Thursday, May 3, 2012
Using Mnemonics in your Homeschool
A few weeks ago we finished week 36 of our 1st homeschooling year! Now that school is "over" and we're not counting hours, I find my kids are still eager to learn! This week we used mnemonics to help learn the order of the planets from the sun. If your child has a difficult time with memorization, I highly recommend this method. Mnemonics can be used in Language Arts (vocabulary, spelling), Mathematics, Science, History, and Bible memorization.
Here are some sample mnemonics you can try with your kids to see if this type of method can work for you-
5 Great Lakes of the United States:
Thirty days hath September
April, June, and November;
All the rest have thirty-one,
Save February, with twenty-eight days clear,
And twenty-nine each leap year.
Musicians can remember the notes associated with the five lines of the treble clef using the following mnemonic: (I used this exact one with piano lessons)
Every Good Boy Does Fine.
Four spaces of the treble clef spell out (from the bottom to the top) FACE.
Fat Albert Can Eat
The five lines of the bass clef from the bottom to the top
Good Boys Do Fine Always
The four spaces of the bass clef from the bottom to the top
All Cows Eat Grass
Units of Measure: Metric System
King Henry Died By Drinking Chocolate Milk.
Stands for: kilo-, hecto-, deca-, base unit, deci-, centi-, milli-,
Common Spelling Errors:
Do not believe a lie.
A secretary must keep a secret
There is an ache in every teacher.
You should be sure of your measurements before you start work.
Big Elephants Are Ugly
There was a farmer named Sep and one day his wife saw a rat. She yelled, “Sep! A rat – E!!!”
Have fun and make up your own mnemonics as well!
Please feel free to share any mnemonics you have learned in your comments.