Acronyms Make Learning Easier

Acronyms make learning easier. For example:

HOMES is used for learning the names of the Great Lakes

  • H = Huron
  • O = Ontario
  • M = Michigan
  • E = Erie
  • S = Superior

Slogans also make learning easier too. For example: Will A Jolly Man Make a Jolly Visitor? is used for learning the names of our first 8 presidents.

  • Will (W) = George Washington
  • A (A) = John Adams
  • Jolly (J) = Thomas Jefferson
  • Man (M) = James Madison
  • Make (M) = James Monroe
  • A (A) = John Quincy Adams
  • Jolly (J) = Andrew Jackson
  • Visitor (V) = Martin Van Buren

You and your child can work together to make up your own acronyms or slogans as needed.

By Sharon from Silver Spring, MD

May 14, 20100 found this helpful

I still remember this one from when I was young:












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May 14, 20100 found this helpful

When I was in 2nd grade or so I could not for the life of me spell Arithmetic. Several other kids had the same problem so the teacher told us to use this method:

A = A

R = Rat

I = IN

T = Tom's

H = House

M = Might

E = Eat

T = Tom's

I = Ice

C = Cream

She also had a formula to spell Geography but I can't remember that one. It was Georgy something something something something a pig home yesterday. If anyone remembers that one please post it.


Margaret from Denton, Texas

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May 14, 20100 found this helpful

I think the geography one was "George's eldest oldest grandson rode a pig home yesterday."

The planets are

Mary's Mercury

Violet Venus

Eyes Earth

Make Mars

John Jupiter

Stay Saturn

Up Uranus

Nights Neptune

Proposing Pluto

But are we still counting Pluto as a planet?

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May 18, 20100 found this helpful

I remembered the notes on the musical scale using: Every Good Boy Does Fine for treble, and Good Boys Do Fine Always for bass.

However, music has been an even better mnemonic for me than acronyms. That's how I've learned several Psalms, not to mention the preamble to the Constitution. "Schoolhouse Rock" rocked!

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