As much as I would love to study History chronologically, in practice it doesn’t work as we get caught up in too much detail and of course so much happens at once, so have come to the conclusion that if we stick to that approach we may never get past 500 AD.

Therefore in order to bring things together we need timelines.

When the boys were younger we had home made wallpaper timelines up the stairs and a printable timeline in a folder that we glued bits on to.

20140820_13We’re past this stage now and were never that good at keeping up with them anyway, boys just do not like glue!

We have a large bought time line that we look at regularly – The What on Earth Wallbook.

20140820_12 We use it to look up what else was happening at the same time as what we are studying and discuss where things fit in with time periods we know about.

For each time period we look at we have started to produce our own hanging timeline.  Events are recorded on to index cards and pegged onto a line (bit of wool hung between hooks) with wooden pegs with the date written on.  Hoping the details on the cards will get fuller as time goes on.

20140820_2  When we round up the project the cards get added to the box in chronological order where we can see how they fit in with other events we’ve recorded.

20140820_11I’ve also bought some coloured index cards for the upcoming year to help bring together other subjects areas, one colour to add famous artists as we study them, one for composers/musicians, another for scientists/discoveries/inventions and fourth for other events/people we come across.

We also have a very Charlotte Mason inspired ‘Book of Centuries’.

20140820_6It is a square photograph photograph album covered in some fabulous British Museum fabric I was lucky enough to find on ebay.

20140820_5Inside on each two page spread is a grid for recording events on the left and place for sketching on the right.  The book fits nicely in my bag and we take it to museums with us to draw items that appeal.  Each century from 2000BC has it’s own spread, so each year has it’s individual space on the grids.  Had to be flexible with pre 2000BC or would have needed rather a large book.

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