Earlier this week I told you how our family settled on the Mystery of History as our curriculum of choice. Today I want to show you a teaching method that complements it beautifully: Timelines.
Why Use A Timeline?
Timelines are a wonderful way to help your students curate information. Here are 4 reasons you should consider using a timeline in your homeschool:
- Timelines create Interaction! Students interact with the subject in a hands-on way by creating their timelines and they can easily see at a glance how events in time interacted with each other.
- Timelines Create Context. As students discover new historical events and people in their various subjects, they can turn to their timeline to see what else was happening around the world at the same time. This allows them to develop a sense of historical era.
- Timelines Help Develop Critical Thinking. The students are able to easily see how people are connected to the events of their time and this context helps students to analyze various people and events throughout history.
- Timelines are a Logical Way to Curate Information. Timelines make it easy to store and find information in a chronological way.
The Trouble With Timelines – and the Solution!
The irritating thing about timelines is that they are BIG. If you're homeschooling with limited space (as most homeschoolers are!) where to store or display your timeline so that it is still accessible but doesn't take over the house becomes a problem. Our family's solution has been to use a timeline book. I wrote to Homeschool In The Woods and asked to review their Timeline materials because after much research I decided they were the best on the market! Their absolutely gorgeous History Through The Ages Record of Time binders that Homeschool in the Woods sells are not only beautiful, but they are sturdy (they have cardstock pages) and there is enough space to use the timeline binder through at least four years of History Curriculum. (I'm always thinking frugally! So, at $39.95 per binder, that works out to under $10 per year. Money well, well spent. I promise!)
Where To Get Your Timeline Figures
Now that I've talked you into using a timeline in your homeschool, what do you actually put in the timeline?
Well, if you want to keep it cheap and simple you could just write or draw in it. But if you want to create an heirloom-quality masterpiece you need to check out the Timeline Figures CDs that Homeschool In The Woods produces. This CD set contains 1,260+ timeline figures that can be printed out and added to your students' timeline. The figures are hand-drawn and they are absolutely beautiful! They can also be printed with a little tidbit of biographical information about the person (this is the way we do it!) or blank so that your child can write their own biographical information in.
The timeline figures are absolutely gorgeous and they're formatted in 2 sizes (the smaller size pictured above fits the timeline exactly). But they could also be used for other projects. How about making little books about certain history characters! Bookmarks! Wall art! The possibilities are endless! And Homeschool in the Woods is offering to Give their Timeline CD set to one very blessed reader. Just enter using the form below!