I'll be the first to admit...I wasn't fond of History in high school. In fact, I couldn't wait until grade 10 was finished because it was only mandatory for students to take history up until then. I didn't have a great affinity for my History teacher... she wasn't interesting, nor do I think she was interested in us!
Ironically, now here I am...a few decades later (don't want to date myself here), as a teacher and someone who loves learning Canadian History! Becoming a teacher not only taught me a lot about myself as a person and a learner, but also allowed me the opportunity to see how I can reach kids who are just like I was. If it was my perception that information being thrown at me didn't affect, or would never affect my day to day life, I would tune out.
As a teacher, I feel that it's my job to find a way to reach students and foster their understanding of how material/subjects affect their day to day life, and to look for methods that appeal to their learning style. When I started out as a teacher and being a Kinesthetic learner myself, all I knew for certain was that not all children learn the same. During my years of working with different learning styles, I loved the challenge of finding various ways to meed their needs. "The Canadian History Tunes" Cd is one example of how to compliment any Canadian History curriculum to meet the needs of varying learners. Incorporating fun songs with memorable tunes which can be played in a group setting, involve singing along, dancing, or any other form of movement.
Without always realizing it, we are constantly engaging our five senses to learn. In my opinion, the best way to engrain anything to your long term memory, is to use them all! Think about when you tasted 'apple pie'(or insert your favourite food here) for the first time. You smelled it baking. You saw the steaming golden crust smothered with a melting mound of vanilla ice cream. You heard the snap of the flaky crust as you picked a piece with your fingers. And finally tasted the sweet, warm mouthful of Heaven.....
It's committed to memory, right? You'll never forget that experience because you engaged all of your senses. It's the same for learning history! It's fun to create learning experiences for your students to help them commit information to their long term memory.
Read about the exciting events in Canadian history, create fun activity sheets and games, sing some Canadian History Songs and take your students on a field trip. Great sensory activities that will commit the experience to memory, while generating a life-long interest in learning!
March Break is a good time to re-evaluate your school curriculum! Our Canadian History songs are a fun and creative way to teach the whole family about Canadian History. A great educational resource, easy to follow and make learning fun. The songs are toe-tapping, creative and best of all, an enjoyable way to commit many of the important dates, people and events in Canadian History to long term memory. Why not give the "Canadian History Tunes" & "Learning The Canadian Prime Minister By Song"© CD a try today!
Learning The Canadian Prime Ministers!
Have you ever thought that there could be an easy and fun way to learn the Canadian Prime Ministers? Our song, "Learning The Canadian Prime Ministers By Song" is a fun and easy way to memorize them all! Starting with John A. Macdonald, our catchy tune will help you remember the whole list of them - right up to our current Prime Minister!
"Learning The Canadian Prime Ministers By Song" not only teaches the names of our Canadian Leaders, but even points out the handful that held two, or three terms in Parliament. It is proven that the use of music, such as a song to memorize the Canadian Prime Ministers, will help commit material to long term memory, increasing retention and improving recall.