When will they begin remembering? Kids can remember a lot, says Giselle Eljincolin, school director and mother of two. But they tend to forget because young children’s memories are very selective. They store distinctive and relevant data but they fail to remember things that seem unimportant to them at the moment.
Developing The Habits Eljincolin suggests teaching kids by habit and example, instead of bombarding them with many rules.
Whatever you want your kids to keep in mind, let them do it again and again until it becomes a habit. When your kids develop a habit, they will do things automatically; hence, no memory or reflection necessary.
Most importantly, keep encouragements coming. This will build up your kids’ confidence until they reach the planned behavior you set in the beginning.
PARENT TIPS Giselle Santos-Eljincolin, school director, and Kra Lagman-Magabo, special education teacher, give parents tips on helping their preschool tots keep track of duties and responsibilities:
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Photography by David Hanson Ong
Giselle Santos-Eljincolin, school director, Creative Explorers School for Children
Kra Lagman-Magabo, special education teacher, Cradle of Joy
Smart Start: The Parents’ Complete Guide to Preschool Education, by Marian Edelman Borden