I have no idea who came up with this word, mnemonics. It’s pronounced “ni-mon-iks.” It means “something intended to assist the memory, as a verse or formula.” No matter what a crazy word it is, the process works!
Do you remember “In fourteen hundred and ninety-two, Columbus sailed the ocean blue.” We’ll never forget that date, will we?
How do you spell “BECAUSE”? Just remember the acronym “Big Elephants Can Always Upset Small Elephants” and adding a picture makes it even easier to remember.
Mnemonics work because the brain stores information in patterns. And rhymes (being a pattern), are one of the most effective ways to memorize things. Say your child is having a hard time remembering 6 + 7 = 13. Try this rhyme:
6 plus 7 is 13
Playing on a soccer team
13 minus 7 is 6
I got hit like a ton of bricks!
Add a picture like the one above and memorization is easy! The rhyme helps the audio learner and the picture is remembered by the visual learner and the kinesthetic learner absorbs it all by getting his body involved clapping out the rhyme. The reason this mnemonic works is because all three numbers of the addition and subtraction fact are being repeated and the brain is storing them together in long term memory. So fun and easy!
Try it out!