I swear sometimes my two year old forgets her lessons from school. I honestly thinks she is just playing with me. The teacher tells me she is so bright and I know she is very smart. However everytime I ask her to recite something for me she acts like she don't know. I found this article recently I will share about tips and advice regarding your toddler's memory
When Your Toddler's Memory Wanders
If you’re wondering about your toddler’s hit-or-miss memory, don’t worry. While it may seem baffling (and a little frustrating) that he forgets things so quickly, it’s completely normal. Here’s the deal:
Unlike younger minds, the toddler memory can actually store information. But what toddlers haven’t yet mastered is withdrawing factoids from their miniature memory banks. Why? For one thing, your little one simply hasn’t had practice narrating all the new and wonderful things he’s experiencing. He’s never had to piece together the parts of his day, so it’s hard to know where to start.
Another reason your toddler’s memory may seem spotty is because he’s focused on what’s important to him, not you. Think of it as the “absent-minded professor” syndrome — his mind is so cluttered with “his stuff,” such as the cookies and milk he’s about to gobble, that he has no time to focus on “your stuff,” like what he did at day care.
But just as it’s guaranteed he’ll grow out of those 2T jeans, his ability to recollect memories will grow, too. Soon enough he’ll probably be recounting every teeny, tiny detail of his day.
If you want to foster memory development, regular learning activities in the form of toddler memory games can help. But one thing for you to remember: He’s still really little and this stuff’s really new, so don’t scold or show frustration if he can’t remember things quite yet.
Here are a few toddler memory games to try:
Line ’em up. Arrange a couple of photos of your family in front of your toddler, then turn them facedown and see if he can remember who is in each picture. Is it Mom? The cousins? The dog? Give hints about each one before flipping them over so he has more information to go on.
Remember together. Some toddler memory games can be as simple as talking with your tot. After an outing, sit down together and reminisce about what you saw and did. If he can’t seem to remember, prompt him to get the juices flowing. “What were those squirrels doing?” He’ll learn how to tell his own (fascinating) story from your simple details.
Recall the day. Make it a habit for family members to share the day’s events at dinnertime or during your bedtime routine. That might be as simple as recalling where each of you ate lunch or whom you spoke with on the phone. You’ll sharpen your child’s memory skills and work on toddler speech while you keep in touch with what’s going on in everyone’s lives.
A few more memory tricks to have up your sleeve:
Give simple instructions. Because toddlers don’t have as much brain space to store information as older children do, dole out data in bite-sized chunks. It’s hard for them to focus on multiple things, and it’s easy to be distracted, so repeat instructions often, group “like” material together, and keep them really specific to increase the chances he’ll remember.
Ask memory-jarring questions. For example, when your toddler is starting preschool, instead of “What did you do today at school?” ask him what he had for snack, whom he sat next to during circle time, or what he did on the playground.