I am so excited to be sharing this with you today!
Do you use a timeline in your homeschool? I have seen so many different kinds of timelines offered through curriculum companies, on Pinterest, and on other blogs. You've got wall charts, timeline cards, notebooks, and so much more! My problem is that I can never find exactly what I'm looking for. Since my kids and I are starting back at the beginning of time this year, I thought it would be a good time to get serious about a timeline =)
We have done a timeline before, but even my oldest was too young to really benefit from it and definitely too young to take care in adding events to it. I am glad we started one before though, because it showed me what I wanted in a timeline.
- I want a L-O-N-G timeline - I love to see the vastness of history. I love to see proportionally how much time passes between events. I love a beautiful, long timeline displayed on a wall.
- I don't want to have to put my timeline on a wall - Yes, I love displaying a timeline, but realistically I don't have a wall that is long enough to do this. Maybe in the basement, but that isn't very handy.
- I want to be able to easily see things from different topics that are happening at the same time - That wasn't a very clear heading =) What I mean is, I want a timeline that is orderly and easy to read. I want to be able to see what developments in math are happening during different times in history. I want a record of what time period fiction books are set in. I want it all in one place...neatly.
I'll tell ya, I almost found want I wanted. Have you heard of Add a Century? They have a really neat system over there, and I almost just went with it, but I decided to customize my own thing instead. If you want the ease of buying a physical product (instead of downloading, printing, taping, etc.) definitely head over there to see if you like their timeline!
So here is what I created for me...and you!
It is a 65 page download (62 of which are the actual timeline). Print out the whole thing, or just enough to cover the time period you are currently studying.
I printed mine on card stock for durability.
Tape the pages together (on the back) with a strong tape (I used packing tape). This allows the pages to fold together like an accordion and be stored in a binder.
Insert the cover page into a plastic sleeve (hole punch the sleeve if it doesn't already have holes) and fold the rest of the pages behind it accordion style. This allows you to be able to flip through your timeline like a book, or S-T-R-E-T-C-H it out across your table/floor/wall.
Now look closely at the pages. Across the top you will find dates. They start at 4000 BC and have 100 years of time on each page. Down the sides you will find labels. These are so that you can keep an orderly account of what was happening in different segments of history. The labels are:
- People - record the life spans of specific individuals
- People Groups - record the rise and fall of empires
- Historical Events - record important events in history
- Science/Math - record advancements in these categories
- Arts - record the creation of famous paintings, the writing of beautiful music, or just the types of art that were prevalent in different time periods
- Literature - record when books were written
- Fiction - record when your favorite fictional stories took place
Seeing all of these types of categories together helps your student have a holistic view of the world and it's history. Of course if you want to change any of these categories to suit your needs, feel free.
There is a little space at the bottom of each page for you to write anything you might want to add. I am thinking of color coding the different people groups, so I might use that space as a legend (anything having to do with the Egyptians - orange, anything from the Bible - blue, etc.)
You can have your child write information on this timeline, draw pictures, paste pictures that you have printed out, or a mix of all those things! My kids are pretty young, so I am sure that there will be many pictures in their books!
Would you like to download this Book of Centuries for FREE?
I am thrilled to be able to offer this 65 page timeline to my email subscribers for free! If you are already a subscriber, it will be coming to you in an email later today. If you are not yet a subscriber, you can sign up now and receive this timeline and other freebies as soon as you confirm your subscription!
Don't want to print your own? Check out the ready made Add-A-Century Timeline!
Don't miss out on lots of other printables today from some of the bloggers at the iHomeschool Network!