How do I use the Art Era Timeline?

Here are some tips and practical ideas on how to use your downloaded Art Era Timelines.

Bind the downloads as an Art Book of the Centuries ~

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I bound my printout and made a simple spiral bound book and we use it to reference our artist or art movement.

The book format works well if you  flip through the pages to find artist.  Your children may recognise the thumbnail of the work studied.  They will also notice other works of the same art style.

Your children may need to transfer the dates to a more formal timeline for clarity.

We use a Wall Chart ~

This is a wonderful method because the children can see in one glance, where and when events and eras took place in relation to other events in History.


Timeline Wall Chart

I made this chart myself on the back of our Large World Map.  I divided the vertical space into the centuries from 5000 BC to 2000 AD and divided the lines across in decades.

My timeline zigzags to form a flowing timeline.

I coloured some of the timeline eras in different colours; the Roman Empire, the Dark Ages, Renaissance, the Industrial Revolution etc.

Also, because I covered the wall chart in packaging tape to protect it, we write details on our wall chart with coloured white board markers.

This is how we use our Art Era Timeline on the Wall Chart:

  • We write the artist’s name and birthdate and stick the picture of the artist or the thumbnail of his most famous works on the timeline.
  • We use a different colour for different art eras and mark off all the years that the art movement occurred.
  • We only update the timeline once a week, or even less.  I find it helpful for an introduction to an artist.
  • The kids look for the year and write the name of the artist above his biographic dates.
  • It is also a good way of concluding a study.  When we have finished studying an artist, we update the timeline and see how his works fit into an era.

As you can see, the chart does get crowded.  This is the only disadvantage of a smaller scale wall chart.

Here you can see the timeline figures I use ~


Timeline Figures

These came with my first kindergarten Sonlight purchase. They did not come with all the artists we have studied. We make/ draw/ download pictures of famous artists for the timeline.

I coloured the edges of my figures to help distinguish between the different history cores I was using.

You could use this system to highlight Art figures ( highlighted in 1 colour) different from Notable People (edged in another colour), History (edged in another colour),  from Inventions (a 3rd colour) or Wars (a 4th colour).

At the end of our year we play games and use our timeline figures for  review:

  • group the figures according to categories (discoverers, artists, Bible characters)
  • quiz – give 2 facts for each figure
  • arrange 3/5 figures in time order

Here is our Book of Centuries Timeline ~


Book Of Centuries Time time

We used this timeline method while we were travelling and I could not display our timeline chart in our school room.

Each child pastes in their pictures or information and uses the blank page to write more information.

It is a very personal timeline.  Each child adds to their Book of Centuries and it becomes a rich historical resource.

An adolescent needs to start a new Book of Centuries as they sometimes become critical of earlier entries.  They need a blank book to map and record their more mature insights and intellectual understanding.

There are some excellent Book of Centuries with sections devoted to different themes on each page.

This is more appropriate for older students.  Young children sometimes cannot “see” the full picture and how their details fit into the larger scheme of time.

In the same way as explained above, add the names, biographies, thumbnails, pictures and information of the artists or art movements on the relevant pages.  This method offers much more space and so your children can fill more information on the page than on the wall chart.

And lastly, you could make a continuous Timeline Strip ~

I don’t have my first strip timeline photographed, but I used a looooooong strip of sturdy paper, divided into all the centuries and pasted this all around the room at the top of our school room wall.

This was a fantastic method!  The children could see exactly where and when historical events occurred.

It was easy to refer to Biblical eras and see how long ago these events took place.  Also,there were several eras when lots of new events, inventions and changes took place in very short space of time.  This was easy to see during the Renaissance or in the late 18th Century. This cluster could be expanded by making the timeline strip wider to accommodate all the figures and information.

One disadvantage is that the children can’t write or paste items on the wall strip because it is a struggle to climb up to reach the timeline.

You can read more here about our history timeline.

Simply Charlotte Mason have a Book of Centuries pictured and described here and a free pdf download here.

Heart of the Matter offers simple directions on how to make a time line here.

Heather made a free Book of Centuries template download.  (You need to write your own years in on the top of the pages.)

And, of course, please visit my Free Pages to make sure you have downloaded all the free stuff! 🙂

Paper Men of Ancient History

At last!  The paper men of Ancient History are here!

