Word games to aid the memory
Why learning some simple mnemonics can help your child to remember
The term mnemonic may sound a little perplexing but the idea behind it is simple. The word comes from the Greek mnemonikos meaning "of the mind" and a mnemonic is a simple tool to aid the memory - whether it takes the form of rhyme, catchphrase, spelling or acronym. Here are some fun mnemonics to have a go at memorising with your child:
Big Elephants Can Always Understand Small Elephants - because
A Rat In The House May Eat The Ice Cream - arithmetic
Not Every Cat Eats Sardines (Some Are Really Yummy) - necessary
'i' before 'e' except after 'c'
And 'weird' is just weird
The order of the planets...
Most Volcanoes Erupt Mouldy Jam Sandwiches Usually Never Perhaps
My Very Educated Mother Just Served Us Nine Pies
(Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, Pluto)
The number of days in each month...
Thirty days hath September, April, June and November,
All the rest have thirty one,
Except for February which has twenty eight days clear,
And twenty nine in a leap year.
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