Do you know the 5 great oceans on planet earth? If you can name 4 of them you are doing better than me. Adding a melody works wonders for retaining information such as this and will be just the ticket for recalling this information if ever on Jeopardy. Daniel Levitin of McGill University in Montreal, an expert in the neuroscience of music believes the combination of rhythm, rhyme, and melody provides reinforcing cues that make songs easier to remember than words alone. Before written languages was invented, our ancestors were tasked with remembering how to prepare foods or the way to get to a water source by turning the steps into a song. Modern humans have been around for some 200,000 years, but written language may have been invented only around 5,000 years ago, Levitin says. Using this teaching strategy passed down by our ancestors, you and your chid can learn the 5 great ocean on planet earth. By setting lyrics to the traditional tune, “She’ll Be Comin’ Round the Mountain”, learning these facts is a breeze!
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