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 for free online, and the others 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 Sections:
History Overview (available for free online)
A Simple Timeline of Prehistory (available for free online)
A Brief History of North and Central America
A Brief History of South America
A Brief History of Europe
A Brief History of Africa
A Brief History of the Middle East
A Brief History of Russia
A Brief History of Asia
A Brief History of Australia and Oceania
Science Overview (available for free online)
Basic Chemistry (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 Science
Basic Geology and Ecology
Basic Grammar and Punctuation (available for free online)
Basic Literary Analysis
Classic Literature: Older Kids and Adults (available for free online)
Classic Literature: Children’s (available for free online)
Basic Arithmetic and Measurement
Basic Algebra, Geometry and Statistics
Basic Logic and Rhetoric
Basic Political Science
Basic American Government
Basic Religion and Spirituality
Basic Art Appreciation and Art History
Art and Craft Skills (available for free online)
Basic Music Appreciation and Music History
Important Musical Artists and Songs (available for free online)
Classic Films for Older Kids and Adults (available for free online)
Classic Children’s Films (available for free online)
Basic Physical Education
Basic Mandarin Chinese Vocabulary (available online only)
Basic Spanish Vocabulary (available online only)
Basic Life Management Skills (available for free online)
Learning Games and Other Essential Educational Activities (available for free online)
Homeschooling Process Overview (available online only)
Other Recommended Resources: Older Kids and Adults (available for free online)
Other Recommended Resources: Children’s (available for free online)
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