Memory Techniques to Help Your ADHD / LD Child

Does your LD child have problems remembering certain facts in science, math, history or English class? Have you tried using mnemonics (pronounced ni-mon-iks) to help him recall facts?

These memorization techniques have been invaluable in my son’s schooling. A few of his favorites include:

  • ROY G BIV
    Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Indigo, Violet.
    (This helps students remember the order of the colors in a rainbow)

 

  • Please Excuse My Dear Aunt Sally
    Parentheses, Exponents, Multiplication, Division, Addition, Subtraction.
    (This allows students to remember the Order of Operations in math)

 

  • My Very Earnest Mother Just Served Us Nine Pickles
    Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, Pluto
    (This is an easy way to remember the order of the planets from the sun out)

 

  • Thirty days hath September, …
    (I even use this mnemonic to help me remember the number of days each month)
    Thirty days hath September,
    April, June, and November;
    All the rest have thirty-one
    Excepting February alone:
    Which hath but twenty-eight, in fine,
    Till leap year gives it twenty-nine.

 

  • HOMES
    Huron, Ontario, Michigan, Erie, and Superior
    (An easy way to remember the five Great Lakes)

 

  • In 1492 Columbus Sailed the Ocean Blue

For additional mnemonics and other memory techniques you can utilize to help your child, visit these websites:

Does your child need to remember something that you can’t find a mnemonic for? Visit the following site, which offers a free mnemonic generator:

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