Educational Memory Aids 
What a child can remember is more important than what a child is taught
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Memory Aids for Reading

Includes all the components necessary to teach a child  to read or tutor  a child who is struggling in reading

Note: This program improves reading by providing memory aid pictures that help students learn phonics and remember hard to learn Sight Words. Also included is a list of the first "500 High Frequency Words" marked with memory aid symbols for easy mastery. The program was Federally funded by the Christa McAuliffe Fellowship Program because it demonstrated improved academic performance. Use at home or incorporate into existing reading programs at school. Order only the products that correspond with the needs of your class or child.


STEP ONE - Teach single letter names and sounds ( Memory Aids M-5, M-6)  

STEP TWO - Teach the digraphs (Memory Aid M-2)

STEP THREE -Teach the vowel rules (See Children's Corner at end of this web page)

STEP FOUR -  Teach the sounds two or more letters make in combination and the "First 500 High Frequency Words" (Memory Aids M-3, M-7, and M-1)

STEP FIVE - Use Foundation Readers (M-15, M-16) and (Memory Aid M-1) to focus on the letter combinations as introduced in Step four and to help students memorize "The First 500 High Frequency Words"

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     See "Research Page" for a discussion on memory enhancement techniques and teacher comments.

M-5  $6.50


Ready to teach a child to read and need a fun way to teach the names of single letters and their sounds? Give a child glue, scissors, and construction paper and watch them turn letters into pictures and stories to learn phonics. This is a tactile, hands-on, memory aid, art activity and story based approach to make phonics fun and easy. Age 4 and up.

M- 5 Student's "Let's Pretend" cut and paste memory aid art activity storybook teaches name and sound of single letters.

    M-6  $38.95         

M-6  8 1/2"  x  11"  Teacher Example/Instruction cards for student storybook or use independently to teach letter names and sounds.  26 Large Cards in color featuring real construction paper and glue on materials, memory aid stories, art instructions included.

New information is easier to remember if it is linked to something that is already well established in the memory bank.  A word like "cat, "dog", strawberry, and "rhinoceros" is easier for a child to remember than a word like "the" because the brain usually has stored in its memory bank a picture of a dog, cat, etc., whereas on the other hand, the child cannot visualize a "the".  Educational Memory Aids uses a pictorial marking system and posters to make hard to learn words easy.              


M-3 Memory aid posters and symbols for the teaching of er, ir, ur, wor, ight, ow, ou, oy, oi, al, au, aw, oo, ew, and ui.  (Set of 7 color posters ranging to 22".) $18.25

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"Two "o's" say oo as in "Boo! ..."oooooooooooooooooo" ...."Ir is the sound a car makes when it goes around a curve in a road!...Irrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr.



M-1 New Marking System for Words and High Frequency/Sight Word List

 Key to New Marking System, instructions, list of "High Frequency Words"  (unmarked and marked with memory aid symbols), and Laminated Memory Aid Picture Poster Card of Symbols

  Memory aid marking symbols help students remember the sound of two or more letters, and the first "500 High Frequency Words" by sight 

Can also be used as a diagnostic tool to uncover letter combinations needing focus to help struggling readers achieve reading success  $9.75

    (High Frequency words are words seen most often in text.  "The" is the first word on the list   because "the" is the word used most frequently.  A majority of high frequency words are also Sight Words - words that cannot be sounded out phonetically)

(See Phonic Foundation Readers below to practice letter combinations as introduced or to tutor a child on letter combinations not mastered. )

Note:  Sometimes only a few letter combinations such as "ou" or "ar" can keep a child from being an excellent reader.


               M-2  $5.50

"Ch" is the sound a train makes as it goes down a track..."ch, ch, ch, ch, ch, ... "Sh" is the sound you make when you put your fingers on your lips", sh, sh, sh, sh, ..."Always put your teeth on your tongue when you see a "Th" ,, th, th, th,.....

M-2  Memory aid symbols, art activities, stories, reproducible worksheets for the teaching of ch, wh, sh, and th. $6.50

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The brain has trouble storing information that it can not associate to a picture.  Mnemonics create associations that give the brain an organizational framework on which to hook new information.   Students use the pictorial marking system  mentally or on paper to sound out words.  The success of this approach is that the brain then has a cognitive storage system in place to store the new words.

M- 7  "What Says" Memory Aid Poster summarizes sounds of vowel combinations.  Memory aid stories for teaching vowel rules included. $4.25

Foundation Readers

Unique "Reading Resources" Foundation Readers cover all fundamental reading components young children need in order to achieve reading success.  Use individual books as letter combinations are introduced or to help struggling readers learn the sounds diagnosed through M-1 to become successful readers.  Each book features a different letter combination highlighted throughout its textREDUCED C2.JPG (23157 bytes)

M-15 Phonic Foundation Readers Set 1 (16 books) Short Vowels, Long Vowels, Initial Blends, Review Book - $46.95

M-16 Phonic Foundation Readers Set 2 (16 books) Final Consonant Blends, Diagraphs, Silent Letter Digraph Combinations, Final Letter Patterns, Vowel Patterns, Controlled Vowels, Review Book - $46.95           

Children's Corner

Memory Aids for Vowel Rules

a    e   i    o   u

     Vowels are the good guys and consonants are the bullies.  Vowels are sad when they are between or in front of the consonants in words like "cat" or "in".  Vowels are sad in the middle because the bullies  squeeze them. Vowels are sad in line in front of a bully because the bully can push them or step on their heels.   When vowels are sad they say their sad "short" sounds.  Vowels are happy when they are last in line behind a bully because the bully is looking the other way in little words like "me".  Vowels are also happy when they have a friend in words like "here" or "rain".  Vowels say their name called their "long" sound when they are happy.  Sound out these words using the vowel words.   The "What Says" chart (M-5) shows vowels with all their friends and the other vowel sounds such as ir, ow, etc.

        Sad Vowels    Happy Vowels

            cat    is            go    me
            dog   in            no    we 
an   up           so   she
            not    on           hi      h



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