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Updated on November 18, 2015

30 Days Has September

Photo Credit: - This book is featured below and can be purchased from Amazon. I still say this rhyme to remember how many days in each month.
Photo Credit: - This book is featured below and can be purchased from Amazon. I still say this rhyme to remember how many days in each month. | Source

Make Learning Fun With Mnemonics!

Learning facts can be fun with Mnemonics!

Do you remember using certain phrases or jingles to help you learn important facts? I do and I still recite many of them today. This tool helps to make learning fun and easy.

How many do you remember? I am going to list some of my favorites here but would like to hear from you, too Please share your favorite ways to learn facts with all the readers.

Hope you enjoy learning some new, fun ways to learn or enjoy remembering some old ways! I can't wait to hear some of your favorites, too.

What is Mnemonics?

According to Wikipedia, Mnemonics (with a silent M) is any learning technique that helps the user remember facts.

Every Good Boy Deserves Fudge Book of Mnemonics - Just click this book to purchase or browse around

I remember learning "Every Good Boy Does Fine" but I know a lot of folks learned "Every Good Boy Deserves Fudge" - either way, it works as a good way to learn the lines of the treble clef: EGBDF . Doesn't this book sounds interesting? Read the reviews. One reader said it best when he said "this is a keeper"!

It would be a fun idea to start writing down the ones you remember in a notebook to pass on to your children or grandchildren.

Every Good Boy Deserves Fudge

Every Good Boy Deserves Fudge: The Book of Mnemonic Devices
Every Good Boy Deserves Fudge: The Book of Mnemonic Devices

This book of Mnemonics sounds like one that would be good to purchase. Actually, I learned it as "Every Good Boy Does Fine"


Colors In A Rainbow


Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Indigo and Violet

Roy G. Biv - colors in the rainbow

Acronym for learning the colors in the rainbow - make learning fun!

Roy G. Biv is an easy way to learn the colors in the rainbow:

R is for Red

O is for Orange

Y is for Yellow

G is for Green

B is for Blue

I is for Indigo

V is for Violet

Is this the way you learned the colors of the rainbow? I sure did and still use it. It is so funny how all these little rhymes come back to you many years later, isn't it? This is a little different from the song "I Can Sing A Rainbow" but this correct.

Days in Each Month of The Year

Learning how many days are in each month

Does the month have 30, 31 or 29? I still recite this one a lot. Do you?

Here is an easy way to remember:

30 Days has September

April, June and November

All the rest have 31

Except for February

It stands Alone

I guess this one of my most used rhymes because I never can remember how many days certain months have. I know I have learned to depend on this little rhyme but I think that is kinda neat. I catch myself reciting it and get tickled thinking about it.

Date Columbus Discovered America

Remember the date Columbus discovered America


In 1492

Columbus Sailed

The Ocean Blue

First Aid

What to do when someone feels "lightheaded"?

An easy rhyme helps you remember

When the face is RED

Raise the HEAD

When the face is PALE

Raise the TAIL

Name The Planets

Name The Planets

Can you name them in order from the sun out?

For many years the following was used by school children to learn the planets but in 2006 this had to change:

My Very Earnest Mother Just Served Us Nine Pickles

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

In 2006 Pluto lost his Planethood Status so the following became the new mnemonic:

My Very Ernest Mother Just Served Us Noodles

Don't forget that every 248 years, Neptune will be the furthest planet for 20 years.

Check out this cool book

Cool Ways To Learn Stuff on Amazon - Click to purchase or browse around

This really sounds like a great book for Mnemonics. Thanks to my sister for finding it.

As seen in the Introduction of the Article

Thirty Days Has September: Cool Ways to Remember Stuff (Best at Everything)
Thirty Days Has September: Cool Ways to Remember Stuff (Best at Everything)

This sounds like one that every classroom should have, doesn't it? In fact, it sure sounds like a fun one to have at home. You can never know too many mnemonics.


