"The dates just swirl around in my head," my daughter complained.
"Well, I don't need you to memorize them. Just know how they fit together--what happened in the same general time period," I comforted her.
When she gave me an exasperated look, I knew we had to get out a timeline, or better yet, make one.
Timelines are wonderful!
Timelines Help History Make Sense
Timelines allow our children to connect little bits and pieces of history together in larger framework that makes senses. It allows you to have a bird's-eye view of an entire decade, century, or time period.
Even when students memorize dates, they still have a hard time fitting everything together.
When you lay the dates out on a long sheet of paper, you can see what things happen at the same time and how one event follows another.
We have done timelines several ways.
We have enjoyed looking a pre-made timelines that are beautifully illustrated. We simply open it up all the way on a long table and set aside 20 to 30 minutes to look at it, making comments to one another as we notice things about people and events.
Make Timelines from Scratch
My children have created their own timelines on a long roll of paper. You just get a discarded roll of paper from a print and unroll it on the floor or long table.
One time we unrolled a roll of paper from the front door to the back of the house. The children in our history co-op were assigned different sections of history from Creation to present-day. It was so fun for everyone to work on their own sections and then share it with one another.
We offer several timelines with timeline figures for your family.
Ancient History Timeline by Meredith Curtis & Laura Nolette begins with Creation and ends with the Fall of the Roman Empire. We love this timeline because it starts with the 7 Days of Creation. Packed full of Bible heroes, ancient civilizations, wars, battles, inventions, famous people, and historic events.
Often we study history civilization by civilization, so we don't realize how much is happening at the same time.
American History Timeline is jam-packed with timeline figures--probably too many for you to use. You will probably use them for several different projects.
Starting with the Reformation/Renaissance/Age of Exploration, the timeline travels through Colonial Times, the American Revolution, Early America, Civil War, Victorian Age/Wild Wild West, and the 20th Century.
I admit it, Laura and I got a little carried away with this timeline--there are so many timeline figures. But, we just love American history so much!
This timeline will be available soon. Check out site for information.
HIS Story of the 20 Century Timeline with Timeline Figures by Meredith Curtis & Laura Nolette starts at 1900 and ends at 2000. Created to go along with HIS Story of the 20th Century, you can use it with any study of the 1900's/20th Century.
Don't buy this is you have the HIS Story of the 20th Century High School Workbook or HIS Story of the 20th Century Middle School Workbook--they both contain the full 20th Century Timeline.
You will love these fun timeline figures that represent people, inventions, sporting events, wars, political events, and historic events. As you complete your timeline, you will get a bird's eye view of an amazing century of change.
Whether you make-your-own, use our timelines, or use someone else's timelines, I encourage you to use them in history! Everyone will love getting a birds-eye-view and seeing how people and events fit together.
God bless you!