I love charts, pictures, graphs, number lines, bullet points, and anything that shows information in a precise and easy to read fashion. This especially includes timelines. I love how a timeline can show you so much information in such a simple way. I like looking at how events and people coincided in history. It makes everything come to life reminding me that history isn't just stories that we read about in books. It actually happened. This was someone's life! That's why I was so excited to be able to review the Timeline Collection: A Collection of Historical Timeline Figures from Home School in the Woods.
These figures are wonderful! There are so many to choose from. There are figures from American history, Bible history, and world history. I think that it is so interesting to know what was happening in the world when America was going through something. It really puts life in perspective.
The figures are organized in many different ways. You can choose from the multiple lists that have be put together. Here are just a few of the lists: America, Bonus (which ranges from Hans Christian Anderson to the Ku Klux Klux to the Samurai Warriors), Creation to Christ, Resurrection to Revolution, Napoleon to Now, Ancient China, Composers, Early Church, Scientists, Religious Figures, Wars, and so many more!
Since we are in our summer break right now, I just wanted our 10 year old to get a feel for these figures and to learn about some of these historical people. I printed out the main lists and simply had him pick a few each day. I printed them out and he got to coloring. He chose a great assortment of character that he wanted to learn more about. He started with some Bible characters (Saul and David), went to learn about some of the wars (WWI & WW2), as well as some American figures (Roger Williams and Ethan Allen). He colored these and then put them in a folder to hold on to until later.
When we were finished going through multiple pictures, he put them in chronological order. We were able to discuss B.C. and A.D. He realized that King David had a date of c. 1055 B.C. while Saul had a date of c. 1100 B.C. This was puzzling to him because he knew that King Saul came before King David. This gave us the opportunity to talk about how the bigger the number in B.C. the earlier in history it was. I love when a product opens the lines of communication to questions and other learning!
This project was great for our 10 year old kinesthetic learner. He didn't just have to read about these historical figures. He was able to choose them, color them, and then put them into a book. Home School in the Woods talks about how to teach different learning styles in their blog. Click HERE to find out more!
He finished putting the pictures in order, added some construction paper, stapled it, and added a title to the front. Then Grandma wanted him to read all of the information to her. He wasn't too happy about this, but this was a wonderful opportunity for more conversation and learning.
Here's what our 10 year old had to say about it:
It is a really good product that I think a lot of his will like. I really liked it because I could color on them and it taught me about stuff that happened in the past.
I like the flexibility of this product. You can use it for whatever purpose that you have. You can print them in different sizes as well as with or without words. We will be using the smaller size without the words with the Mystery of History Book 1 this upcoming school year. These figures go right along with this curriculum. As I was skimming through the list of lessons from the Mystery of History Book 1, Home School in the Woods Timeline Figures has the people that we need to make our own timeline of the book! I think there were only about a few lessons that I didn't see the picture for. That saves me a TON of time! Time is precious right now, with a newborn, and I can use all the help that I can get!
We will be using the Timeline Collection: A Collection of Historical Timeline Figures from Home School in the Woods this entire school year as we work to make a timeline for history. These figures are great!
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