Remembering How To Set A Table

Which items go to the left of the plate and which ones go to the right?

Here is an easy way to remember so you will have good manners.

Left - Even Letters:
The word "Left" has even number of letters with 4 letters as does the word "Fork". The napkin goes to the left and it has 6 letters which is an even number.

Right - Odd Letters
The word "Right" has an odd number of letters with 5 letters as does Knife, Spoon, and Glass.

Learning With Music

Our 50 States of the United States of America - Song to learn the 50 states

How Did You Learn To Spell "Mississippi"?

This is how I learned!

M - i - Crooked Letter - Crooked Letter - i - Crooked Letter - Crooked Letter - i - Humpback - Hump Back - i

Learn the Books of the Old Testament - Singing this song makes learning fun!

I remember how proud I was when I finally learned all the books of the Bible.

Is this the song you sang as a child

Learning the Books of the New Testament - This song makes Learning the Books of the New Testament easy

MP3 Downloads of Songs for Learning - Great Songs for Learning - download here

Just click the link and choose the song that you would like to download from Amazon.

Songs For Learning
Songs For Learning

Toddlers will love these Songs for Learning!


A B C's - An all time favorite

Every child loves to sing the Alphabet song

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    • asereht1970 profile image

      asereht1970 3 years ago

      Fun to learn about these mneumonics. There's a lot I'm not familiar with.

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      Deborah Carr 3 years ago from Orange County, California

      These are great tricks to know!

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      Dancing Cowgirl Design 3 years ago from Texas

      I still use the one for th number of day in a month all the time. These are very helpful.

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      Diana Grant 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      I've just started reading "Use Your Memory" by Tony Buzan, so was very interested to see this I must remember to remember some mnemonics!

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      RoadMonkey 4 years ago

      I learned the colours of the rainbow from Read of Your Green Book in Verse. In the UK, a favourite one is Richard of York gained battles in vain. The planets were Many Variety Entertainers Make Jokes, some unfortunately naughty, perhaps!Great lens, thanks.

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      Merry Citarella 4 years ago from Oregon's Southern Coast

      What a fun lens! I'd forgotten about many of these. Great way to learn and to remember. Still smiling! Thanks.

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      Pam Irie 4 years ago from Land of Aloha

      Oh wow, I haven't thought of these in a long time, but righty tighty, lefty loosey is one I use constantly here at home. :)

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      Evelyn Saenz 4 years ago from Royalton

      It's been a few years since I visited this lens and I see that you have added lots more useful mnemonics. Thank you for gathering them all in one place. I look forward to passing on the mnemonics for learning the Great Lakes on to one of the classes I teach.

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      Margaret Schindel 4 years ago from Massachusetts

      I agree - mnemonics often help me remember things! Even though I don't sail, I've always liked "Red sky at morning, sailors take warning; red sky at night, sailor's delight." The mnemonic I learned for the number of days in each month is a little different than the one you learned, as it takes leap year into account:30 Days has SeptemberApril, June and NovemberAll the rest have 31Except for February, which has 28 days clearAnd 29 in each leap year.In retrospect the "clear" seems a bit of a stretch, but I can still remember it more than 50 years after I first learned it, so it must work! Thanks for sharing this wonderful lens.

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      longlakelifestyle 4 years ago

      I showed this lens to my boys - and they learned so much from it.

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 4 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      @Ruthi: It is funny what we remember from our childhood and I remember so many of these clever rhymes and songs.

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      Aunt-Mollie 5 years ago

      What a clever way to help children learn.

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      Ruthi 4 years ago

      Mnemonics make learning great fun and yes, I do remember using these when younger. The KiDSCOR video for learning the books of the New Testament was delightful! The kids really seemed to enjoy themselves. Mnemonics and other jingles and rhyme make learning fun for the kids and that makes a teacher's job easier.

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      drcarl 5 years ago

      @OhMe: Yup. I wish I could edit a comment, too...I guess I'll just have to resort to proofreading more carefully ;)

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 5 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      @drcarl: Well I do remember learning the periodic table but not with all the ionic charges. Guess that is why I never made it to Dr. school. Thanks for the visit and comment!

