Finally! A picture of my (mostly) completed replacement for the Timeline of Humans! I say "mostly" because I plan to get this laminated. However, the most economical laminating in my area is at the local teacher's supply store and this is NOT the time of year to have something laminated there. I want to wait another week until all the school teachers have had at least a week at school and the rush for laminating has died down a bit. I could also laminate it with a roll of clear contact paper. I'm just afraid I will mess it up and make it all wrinkly because it is so long.
I still have to make my mute chart. The mute chart will only have the ink lines that I've drawn and the dates. I have already made, cut, and laminated duplicates of all the labels and picture cards which will remain loose for the boys to place on the mute chart.
Yesterday I wrote about the changes I have made to the Third Great Lesson story. To sum it up again here, my story will begin by reflecting on the First and Second Great Lessons with the purpose of reflecting on how God very specifically prepared the Earth to support human life. We will read from Genesis 1 and arrive at the creation of Man. Then, I will talk about the ways in which humans are special and different from all previous creation. Finally, I will give an overview of the seven events that have shaped human history, the Seven C's of History.
The Timeline of Humans is one of the the traditional follow-up works to the Third Great Lesson. Obviously I wanted a timeline that reflected the story I planned to tell but also one that would steer my boys toward the traditional topics that arise in the original timeline such as the Fundamental Needs of Man, the development of skills, migration, etc.,
I wasn't sure what my new timeline would look like until I stumbled across Winston Broad's "Biblical Worldview Project" over at Creation Ministries International. The article gives step-by-step for making the same timeline I have made here. Also, the author shows you how this timeline is something the CHILD can actually make with an adult partner! I highly recommend you follow that link and read about Mr. Broad's experiences.
It is always great if the child can make their own timelines. There are some pros and cons to that in my particular situation with this particular timeline. Winston Broad makes his with older children (9-10 year olds) and my kids don't really have the coordination to pull off the lines and dates on something of this size. Also, I wanted them to be able to build the timeline over and over again. For those reasons, I chose to make the control timeline on my own and also make the mute timeline.
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My timeline is about 2 meters long. I made it on easel paper. I wanted my timeline to be a little taller than the one at Creation Ministries so I layered two lengths of the easel paper. This allowed me to use large image cards for the 7 C's of History labels instead of simply writing the words on the timeline.
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There are a lot of places to get images for a timeline like this one. I chose the same source that Mr. Broad used. I bought two copies of the large-sized Timeline of World History poster from Creation Ministries ($5 each). I also purchased (optional) a Seven C's Timeline Poster from Answers in Genesis. I wanted the poster for my own reference (to see what events were listed) and for later classroom use. I cut 7 C's images from the top of the poster, scanned them to make extras for the mute timeline, and added them to the bottom of my own timeline.
There are other potential places to get images to make your own timeline.
Confessions of a Homeschooler sells a downloadable set of images that cover Creation to Resurrection for $5.
Sonlight sells several sets of peel-and-stick (!) timeline stickers that would probably be awesome and easy to use. Prices vary according to the set.
Homeschool in the Woods sells pre-printed sets of timeline figures from Creation to Christ for $22.95.
I chose to go with the "known" rather than the unknown and chose to cut apart the World History Posters. I also eliminated some of their choices and made about 10 images on my own to add to the chart. Both the Answers in Genesis chart and the Creation Ministries chart include both Biblical and secular events. Obviously there are only a few events represented on the timeline. The purpose is to provide a framework of Biblical and secular events across the skeleton of the 7 C's of History. There are just enough events to create pegs to hang other events in the future. There are just enough so that when the boys work with more complex timelines they will find some reassuringly familiar guideposts.
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This brings me to another point. If you don't want to make your own timeline and are willing to make some compromises on level-of-detail and/or ease-of-use you have some options. One option would be to use the Timeline of World History Poster from Creation Ministries as is, without cutting it up. The events follow a circuitous route on that poster with make it more difficult to use. One could also use the 7 C's of History Timeline poster from Answers in Genesis. The problem with that timeline is that it is not very visual. Many events are crammed into a relatively short physical length of paper and there are no images.
I think my favorite choice would be the Big Book of History timeline. You can read a blog post by a family who uses it at Joyful Mothering. That timeline is beautifully made and a visual delight. It does, however, have A LOT more information on it than what I included on mine. I felt like it was too much information for a first timeline. We own it and I plan to bring it out as a follow-up to my own timeline in future years. I also have a teacher's guide that goes with it.
Even one more step up in complexity from the Big Book of History would be Adam's Chart of History. There is so much information there, however it is very DENSE. You can read a blog post written by a family who uses it at Six Golden Coins. The Adam's Chart also has a teacher's guide that is available.
- You can read about why we are modifying the Third Great Lesson at The Great Lessons and Religion.
- You can read about how I modified the Third Great Lesson story itself at Third Great Lesson Adaptations.
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