this age, no output is expected. Most children need to be at least 2 yrs plus before they can really sit down and arrange.

For 2 to 3 yrs old, I think they recommend 10 to 30 pictures.

For 4-5 years old, it is 50 pictures and more.  The more you practice, the more they can remember.

“The purpose of education in the future will not be to create people with heads crammed full of knowledge, but to rear children who know how to efficiently use the whole brain. Rearing children with enormous ability, rich creativity, and the capability to make use of high proportion of their brain should be the goal of child rearing.”

This is the 2nd session for Ying. We were late and Ying just woke up from her nap. She was a bit blur and I carried her initially to watch the Sensei flashed the cards. But when the Sensei distributed the games, she started to climb down and able to sat for a while on her own chair and do some of the game (not following instruction most of the time). She likes to keep things, like keeping all the icon back into the cup. … hahaha… She also enjoys the Left-Right Flag exercise.  Oh, she enjoys the Abacus song too.

Toward the end of the session, guess she was hungry and looking for her sister / father. She just took her bag and walked toward the door after waving good-bye to everyone. Once the door was opened, she just ran out of the room barefoot. Alamak!!

Hopefully after a few more session, she is able to greet goodbye to Sensei before she leaves.

This is the day we all are so excited about. The first day for Ying to attend Shichida class. She was excited entering the room, which all this while she could only see from outside while waiting for her sister’s class to go off. She was not able to sit still and rumbling around, touching here and there. Then the huge abacus caught her attention (actually she and another classmate of hers). Some more she was seated at the corner nearest to the abacus. So she was like trying all the way to squeeze herself in to touch the abacus. If not, she would climb the desk to peep on the Sensei’s stuff. So most of the time, I was trying hard to hold her and draw her attention to the Sensei, and try to minimize the distraction to other kids. Could feel the unfriendliness from an unhappy father with his son sitting sitting beside Ying. Sorry about that.  mm… but kids are like that oooo…..

Just a quick note to jot down a few play schools recommended by some mommies in AMN forum.

1. Children’s Corner – by PJ Gospel Hall, along Jalan Gasing. Meet on Mon & Fri, 9:30am – 11:30am. They also have drop-off on Tues-Thurs. Tel: 03-77825748

2. Sect13 – by PJEFC Church. Meet on Tues & Thurs, 9:30am – 11:30am. Tel: 03-77268854. Person in charge: Suet

I have problem putting Ling to sleep after she comes back from school. I know she is tired, but she seems to still have lots of ideas and things or games she wants to play, a lot of things she wants to talk to me about. It is driving me crazy as I am so worry that she will fall sick easily again as she doesn’t have enough sleep since she starts going to school now. I did a search in internet and found this site: http://www.silentnights.org/advice/daysleep.htm 

The author suggested “the baby or child is left with gradually less and less contact with parents as sleep is achieved”.

I find it quite true. Every time I give in and go and pat her, she seems to be more excited and cannot sleep. Just now what I did was, I asked her whether she was tired, and she said ‘yes’. Then I told her that it’s time to take a nap now so that her body can rest. And as expected, she protested and demand for this and that, but this time, I was firm and reassured her that it’s bed time and leave her alone. And with less than 10 minutes time, she eventually gave up and fell asleep. What a relief for me also.

One of the point which I think I need to practise more is: “Once you know that the child is ready for sleep, go through your normal preparations for bed time and then leave the child alone to achieve sleep.”

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