I’m a big fan of history. My kids weren’t naturally big history fans like I am. Now, they say they like history! I do what I can do make history come alive and be fun and relevant for them. Part of that is using hands-on projects when we do our studies. I am capable of making my own studies, but you know…I’m really busy, and I’m so happy to buy convenient items that add so much to their school experience. Home School in the Woods offerings are such a good deal, and they’re good quality. We’ve used multiple items from them.
It works like this: You buy the item, then you download the PDF, and then you can print options that you want. A lot of Homeschool in the Woods items come with different options, and this one does, too. This timeline comes with a set of a “fill in the blanks” timeline and timeline figures, and a timeline that’s already done.
I decided to try using both with my girls. The instructions say you can use a stiff paper and tape them together, but I used 8 file folders that I glued together, lapbook style, because my 6 year old is very rough on things and I know the file folders will hold up. We glued the folders together and then glued the pre-filled timeline onto one side. The other side got the “fill in the blank” timeline chart and we are slowly filling in the timeline figures as we get to that period of history. Here is a pic of the timeline mid-way:
See how the one side of the file folders has all the timeline figures already on there? The other side of the timeline gets the blanks. It’s helped my kids get an overall picture while we’re in the process of going through history.
When we’re not looking at the timeline, it folds down neatly like this:
When we’re not looking at it I put it on a bookshelf with the books we’re reading. I don’t have a lot of wallspace for a timeline so I love having a timeline in a book.
The file folders take up just a bit more room (when folded) than using paper, and I think it costs a little more to use file folders, but we like it. It stands up nicely when unfolded and it hasn’t come apart with multiple folding and unfolding.
We’re using this timeline along with reading through American Girl Doll books! The timeline starts in 1790 so it goes along with the early book timelines pretty well.