As more and more classrooms move away from paper and pens to tablets and digital -- do you ever wonder about the earlier transition? How did they teach and learn before books and paper were on every kids desk, or long before the kids even had a desk? In ancient Greece and Rome a popular teaching method was the "Method of Loci" (loci being Latin for "places"). Memory place learning involved memorizing spatial relationships like a building and all the rooms, a city street, or a town square. The students would visit the space, be asked to memorize the entire surrounding, and be able to recall every detail later. The details were of two groupings: items related to each other by function or category and items that are separate with no relationship to each other.
Since these ancient times and through this day, people with very disparate intelligence levels have been able to recall large amounts of data with this method. We just do it very differently today. In 1991 the first World Memory Championship was held. Past champions have shown amazing abilities to recall large amounts of data. One champ memorised 1040 random digits in a half-hour, another used the method of loci to memorise pi to over 65,536 (216) digits. Spatial learning is still alive and well, with paper becoming a staple in every classroom in the early 1800's it took a new form: FLASHCARDS. Today we can do it even better, interactive and online.
SmartKidzClub.com has added eight new books this week, seven are focused on math and a second book of flashcards has been added to the section. It is called: "Vegetables" and it is a great learning tool for memorization. The child is shown 30 flashcards with the pictures of the vegetables, they try and name it, hit the "show me" icon and the name is read aloud with the word. It has all the fun of a guessing game while organizing data for long term memory. Flashcards became an essential learning tool early on, especially for kids without books at home or limited literacy. This is storing memory. It becomes the building block to organizing large amounts of details later. In literature, Sherlock Holmes was always dazzling people with his amazing grasp of minute details and relating it to crime solving that only he could see. This method is using the memory place, our modern day flashcards are today's first steps.
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