We are right in the middle of my 5 Day Series to help you improve your memory. You can use mnemonics to remember all kinds of information but I am using this week to mainly focus on school subjects.
For whatever reason, I never really enjoyed history in school. What’s really sad is I actually only remember learning anything at all in just a few of the grades – 5th grade, I remember doing a fun project on US states and a class project on economics; 7th grade, I just remember my teacher being very boring and monotone; and 9th grade, I remember my teacher was the tennis coach and all we did was given worksheets that we could work on as groups and just filled in blanks. I think there might have been tests but they were open book too. It’s no wonder I thought I hated history. Until I started homeschooling. And now I have learned so much right along with my kids. But while I was in school, any little bit of information I retained about history was pretty much by the use of little rhymes and such that I learned along the way or made up.
One of the first mnemonics I ever learned was this one:
Year Columbus Discovered America:
In fourteen hundred and ninety-two,
Columbus sailed the ocean blue.
The 13 Colonies by dates they became states
(you have to actually sing the initials when you see the abbreviations and not the full name of the state or it won’t rhyme)
Del, Penn, NJ
Led the way,
George, Conn, Mass
Next in class.
Eight, South Carrie.
New Hamp, nine on
the founding state.
New York was late.
They cast the die
and saved the day
for the USA.
Civil War dates:
When the North the South did shun,
’twas eighteen hundred sixty-one
When the union did survive,
twas eighteen hundred sixty-five.
Civil War colors:
Blue = Union
Gray = Confederacy
Tomorrow, I will help you out with some science!!!