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  • Paperback: 190 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; Int edition (August 14, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1466231114
  • ISBN-13: 978-1466231115
  • Product Dimensions: 0.4 x 6 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,088,754 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

During Catherine's three decades of homeschooling, she has encouraged home school parents through talks in Germany, Albania, Alabama, Tennessee, Texas, and Arizona. And now, through the power of the internet, she is privileged to be encouraging homeschoolers around the world.

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When Catherine isn't traveling she is teaching, researching, or writing - or some combination of all three! She is fascinated by history, government, economics, and Shakespeare. She never tires of learning and teaching about those topics - and tries to make them come alive for students and adults alike.

She fell in love with history when her family spent 5 1/2 years in Wuerzburg, Germany. During that time she wrote and published her first book, An American Looks at Wuerzburg. Now, after more than thirty years of homeschooling her own twelve children and teaching classes for hundreds of other homeschoolers, Catherine has written over one hundred books - from novels to annotated timelines to a variety of student workbooks to help make education more fun and more effective for homeschool parents and classroom teachers alike.

One of her first loves is Leonardo da Vinci; her books on him are enjoyed by both students and adults and include:
*Leonardo the Florentine (historical fiction)
*Leonardo: Masterpieces in Milan (historical fiction)
*Leonardo: To Mantua and Beyond (historical fiction)
*Leonardo da Vinci Topical Study
*Da Vinci: His Life and His Legacy (non-fiction)
*Exploring Da Vinci's Last Supper
*Kit and Cathy in Search of Leonardo (book 10 in the Horsey and Friends series)

As a Government Club Adviser and teacher of high school economics and the U.S. Constitution, Catherine has authored a number of books about those important topics, including:
*A Conservative Primer on Government and Economics
(also released under the title, There Ought to Be a Law - to please her students!)
*Understanding the Electoral College
*Understanding Presidential Elections
*The Philadelphia Convention: In Their Own Words (letters and journals from the convention)
*Understanding (and Teaching) the United States Constitution
*A Brief Financial History of the United States

Catherine has been writing topical studies and lapbooks for herself and other teachers (homeschool teacher and classroom teachers) for decades now. Some of her titles in that genre include:
*Presidents Topical Study
*Lapbooking Made Easy (the new Expanded Version is especially helpful!)
*Topical Studies Made Easy (again, with a new Expanded Edition)
*Lewis and Clark Expedition Unit Study
*Alphabet Fun Unit Study
*Amazing Animals Around the World
*The Americans Revolt: Teaching the American Revolution...
*Around the World One Country at a Time
*Astronomy Facts and Fun
*A Celebration of Black History
*Civil War Topical Study
*Created Creatures Student Book
*Lapbooking Across Our Wonderful World
*Lapbooking Through American Government
*Lapbooking Through American History
*Lapbooking Across the United States
*Learning as We Go: Teaching Through Travels
*States Topical Study

Other educational helps include:
*Organized Ramblings: Home Education From A to Z (the international version is the most updated one)
*Waking Up the Joys of Writing
*Ninety Writing Prompts
*Weekly Lesson Planner and Daily Lesson Planner (these make planning simple!)
*Timeline Journal (for world history) and U.S. History Timeline Journal
*Why Share Shakespeare and Sharing Shakespeare with Students
*Illustrating History series
*In Art series

Catherine travels regularly, with and without her children. She wrote her first travel journal when she was nine years old, when her family traveled from Panama to the United States. Since then she has traveled extensively throughout the United States, including following the Lewis and Clark Trail, and making several trips to Europe. As part of those travels she has authored an entire series of travel books, the Horsey and Friends series, where their travel stories are told by a stuffed animal!
*The Adventures of Horsey in Panama
*Bandit Goes to Washington
*Alligator Al's Adventures in Florida
*Henrietta Visits Greenfield Village
*The Lewis and Clark Expedition: Jaime-style
*Stars Over Central America: The Journal of a Nine-Year-Old
*Stars Over Panama

Her other books include:
*New York City Facts & Fun
*Jamestown: The Birth of a Nation
*The Creatures, Creation, And Creator At The Galapagos Islands
*CHRISTmas Fun:: History, Traditions, Verses and Hymns
*Christ Our Passover Lamb
*The Attack Trilogy (historical short stories set in Cappadocia, Turkey, Shkdora, Albania, and Wuerzburg, Germany)
and many, many more...

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Lea Ann on February 22, 2011
Format: Paperback
How often have you wished you could simply have tea with an experienced home educator and glean from her years of wisdom? How many times have you needed a pick-me-up, a suggestion, or a humorous anecdote to ease your burden and remind you that you aren't alone? Catherine Jaime gives you all this and more in Organized Ramblings: Home Education From A to Z

I have read countless books on home education. I only recommend a few. Organized Ramblings: Home Education From A to Z by Catherine Jaime would be at the top of my list for mothers who need a "fresh look" at what they are doing. I began taking notes for this review, and ended up highlighting huge sections of this informative and energetic book for my own use. Catherine's casual, friendly style couples easily with her wisdom from homeschooling 12 children. Her book is like an expert homeschool conference, years of homeschool magazines, and a trusted friend, all in one volume.

Organized Ramblings: Home Education From A to Z covers the gamut of issues homeschool mothers consider, from Art to Zoo, Fun to Philosophy, Bible to Unit Studies. Catherine covers each topic with a thoroughness one expects from a veteran home educator, and the humor that comes with teaching a large family, yet none of the dogmatic insistence that plagues too many homeschool how-to manuals. Each chapter gives information, suggestions, and real-life examples.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Alison on December 16, 2010
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Organized Ramblings is a must read for anyone who is planning on homeschooling or who is in the midst of it. A very easy read and full of wisdom that helps a parent to understand many methods of education. This book is a keeper for any library.
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Anyone considering homeschooling, or overwhelmed by homeschooling, should read this book. It is a an easy, informative read. Pick it up and read it in doses. Or read it straight through, with your favorite drink. This is also a book to keep handy during your homeschool year. It is like having a trusted, experienced, homeschool friend at your fingertips. Only, the book won't mind your reading anytime, day or night.
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I, too, have read countless books on how to homeschool but I always come back to this one. Catherine Jaime helps me to relax and reassures me that I can do this while covering every subject and how I might teach them. She strikes just the right tone.
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