History: timelines

I’m super excited (this is one of my nerding out moments).  Argh, it’s 10:37 and my 3 year old is calling downstairs claiming she needs to go potty…..  This is why she sleeps so late in the mornings.  She doesn’t go to sleep.  She’ll be the teenager who sleeps until 5 at night.
Okay, back to being a nerd.  Mardel had their end of the school year curriculum sale, and so I very excitedly got our science and history curriculum.  I made Jeff stop there on our way up to Great Wolf Lodge.  He was nicely tolerant, and so we’re starting it now.  So, here it is, The Mystery of History volume 1, oh my I just looked at their online store.  That was a bad idea, I think I could go broke just buying all the cool accessories.  Stay good Ticia, stay good.
Back on topic.  One of the things they emphasize is having a good timeline, and how God is always acting in history.  That’s actually one of the things I like about this, they point out how God acted in history, and it’s taught sequentially.

To introduce all of this I introduced my kids to the idea of a timeline.  I gathered a bunch of pictures that weren’t in scrapbooks yet, which were an odd assortment of pictures of my kids in bursts. 
They happily spent quite a while sorting the pictures and fighting over which picture went where.  The part that amused me most is the boys constantly asking who was in what picture.  They don’t know who is who in the pictures either.

And if you look at the bottom picture you’ll see Superman’s first ever head wound.  You know, I could almost create a category of injuries on this blog.  Isn’t that sad?  That is one of three scars all right in the same spot.  Crazy, huh?

Part of what was amusing to me was their guesses as to what pictures went first or later.  After the timeline got too long we started grouping pictures that happened at a similar time.  So all the pictures from the camping trip were put together.  All the pictures of baby Princess were put together.


From there, as seems to be usual for my kids, they took it to a whole different level.  They each insisted they needed to take one picture and write a story about the picture.  Actually they tried to argue for every picture they declared they were in, but eventually we settled on two each.

I made up some quick lined papers on the computer, that were about the size they should be writing on, printed it off, gave them glue, and pens.  Then they were off.  Superman and Batman started off writing real letters, but as they looked at the number of lines they quickly morphed into drawing pictures and squiggly lines.  It was really quite cute, in that crazy writer sort of way.

I am so stoked about what we’re going to do this year in history, I’m sure I will be saying this a lot in different ways, but Ancient history is one of my favorite times.  So much great stuff in there, Greek mythology, Egyptian mythology, crazy cultures, I can’t wait.  Okay, I’m getting all excited just thinking about what we can do…….  Mwa ha ha ha ha ha, evil mad cackle.

Changing subject quickly, before I start going too much on a tangent, go check out other history or geography posts over at Children Grow, Children Explore, Children Learn.

7 thoughts on “History: timelines

  1. Great idea for a timeline introduction! If it makes you feel any better, I lay awake (layed/laid awake – ack! grammar study coming up next) in bed last night, thinking of all the exciting things we still need to put on our timeline 🙂

  2. Cool timeline. I remember teaching my little ones about how different things in history were going on at the same time in different places by talking about how one brother might be in the livingroom watching TV while another is in the kitchen making pancakes and a third is in the backyard. All these brothers are like the different countries with their own activites going on at the same time. This timeline reminds me of teaching history by bringing it back to the home experience.

  3. Very cool! I always enjoyed timelines.

    My kids are asleep before 8 (well, Tyler stays up until 9), but they are all awake by 6 every morning. AND, even if I try to keep them up a little later, they still wake up by 6.

  4. This is awesome! I love how hands on and personal this timeline is. Plus it's great when kids take something and run with it!

    So as you can tell, I was bad with my blog linky duties last week and am only NOW getting around to participants. Trying to be better about that!

    So glad you like my family name tracing book!

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