Mnemonics are cool…

Mnemonics are really cool ways to remember things and can come in very handy. We keep noticing them in different areas of our lives and I thought it might be nice to start a little collection of some of our favourites right here.

When the clocks changed recently this one came to mind – Spring forward, fall back – a useful little saying to help remember whether to change those clocks an hour forwards or back.

Some cute spelling mnemonics sophofbread and artybaker found useful when they were learning these words…

because – big elephants can always understand small elephants   

necessary – never eat crisps eat salad sandwiches and raspberry yoghurt 

Another spelling one for a really tricky word…

diarrhoea – dave in a rush really hurry or else accident

Two old favourites…

for the compass points going clockwise – Never Eat Shredded WheatNorth, East, South, West, and

for the colours of the rainbow – Richard Of York Gave Battle In VainRed, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Indigo, Violet

Mnemonics can also be visual – I love the fact that African elephants have large ears shaped rather like Africa and Indian elephants have smaller ones. similar to their home country too.

Bactrian camels have two humps, like a ‘B’ on its side and the Dromedary, well they just have one, like a ‘D’ on its side – cool!

If you are like me and can never remember the rhyme ‘Thirty days hath..’ then here is a little trick using your knuckles that might help…

Months

Every month that falls on a knuckle or ‘hill’ has 31 days, while those that fall on a ‘valley’ between two knuckles have less (February has 28 days usually but 29 in leap years. April, June, September and November all have 30 days).

To remember your left and right, hold out your hands in front of you like the picture below and you will notice that your left thumb and index finger make an ‘L’ shape, ‘handy’ you might say!

Left and Right

Pteroturtle has been asking lots of questions recently about what order the planets go from the sun. Instead of having to look this up each time I went looking for a useful mnemonic to help us all remember. I liked this one…

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Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune

Sophofbread found some mnemonics for her guitar strings, my favourite was – Elephants And Donkeys Grow Big Ears

And finally, I’m hoping to impress our nephew with this one. A way to recall the order of the actors who have played the Doctor in Doctor Who…

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Hartnell, Troughton, Pertwee, Baker (Tom), Davison, Baker (Colin), McCoy, McGann, Eccleston, Tennant, Smith, Capaldi

Have a great day…

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