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:
HOMES-
Huron
Ontario
Michigan
Erie
Superior

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:

BELIEVE
Do not believe a lie.

SECRETARY
A secretary must keep a secret

TEACHER
There is an ache in every teacher.

MEASUREMENT
You should be sure of your measurements before you start work.

BEAUTIFUL
Big Elephants Are Ugly

SEPARATE
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.


2 comments:

  1. great ideas!!!! hmmm...need to come up with a few now...

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  2. That was a brilliant article. I am a mnemonic-holic too.

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