Sunday, August 26, 2007

Creating our timeline books

After spending time reading through suggestions of different ways to make timelines on the Homeschool in the Woods website, I decided to follow their suggestions for making a horizontal timeline for each girl. I made a word document of the entire timeline with a dark line running across the middle of the page and lighter lines on either side for writing or placement of images. It is very similar to the formating of HitW's Record of Time pages.

The lines are color coded to correspond to the WTM history sequence: purple for ancients (4000BC - 400AD), blue for middle ages (400AD - 1600AD), red for early modern (1600AD - 1850AD), and green for modern (1850AD - present). I followed the time increments listed on the Homeschool in the Wood's website page since we will be filling the timeline with their HTTA figures. The pages are printed one-sided on white cardstock, three hole punched, and placed in a 1 1/2" binder. Here is a picture:

The best part is the whole timeline is one big Word document so when Benny is ready for one all I have to do is load the printer with cardstock and make sure the ink cartridges are ready.

The girls were so excited over their new timelines that they insisted on putting in the figures from our first 2 weeks of history last night. Lesson 1 - It was a really long time from Leif Eriksson to Christopher Columbus. Lesson for mom when I wait for God's time, He brings everything together according to His plan , and it all falls in place. Here is a picture of their completed timelines from last night.

"This is what the Lord says-- your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel: 'I am the Lord your God, who teaches you what is best for you, who directs you in the way you should go.'" Isaiah 48:17


Diane said...

I think your time line is great. I'm going to give it a shot pretty soon here. We are just starting through Ancients at the moment. Thanks for the idea.

Anonymous said...

Hi there. I absolutley adore your blog. I wanted to ask you if there was any way you could post another Word doc with your time line template. This file is not available and I cannot find another like this for free. Can you help me out or do you have any suggestions?