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Learning by Music & Rhymes

Updated on September 25, 2015

Music and Rhymes

Learning can be hard and complicated with all the little details, but you can make learning fun by making rhymes and maybe adding a little music to them. Dance it out if you have to. Hannah Montana did it with the Bone Dance. She couldn't get all 206 by reading and memorizing, so she made a rhyme and dance (video below).

I mean, think about it, someone way back when added a little melody to the alphabet, and that's how must of us are able to remember all 26 of the ABC's.

How easy is it to remember all the words to the Hannah Montana songs, Justin Timberlake, Skillet, Lo Rida, or any other band or musician that you enjoy listening to?

I'd think pretty easy, since there's a little rhyme and rhythm to the songs.

So, if you or your child is having problems with a particular subject, turn it into a fun rhyme that he'll be sure to remember.

9's Multiplication Rap Song

Learning with Music

Music alone teaches children rhythm and sounds. But, it's been proven that beats can help children learn various features of reading, to include rhymes and phonological awareness.

This is included when learning rhymes and songs to help learn facts. Because in most songs, the lines are repeated, the repetition of the lines and the simple rhythm of the song, help the child learn the facts faster.

Again, I fall back to referencing the alphabet. I'm sure that not matter how old you are, you still remember the letters in order.

Multiplication tables are, also, sometimes taught in a rhyme format.

Learning by music, rhymes, and rhythm, makes the actual learning process fun and interesting versus: 2 times 2 is 4. 2 times 3 is 6. 2 times 4 is 8. 2 times 5 is 10. That's just boring to me.

Check out this simple multiplication rap:

2 x 1 is 2

That's the very first thing that we need to do

2 x 2 is 4

Don't you know your mind is an open door

2 x 3 is 6

I bet you didn't know you could learn like this...

Or, you can turn simple facts into fun riddles and rhymes:

On April Fools Day, Nun 9 is very upset with Fergus 4 the Fisherman because Fergus put a whoopee cushion on the Church pew. Nun 9 says "You and your dirty tricks!"

4 x 9 = 36 (36 sounds like dirty tricks). Although this is a less fun and rhythmic way to learn, it can be great when learning words and definitions.

Make Boring Schoolwork Fun with Music

Learning Rhymes

When coming up with a fun rhyme to help yourself or your child, you can either come up with your own beats or use an old child's song, like "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star," "Happy Birthday," "Farajaca," or any other child's song that has a simple rhythm to remember.

I have found when using the melody to well known songs, it can be easier to remember the new lyrics to the old music.

One of my most favorite learning rhymes was taught to me in Algebra 2- the quadratic equation. The teacher always had good results when teaching the quadratic equation in song; I still know the song 5 years later. Mind, you the equation is sung with the tune of Farajaca.

Negative Be-ee, negative Be-ee.

Plus or minus square root.

Plus or minus square root.

B square minus 4AC.

B square minus 4AC.

All over 2A. All over 2A.


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    • Joyful Pamela profile image

      Joyful Pamela 

      8 years ago from Pennsylvania, USA

      I still learn and memorize things by putting it to rhyme and rhythm! Great article! :)

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      9 years ago i learned this song to the quadratic equations to the tune of the flinestones...

      Opposite b, plus or minus

      square root b squared

      negative 4ac

      all over 2a

      thats the quadratic formulee

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      Haydee Anderson 

      9 years ago from Hermosa Beach

      This hub makes me remember during my schooldays, Putting rythm on the things you memorize makes it easier to remember.


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