Do you use timelines with your history study? We do! In fact, we have 3 different timelines - one on the wall, an index card timeline and a notebook timeline. It is a great way for kids to visualize the flow of historical events. I have created 2 different timelines for you to download and use. The first one is a timeline with a map for placing the locations of the events & people on the page. We use this one in our notebook timeline.
The second one I created are timeline strips. I use these on my wall timeline. Simply print out multiple pages of the strips, cut them out and place next to each other on your board. I have a black and white version if you need to save ink and a version with several different colors. The different colors can be used to separate the different time periods, such as, using blue for Ancient History, yellow for Medieval History, red for American History and so on.
When we first started homeschooling, I had no idea what a timeline was, much less ever used one. So I started researching and looking at other people's timelines and because I am such a visual person, I feel in love with the idea! We first started using The Timeline Project from Brandenburg Studies, which I really liked, but then we switched to a wall timeline and a notebook timeline. I used the timeline from Grapevine Studies for a while because I really liked the scroll paper but I have recently switched to a poster board timeline due to lack of space in our small home. The poster board takes up less room and it hangs right in our line of sight when doing school work.
I have compiled a list of resources to share with you. Hopefully there are enough resources here to help anyone with a timeline!
Cindy at Our Jounrey Westward explains Why Timelines Matter
Half-a-Hundred Acre Wood is a great go-to resource for timelines
Notebooking Pages.com has great timeline notebook pages
Guest Hollow has a wealth of information on their site for creating timelines
PrintNPractice has an informative post on keeping a timeline
Adventures in Mommydom shows us how to make a reusable timeline
Timeframe's Blog has a great idea for playing timeline games
Kindred Blessings shares a great wall timeline
Teaching Stars has a great post on creating a clothesline timeline
The Notebooking Fairy has some unique free timeline printables
The Monarch Room has a great timeline post with free printables
How to use a timeline for narrations is a great way to incorporate timelines in a history study
Create a free Book of Centuries at Simply Charlotte Mason
Homeschooling Hearts and Minds has a free ancient history timeline printable
Oklahoma Homeschool has a free timeline template
The Good, the Bad, and the Truth has a really nice scroll timeline
Amy from Milk and Cookies has lots of timeline resources including:
History Timelines for Homeschoolers by Bright Ideas Press
Types of Timelines
A timeline can be created in many different ways. You can create a wall timeline with poster board or use paper to run it around the room or up the stairs, an index card timeline, a notebook timeline, an accordion timeline, mini-timelines....the ideas are endless. Here are some examples of different types of timelines.
Another wall timeline from Half-a-Hundred Acre Wood
Timeline Cards from Sprouting Tadpoles (that's me!)
A timeline to stretch around your wall
A timeline chart on a legal size file folder by City on A Hill
A timeline Chart by Our Story in Progress
A Timeline Notebook by Noggins & Nonsense (such a cute blog name)
An Index Card Timeline from Homeschool in the Woods
An Accordion Timeline from love2learn2day
Another resource for accordion style timelines is Half-a-Hundred Acre Wood
A timeline for a specific point in history
A digital timeline ~ now this is a really cool way to keep a timeline!
Add these President Trading Cards to any Timeline! from Teach Beside Me
Free from Living and Learning at Home - An Expandable Book of Centuries Timeline
History doesn't have to be the only timeline you create........... there are tons of different subjects and ideas for creating a timeline other than just historical events. If you are studying biology, Bright Ideas Press has a list of Christian biologist to add to a timeline. If you are studying astronomy, create a timeline that includes these Christian astronomers. Bright Ideas Press is a great resource for timelines and timeline figures, so be sure to check out their site!
Have you considered an Art Timeline? Harmony Fine Arts has great ideas for making an art timeline. Are you studying Shakespeare? This site has information on the dates and events of his life that you could make into a great timeline. What about food? Homeschool Escapade shows us a fun way to make a timeline with cooking different foods throughout history. Some other ideas for unique timelines are: the holidays, composers timeline from Notebooking Fairy, a kids personal timeline. What about a timeline for math?
Here are some ideas for a bible timeline............................Joy at Home has a great post on creating a bible timeline when reading through scripture. I really like this idea and might incorporate it into our bible study along with this timeline created by Mocha Moments. The bible timeline card game from Living Water Bible Games would be a great addition to a bible timeline. If you need help determining some of the dates for a biblical timeline, Honour of Kings has two timelines already filed in with biblical dates and events. The Notebooking Fairy has a Squidoo lens on bible notebooking with a ton of resources and pictures.
Timeline Clip Art Resources
Highhill Homeschool has put together a great list of free Ancient History timeline figures.
Latter-Day Learning has some great resources for figures.
Confessions of a Homeschooler has a collection of timeline figures that are black & white and can be colored in.
Homeschool in the Woods has a great product of timeline figures and a "Record of Time" book. These items are gorgeous and well worth the money!
Currclick has several resources for timelines and timeline figures. Pricing can range from free up to $30 or $40. Geography Matters has a great article about making timelines as well as being a great resources for purchases. We own the Ultimate Geography & Timeline Guide and I refer to it often.
Purchasing Timelines and Supplies
There are several options for purchasing timelines and supplies, if you choose to go this route.
I have a Prime Membership with Amazon so I get all of my stuff shipped for free. Plus, I always compare shop before buying things and Amazon always comes up cheaper, so I am linking to some items here and maybe they will be cheaper for you as well!
Velcro for wall timeline - makes the figures removable
Cardstock for notebook timelines
Poster board for wall timelines
Prisma Pencils for coloring (they give a very vibrant color)
Washable Markers if you prefer these over pencils
and don't forget the binders for your timeline notebook
My Timeline Cards are great for using on timelines as your figures or for hanging on your wall in date order. They come in 4 different sizes, with lines on the back for writing summaries.