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About the Author

Catherine Jaime did her undergraduate work at the Sloan School of Management at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She has additional economics training through the Foundation for Teaching Economics and the Foundation for Economic Education. Catherine has taught in grades K-twelve with a concentration in high school economics and government. She has authored a number of history books and several booklets dealing with government and/or economics. She firmly believes in the importance of the U.S. Constitution and the Free Market, and it shows in her writings.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 134 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (August 27, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1492272647
  • ISBN-13: 978-1492272649
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.3 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,118,850 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Catherine has written dozens of books - primarily historical in nature. She writes family-friendly historical fiction, simple to understand non-fiction, and is co-editor of a growing art appreciation series, Enjoying Great Art. Most of her books are available in paperback and e-book versions.

One of Catherine's first loves is Leonardo da Vinci; her books on him are enjoyed by both students and adults and include:
*Leonardo the Florentine (historical fiction) - her first novel - the beginning of the "Life and Travels of Da Vinci" series
*Leonardo: Masterpieces in Milan (historical fiction) - book 2
*Leonardo: To Mantua and Beyond (historical fiction) - book 3
*Leonardo: A Return to Florence (historical fiction) - book 4
(Book 5 should be out sometime in 2015.)
*Da Vinci: His Life and His Legacy (one of Catherine's first non-fiction books)
*Leonardo da Vinci Topical Study - a great tool for those who want to teach/learn about this amazing man
*Exploring Da Vinci's Last Supper
*In Art: Leonardo
*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:
*Understanding the United States Constitution
*The Philadelphia Convention A Play for Many Readers
*The American Revolution and The Declaration of Independence: Founding Era Plays
*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
*Failure in Philadelphia? - historical fiction about the Constitutional Convention, told from the perspective of a young British spy
*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
*Simply Put: A Study In Economics (Student Book and Teacher Book)
*Notes from Frederick Bastiat's Essays on Political Economy
*A Brief Look at Machiavelli and The Prince

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 (more on that below)

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...

Catherine continues to work on her art appreciation series. Family-friendly art books on a variety of topics. It started small enough:
*In Art: Hats
*In Art: Animals
*In Art: Books
*In Art: Bridges

Since then her art series has grown by leaps and bounds and now includes dozens of titles, including:
In Art: Scions of Africa
In Art: Candlelight
In Art: Self-Portraits
In Art: Food
In Art: Horses
In Art: Lighthouses
In Art: Cats
In Art: Trees
In Art: Necklaces
Each is a fun and different way to appreciate great art!

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By IChooseJoy on December 11, 2013
Format: Paperback
What I Loved about Simply Put:
There are 36 lessons, and each lesson is 1-2 pages long and not difficult to read
If you want to use them, there are review questions at the end of each lesson
There is a mid-term and final exam in the book (and answers to those in the teacher's guide)
The teacher's guide also includes two activities which would be great for the students to do.
I learned A TON reading this book. It's written on a level that is accessible to most of us; it will be understood by most high schoolers.
It's written from a conservative viewpoint, and helps us understand why imports are important for the economy and unions are hurtful to it-plus so much more!
Helpful footnotes give definitions and further resources to study
She includes great quotes from economists such as Adam Smith and Frederick Bastiat.
She explains how what we hear in the media usually isn't the full story.
Included is the Pilgrim's story of when they tried socialism and how it didn't work
A glossary is included with the most important terms to learn.

What I Didn't Like So Much:
I would love to have some kind of project or activity to do for each lesson, so we can really internalize what we learned
The charts and graphs are not the highest quality
I feel that some subjects are just barely touched on and don't go enough in depth on (such as mercantilism and laissez faire).
I think that you'll really need to add more than just the reading of this book to be a full 1/2 credit of High School Economics. But there are plenty of ideas in the book: other books to read, websites to browse, videos to watch.

(Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of the student and teacher books in order to write this honest review.)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kristi D. Kerr on November 26, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
I used Simply Put: A Study in Economics with my 12 year old 7th grader. We homeschool, and had decided a couple of years ago that our kids would have a lot more than one semester in high school of economics (and, in our experience, a half way done semester at that). We want them to have a VERY solid understanding of economics. Simply Put was the perfect starting point for our daughter. It explains economics in a very easy-to-understand, conversational tone, and has plenty of visuals to help with understanding. It explains the differences in economics systems (honestly, I graduated from a rather good public high school never hearing the terms "Austrian" and "Keynesian" in economics), and it does it in such a way that my middle schooler could understand, and a high schooler could get credit for. In fact, the Simply Put: A Study in Economics curriculum is worth 1/2 a high school credit. We were very pleased with this book, and plan on continuing to use it for our other children.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By ahoppi on November 25, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
I have taken some Economics courses in high school and college, but I can tell you honestly, they were not my cup of tea. I tried hard, but just didn't “get it”. Now I have a 7th grader who is going to need Economics and I am worried. How will I do it? How will I teach him what I couldn't learn? Enter in Simply Put: A Study in Economics by Catherine Jaime. This is all we need to get us started and we love it!!
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Format: Paperback
Catherine Jaime, the author of Simply Put: A Study in Economics, makes learning economics simple.

Thinking about what to use to teach economics to my kids was a little daunting to say the least. I didn't know where to start. So, when the chance came up for me to review Simply Put: A Study in Economics, I welcomed it.

It was great having Catherine take me by the hand and introduce me to economics.

I am now reading and discussing it with the kids (12 & 13 years old).

Catherine gives many resource suggestions, from article, to books, to DVDs, which I highly recommend. They truly add value. I plan on adding a few of the book recommendations as required reading and a few writing assignments to round out the course which is equal to 1/2 credit of high school economics.

The lessons are short, but there isn't any fluff, just pure knowledge. She quotes from Hazlitt, Bastiatt, and others. There is an appendix which adds to a few of the lessons.

You will also find review questions for each chapter and mid-term and final exams.

This book is written from a conservative point of view, which fits into our belief of capitalism.
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