One of the most helpful ways to get kids to remember new things is through song. Marketing companies use melodies and rhythmic tunes to make their jingles for carpet cleaning or life insurance stick in your head. You'll remember them long after hearing the song the first time! You can use singing as a learning tool by teaching your kids these songs:
'The Fifty Nifty United States'
Just about every American adult knows this catchy tune that helps people learn all 50 states in alphabetical order. While it is a bit obnoxious, think how many times you've actually used it as a grown-up! When kids are in 2nd or 3rd grade and begin learning U.S. geography, this is a great melody to memorize.
'The Elements Song'
The periodic table of elements contains 118 elements as of January 2016. Their names are not simple, and with many containing similar prefixes and suffixes, it's understandable that memorizing all 7 rows it quite a feat. But with the help of the element song, everyone can recall each member of the periodic table!
'Helping Verbs Song'
In the 4th grade, many kids begin learning about helping verbs. These crucial terms assist the main verb. For example, "She was running." In that sentence, "was" is a helping verb paired with "running." Your kids can learn all about "is," "are," "was," "were," "am," "be," "been" and more with this tune sung to the melody of "Jingle Bells."
'The Measurements Song'
Even grown-ups have trouble recalling conversions for kilometers, meters, feet, yards, miles, gallons, pints and centimeters. This song is relaxing, useful and a great tune to learn as your kiddos are falling asleep. "There are a thousand grams in a kilo, 16 ounces in a pound," is just one example of the helpful way this song translates one measurement to another.