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 and 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.