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The last few years the main curriculum that we have used in our homeschool has suggested we make timelines. To me, it was just overwhelming as I wanted them to look a certain way and I just didn’t know how to start. Home School in the Woods has a Timeline Collection: A Collection of Historical Timeline Figures that makes this super easy for us!
While the Timeline Collection is available on a CD, we received the download version. It just works better with how we use things like this in our homeschool.
This year we are studying American History and yes, it is asking us to keep up a timeline! Now, we are only five weeks into our school year, so we weren’t too far behind with starting this up now.
Included in the files we received were some tips and tricks. One folder gave suggestions on different formats of timeline. I was always used to the one that went around your room that you hung up on the wall! Who knew that there were so many different formats? I feel like the last to know…ha!
I decided to go with the notebook version. It’s portable, easy to use, and hopefully will be easier to keep tidy.
We had an extra sketch book that I thought would be perfect for this! It opened on the shorter side so that left the longer side able to be used for the timeline! You could use any book like this, although I imagine you wouldn’t want to use lined paper. Plus, the paper would be so thin. Sketch books, or watercolor…those are typically heavier…
Then, I just made a quick cover for the outside of the notebook. You could put anything on your cover, we just like things simple. For the younger kids they could color their own cover, which I think would look pretty awesome!
One of the ways you can search for figures is chronological. I thought this was fantastic! I started out this way, just printing what we were learning about at the time.
And then I saw this America’s History section! As I clicked on each page in this section, I realized that there were so many things included that we hadn’t studied yet! We decided to print all of the figures in these sections, and if they weren’t in our curriculum we would learn about them. That rounded out our schooling nicely and it didn’t take up that much extra time.
We kept our timeline very simple. While each page gets a different color, it doesn’t mean anything special, it just changes it up a bit. I would have loved to separate it by certain time periods or something…but this kept it simple the way we like it.
Even with just starting our school year last month, we have already gone through the first two pages in the America’s history section. There are so many different figures that I totally forgot about or that just weren’t included in our curriculum. And there are 40 total pages just in this section!
When we went to print these, I just went into edit mode on the PDF file and I could make them as big as I needed. It would be really neat to have a side project and print a large copy of just the major characters that we learned about and write different things that we learned about that person or time period.
There are so many different options and ways that you can use these figures. For younger kids you could attach them to popsicle sticks or straws with the person on the front and the text on the back. When you have a couple 12th graders, they just don’t appreciate the fun stuff anymore though…ha! But you don’t have to use them in a timeline is what I was getting at. They are so useful!
There are over 1200 figures included with this set. It’s from Creation to the 21st Century, so that would explain the high number. There are some Biblical items included in case that is something you would want to know.
I have used Home School in the Woods for quite some time now! Their products are so unique. We used to do a lot of unit studies and these were so helpful! I will list my previous reviews here!
U.S. Elections – this is a great one for the election coming up!
Project Passport – Ancient Greece – These are great for unit studies!
Wonders of the World – This included different time periods which was nice!
Ala Carte Products – This had a little bit of everything, it was perfect!
Industrial Revolution through the Great Depression – This would work for us again!
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Home School in the Woods – A Collection of Historical Timeline Figures