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 5 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      @drcarl: I do the same thing. Seems like it would be spelled like pneumonia, doesn't it?

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      drcarl 5 years ago

      (now if I can just learn to spell mnemonics - lol)

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      drcarl 5 years ago

      I love mneumonics; got me through Dr school. Try memorizing the entire periodic table along with all the ionic charges! Whew! I also LOVED a book called Word Roots and Combining Forms. Great info!

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      May Matthew 5 years ago

      Yes, I also use one for the order of the planets with my children. A very nice and helpful lens. Thank you!

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      MaryMitchell 5 years ago

      Great fun and a great help too!

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      Carol 5 years ago from Arkansas

      I loved this lens! Really brought back some old memories. And I need all the help I can get to remember things!

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      Mary 5 years ago from Chicago area

      I'm still bummed about Pluto. Mom should still be serving pickles! ;)

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      Tony Payne 5 years ago from Southampton, UK

      Very nice, and very handy too. My Mom taught me how to tell the days in the months, but it ended: "except for February alone, which has but 28 days clear, and 29 in each leap year". In the UK we also remember the colors of the rainbow with: Richard Of York Gave Battle In Vain. I know there is another one as well, just can't think of it, and Debbie can't either.

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      DocKetchup 5 years ago

      It always helps to set things to music.

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 5 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      @anonymous: That's a good one. I will add it to the list. Thanks.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Hi! This is awesome!!!! I have one for difficulty! You night have heard of it before, but it is mrs D mrs I mrs F F I, mrs C mrs U mrs L T Y.

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      srsddn lm 5 years ago

      Useful tips for learning in a fun way.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I learned days of the month by using my knuckles and the dips between to count. The first hand begins with January and ends with July. The raised knuckle indicated 31 days and the dip indicates a lower number of days in that month.

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      traveller27 5 years ago

      Some great tips here - thanks!

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 5 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      @FanfrelucheHubs: Wow, that is great to know. Thank you for sharing.

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      Nathalie Roy 5 years ago from France (Canadian expat)

      Here's one when we French learn English. Three and tree: in french letter H is pronounced like the word axe "Hache". Axes and trees don't match

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 5 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      @Paul Ward: That's a good one, Paul and they "mite reach the top". Thanks for reminding me.

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      Paul 5 years ago from Liverpool, England

      Not forgetting "tites come down" to distinguish between stalactites and stalagmites :)

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      RestlessKnights 5 years ago

      This makes learning so much easier. Thanks for sharing, this is excellent stuff.

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      maryLuu 5 years ago

      Very interesting and useful lens!

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 5 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      @tea lady 2: Thanks for dropping by and I am glad you enjoyed.

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      radasum 5 years ago

      Very useful advices.

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      mumsgather 5 years ago

      I had a lecturer once who loved to use mnemonics to teach all his lessons.

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      Pat 5 years ago from Midwest, USA

      That was fun!

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 5 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      @anonymous: I don't think I have ever heard the last part like that. Thanks

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 5 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      @anonymous: I don't think they teach them like they used to. My grandson does have some that I have never heard of and think maybe his teacher just made them up which is great.

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 5 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      @EbooksFreeWeekl1: Thank you for adding P.A.S.S.

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      EbooksFreeWeekl1 5 years ago

      You can really memorize a lot this way. Nice lens. I've added the P.A.S.S. to your list :) I think it is useful to know.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I had forgot about some of these - do they teach these in school anymore?

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      John Tannahill 5 years ago from Somewhere in England

      I knew some of these but not all - I thought it was "every good boy deserves fruit."Oh, and apparently Pluto is no longer a planet - don't ask.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Thirty days in September, April, June, and November.All the rest have thirty-oneBut February, which has twenty-eight days, dear,And twenty-nine in each leap year.

