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Ideas for Developing Early Literacy Skills
Working Memory – What is it ?            How can we improve it?

Working memory refers to how we hold on to new information so we can turn around and use it in some way. Working memory allows us to hold information without losing track of what we’re doing. We need working memory to learn and follow directions.

It is like a temporary stick-note in our brain. It holds new information in place so the brain can work with it briefly, and perhaps link it with other information. Working memory is not just for short-term use. It also helps the brain organise new information for long-term storage.
Working memory boosters can be built into everyday life. Here are a couple of ideas.

Play Card Games - Simple card games like Crazy Eights, Uno and Go Fish can improve working memory in two ways. Your child has to keep the rules of the game in mind. But he/she also has to remember what cards he/she has and which ones other people have played.

Games using Visual Memory - There are lots of matching games that can help your child work on visual memory. You can also do things like give your child a magazine page and ask him/her to circle all instances of the word the or the letter a in one minute. You can also turn number plates into a game. Take turns reciting the letters and numbers on a number plate (without peeking) and then saying them backwards, too.