Planting ABC in a Garden of Memory
Research has shown that one of the best predictors of spelling and reading
abilities in children depends upon a child's knowledge of letter names and
sounds at an early age (Hammill, 2004; Scarborough, 1998; Schatschneider,
Fletcher, Francis, Carlson, & Foorman, 2004).
With that in mind we created Planting ABC in a Garden of Memory.
How The ABC Book Works:
1. You begin by tracing the letters in the garden, showing your child each of the letters as you come to it, such as in the image below. This allows for spatial memory to help your child remember the letters.
2. Then, on the following pages, you visit each of the letters and repeat the rhyme, which makes use of acoustic memorization. For the first time through it it's best to allow the child to examine the images for as long as they want. Focusing on the rhyme will come after a couple times of walking through the garden (see the images below). You will also find it helpful to flip back and forth from the letters to the map and show your child where the letter was.
3. On the next pages you review where each of the letters was in the garden and what animal, object, or insect went with that letter (see images above), further pinning in the letter with the location, and the rhyme.
4. Lastly you play the 3 games and print off and give your child a certificate of achievement after each game is won. When you child has earned all 3 certificates they will be incredibly strong in their understanding of the ABCs (games and certificates can be found below).
Click the image of the map above and print it off.
When you read the book have your child hold the map so
they can use their spatial memory to remember the letters.
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Planting ABC in a Garden of Memory
Description of the book
Using a mind palace is a great way to remember things. The idea is to associate what needs to be remembered with strong visual images in a set location (spatial learning). Planting ABC in a Garden of Memory pins letters to funny images within a set environment, utilizing alliteration to achieve proper pronunciation, and an ABC rhyme for faster acoustic memorization of the alphabet based upon the usage of sound patterns and syllable repetition.
From ancient Greece, to Sherlock Holmes, and all of the memory masters in between, the mind palace has existed for centuries and is the perfect tool to help your child learn their ABCs.
Use Planting ABC in a Garden of Memory as a resource to help your child advance through their ABCs and onto beginning reading by combining historic and cutting-edge techniques of memory management which help to establish immediate associations that shift learning from short term to long term memory.
ABC Memory Game Rules
Below are the games that can be found in the book Planting ABC in the Garden of Memory.
Play the games below to help your memory of the ABCs grow, until you become a Master of the ABC Garden of Memory.
Game 1: Where are the letters in the garden?
On the following page, place your finger on the garden gate and say what letter belongs in that spot. Then trace your way through the garden saying each letter as you come to its spot. When you remember where all the letters are then you have achieved the level of Builder of the ABC Garden of Memory. This may take some time, but with practice you will remember all of the letters.
Game 2: What animals, objects and insects go with each letter?
On the following page, place your finger on the garden gate and say what animals, objects, and insects started with the letter that belongs in that spot. Then trace your way through the garden and do the same for each of the other letters. When you remember all of the animals, objects, and insects for each letter then you have achieved the level of Keeper of the ABC Garden of Memory.
Game 3: Can you remember the rhyme?
On the following page, place your finger on the garden gate and repeat the rhyme for the letter that belongs in that spot. Then trace your way through the garden repeating the rhyme as you come to the next spot. When you remember the entire rhyme then you have achieved the level of Master of the ABC Garden of Memory.
Certificates of Completion and Map of the Memory Garden
Download the Certificates of Completion and the map of the ABC Garden of Memory so that when your child or classroom completes one of the games in the book, the are rewarded for their accomplishments.
Certificate of Completion Level 1 - Builder
Certificate of Completion Level 2 - Keeper
Certificate of Completion Level 3 - Master
Map of the ABC Garden of Memory
Print this off and hang it on the wall for the kids to use while playing the games.