Back in the day, did you once pride yourself on being a star student? Did you ace your exams and gleefully hang your report card up on the refrigerator for all to see? Have the years gone by and taken with them a whole bunch of that knowledge that you had once amassed? Do you now find yourself wondering- What was that grammar rule again? What was all that sine and cosine business about? Didn’t I used to know this? Don’t fear, for Blackboard Books are here!
Okay, maybe I’m the only dork that still has fond memories of school awards assemblies and As on my report card, I don’t know. I do know, however, that friends and I have increasingly found ourselves wondering about silly things that we are certain we once knew. Because of this, I’m having a blast with the three titles in the Blackboard Books Boxed Set: I Used To Know That: Stuff You Forgot From School, i before e (except after c): Old-School Ways to Remember Stuff, and My Grammar and I… or Should That Be Me?
Sure, I got to feel a little confident as I read through the English and Literature sections of Caroline Taggart’s I Used to Know That, but by the time I got to Math and Science, I began to wonder how I ever earned those As! It’s almost unbelievable how much I’ve forgotten from my school years, and whether my husband liked it or not, he was quickly drawn into my reading aloud habit because the text makes this a fun book to turn into a quiz!
In i before e (except after c), Judy Parkinson presents a wide array of mnemonic devices and other handy tricks to remember some of that info that you may have forgotten. Some of these brought back memories, and others were brand new to me. As these could be helpful to kids being learning this information for the first time, I’m passing this one along to my ten year old son when I finish it. For us bloggers who wish to do our best, perhaps the best book of the bunch is My Grammar and I… Or Should That Be Me? From spelling tips to sentence structure reminders to punctuation rules, this little book is full of goodies. (Especially for those of us who could easily be dubbed “comma happy.”)
If you’re a lover of information (and maybe think you need a refresher course of sorts), Blackboard Books Boxed Set just might be the perfect after-holidays gift to buy yourself!
If you’re feeling lucky, leave a comment here to be entered to win a copy of the Blackboard Books Boxed Set, U.S. residents only please. We’ll announce the winner on January 5.
This giveaway is now closed. Congratulations to our winner!
The winner of Pies and Prejudice is #28 Maureen.
Dawn fears that her entire blog, my thoughts exactly, is full of dangling participles and other various grammatical errors. She begs you not to take a red pen to it.