History is our main subject that I have all three boys working together on this year. Bebop memorized the CCA timeline two years ago, giving him a pretty good idea of where major events and people fit in history. I wanted to take that a step further this year and create a timeline where he could add everything we study. I also wanted something that could be easily stored and carried through the various rooms in our house. This printable timeline fits both goals for me!
You can download the file at the bottom of this post. I printed it off on heavyweight cardstock, the thickest I could find. In addition to using this timeline just about every day of this school year, I plan to add on as we go through the next three cycles of history. I wanted something that would last over time, so the investment in thick paper is worth it!
I taped all the pages together using masking tape. Bebop helped with this part by making sure I had all the pages in the correct order and cutting the tape for me. I put a piece of tape slightly longer than the paper on the front and folded the ends over. Then we flipped the whole timeline over and taped the back of the seams as well.
The timeline went almost the entire length of our living room! The timeline startes with creation (8000BC) and goes to 100 AB. The oldest dates move quickly, but slow down as you reach the 100’s. I based the spacing of the dates off the lessons in Mystery of History, trying to leave enough space to add cards for everything we will cover this year.
As I said above, I wanted to create something that we could easily store but also be able to stretch out when needed. Bebop and I punched holes in every other seam of the notebook with our 3 hole punch. Because the cardstock and tape layers are so thick, it was a challenge to get all the pages punched. Next time, I’m going to try punching the pages first, then taping them. (Or possibly investing in a heavy duty hole punch!)
Now we can easily flip through pages in a 3 ring binder.
We are working on 3 history lessons each week from Mystery of History. As we complete a lesson, Bebop makes up a card or two to glue onto his timeline. He has created a card for each significant figure we have studied so far plus major events. For events with ambiguous dates or that represent an long period of time, Bebop used washi tape to indicate a particular event. So far this timeline notebook seems to be the favorite among all three boys!