I recently came up with an easy way to learn the 13 colonies in chronological order. Stories are a great memory technique because they follow a sequence. The brain stores information using a sequence or pattern, so this is why it works so well.

What children need to do, is visualize the story. As you read the story, draw simple little pictures.Use stick figures and have the children draw along at the same time. It makes the story memorable and it’s fun to do. Tell 5 other people the story to reinforce the memorized information.

Encourage the entire family to get involved and see who can remember all the colonies in order.

I use stories and pictures to teach Multiplication/Division Facts and States and Capitals. Kids remember quickly and have fun doing it!

Memory Tip: The brain stores information in pictures, not words and remembers through associations.

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