Nothing beats a wall chart, timeline or Book of Centuries to get a wonderful overview of history.
Our timeline is full and crowded at the end of each year –
clusters of events, inventions, major changes and important people …
The kids’ frugal timeline book/ Book of Centuries look interesting …
After using timelines and Book of Centuries for over 14 years of homeschooling,
I learnt that ~
- children seldom remember exact dates
- timelines show relationships and links to people and events
- my kids often link events to an existing event clearly dated in their heads – “Oh, that was just before the Civil War…”
- they link time to eras and fashions – “Oh, that was during Queen Elizabeth I’s reign …”
- historical movies and DVDs are an excellent tool in relating to eras and events – “Yes, like in Pearl Harbor/ Little Women …”
- my kids don’t think in timelines – but I do!
- timelines are a learning style – not everyone learns in a linear overview
- I love an “overview” – a bird’s-eye view of history
- my kids love detail – focus on here and now
- timeline activities are great for introductions and conclusions to themes
- timelines lack detail, but can offer good prompts
- timelines are great tools to discuss, compare, link causes and effects, show consequences
- we need to schedule time each week to fill in details on our wall chart/ timeline/ BOC
- my kids generally just “get the job done” – no real joy here
- the kids love to look back over what they have done and see what they’ve covered
Having said all this, I believe in timelines and personal Books of Centuries.
We will continue to jot down details each week, summarize themes and list important people and events on our timelines.
How have your children enjoyed/ participated in or applied their timelines ?