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No single mental ability is more important to personal success than a powerful memory.
While most adults and children have the capacity for phenomenal memory, few ever know the simple secrets ofharnessing this amazing ability.
Learning the techniques in MEMORY LANGUAGE and practising often is the key to powerful memory recall.
This book is written in a simple, easy-to-read style and the cartoon format and humorous stories will enable everyone to learn while being amused and entertained. It will teach both children and adults the valuable skill of imagery. You should be able to master the basic technique in less than an hour—the average adult reader can do it in 48 minutes!
AT THE END OF THIS BOOK YOU WILL BE AMAZED AT THE RECALL ABILITY THAT YOU AND YOUR CHILDREN HAVE DEVELOPED.
To get the best out of this book follow these simple guidelines:
• It is important that each reader knows the nursery rhyme song in the book. If you don't know it, turn to page 35 and practise it before you begin the story.
• The story is about two children who are asked to take a trip to the shops and remember a list often items. In reality, you would not ask young children to remember such a large list and the average adult would have difficulty remembering half this number of items. But in this book it is an essential part of the story to teach the lessons.
• We will be asking the readers to clearly visualise a number of images known as Memory Pegs. Each person may imagine a different version of them. For example, if you ask eight-year-olds to visualise a shoe one child may think of a ballet shoe, anothermight see a football boot and an adult could picture a sneaker. It is important to let each reader have his or her own version of the Memory Peg because personalisation makes recall easier.
• This is a participation book so get everyone involved. When the children in the story begin to visualise their Grandfather's instructions, stop the story and you and your children do the same exercise. Study each illustration and ask everyone to comment on it. Then ask them to recall the item they think belongs to that page.
And when you've all mastered the skills, let the kids use the book as a colouring book. Most of all, have a good time.
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Adam was sad.
His Mother's birthday was today and he and his sister Jasmine had decided to make a special gift for her.
Jasmine had made a beautiful, coloured paper flower and Adam should have painted patterns all around the flowerpot in which it sat. But Adam had forgotten to do his part!
Adam felt that his mother would think that he didn't care about her. And Jasmine was angry with him.
All because he had a bad memory.
"If I'd remembered to paint the flowerpot, Mum would have her birthday present and Jasmine wouldn't be angry with me," he thought.
The next morning the kids caught the school bus, as usual.
But now Jasmine had a feeling that she had forgotten something.
What was it?
"Good morning, children," said the teacher.
"Good morning, Mrs Varney," replied the children.
"Please hand in the notes from your parents allowing you to go on the class beach trip today," she said.
Now Jasmine knew what she had forgotten!
It was her responsibility to bring the beach note to the teacher so that she and Adam could also go to the beach with the class.
But she had forgotten it!
"Adam and Jasmine, because you don't have your note you won't be able to come to the beach with us today. You'll have to spend the day studying in the school library," said Mrs Varney.
"If only I had remembered!" thought Jasmine. "Adam and I would be having a great day at the beach with our friends."
'I wish I had a good memory," she said.
The class waved goodbye to the kids and headed for the beach.
After school Adam and Jasmine had to walk all the way home. The school bus was at the beach with the class.
They didn't even want to go out and play.
All the other kids would be talking about was what a fun day they'd had swimming and building sand castles.
At the bus stop the next morning their friend James was very upset with them.
"Where were you both yesterday?" asked James. "We had a great time at my birthday party, but you two weren't there. Why didn't you come?"
"Gee, James, we're sony. We forgot. Bad Memory again!" said the kids.
Before bed that night Jasmine and Adam discussed their memory problem.
"What can we do about our forgetfulness?" asked Adam.
"First I forgot to paint Mum's flowerpot, then you left our school note at home and now we've both forgotten James' birthday party!"
"What are we going to do?" sighed Jasmine. "Who knows the answer?"
"Grandpa!" they both cried.
The next day after school they went to see Grandpa.
"Grandpa, we have a problem. We forget things all the time.
"What can we do?" they asked.
"Well..." said Grandpa, "I have a special trick that will help you to remember almost anything."
"In fact, remembering is easy when you know how."
"Remembering is not easy for us, Grandpa," said the kids.
"We're always forgetting to do things." Grandpa laughed.
"No, kids. Youjust haven't learned how to use your memory the way it was meant to be used."
The kids' eyes lit up. Was there a way that they could learn how to remember things?
"I'll explain," said Grandpa.
"Let's say that on Sunday morning your Mother gives you a list of ten things to do before lunch. She says, children, I want you to
1. feed the cat and
2. pick up your toys. Then you can buy an
3. ice-cream cone each from the shop. Also buy
4. a big tomato for sandwiches. Then go to the supermarket and buy
5. a custard pie for dessert and
6. a dozen eggs. On the way home, pick up our
7. holiday photos from the chemist and then get the
8. chocolate cake that Mrs Suter has baked for us. When you get back I want you to
9. water the garden and then 10. do your homework.
When you've finished, we'll have lunch."
"Now that's a lot to remember, isn't it?" said Grandpa.
"How could anyone remember all that?" sighed Jasmine.
"Well, I'm going to teach you the secret of how to do it!" whispered Grandpa. "The secret is...
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