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 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
Wow! That’s a bold claim! But it’s true. There are two math subject areas that MUST be memorized or children will suffer all of their lives… addition/subtraction facts and multiplication/division facts. Picture this; your child is taking a math test with word problems and they understand the mathematical procedure of what to do, but as they are slowly counting on their fingers, they miss by one. The problem is wrong, near misses don’t count. Plus they aren’t able to finish all of the test because so much time is wasted counting. Math scores plummet. [Read more →]
February 22, 2010 Comments Off