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      RetroMom 5 years ago

      Mnemonics is a fun easy way to memorize things. Great lens!

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      Angela F 5 years ago from Seattle, WA

      You have quite a few of the mnemonics I learned as a kid and a couple I'd never heard of. Love learning something new!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Mnemonic Devices - The Revision Guy

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Your post is excellent. Im running a blog about mnemonic devices and you know how to teach this topic. Mnemonic devices are my passion so Ive decided to start a blog about this. I think I will come back very soon to share more ideas. Of course, if you want.Thank you,John from Mnemonic Devices - The Revision Guy

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Can I have the lyrics for song: New Testament Books song - Kidscor ??I find this song to be the best to teach my children new testament books..

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      JoshK47 5 years ago

      Stopping in to bless this positively wonderful lens - thanks again for sharing!

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      Michey LM 5 years ago

      Happy April Fool's Day...and have fun

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      Namymartyn 6 years ago

      nice lens created by you really appreciable..........

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      PoeticChristian 6 years ago

      Wow! I learned something new, but I also remember that if you make a fist and every knuckle is the long months and the area between the knuckles are the short months. Still to this day,I remember the word. H.O.M.E.S. to remember the 5 great Lakes-H-Huron, O-Ontario M-Michigan E-Erie S-Superior.

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      Barbara Tremblay Cipak 6 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      Ha! I used this method when the kids were younger! works great - actually still do this from time to time

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      MGuberti 6 years ago

      Wow, this lens really does bring back memories from a long time ago. Thanks!

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      truorder 6 years ago

      Brings back old memories. Thanks for sharing. I learned 50 nifty United States in elementary school.

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      ronaldpakasi 6 years ago

      Great lens! Mnemonics helped me a lot during my undergrad study....hahaha!

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      Odille Rault 6 years ago from Gloucester

      What a fabulous idea for a lens! I love these - there were quite a few I'd never heard before, and some with slightly different wording to the ones I grew up with. Very interesting and fun lens! Blessed. :)

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      hsschulte 6 years ago

      mnemonics are so handy when memorizing facts for school. I learned one hear that I hadn't heard before.

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      Johanna Eisler 6 years ago

      I learned many of the same ones you did! When I home-schooled my daughter, I made up a "Planet Song" to the tune of "Old MacDonald":Planets go around the sun,E-I, E-I, O!Learning them is so much fun,E-I, E-I, O!Mercury, VenusEarth, Mars Jupiter,Saturn, UranusNeptune, PlutoPlanets go around the sun,E-I, E-I, O!Then each planet had a little verse of its own, simply stating a little fact about that planet. I still find myself humming it when I'm trying to remember something about a planet and its relation to the other planets. :) Memories...

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      Ram Ramakrishnan 6 years ago

      The approach to learn anything well, there is but one;Shed reticence, wed curiosity, make the process fun!

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      Pangionedevelopers 6 years ago

      i liked this so much, I " liked" you 5x :)....return the favor would be appreciated

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      Peggy Hazelwood 6 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      These mnemonics are great ways to learn. Love your examples!

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      rayray131 6 years ago

      NIce lens, Used to use some of the same

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      What we learn having fun is well learned...blessed by a likes to learn with fun angel!

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      LeopoldBlatt 6 years ago

      Lovely learning resource, so very well presented. The kids liked it too!

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 6 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      @yktykacronyms: I like your WOMBAT. I haven't heard that one.

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      yktykacronyms 6 years ago

      Acronyms are fun and becoming more essential in the English language as technology evolves.

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      Mistl 6 years ago

      Rhymes are great ways of remembering things. I have learned a few english ones since moving to Ireland and they help me even now as a grown up speaking something that isn't my native tongue. Great lens! :)

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      Mark-Nehs 6 years ago

      Great lens like so many of yours. Thanks pal. Squidoo is a great place and you are 1 of the shining stars.

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      JoshK47 6 years ago

      Very clever stuff here! Blessed by a SquidAngel!

