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Nerd Family Things: October 2007

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Tuesday, October 30, 2007

A Book Giveaway!

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In honor of Fall Ya'all Giveaway I am giving away a copy of Betsy: The Dramatic Biography of Prison Reformer Elizabeth Fry. In order to enter the drawing for this great book you must leave a comment (that either has your email in the profile or in the comment) and a winner will be picked by random. This contest is only open to people with in the mainland US. The winner will be determined Sunday November 4th and I will email the winner.


Monday, October 29, 2007

Best Homeschool History Find Ever!

So I was out yard sailing on Saturday and I came upon The Timetables of History: A Horizontal Linkage of People and Events (Timetables of History) for only a quarter. Now when I see a box of books that are a quarter each I always look. So I see this book and I start looking through it and jackpot! It is a book of one continuous chart. it lists history, literature/theater, religion/philosophy/learning, visual arts, music, science/tech/growth and daily life. Then is lists each year and fills in the chart. It is only an 1990 edition but that really doesn't effect us. The kids in our house haven't had a chance to touch it yet because NerdDad and I have having a ball with it!


Friday, October 26, 2007

Sloths: A Carolrhoda Nature Watch Book

In doing science we have recently checked out a book on sloths simply called Sloths (Nature Watch) by Melissa Stewart. This book was horrible. To kick off our unit on an animal I read a 1 page summary on them and then we get an additional book. Well, this book took each little fact and made pages on it, pages I said. Now I am not saying they enriched the material on it or went further in detail. They simply took 1 fact and drug out the wording to take a page. So first strike it wasted words. Second strike is it bored you to death doing it. The we get to decide to embark upon the ice age and evolution. On the whole I strongly disliked this book and will not be using it when my other kids do sloths in the future.

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Thursday, October 25, 2007

Free Tacos Anyone

One of my favorite fast food places is Taco Bell. Now here is your opportunity to get some free! Due to the first Stolen Base in the World Series Taco Bell will be giving away 1 crunchy beef taco to each person who comes in Tuesday Oct 30, 2007 between 2pm-5pm.

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Friday, October 19, 2007

Nature's Children: Armadillos

I checked out Armadillos(Nature's Children series) for a unit in Science for my 1st grader and my preschooler and I loved it. It is 48 pages (including the index) so it is substantial enough to have a good reading time. It has many sections that elaborate on specific points that were briefly mentioned in the The Kingfisher First Animal Encyclopedia (Kingfisher First Reference) chapter. My first grader could read many of the words but still needed some guidance but it is not real juvenile so one could use it probably in higher grades also. This is a book I will use again with other children.

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Sunday, October 14, 2007


I just wanted to jot a little intro to my new blog. Nerd Family Things will serve as a forum to review and just talk about books and products that I and the rest of the Nerd Family use. I will focus greatly on all the books I get for homeschooling as a living record for when the rest of my kids hit this stage. If you would like to post a guest review, please let me know!