School in a Book: Every Subject You Need to Know Before College in Ten Pages or Less

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 where School in a Book comes in.

For each subject listed below, I’ve written a knowledge checklist of sorts: a collection of essential terms and other information. 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.

Some subjects are available online, but all of them will be in my full School in a Book compendium, coming soon to Amazon. Check back or subscribe on the right for availability updates.

School in a Book Checklists:

Simple Prehistory Timeline (available for free online)

Simple Timeline of North and Central America

Simple Timeline of South America

Simple Timeline of Europe

Simple Timeline of Africa

Simple Timeline of the Middle East and Russia

Simple Timeline of Asia, Australia and Oceania

Basic Chemistry (available for free online)

Basic Physics

Basic Astronomy

Basic Earth Science (Geography, Geology, Meteorology and Ecology) (available for free online)

Basic Biology and Genetics (available for free online)

Basic Botany and Zoology (available for free online)

Basic Human Body and Medicine Science

Basic Computer and Technology Science

Basic English Literature

Classic Children’s Literature (available for free online)

Basic Grammar, Punctuation and Writing

Basic Logic and Philosophy

Basic Psychology and Sociology

Basic Politics and Economics

Basic Religion and Spirituality

Important Musical Artists and Songs (available for free online)

Basic Arts and Crafts (available for free online)

Basic Film and Screen Studies (available for free online)

Basic Physical Education (available for free online)

Basic Mandarin Chinese Vocabulary (available for free online)

Basic Spanish Vocabulary (available for free online)

Basic Life Management Skills (available for free online)

Simple Learning Games and Activities

Other Essential Learning Activities (available for free online)

Homeschooling Process Overview


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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.