Friday, August 12, 2011
Language Arts - An Eight Planet, Solar System, Mnemonic
While we really like the "My Excellent Mother Just Served Us Nine Pizzas" mnemonic, for remembering the order of the planets in the solar system, we don't care as much for the "My Excellent Mother Just Served Us Nothing", that we have left since losing Pluto to dwarf planet standing. The Nothing, makes us miss the Nine Pizzas, and missing the Pizzas makes us miss Pluto as a planet.
We decided what we need is a new mnemonic, altogether. Unfortunately, once you have a mnemonic stuck in your head, it can be difficult to come up with anything else. So, I gave the younger children a project this morning, to jump start our creative thinking, and to practice their cutting, letter, and reading skills to boot.
They cut out eight circles, I had traced for them on scrap paper...
...and printed the first letter of each planet in order, with some help, on the circles.
Then, they sorted through a couple of old magazines, and catalogs, looking for, and cutting out, words that started with those letters...
...placing them on their proper circles...
...for us all to use in an attempt at coming with a new, and improved, eight planet, mnemonic.
So far, we haven't come up with anything good.
In fact, after several attempts, we decided we needed more J words, and more verbs. So, it was back to the magazines.
I have a feeling, by the time we actually come up with anything we like, we'll have the order of the planets memorized well enough, not to need the mnemonic anymore, anyway. Maybe then, we can start working on a mnemonic to help us remember how to spell mnemonic.
It's great to be a homeschooler.