One of the hardest parts of taking a break from Classical education was leaving the chronological history behind. It just makes sense to me to learn history this way, but the kids just really didn’t seem to be absorbing it. So where do we go from here?
My remedy for this situation was to start a timeline. I thought about putting it together in a binder, but I knew we wouldn’t look at it often enough. I wanted a lot of room to not only display events, but also books we have read that deal with that time period.
The place that made the most sense for now (and the one that had the most room) was the hallway. So that is what we did! The top row is B.C. and the bottom row (that extends to the other side of the hallway) is A.D.
Here is a sample of one of the pages from a time period we were recently studying:
The timeline figures came from Confessions of a Homeschooler. The book image I just printed off and we write the books we read on them as we go.
So even though I don’t technically have chronological history going on right now, we are still learning the place of each event in history.
Would you like a hallway timeline of your own? If you are interested, I have linked below the timeline I put together for us to use. Figures and events can typically be found on the internet pretty easily too.
How do you teach history? I would love to hear how it works in your schooling!
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