Times Tales is based on mnemonics and has been proven extremely effective. Teach your children to practice mnemonic techniques and apply them to anything they have difficulty learning and they’ll be ones step ahead. In fact, I’ve taken my cue from Jennie and incorporate mnemonics when trying to remember simple tasks.
Here’s an example of a picture mnemonic my partner Jennie used when her sister wanted placed an order for a tall, hot, double-shot mocha with whipped cream.
Jennie pictured a tall, attractive (hot) cowboy in dark clothing (mocha), wearing two six-guns (double shot) and a white hat (whipped cream). Effective, eh?
To use mnemonics with your kids, make a list of things you’d like to memorize and then see who can come up with the best mnemonic for remembering it. A mnemonic can be a picture in your mind, a song or a silly sentence.
Below are some silly sentence mnemonics I found for the seven steps of scientific classification. I thought they might come in handy if you are studying plants now that the weather is nicer.
King Pig Came Over For Grub Saturday
King Phillip Came Over For German Sausages
King Penguins congregate on frozen ground sometimes
King Philip came over from Germany speedily
Kings play chess on fine grained sand
You may feel like you’re just having fun, but if your student can learn to incorporate memory tricks into his study habits, he’ll be all the better for it. And besides, it IS fun!
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