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
I just received the nicest comment about “Let’s Memorize States & Capitals” cards. This is why I love what I do. (Making memorizing fun.) I spent a lot of time thinking about how I could associate the state name with the capital name. I tried different stories and pictures and if I couldn’t remember them after a few weeks, out they’d go until I found the perfect match. I also love it when parents participate in the learning fun with their kids!
How the States & Capitals Cards work:
On one side of the card, is the question, “What is the capital of Louisiana?” On the back is s picture and short story to make an association with the name of the capital and the state name.
Louise and Anna sat on a bat and put
on rouge before the baseball game.
Remember: Louisiana = Louise & Anna
Baton Rouge = bat on rouge
Sylvia writes: “The state Capitals are simply amazing. I have a 6 year old son who started learning them a month ago and he already knows most of the Capitals. We work on two at a time and he actually loves them. I am learning them along with him. Before this system I could never remember them.”
July 26, 2011 Comments Off
I’m excited! I Just finished creating a set of cards for memorizing states and capitals using pictures and associations and I am really pleased with the result!! Here’s a preview:
This is a great way to have your children learn not only the capital for each state but it’s location. How many of us don’t know where certain states are located?? This system makes it easy. States are grouped by regions. There are U.S. maps to help kids locate the states and assessment sheets to check their progress.
The reason it works so well is because there’s a memory trigger for the state name that ties in with the capital name. Look at the sample card. What is the capital of Washington? Washington brings to mind, “George Washington” and the picture of old George doing figure skating at the Olympics pops into your head. Now you have the reminder that the capital of Washington is Olympia.
It’s a fun way to learn! Let me know what you think.
January 26, 2011 6 Comments