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      emrldphx 6 years ago

      Cool article on mnemonics! Have you ever worked with visual mnemonic systems?

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      VOLUME OF CYLINDER HOW MUCH ? "R" SQUARE "H", "R" SQUARE " H". -From "Forget forgetting" by N L Shraman

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      Yvonne L. B. 6 years ago from Covington, LA

      @naturegirl7s: P.S. This lens was the 900th that I squid liked. :)

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      Yvonne L. B. 6 years ago from Covington, LA

      I remembered most of them. Great lens. Sprinkled with dust from the Angel of the farmyard on a Back to School Field Trip and featured on 70 Super Angel Blessed Squidoo Pages.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Very cool learning tool. Great lens. Thank you. :)

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      Philippians468 6 years ago

      thank you for this enlightening lens! sure makes learning fun and easy! cheers

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      CruiseReady 7 years ago from East Central Florida

      What a fun lens! I was going to add the ones for remembering the notes of the treble clef, but someone already did. should have know it would be one of the first!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Very interesting lens. I have never used these tricks, well not since i was a "wee little lad" but i can definitely see how it can help. Great lens, keep up the good work!

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      MyFairLadyah2 7 years ago

      I use so many memory tricks you have hereThey really aid to keep facts nearGreat Lens!

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      Oosquid 7 years ago

      Thank you for creating this lens. The mnemonics will help my grandchildren - and me! :)

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      HomeDecoratingD 7 years ago

      I love this lens! I'll have to teach some of these to my little boy. Thanks.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      I especially like the way to remember the Great Lakes! I was gonna add one but not sure if it is is mnemonics or acroymn (is there a difference) but C.A.S.I.N.O (cash and savings is now ours) lol p.s love the layout of your mnemonics sites

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Thanks for reminding me about these acronyms.

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      howdoyouspellst 7 years ago

      These are great! I learned the continents with a song in Kindergarten. There are lots of great YouTube videos now with these songs! Nice lens, thanks!

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      Diana Grant 7 years ago from United Kingdom

      Quite useful, but sometimes I find the mnemonics more difficult to remember than the facts!I'm lensrolling this to my lens Nice Distinctions in English Language

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Rhyming words and acronyms are great way of remembering things.

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      Cheryl Paton 7 years ago from West Virginia

      Interesting lens and a fun way to learn.

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      Jamie-Isherwood 7 years ago

      awesome I wished they had this when I was little...this is great.I created a lense on learning to play the drums let me know your feed back.

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      Virginia Allain 7 years ago from Central Florida

      I wish I'd known some of these when I was in school. Little singing rhymes do help the memory.

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      Jeanette 7 years ago from Australia

      These ideas are great ways to learn facts. Thanks for this great collection.

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      Ram Ramakrishnan 7 years ago

      Facts learnt this way are remembered for a lifetime. Great topic for a lens.

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      WhitU4ever 8 years ago

      I learned the 50 states song in grade school and my daughter learned it when she was five years old. She has learned the books of the Bible recently and I can't wait to use this lens to teach her more. Thanks!

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      Wednesday-Elf 8 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      I never learned the 'Our 50 States' song, but my daughter did in 5th grade and I remember being so impressed she could rattle them all off in alphabetical order -- and still can all these years later. Most of the others I remember from childhood - learning with mnemonics makes things easy to remember.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      All the rhymes I learned a child and I still use them. Thanks for the memories.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      I had not heard of the nine planets one - oops I mean 8 planets. Another fun and colourful lens Nancy!

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      Frankie Kangas 8 years ago from California

      Excellent lens. I love this way of learning. It's fun and it WORKS! Thanks for reminding me of some mnemonics and teaching me new ones. Bear hugs, Frankster

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      JoyfulPamela2 8 years ago from Pennsylvania, USA

      I am constantly using tunes and rhymes to remember things! I'm lensrolling this to "Music is FUNdaMental" ~ your lens makes a point I am trying to make there. Thank you!!