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On the 10th Day of Homeschool the Sisters gave to me..............
3 American History Timeline Notebooks-FREE!
If you've been following our 12 Days of Homeschool, you've probably already read about our FREE World History Timeline Notebooks. If not, you can read the post HERE. Today we are featuring another great timeline giveaway!! Speaking of giveaways, today is the last day to enter our Jonathan Park Audio Adventures: The Adventure Begins Giveaway! Don't forget to enter before leaving.
During my 10+ years of homeschooling, I have tried many different styles of history lap books, unit studies and timelines, most of which were abandoned at some point in the course of each school year because they were just too much. Too much cutting. Too much gluing. Too much journaling. Too much trying to make sure the timeline figure was matched exactly with the timeline date and getting frustrated when our history book date didn't match the date on our timeline. Too much everything! We like to keep things simple here. Simple for busy mamas and simple for the kiddos.
That's why, last year, I decided to create a simple "scrapbook"-style timeline notebook for my kids to use and we. love. it. Instead of an actual timeline with specific dates, each 1-2 page spread encompasses a span of history that my children can fill with pictures, sketches, quotes, speeches or anything else that interests them from our history studies. Basically, I decided to approach our history studies the same way I approach art or nature journaling: I told the kids to make them their own. There were no requirements, other than 1. They had to do them 2. They had to be an accurate record of what they had learned.
My 9 year old daughter's Ancient History Timeline notebook
By making our history timelines more open-ended, it allows our children to learn and express what they have learned in a way that is easiest for them. Some children love to write and would want to fill their timeline notebook with writing. We have included lined pages for those children who learn best by journaling. I have a few boys that really dislike writing, so they choose to sketch and glue photos into their timeline notebooks. I love inspiring quotes from great men and women in history, so I if I were keeping a journal, I would scribble quotes and speeches on my pages. Some children are natural artists and would love to sketch a beautiful illustration of the Egyptian Pyramids with a label and date in the corner of their page. Are we memorizing the reign of every Russian Tsar from Ivan III to Peter the Great? No. But I would venture to say, neither are the children who have to cut and glue every single Tsar onto their timeline either. Our children remember what they are interested in and what they love. As Robert Frost once said,
"Self-education is, I firmly believe, the only kind of education there is."
~ Robert Frost
Therefore, our goal should not be to force our children to learn a depressing number of facts and dates from history, but to give them an overarching view of the span of the human race from the creation of this world to modern day. With this approach, it is my hope that my children will become willing students of history and continue to love and learn long after "school" is done.
Since our World History Timeline Notebook was such a success and because we are entering into American History this year, I decided to create an American History version of our timeline notebooks with a few fantastic upgrades!! Speaking of history, did we mention how much we love TruthQuest History Guides? You can read our review HERE. In addition to their fantastic World History Guides, they offer a series of American History Guides that are designed especially for elementary students.
If you would like more information on TruthQuest's American History Guides, click on the image below.
Our American History Timeline Notebook includes 80 pages of "scrapbook"-style timeline pages, beginning with Colonial Time Period and ending with Contemporary. We have divided American History into the following eras:
Colonial Period: 100 year increments
A New Nation: 25 year increments
Civil War & Reconstruction: 25 year increments
Progressive Era & World Wars: 10 year increments
Mid-Century & Cold War: 10 year increments
Modern Era: 10 year increments
Included in the Timeline Notebook is 80+ timeline figures. As I mentioned above, I strongly urge my children to draw, sketch, glue photos, etc. and to make the notebooks their own. We have decided to include timeline figures in our American History Timeline Notebook as a help to your child if they desire. Some kids love to glue photos onto their pages, others prefer to use their own style. Thy have been provided as an option. Also included are quotes and speeches from famous American men and women for each era.
Included also in the notebooks are three different maps for your child to use. The first map includes the fifty states, as well as the date each one was admitted to the Union. As you read through American History, your child can color in each state as it is admitted to the Union. I decided to include the dates already on the map because my goal is not for kids to memorize the dates, but to get a feel for how the country developed and what it looked like in each major era. Two other maps are included as well; I purposely left them open-ended so they could be used a variety of ways. The gray map would be great for sketching the trail Lewis & Clark would have taken as they explored the Louisiana Purchase. I'm sure you and your child will think of many other fun ways to use them!
Our American History Timeline Notebook goes on sale today in our eCatalog for an introductory price of $9.99. (This is a digital product.)
We want to give away 3 free downloads to our Sisters with a System readers!!
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