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Are you looking for a way to help your children understand the abstract concept of history? Do you feel overwhelmed trying to teach your kids all the historical events that happened simultaneously? Are you unsure of when certain historical events took place? I was struggling with all of these things too until I found Home School in the Woods Timeline Collection.
What is Home School in the Woods Timeline?
Home School in the Woods Timeline Collection is not your typical timeline. It is a comprehensive, searchable, versatile resource that you can use throughout your entire homeschool years. I am learning so much about history by using this timeline with my children. Today, I am going to share with you what is included in the timeline collection, how we are using the timeline. Int addition, I will share other ideas about how you can use the timeline.
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What is included in the Timeline Collection?
The timeline collection includes over 1,260 historical figures and events. I received the Timeline as a 2 part zip digital download. I extracted the files and stored them on my computer.
- Part 1 of the download contains PDF pages of all the figures in the four HISTORY Through the Ages Timeline sets. The images are both wall and notebook size, with and without text descriptions).
The four history sets include: Creation to Christ, Resurrection to Revolution, Napoleon to Now, America’s History, as well as 80 Bonus Figures
- Part 2 of the download contains the same 1260+ timeline figures offered as a gallery of high-quality GIFS that can be individually enlarged or reduced. You can use the images in a variety of ways. I will explain some of these ways below.
- There is also “Timeline Helps,” which contains ideas for using the figures with wall and notebook timelines, suggestions for use in a variety of resources.
What are some ways to use the Timeline?
Part 1 of the timeline download can be used to produce a linear timeline. The images are available with or without short descriptions. The images are also available in a notebook or poster size. We preferred the poster-size. They are still small, but can easily be colored.
In the help files, there are different ideas about how to put together a timeline. You could put a timeline on the wall or in a notebook. We decided to put our historical figures on index cards. I will talk about that more later.
However, creating a linear timeline is just one of the many ways you can use this resource. The resource can be used for children of any age from kindergarten to high school. You can create historical maps, write book reports, make games, just to name a few. The possibilities are endless!
For younger children, in part 2 of the timeline download, you can resize the images to print out coloring pages while older students create notebooking pages, lapbooks, or book reports.
The timeline collection can be added to ANY history curriculum and many other subject areas as well, such as science, music, art, literature, and Bible. The indexes included help for you to find almost any figure. Some of the indexes include:
- Old Testament
- New Testament
- Early Church
- Religious figures
How we are using the Timeline Collection?
Honestly, at first, I was overwhelmed with the number of historical figures that I received in the Timeline. I thought, how am I ever going to use and organize so much information. However, Home School in the Woods has already solved that problem. I just needed to dig a little deeper. There is a helps file with so many ideas. I was able to choose the best way based on my family’s needs. You can also read about many ideas in one of the blog posts on the Home School in the Woods website.
Currently, we are using the Timeline with our Bible study. We cut out the figures with the description and glued them to 3×5 index cards. Then, we arranged them chronologically in an index card box. Now, we are writing scripture references on the back of each index card.
Timeline for the Whole Family
This is helping our whole family learn the linear timeline of biblical events. The Bible isn’t written chronologically, so it can be difficult to sort the events in order. When we are unsure of the order of events we reference our chronological Bible.
In the future, I plan to print out more figures and glue them to index cards as we learn about them throughout our homeschool years. As we read books, study scientists, world events, we will make an index card and file it into a box chronologically. We will also be learning the presidents soon. I plan to print out all the presidents and use them as flashcards for my children.
We also love listening to audiobooks. Many of them are either historical fiction or non-fiction. I can think of one historical fiction series that we listen to which we are unfamiliar with the ancient events. We will now be able to plot these events on a timeline using this resource.
The ways you can use this amazing resource are endless. I am not much of a history lover, except for reading historical fiction. However, the timeline resource has sparked my interest in history and hopefully, my children’s interest as well.
What is my Overall Opinion of the Timeline Collection?
At first, I was overwhelmed and intimidated by the sheer volume and information included in the timeline collection. However, Home School in the Woods has done a fabulous job breaking down the information into bite-size pieces. I am so excited about the numerous ways our family will be able to use this resource all the way through high school and beyond. My children are in elementary and middle school right now.
One of my favorite aspects of the timeline is that it a Biblical account of history. As Christians, I am pleased to say that there is no evolution taught. It gives me peace of mind.
I really appreciated the help files included in the download. It has a variety of photos of project ideas. This is how I decided how we would use the timeline. I knew that we didn’t have the wall space to create a huge poster of the history of the world. I had never thought of the index cards, but it is a perfect fit for our family.
Not only that, but there is a blog at Home School in the Woods with even more ideas about how to use the Timeline. There is an article about the History of Notre Dame, the History of St. Patricks Day, the Creation of Yellowstone National Park, just to name a few. These articles can also help you with your homeschool studies.
How about you? Are you looking for a way to teach your child historical events? The Home School in the Woods Timeline Collection is an invaluable resource that you can use throughout your homeschool years in a variety of ways. I highly recommend it!
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Check out what other homeschool families are saying about Home School in the Woods products. There are reviews for several of Home School in the Woods products including the Timeline Collection and the U.S. Election Lap-Pak.