They were WAY too big for my timeline book.
I made them into cards instead.
To make our family timeline book I got this 12 x 24 black and white cardstock.
I wanted it to be LARGE and though there are some nice-looking premade books out there, I wanted a homemade one.
These are the reasons:
- I can leave the sheets loose and put them sequentially on the floor OR punch and bind them.
- I can discard if I make a mistake.
The AD century book:
I bought two packs of 24, which gives me 24 sheets each of black and white. I was going to use just one color, but I decided I needed each page to be half a century. I have to be able to see it without glasses, for instance.
So I'm alternating black and white.
I am only putting the timeline on one side of a page. That way I can spread them out on the floor, and I will put maps, details, and other things on the back.
I am color-coding the timeline pictures according to the format in ABCs of Christian Culture which I bought a long, long time ago and still have around.
- Yellow -- Jewish history
- Blue -- Roman History
- Red -- early centuries (martyrs)
- Ivory -- Church Fathers, Dark Ages
- Green -- early middle ages
- Pink -- later middle ages (up to Renaissance)
Because I got large paper, I will have room for some specialty timelines contained within, like a list of Roman emperors, or popes, etc. (But maybe only on the back).
Below you can see the first two pages (half a century a page).
Here are links to the MUCH SMALLER timeline figures I made
For BC history:
The boys studied the ancient world the last couple of years. Right now I am thinking that I will have a smaller notebook for BC history. Probably 12 x 12 paper in a neutral color, or maybe 8.5 x 11. I will use the same format, but there is less going on in the earlier centuries so I don't need as much room. So it will be a century a page.
I am basically only going to start with written history which goes back to about 3300 BC. Before that I will probably have a single page for each era of prehistory (probably in a different color).
So the BC history book will be 35 pages or so.
These are simply optional extensions.
I may have the boys start a history notebook where they can store copywork, narrations, coloring, maps, etc.
Or maybe I will just keep my own notebook, though right now I'm putting the things I find in Google docs.
But the main thing I am doing now is keeping index cards for review, including timeline cards. I used to do this years ago when my older kids were young.
I can use the cards I made for this. If you see, I color-coded them. I get obsessive sometimes.
I will try to let it go now and not post every day about timelines!