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During my 10+ years of homeschooling, I have tried many different styles of history lapbooks, 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. loved. 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.
By making 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.
My 9-year-old daughter's timeline pages of Ancient History 4 B.C.-200 A.D.
This World History Timeline follows a young earth chronology and includes the use of the traditional B.C. and A.D. The time periods are divided into the following:
4000 B.C.-2000 B.C. 1,000 year increments
2000 B.C.-4 B.C. 500 year increments
4 B.C.-1400 A.D. 200 year increments
1400 A.D.-1600 A.D. 100 year increments
1600 A.D.-1800 A.D. 50 year increments
1800 A.D.-1950 A.D. 25 year increments
1950 A.D.-2020 A.D. 10 year increments
If you are looking for a literature-rich world history curriculum that presents history from a biblical worldview, we highly recommend TruthQuest. Our World History Timeline Notebooks are a perfect complement to the TruthQuest history guides, but are so versatile they can be used with almost any world history curriculum. TruthQuest has generously donated their TruthQuest: Beginnings Guide to giveaway to one of our readers! The giveaway is running for two more days; be sure to enter to win before you go!(Giveaway has ended.)
This 130 pg World History Timeline Notebook (digital product) is available for only $2.99. Click on the image below to view more sample pages.
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