Featuring Ancient Egypt, Ancient Rome, Vikings, Ancient China and Japan and Ancient India, these paper men will complement your Paper Dolls of Ancient History.

My children to love colour in while I read aloud to them – and what better way to keep hands busy while studying Ancient History than to colour, cut out, laminate and play with these paper figures?

Your children can use these figures for narrations.  Somehow, focusing on a paper doll/ figure helps the child remember and retell the details. Children could make plays and dramatize their stories.  I am always fascinated by homeschooled children’s imaginative games ~ how they often use historical names, places and events in their creative play.

This is what the paper men look like:

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Click here for your download ~ Paper Men Ancient History

If you haven’t downloaded all our Paper Dolls, please go check out what you are missing on my Free Pages.

As I am constantly creating more paper dolls to add to our collection, please subscribe or click on my RSS feed under my Gravatar to receive notification of the latest posts.


Paper Dolls of Ancient Japan, China, India and North American Indians

Here are paper dolls from different ancient nationalities to use when you

study Sonlight’s World History, or

read stories from these countries, or

study different nationalities, or

just want to expose your children to clothing from Ancient times, or …

just for fun!

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Have you downloaded all Practical Pages’ Paper Dolls?

If not, check out the Paper Dolls of Ancient History which include Ancient Egypt, Ancient Vikings, Ancient Rome and Elizabethan Era.

Also look at our first Paper Dolls ~ Fashions Through Past Eras which include Jane Austen fashions of the 1800’s,  Victorian era, Edwardian eras of 1900’s, the Medieval era, King Louis French fashions and the 1960’s fashions.

I’m sure that you’ll read how we colour in, then cut out and then laminate our paper dolls.  There are several methods to attach the clothing to the dolls, but if you wish, add the conventional tabs to the shoulders and the sides of the garments.

I hope you have signed up for an email notification or put my RSS feed on your homepage! (You’ll find this on my sidebar just under my Gravatar.) because, as promised, I will continue to upload our latest paper dolls. I am busy developing the men paper figures even as you read this!

Here’s the Paper Doll download ~ Paper Dolls Japan China India NAIndians

Art Era Timeline #1 ~ Pre-Renaissance to 18th Century

I created Art Movements Timelines

Due to the size of the files I have broken the timeline into 4 sections:

  • Pre-Renaissance – 18th Century
  • 19th Century to Late 19th Century
  • 20th Century till Modern Art
  • Modern Art Movements

This week’s Timeline is Pre-Renaissance – 18th Century

Click here for your 9 page download ~ Art Era Timeline Pre-Renaissance-18thC

I have provided a basic definition of each art movement and included the dates and  names of  the founders and the most eminent artists of that movement. Each artist has a thumbnail of their work. I have placed each art movement on a new page for clarity and to assist the study of different eras.

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Use the timeline in several ways:

  • Print out as an Art Book of Centuries, or add to a student’s own Book of Centuries
  • Cut and paste the pages end-to-end as an art timeline
  • Cut out and add the artists and their art work thumbnails to a dedicated art timeline or an existing timeline
  • Laminate and cut the artists as cards and let children match the artists to the eras

Included in this download are the following Art Movements:

Gothic Art
Byzantine Art
The Renaissance
The Early Renaissance
The High Renaissance
The Northern Renaissance
17th Century
Baroque Art
18th Century
The Rococo Style
Academic Art
Japanese Ukiyo-e

I obtained all information for this timeline from

I will upload the following 2 timelines soon, so please sign up for an email notification or put my RSS feed on your homepage! (You’ll find this on my sidebar just under my Gravatar.)

Paper Dolls of Ancient History

Here are our latest Ancient History Paper dolls:

Ancient Egypt

Ancient Vikings

Ancient Rome

Elizabethan Era

These paper dolls are the latest addition to our paper doll series ~

Click here for your 4 page pdf download ~ Paper Dolls Ancient History

We were inspired to draw these paper dolls while we read our Sonlight World History Usborne books. Included with most the paper dolls are some ancient artefacts or jewelery.  Children should also know the how to place the clothing articles on the dolls in the correct order.

We colour in the pictures, cut them out and then laminate everything ~ see here.  We attach clothing with prestick (sticky stuff).

Look at our historical eras paper dolls that included fashions from the 1800’s,   Victorian styles from 1865. clothes from the Edwardian eras of 1900’s,  fashions of the Medieval era, the French fashions of Louis VIV and even styles from the 1960’s.

