Montessori allows memory skills to develop by connecting the memorization of a particular fact to so many other areas simultaneously that almost *anything* can be a trigger for a needed memory.
- performing all four operations utilizing the golden bead material as well as the stamp game – both are kinesthetic to varying degrees, the golden beads require collecting material by walking and the stamp game requires fine motor movement and introduces writing out the operations;
- this child has also probably worked on counting up and down the short and long chains, representing the squares and cubes of the numbers 1-10, introducing skip-counting and multiples (and indirect introduction to factors). Some Montessori environments include a writing-related extension for the chains. Many children turn the skip counting up and down into something of a chant, all on their own.
- the child may be using the snake game for addition and subtraction, which include a verification stage that utilizes multiplication.
- the multiplication material itself involves some bead boards, strip boards and charts – before even getting to the writing portion with the booklets.
Montessori develops memory skills in a variety of areas.
Order in the environment – Sensorial and Exercises of Practical Life:
As the child works through math problems throughout primary and elementary, the child should be verbalizing the process. This helps to internalize the skills at hand - saying, hearing it, finding words to explain it, the physical manipulation, the visual acuity.
And remember! The control of error is in one's own senses - there is NO OTHER control of error here!
But it is never too late to get started.
- Eat right. Limit sugar intake which causes huge fluctuations in the blood and brain.
- You learn something new, use it right away – many times over. You meet someone new, use their name several times in the next few minutes, while looking that person in the eye.
- When you are going into another room to get or do something, repeat the plan several times in your mind or out loud.
- Need to memorize something important? Make up a song for it.
- If you are looking for a nutritional method of memory assistance, rosemary is an excellent herb of choice; if you don’t like the flavor, the rosemary essential oil can be utilized via aromatherapy to stimulate the memory centers of the brain.
- If you have access to the Montessori materials, do the primary level exercises yourself! Challenge yourself!
- Get up and move! Circulating blood brings more oxygen to all areas of your body, connecting multiple types of experiences to information you want to remember, and generally having more energy – all aid in memory retention.