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How easy it would be to open a book and just by looking at it to be able to remember and memorize everything! Perhaps some privileged mind can do it, but for those who like me are not so lucky, there is the Palace of Memory, a technique that can help children learn easily and simply!
The technique of the Palace of Memory It is a memorization technique similar to the Loci method, which is based on association and visualization mechanisms. It basically consists of relating information that you want to memorize, remember and learn objects that the person knows perfectly and in a certain order.
What this method proposes is that each person creates in his head a house or a palace - the bigger the better - to divide it into rooms and each of the rooms (must contain many elements) will be associated with the information that the person needs to memorize and learn.
For the most effective result, it is recommended take inspiration from a real building and even known because that way it will be easier to memorize the elements of it. Generally everyone thinks of their house, even if it is small, but it is more familiar and recognizable.
And after this brief explanation, nothing better than an example to know how to put into practice the Palace of Memory technique with our children. We will give you a very simple exercise and, later, a more complicated one that can help you, for example, when you go to the supermarket to do your shopping.
- Exercise of the Palace of Memory for children
Imagine that in Geography and History class Your child has been asked to learn the 5 continents used by the United Nations and by the International Olympic Committee, but to increase the difficulty he must do it in alphabetical order: America, Europe, Africa, Asia and Oceania.
Next, ask the little one to close his eyes and imagine that he is located in the door of the dining room of his house and the following animals and / or objects are placed there. At the entrance is the Statue of Liberty, which represents America; in the main hall is the Eiffel Tower, which is Europe; sitting on the sofa, there is a zebra, which is Africa; on the table he comes across a Chinese dragon, which belongs to Asia, and finally, on a chair there is a kangaroo, which is Oceania.
Once the little one has drawn these elements in his living room, allow him a few minutes to drink water and encourage him to tell you what was in his memory palace, to take that journey with his mind, he can even move around the room to help each other. How have you done it? It sure is great!
You can use this method for when you have to learn the names of rivers, mountains or writers and, for example, change rooms. That the names of rivers are in your room and each object you have there, a different one. This way studying will be easier!
- Exercise of the Palace of Memory for parents
And now, it will be you, mom or dad, the one who has to test your memory and your ability to remember everything. Imagine that you have to make the shopping list, but that you always lose the post it where you write everything down and, of course, you end up taking what you shouldn't and forgetting what you need. In this case, ehe Palace of Memory will be your great savior.
Imagine that this week you have to buy lentils, milk, bread, wipes, water, and cookies. Think about all the elements you have in the bathroom: mirror, bathtub, toilet, brush, shampoo, towel ... Then you will begin to associate each product with one of the elements of the toilet; so when you see the mirror, a packet of lentils will be reflected in it; In the bathtub, you will only see milk (and not water), in the toilet you will not be able to sit because it will be full of loaves of bread; and when you want to take the brush, you will notice that there are wet wipes next to it ... and so on.
If the first time you create your Memory palace You notice that it is difficult for you to remember all the objects or concepts, you may have to practice a little more visualizations and associations, you must fill them with more details or involve more other senses.
This technique requires your practice, because it is a way of studying, memorizing and learning to remember it that your training requires, but once you start ... it hooks because of how effective it is! So that you can make the most of it, here are a series of tips:
- Build your Memory palace based on a place you know, because, as we have mentioned previously, it will be easier for you to remember what is in it and move more easily. You will have a part of the path already done.
- Each room must contain different elements, because otherwise you could get confused. For example, if in the living room there is a television that we have associated with the name of a writer and in the bedroom we also find another television, which in this case we have associated with the name of a scientist, we may end up confusing them and let us give one the concept of the other.
- Our Memory palace it should be easily covered. Nothing about having to go backwards, going up and / or down many stairs, zigzagging or jumping, because the only thing that will happen is that we will get lost.
- Each room has to contain many elements. For example, our room will consist of a bed, a chair, a closet, a shelf, a coat rack ... The more elements, the more concepts we can learn, since we will have more "anchors" to assign an object.
Do we start to practice this technique to help children learn, study and remember everything as if it were a game?
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