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How it Works

Vocabulary Cartoons Work By Using Mnemonics

Vocabulary Cartoons works on the principle of mnemonics. A mnemonic is a device that helps you remember something by associating what you are trying to remember with something you already know. A mnemonic device could be in many different forms like; rhymes, songs, pictures to name a few. For example, "Columbus sailed the ocean blue in fourteen hundred ninety-two" is a classic mnemonic rhyme which helps you remember when Columbus discovered America.

Following the mnemonic principle of association, Vocabulary Cartoons link together an auditory (rhyming) word association and a visual association in the form of a humorous cartoon. These powerful mnemonics help students retain the meanings of words longer and with less effort than trying to memorize definitions straight out of a dictionary.

In the example below, the new word FATHOM is associated (linked with) the rhyming word FAT THUMB, which in turn is then presented visually as a humorous cartoon. The more outrageous and bizarre the cartoon, the easier it is to remember.

Mnemonic Cartoons- How it Works

Students learn 72% more with 90% retention. Boosts verbal standardized test scores. Makes learning fun with brain-friendly mnemonics


"Vocabulary Cartoons made studying fun and easy...it was a great help in winning the Florida State Championship of the Reader's Digest National Word Power Challenge."

Zoe Kenney
8th GradeTampa, FL

"I've been teaching 6th grade for 11 years and Vocabulary Cartoons is the best purchase I've made...My students crave these wild and wacky cartoons."

Leslie English
Screven County Middle School
Sylvania, GA

"My students get A's and B's without fail. This program really gets kids excited about learning new words."

Nancy Wiseman
English Teacher
Cape Coral, FL


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