Welcome, welcome! I’m Catherine McGrew Jaime: author, bookseller, homeschooling mother of 12, Government Club advisor, Mock Trial coach, and world traveler.
I began writing when I fell in love with the rich history of Wurzburg, Germany, while our family was stationed there many years ago. Since then, I have written:
– over 100 books, each inspired by my family’s love of in-depth learning and our experiences over the years;
– of our travel adventures and the travels of others;
– of Da Vinci and of Lewis & Clark (and the unsung hero of their travels,York);
– to encourage homeschooling parents in the how-to’s and what-for’s of homeschooling;
– on topics of American government and Civil Rights;
– a guide to reading Shakespeare with high school students, borne out of many years of readings at Creative Learning Connection.
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Catherine Jaime's Books
I love to write! I love to research! And I love to teach! Writing books gives me an opportunity to combine all those interests, and to share my work with others. As you can see from the sample below, I write on a large number of topics:
The first books I wrote were non-fiction, and more than 20 years later, I’m still writing on the topics that I’m passionate about. My first book was a history of Wuerzburg, Germany. Ten years later I started several others, including Organized Ramblings and Sharing Shakespeare with Students. I definitely lean towards history topics, with some government and travel thrown in for good measure!
You can see the growing list of my paperbacks on my Author’s Page on Amazon and the largest collection of my e-books (as pdf’s) on my page on CurrClick. I also sell a variety of books for e-book readers on Amazon or Smashwords or Diesel E-books or Barnes and Noble (to name just a handful)!
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Sometimes I feel like I was born to travel! I came into the world in the Panama Canal Zone the first time my father was stationed there. In the 50+ years since then I have traveled throughout Central and North America and much of Western Europe (49 U.S. States and 15 other countries).
I attended high school in Michigan and then went to M.I.T. where I met my future husband, Daniel when we were both in R.O.T.C. After college, my travels continued as we moved across the country and overseas with the military. In fact, I fell in love with history during our 5 1/2 year stay in Wuerzburg, Germany, and wrote my first book during that time.
I have spent most of the last 30 years educating our 12 children, while also teaching classes for other homeschoolers — classes from Shakespeare to Government to Economics and more. When I teach, I strive to make history come alive for my students. I immerse them in each subject, including taking them on trips across the country to experience history where it happened.
We followed the Lewis and Clark Trail in 2005 with family members and volunteered at Jamestown during the 400 year anniversary in 2007. On a trip back to Panama in 2008 I started my “Horsey and Friends” series, which has continued during recent “school trips” to Washington, D.C., Virginia, and more. I also take students to our state capital to learn more about the legislative process and I coach several high school Mock Trial teams every year.
My passion for learning is as strong as my passion for teaching, and I seek out and attend teachers’ workshops throughout the country on a diverse set of topics. I have attended over a dozen teachers’ summer workshops on topics including: the U.S. Constitution, Economics, Civil Rights, and the Civil War (to name a few).
My other passions include running Creative Learning Connection, a homeschool resource center, where I get to encourage parents regularly, and keeping up with the ongoing legislative nightmares coming out of Washington, D.C., including the too-seldom discussed, small business killer, CPSIA.