Friday, July 31, 2009

I Used to Know That

Have you ever had your child ask you a question about a school subject, and uttered the words, "Well, that sounds familiar. I think I used to know that?" As a homeschooling mom of four, with one in particularly inquisitive child, I find myself in that position frequently. I think that is why the little book I Used to Know That appeals to me so.

There are lots of tidbits of information, that I probably once learned in school, included in chapters entitled: English, Literature, Math, Science History, Geography, and General Studies. Information is clear and easy to find. There many helpful tables included. Such as a Geography table that with country names, their capital and continent.

What a great resource when you can't quite remember the answer to a question the kids pose! Do you remember the answer to these questions? The answers are all in the book (and at the bottom of this post.)

1)In Einstein's Theories of Relativity, E = MC2 what does C stand for again?

2)Which were the original 13 states of the Union?

3)What is onomatopoeia?

With this book I was also sent i before e (except after c), and My Grammar and I (Or Should That be 'Me'?): Old-School Ways to Sharpen Your English. The first is packed full of mnemonics to help your student (or yourself) remember all kinds of information. The latter of which serves as a handy grammar guide.

I really enjoyed all three of these books. They will find a place on the book shelf, and be referenced frequently.

Oh, and the answers to those questions?

1) C is the velocity of light
2) Connecticut, Delaware, Georgia, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Virginia. Delaware was the first to ratify the new constitution and is nicknamed "The First State" to this day.
3) A word or phrase that sounds (a bit) like the sounds it is meant to convey: buzz, purr, or Tennyson's the murmuring of innumerable bees.


  1. I knew 2 nad 3, but couldn't remember 1 for the life of me. I almost googled it before I read the entire post. :o) I kept think calories (calories= energy was part of the thought), but knew that wasn't right.

  2. I knew 2 and 3 too. Not sure I ever knew #1.
    This is something I've been concerned about lately, especially since the Queen starts kindergarten tomorrow, and my first day of kindergarten was in 1967. That's a long time to be remembering things.
    I'll be ordering those books myself. Thanks!

  3. I knew number one and two, but I don't think I have ever known number three. Although maybe...

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  5. Well that question about the 13 colonies answers the debate I was having last week!