Summer can be
a good time to
find out how the
Question: I would love to take the “
summer off” as other families do, but my
child seems to forget everything he has
learned if I don’t have him do some school
work every day. Math is especially hard if
I don’t keep doing problems throughout
the summer. What should I do?
Answer: This is a dilemma for many families. We have to consider why the child is
forgetting his math facts, processes, and
reading or spelling words during the summer. If these facts don’t seem to be “
sticking,” then let’s look at how we can shore up
his visual memory so they do stick.
Same old . . . Same old . . .
If we use the same methods during the
summer that we used during the school
year, we will not have changed anything.
Workbooks, recitation, and other auditory methods do not seem to be working.
Therefore, let’s change teaching strategies
entirely. Let’s send his brain to camp!
Summer Brain Training Camp
Consider using alternative methods
to make the summer a brain/memory
strengthening time. Parents do this by
using the effective “Three-Pronged Approach” to improve learning abilities.
1. Training the child’s visual “
2. Physical brain integrating exercises
3. Feeding the brain superfood
Photographic Memory Training
Summer is the perfect time to train a
child’s photographic memory. The rea-
son a child forgets during the summer
is because the information has not been
properly stored in his long-term memory
storage, which is the right brain hemi-
sphere. The process of storing learned
information in the long-term memory is
taught by showing the child how to use
his photographic memory. This is an easy
and lifelong learning strategy that can be
taught at home and will pay off in a much
better school year in the fall.
The best way to do this is to use the
Train/Teach Method. We accomplish two
things at once: We train the child to use
his photographic memory using the
specific area (reading, spelling, math, test-taking, etc.) in which the child is struggling. For example, if math computation
is the problem area, then train his photographic memory to store those facts in
a picture, visual form for easy storage.
For example, you can buy or make multiplication cards with “visual/emotion
memory hooks” embedded right into
them. Rather than just auditory methods
like rhyming or stories, we embed zany
pictures filled with emotion on the facts
themselves. We then put these picture-embedded cards up high to further stimulate the right brain. For fifteen minutes
a day, talk about the cards while the child
is looking up at them. Then have the
child turn away and tell you everything