Remember All the US Presidents

Published on Sunday, February 19, 2012 in , , , , , , ,

Scott Blake's mosaic of George WashingtonIn the US, tomorrow (Feb. 20th, 2012) is President's Day. Why not use that as an excuse to challenge yourself to remember all of the US presidents?

There seem to be as many ways to do this as there are people who want to do this. In this post, I'll show you a few of my favorites.

A good place to start is right over in the Mental Gym, where I already teach how to memorize the presidents. It features the classic Animaniacs' President Song, “Uncle Dave's” story for memorizing the presidents, Think-a-Link's mnemonics for linking presidents to their numbers, and more. In the More... tab, there are further links for remembering the presidents, including one that teaches you how to memorize the presidents X-Men style!

Another method that's very fun is the approach used in the book Yo, Millard Fillmore!. The simple yet wacky story helps you remember the presidents in order, and even adds mnemonics for every 5th president, so you can keep track of their numbers. Here's how the first 10 presidents are taught:

Besides the standard paperback book, Yo, Millard Fillmore! is also available as an eBook for the iPad, which adds narration, interactive reviews and quizzes.

If you prefer a more physical hands-on approach, you can actually make your own presidents game. Over at BoardGameGeek, you can download files to convert the standard Guess Who? board game into a game of presidents. When you're done, the results should look like this picture, and you simply play with the same rules.

Think you know them all? Try testing yourself with Sporcle's US President quiz!

Did you ever learn to memorize the presidents? If so, what method did you use? I'd love to hear about it in the comments!

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