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People have different ways of remembering stuff. You might remember the rhythm of a phone number, or the pattern your fingers make on the keyboard when you dial it. We remember using all our senses - what we see, hear, smell, touch or taste.
If you have to memorise information, there are some tricks that can be useful. Strangely that often involves adding extra things to remember such as a pattern of letters, ideas or associations. These are called mnemonics (a tricky word you don't necessarily have to remember). Here are a couple of useful rhymes:
1) "Richard (of York Gave Battle in Vain". The first letter of each word helps you remember the colours of the rainbow in order - Red, Yellow, Green, Blue, Indigo and Violet.
2) Learn to spell "because" with the rhyme "Big elephants can always understand small elephants". The first letter of each word spells "because".
Help your child find new ways to memorise things. Download the PDF top right of this page to discover some more useful rhymes and tips.
Talking and listening helps your child build their language and thinking skills – this is a great foundation for them to learn more. Asking questions, finding out answers and looking up words together will help build your child’s vocabulary and knowledge of the world around them.
Encourage your child to give their opinions and to ask questions about things they see around them. Help your child to make decisions by discussing their ideas. Check if your child understands different things they hear. Encourage your child to teach you new words and phrases they have learnt.
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