Memorize the 13 Colonies in Order

13 US colonies








I just completed this mini eBook with pictures and a story for students to easily remember the 13 colonies in order. If you downloaded my first one, you might want to replace it with this one. Much better story and pictures! Let me know how you like it.

Download it here.

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I just completed this mini eBook with pictures and a story for students to easily remember the 13 colonies in order.



July 9, 2014   Comments Off

Memorizing 13 Colonies: What is the correct order?

13 US colonies

Today, I want to talk about the order in which the 13 colonies were founded. Recently I had a teacher contact me, telling me that New York was not in the correct order. I was shocked because I found the order I used, on the web at several educational sites. Yet, she presented a site with New York listed second. I put on my detective hat and started seeking the truth.

I wanted to know why one site said it was founded as a colony in 1626 while many others said 1664. I did a search on New York’s history and I think the confusion lies in the name. Originally New York was called New Netherland and was under Dutch control, but in 1664 the British Duke of York established part of it as New York and a small section as New Jersey and that is why we have the 1664 date. Check it out here.

I really appreciate when readers question material. It provides a learning experience for all of us.


June 6, 2014   Comments Off

Teach Kids to Memorize Math Facts, Not Count on Their Fingers!


Memorizing add-subtract facts with pictures, rhymes and games

Memorizing add-subtract facts with pictures, rhymes and games

I’m an avid user of Pinterest but I am shocked to see so many postings teaching children how to count on their fingers or use touch math.

Whatever happened to teaching children to MEMORIZE? I think it’s because teachers and parents don’t know how to teach memorization.

Once a person learns to solve an addition or subtraction problem by counting on their fingers, it becomes a lifetime habit. How much time is wasted when a student is taking a timed test and has to use his or her fingers? Plus it causes embarrassment for the child.

When I was teaching third grade, I was shocked to find most of my students entering my classroom were counting on their fingers! One day I had recess duty and noticed children doing a clapping rhyme and repeating silly rhymes from memory. They knew 20 or 30 different rhymes. Suddenly I got a brainstorm! Why not write simple rhymes for each fact family and encourage them to play the clapping game using these catchy rhymes?

It worked! By repeating the rhymes, the students remembered the 3 numbers in a fact family for addition and subtraction. This system helps visual learners who remember seeing pictures, audio learners who remember by hearing the rhyme and kinesthetic learners who need to clap out the rhythm.




Please, please, please….. do not teach your children to count on their fingers!!! Addition and subtraction facts need to be stored in the brain for immediate access without using any other means. The earlier you begin to use rhymes, the faster children will memorize their facts. Learning systems are available here


May 19, 2014   Comments Off