# What are some 'learning tricks' or poems

msnikkiFebruary 25, 2002

When talking to my mom she was telling me about poems or songs they used to learn in elementary school. I had never heard of them.

When I told her the multiplying by 9 trick (up to 10), she said she had never heard of it. Ex. When multiply by 9, count the number to be multiplied on your fingers from left to right & fold that finger down. The answer is the amount of fingers to the left of the folded fingers is the "tens column" and the amount of fingers to the right are the "ones column" #. For instance, for 9 x 4 count over 4 and fold 4th finger down. 3 fingers will be to the left and 6 will be to the right. The answer is 36. I hope you all understand.

Do you have any "tricks" that you learned?

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Stephanie_in_TN

My personal favorite, to remember the spelling of the word "beautiful," my 3rd grade teacher, Mr. Ferbrush, taught us a little trick.

If someone stole your beautiful diamond necklace you would yell: "EE! Hey (A) you (U)! Stop thief!"

That is the order of the 3 vowels, E, A, U. Get it? I still think of Mr. Ferbrush every single time I write "beautiful." He also used to tell us "Ain't ain't a word because Mr. Ferbrush says it ain't." I wish my son would get a great male elementary teacher like that. He's in 3rd grade now. I try to make up tricks, whatever I can think of, to help him remember his spelling words, it's his toughest subject.

Then of course there was the classic "I before E except after C and when sounding like A such as neighbor and weigh." And "When two vowels go walking the first one does the talking." (Like "read," you hear the e, not the a.) I thought those were common knowledge, but DH said he'd never heard them.

I really liked that poem on another post for parts of speech, I'd never heard that one. As a mom and an (off duty) English teacher that one will come in handy.

I always liked the "School House Rock" bits. I've seen those on video. I remember bits and pieces of them, "Conjunction Junction, what's your function" or "I'm just a bill, on Capitol Hill." I don't recall the entire lyrics to any of them, but I think I still learned from them as a child (and as an adult, LOL).

February 25, 2002 at 3:14PM
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msnikki

I had never heard "When two vowels go walking the first one does the talking." My son, 2nd grade, will like that one.

I loved School House Rock also!!!!! I bought him all of the tapes when he was younger. He likes those too!

February 25, 2002 at 3:23PM
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FlowergirlDeb2

I completely endorse SCHOOL HOUSE ROCK!! Even today that is how I remember things because I am back in school!!:)

March 5, 2002 at 12:22AM
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lisa_zi

All I remember is A Rat In The House May Eat The Ice Cream = arithmetic. LOL I do recal a friend telling me how her professor explained the word or actually words 'A Lot'. It's hard to do here but he wrote the word LOT on the board and circled it and stated "This is a LOT". Trying to demonstrate that A lot is 2 words not one (alot). A LOT (LOL) of people make that mistake.

Did that make any sense to anyone

March 9, 2002 at 2:48PM
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msnikki

Lisa,

I got it and now I will remember it!!! I have made that mistake before.

March 11, 2002 at 9:24AM
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Tina_TN

When subtracting double digit numbers 10-19 by nine, just add the top two numbers together.

14 (1+4=5)
- 9
5

March 15, 2002 at 7:42PM
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duckie

Strawberry Shortcake is a deSSert, there is Sand in the deSert.

If you LOSE something you are missing something (one O). If something is LOOSE it is big (two O's are bigger than one O).

March 15, 2002 at 8:34PM
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kimberlee

"30 days hath September, April, June and November. All the rest have 31, except February - which hath 28." I don't remember what you do for leap years.

One my mom taught me to help learn the difference between principle and principal is "The principal is your pal".

March 18, 2002 at 1:12AM
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whazzup

I have heard all of the above and I also remember something about the diff between capital and capitOL. The Capitol has a dOme (as in where the state legislature meets). My HS english teacher was emphatic about two things... you REAR children, you RAISE corn. And a person cannot be "red-headed" unless they are red from the neck up. The grammatically correct would be "red haired".

March 23, 2002 at 9:44AM
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talley_sue_nyc

stationary with an A as in "standing"
stationery with an E as in "letter"

I've heard the 30 days one, and I always put the wrong months in. The only ones I accurately remember are September and November. For April and June, I stick in May and July or something, so they don't help me any!

March 27, 2002 at 5:49PM
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whazzup

Here is an easy way to remember the planets and this actually helps you know the ORDER of the planets in distance from the Sun:
My Very Easy Method: Just Set Up Nine Planets
Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, Pluto. (You DO have to remember that Mercury is the first one because Mars also begins with M)

March 27, 2002 at 9:43PM
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sheilajoyce_gw

The weird foreigner seizes neither leisure nor sport at its height.--common exceptions to i before e.

Good, better, best; never let it rest, till your good is better, and your better best. How to use the degrees of superlative of good.

Mary did call Lou. The order of the Roman numerals--M= 1000, D=500, C=100, L=50.

Musical scales--every good boy eats fudge?? not sure I remember this one exactly.

April 16, 2002 at 6:27PM
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Milly

It's "Every Good Boy Deserves Fudge!" And, the planet one that my children taught me is: "My Very Excellent Mother Just Served Us Nine Pizzas" (they wish!)

How about this one, Talley Sue, to help you with the lengths of the months. If you put your two closed hands in front of you, and start with the left knuckle as January (which has 31 days), then the small indentation beside it is February (short month) then the next knuckle would be March (31 days again) and so on. July and August will both be the left and then the right index knuckle, and they both have 31 days... it really works. Sounds confusing, but it's very simple. My cute hubby still uses that.

Oh, and "dessert" is the one you want a second helping of (the double helping of ss's).

April 19, 2002 at 8:46PM
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