Mnemonics are a great way to help children remember important facts, difficult spellings and anything else that they need to retain. We all know how difficult practising spellings was as a child, so mnemonics are a great way for parents to get involved with making homework fun! Mnemonics work by using diff erent parts of the brain, creating visual images, as well as personal meanings. The possibilities are endless with mnemonics and there are no boundaries, so the funnier the better! PrimaryTimes takes a look at some common mnemonics that will help your children remember their planets to their colours.

Acrostics are formed by using the first letter of each word to make it more memorable. You can use these to help with spellings, important facts or to remember the order of things. Can you come up with some of your own to help remember words your child struggles to remember?

Big Elephants Can’t Always Understand Small Elephants

Rhythm Helps Your Two Hips Move.

My (Mercury)
Very (Venus)
Educated (Earth)
Mother (Mars)
Just (Jupiter)
Us (Uranus)
Noodles (Neptune)

Richard Of York Gave Battle In Vain

Ever wondered why we can remember song lyrics? Rhyming uses part of the brain that responds to rhythm and music, which makes it a great way at remembering phrases and facts.

Why not make up mnemonic to the rhythm of your favourite song?

“I before E except a er C but weird is just weird”

“Never Eat Shredded Wheat” NORTH, EAST, SOUTH, WEST

“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”

Pictures are a great way of creating a visual aid to help remember terminology. Many children memorise be מּ er by using pictures that are associated with the words. What picture can you come Up with?

I’ve Got Itchy Toes - Ight Words Why not add a picture of a snake to make sight or a monster for might?


Every New Ostrich Uses
Green Hats - Enough
Their = Belongs to There = Place

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