Discover the value of using timelines in your homeschool and find out why I believe a printable history timeline is best!
What history buff doesn’t love timelines? But, even if history isn’t your thing, I firmly believe timelines are essential for teaching and learning history. Timelines provide a comprehensive understanding of what happened in the world in relation to other events in history. Timelines are how we connect stories of the world with each other.
They’re how we grasp the what, when, how, and why of events in history by seeing how they tie in with one another. Timelines help us piece together historical events. They not only provide a chronological sequence, but they provide context and insight into the events of a particular time period. For these reasons, I believe teaching history requires the use of timelines!
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Convinced about the value of teaching with timelines? Want to begin incorporating them into your homeschool? You’re in the right place!
But, first, not just any timeline will do. In fact, I believe that the best, most effective way to incorporate timelines into your homeschool is to have your learner create the timeline themselves! Sound complicated? Don’t worry – it’s not!
In fact, Home School in the Woods provides ample options to add timelines to your homeschool! The tool that I’m using right now is the Printable Essential Timeline Library.
The Printable Essential Timeline Library
The Essential Timeline Library is everything you need to create an expansive timeline – all in one complete package! The digital download includes:
- 1,444 Timeline Figures spanning from ancient to modern history
- “Record of Time” Timeline Notebook
- Suggested Placement Guide
And, in case you didn’t catch this part – it’s all printable. Yep, a printable history timeline! I absolutely love having everything available as a digital download! Why? It makes supplementation a breeze. It’s cost-effective. And, it’s highly customizable!
Supplement ANY Curriculum with Historical Timeline Figures
What history curriculum does the Essential Timeline Library coordinate with? Your curriculum! Seriously, you can use it alongside any curriculum! With 1,444 timeline figures, it won’t be hard to find just what you need!
A Cost-Effective Printable History Timeline
If you’re like me with lots of kids, then you probably need more than one timeline – especially if each child will be making their own. Or, perhaps over the years you will have kids cycling through your curriculum and each year a new child will be creating a new timeline.
Purchasing multiple timelines as physical products can get costly. However, with the printable Essential Timeline Library, you make one digital purchase and you have everything you need for all your kids for years to come!
A Highly Customizable Printable History Timeline
What do you need? Wall-sized timeline figures or notebook-sized figures. Figures with descriptive text or without descriptive text. Do you prefer PDF or GIF format? And that’s just the options for the timeline figures.
Do you want the timeline pages with the dates pre-printed? Or, do you want a blank timeline to add in your own dates?
Options? Yep, the printable Essential Timeline Library provides tons of options to customize your timeline experience!
How I’m Using the Essential Timeline Library
I know, the printable Essential Timeline Library is awesome. But, let’s get down to the nitty-gritty of how I’m using it.
First, I printed the cover on cardstock and laminated it. (Although the file also includes a printable spine for a 3-ring binder style notebook, I prefer to use my binding machine to spiral-bind the timeline pages.)
Next, I printed the timeline pages on cardstock (for durability) and spiral bound it all together. Don’t worry, the files include detailed printing instructions, even for printing in duplex mode.
Then, I printed the timeline figures on sticker paper. This makes it SO much easier than gluing each figure to the notebook!
Next, cut out the figures and attach them to the notebook. Using the Suggested Placement Guide is totally optional. A Type A personality, I appreciate having the guide! But, I prefer for my kids to determine where they should place each figure based on the dates.
And, that is how we are using the Essential Timeline Library!
Helpful Hints: I printed the notebook pages on cream color cardstock and the timeline figures on white sticker paper so that there would be a contrast. In hindsight, I would have preferred an even darker shade for the timeline pages.
Not interested in printing your own timeline?
Not to worry! Home School in the Woods still has you covered! Check out their beautiful, keepsake Timeline Trio. It’s a physical timeline product that you can purchase and have shipped to your home – no printing required!
Passionate About Hands-on History:
I’ve got an awesome giveaway from Home School in the Woods coming up. But first, I want you to know a little about the Home School in the Woods team and their philosophy on teaching history!
“Our theme has always been to “unleash a love of learning in your child.” All of history cannot be learned in 12 years, and if you talk to many adults, most didn’t care for the topic in school.
However, understanding history is crucial to understanding what’s happening today and making decisions for tomorrow.
Our desire is to share people and events of history in a hands-on, visual way to engage children in fun and memorable activities that TRULY help them put the puzzle pieces together and live the lessons.”
– Home School in the Woods
Printable History Timeline Giveaway:
Alright, it’s giveaway time! Here’s your chance to win your very own Printable Essential Timeline Library! All the details are below! Be sure to enter to win!
Purchase the Essential Timeline Library
Don’t want to wait to see if you win? Head on over to get your own printable history timeline. Use the coupon code: 10off50 to get $10 off any $50 purchase!
Grab the Essential Timeline Library and get started on your journey through history today!
This post was originally published on June 16, 2022.