In our homeschool the kids are working on learning the states and capitals. Now back when I was in school we memorized them by saying them over and over and writing them over and over .....zzzzzzzz - oh, excuse me, I fell asleep! Yes, back then I did memorize them for the short term, because that is what the teacher was teaching to - my short term memory. There is a MUCH BETTER WAY TO TEACH!!!!!
Jessica and Wade Hulcy of Konos Curriculum - love them, love them, love them - have taught me how to really teach! Jessica is an amazing woman and teacher! She inspires and challenges me every day. So how do I teach states and capitals to my kiddos' long term memory? Well, how about singing the states and capitals to a tune? How about immersing yourself into the information about each state? How about acting out whaling when you are studying the New England states? Teaching to all the different styles of learning, that is, integrating all the learning styles, helps ANYONE to really learn the information - in their long term memory. In my previous posts about homeschooling, you can see this immersion in our acting out the Revolutionary War, or dissecting a cow's eye or singing the Preamble to the Constitution.
So, back to states and capitals. When they were studying Maine, we studied lighthouses. Here is a picture of the kids' lighthouse they built by themselves. The rule was I had to keep my gag and handcuffs on - that is, I couldn't tell them how to do it. They had 20 minutes to build it, they must COOPERATE (we're studying the character trait of cooperation) and use an idea from each one of them, and it had to light.
Making the waffles: Then eating them: