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. [Read more →]
May 18, 2012 9 Comments
I recently found the most amazing book Mapping the World by Heart by David J. Smith, that teaches students (5th grade through college) how to learn the names and locations of 190 countries in the world. And if that isn’t enough, the student is able to draw and label all the countries including rivers, mountains and major cities, starting from a blank sheet of paper! [Read more →]
November 11, 2011 Comments Off
It’s easy to remember a list of things. Let’s say we want to remember the 7 continents in the world.
- North America
- South America
Step 1 – Analyze the list.
Four continents begin with the letter “A”.
Two other continents begin with “A” but have a “North” or “South” in front of them.
One continent begins with an “E”.
Step 2 – Visualize and make up a story.
To remember the four “A” continents, visualize a lion in Africa leaping down to Antarctica where it’s cold. A penguin jumps on the lion’s back and off they fly to Australia and pick up a koala bear who wants to see a panda in Asia. Draw a picture of the animals, showing the names of the continents.
Step 3 – What “A”s are left?
The other two “A”s are for North America and South America which are easy to remember.
Step 4 – The easy “E”
That just leaves the “E” continent which is Europe.
August 4, 2011 1 Comment