Here are some suggestions to enjoy the paper dolls:

  • One mom pasted magnetic tape on the backs and her children play on a fridge or metal tray with their dolls.
  • Another mom stuck felt on the back of their paper dolls so they could stick on a felt board.
  • These paper dolls could be coloured while the children listen to history stories. (To keep hands busy while ears are listening!)
  • Children could use them when telling history narrations.
  • Children can play with them with as they do with finger puppets and create / act scenes from plays.

Ok, I know you’ll ask me, “Where are the men/ boys?” I am planning them!

The paper dolls from different nations will be coming soon …  I’ve done North American Indians, Japan … oh, the list is too long …

New Ancient Egypt Lapbook & Activities

Hot off the press!  My new Ancient Egypt Lapbook is here! Here’s the download ~ Ancient Egypt Lapbook

3D Ancient Egypt lapbook

Pyramid-shaped lapbook folds flat to store with other Ancient Egypt work

This lapbook is created to become a 3D pyramid-shaped folder.  The 16-page download includes:

  • Lapbook planner ~ with answers and references & websites
  • minibooks ~ People, hieroglyphics, write your name in hieroglyphics, hieroglyphic message to decode, word search, Rosetta stone, making papyrus, Egyptian burial and Egyptian food
  • Biography page ~ King Tutankhamun
  • Pictures to colour & make into puzzles
  • Additional hands-on activities ~ making papyrus, baking bread in pots, a model of Egyptian home, ‘mummify’ a doll, make sarcophagus, making a water-clock and making a shaduf.

What about downloading some Ancient Egyptian Paper dolls and men to go with your Ancient Egypt studies? Pop over to my Paper Dolls page for the downloads.

Ancient Egypt Men    Paper Doll Ancient Egypt

Hope you and your children enjoy learning about Ancient Egypt!


New Sonlight Stone Age Lapbook and Hands On Activity Page

Free Ancient History mini books and practical hands-on activities for the Stone Age

Download your 5 page Stone Age lapbook project here ~Stone Age

  1. Coil pot shape fold mini book
  2. Stone tools trifold
  3. Cave home mini book
  4. Stone Age facts 5 flap mini book
  5. First clothes petal mini book
  6. Making fire accordion mini book
  1. Coil pottery – make clay pots
  2. Weave with cardboard loom – make a lovely mat for doll’s house
  3. Sewing fake fur clothes
  4. Make camp fire and cook meat
  5. Make shell/ wood/ cork necklaces

For more Sonlight World History pages click here ~ Free Sonlight World History

New Sonlight Archeology Lapbook and Hands On Activity Page

Free Ancient History mini books and practical hands-on activities for Archeology

Download your 5 page Archeology lapbook project here ~Archeology

  1. Layer book of archeological mound or “tell”
  2. Broken pottery puzzle
  3. Dinosaur puzzle
Hands on Activities Websites
  1. Tree ring counting
  2. Putting puzzle (broken pottery) pieces together
  3. Layer an ancient mound (mini layer book)
  4. Dinosaur Dig – fun group activity in sandbox
  5. Archeology Game break pottery and re-glue
  6. Make fossils & create guessing game by creating different imprints for amazing selection of games and activities!
Broken pottery puzzle

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Sonlight and a Lego Ziggurat?

Ziggarat and surrounding town

Ziggarat and surrounding town

With Sonlight World History we have learnt about other civilizations and a model can make the scene “come alive”!

Here’s a model city with a ziggarat temple built out of Lego!  (Behind Kitkat’s elbow is her 6-year-old sister’s small ziggurat)

Lego is a wonderful way to make a quick 3D model, and it doesn’t take long to build!

I found that cardboard models are much more work – colouring, cutting and then pasting – and what to do with the creation afterwards?  Wherever we can, I photograph models and we paste the picture under the narration.

3D is more ‘real’ than an ordinary picture, but there are other methods of creating this effect:

  • Peek show – inside a shoebox with layout that, when viewed through a tiny hole in the side, looks real
  • Layer pictures – several copies of the object cut out from the background and pasted on foam squares in layers
  • Pop-up cards – some easy ways of creating a 3D effect when the card is opened

There are many more great ideas, but with young children, let the scene come alive – build models!