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.
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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.
These look really interesting & I’m sure I’ve forgotten most of what I learned in school 20 years ago! Thanks for the chance to win them!
Annette W says
I learned so much from my days of teaching…now that I’m not in the classroom, I think these books would help me a lot!
My kids remind me day after day of how much I have managed to forget from my school years.
Sounds like a fun set of books!
What a neat set of books. They sound really interesting. 🙂
Alison S. says
This is something I need in my book collection. I was just reviewing some general grammar rules recently and realized how much I have forgotten since my school days.
april yedinak says
I know my grammar is awful, I just can’t remember enough to fix it, haha!
I would like to see all that I have forgotten and maybe be reminded of some things I should be passing on to my kids.
I would love these!! I was never a great student but I got by.
I had never heard of them, of course I grew up in another country. These Blackboard books and topics sound very helpful for this wannabe writer, and grandmother.
Sandra Stiles says
I’ve not heard of these but I know the spot in my classroom for them. Maybe I wouldn’t have to tell my students to find someone else to help them with their math question (I teach Language Arts) because I am the Math Illiterate one. Thanks for the opportunity.
These do bring back memories. I’d love to win them
Sounds like something my son would like.
Oh those sound like fun! And I’m sure my kids would appreciate them too.
Great books and giveaway, thanks!
Linda Kish says
I’d love to have these . Sometimes I need to look things up about grammar.
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Congrats Linda! You’re our winner for this set of books. Please email me your mailing info at morninglightmama (at) gmail (dot) com.
Some Lucky Dog says
These sound like fun!
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Katie Schroeder says
sign me up!
Jessica T says
This looks so neat – perfect for the teacher!
This would be very helpful! How fun!
Guess what Jen? We redrew a winner for this giveaway when our original randomly drawn winner informed us that she actually won these books from another blog the other day! On that redrew, you are our lucky winner! Please email me at morninglightmama (at) gmail (dot) com with your mailing info! Congrats!
I would love to enter! They sound very interesting.
Very fun to read.
Would like to read those book.
I am forever running into situations where I find myself constantly thinking, “Now what was that I used to know?” I not only could use this set of books being around…I NEED this set of books around. I am glad to see a set such as this exists.
Oh how fun!! What a neat idea and I would love to check these out.
These look absolutely adorable looking and I bet fascinating to read too!
This set of books look great. I could use a little brushing up on my skills every now and then.
Boy howdy, I could use these. Trying to correct my kids’ grammar is kind of a joke if I can’t remember what it is they’re doing wrong!
I love grammar books! I know, crazy! Thanks for the giveaway invite.
Great giveaway! These books would be fun to look through and see just what we’ve forgotten!
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I would love to be included in the giveaway!
i’m interested in this collection of books…thanks 🙂
Renee Richardson says
This looks like a fun set. Thanks for the great giveaway 🙂
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Charlotte Kay says
I am so grateful for the opportunity to win this set of books:)
Thanks for making this possible!
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could use some refreshing
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debi jackson says
these sound great!