Knowledge Checklists: Filling My Educational Gaps, One Subject at a Time

Twelve years of elementary and high school plus extracurricular studies leaves us with a lot of information. Too much information, sometimes. Since we can’t retain everything, our brains have to pick and choose. And sometimes they make pretty bad decisions. We might live with our in-depth understanding of the oboe forever, say, but can’t recall whether Alexander the Great lived before or after the Roman Empire. If we don’t want our most important knowledge areas to fade out, then, we do well to periodically review the basics. That’s the role of the Knowledge Checklist. A Knowledge Checklist is just what it sounds like: a collection of essential information on a variety of subjects for people who want to re-learn the basics. It’s not a textbook; instead, it’s an overview, a handy guide to help you pinpoint your knowledge areas that need a bit of padding.

I’m having lot of fun–so much fun!–writing these for myself and my homeschooling children. If you find any mistakes or other opportunities for revision, please let me know.

Completed checklists are linked; check back for the rest.

Knowledge Checklists:

Simple Prehistory Timeline Simple History of North America Timeline Simple History of South America Timeline Simple History of Europe Timeline Simple History of Africa Timeline Simple History of Asia and Australia Timeline Basic Biology and Genetics Basic Chemistry Basic Physics Basic Botany Basic Zoology Basic Geology and Weather Science Basic Geography Basic Human Body Science and Medicine Basic Computer Science and Technology Basic English Literature Basic Grammar, Punctuation and Writing Basic Logic and Philosophy Basic Psychology and Sociology Basic Politics and Economics Basic Religion and Spirituality Basic Music Basic Art Skills Film and Screen Basic Physical Education Basic Mandarin Vocabulary Basic Spanish Vocabulary Life Management Skills Read the rest of this series at Knowledge Checklists: Filling My Educational Gaps, One Subject at a Time. And peruse my full recommended reading list at Books I Want My Kids to Read Someday.


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  1. Wow I love the idea of mini text book or memory help mini books. Because I agree with you, we cannot remember everything for ever. Unless we read it often or use the knowledge in some way we forget.

    1. Thanks so much. I am excited. Some of them are just checklists but the actual info can be recalled or looked up as needed. I have a spreadsheet for each child with all this stuff on there. It’s huge.