A Brief Overview of How Mnemonics Work
"Mnemonics are based on the principle that the brain is a pattern-seeking device, always looking for associations between the information it is receiving and what is already stored. If the brain can find no link or association, it is highly unlikely that the information will be stored in long-term memory. Unfortunately, this scenario is relatively commonplace in the classroom" (Wolfe, 2001).
The brain has trouble storing information that it can not associate with pictures, such as letters and numbers. Mnemonics create rhyming links or associations that give the brain an organizational framework on which to hook new information. Educational Memory Aids first started developing memory aids for math and phonics in 1985. Since that time we have developed and copyrighted a memory aid program that can be built upon as students advance in subject matter. View our memory aid flash cards, posters, art activities, lessons, and stories that make learning math facts and phonics fun and easy!
I look forward to brining these memory aids to your students and children to help them develop their basic math and reading skills.
Susan Jones, Educator, Author, Illustrator
Presidential Awardee Mathematics
Toyota Tapestry Ambassador State of Arkansas
Christa McAuliffe Fellow