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For Homeschoolers and Parents: Tips for Raising Kids with Learning Disabilities


1. Rebuilding Relationships and Learning Disabilities
2. Compromise, Parenting and Learning Disabilities
3. Instilling Motivation with Learning Disabilities
4. Solutions to Problems
5. Guiding Teens with Learning Disabilities
6. Rhythms, Music, Dancing for Kids of All Abilities
7. Nurturing and Learning Disabilities
8. Developing a Stable Home Life
9. Academic Benefits of Learning Rhythmic Dances
10. Social Impact of Learning Disabilities
11. Teaching Kids How to Be Helpful
12. Learning Disabilities and Charity in Attitude
13. Being Responsible for Kids
14. Nurturing Abilities in Kids with Challenges
15. Learning Disabilities and Enthusiastic Music Time
16. Attitude Makes a Difference with Kids
17. Wisdom and Learning Disabilities
18. Rhymes for Remembering
19. Encouraging Each Step of Growth
20. Other Strengths When Challenged
21. Helping Kids Get Along in the Family
22. Kids Learn About Sharing
23. Practice Dressing for Winter

 18. Rhymes for Remembering by Susan Kramer

Remembering may be an issue in math and communication if you have learning disabilities. Add this to the thought that as we age our reflexes naturally become slower as do other bodily systems. That is what I was told at my 50 year check up when I complained about taking longer to remember facts, that in earlier years had come to mind instantly.

Here is a way I've found to learn and remember more efficiently:

Rhyming words or numbers into sentences or verses that make sense is one of my major helps. I've found I remember a sentence that makes sense much easier than a string of unrelated words. And if I need to remember several facts I make up a rhyme or rhyming poem that includes all the facts.

I've found that words or numbers made into a rhyme, helps most easily bring them to mind.

Get it! I just gave you an example of a sentence made into a rhyme for ease in remembering. Take any important fact or event you want to remember and create a little rhyming sentence to bring it back to memory most easily.

Now, I'm not a scientist, so can't tell you why rhyming helps in remembering, but standing back and looking on I see that I'm using a combination of different skills to remember a fact when creating a rhyme. It is sort of like reinforcing a seam in sewing by stitching an overlapping fold of fabric to create a French seam. I'm spending more time on the seam and securing it so it holds more strongly.

Here are some more examples of rhymes for remembering -

"My boss is Mrs. Jones
And about that
I'll make no bones."

"My friend is Janie Waters
She lives in a house
With spacious quarters."

"4 times 8 is 32
Remembering this
Won't make me blue."

"My house is number 35
About that
I will not jive."

These little rhymes help me remember those facts, without having to spend 5 minutes searching in my mind for the answer. And, there have been some very famous rhyming advertising jingles that still come to mind today. Rhyming works!

Article by Susan Kramer

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