Timelines are great when learning world history! There are several ways to make one... some people have them pasted onto a huge wall... my sister-law has her kids make note cards that are put into a baseball card album... and others make note cards and file them in order. I like having a timeline notebook. We started out with Charlotte Mason's Basic Book of Centuries, which is free. But we recently upgraded to the Record of Time timeline notebook, which is absolutely lovely!!
And my sister-in-law gave me a copy of the History Through the Ages Collection CD which is just fabulous. It's a collection of impressively-drawn black-and-white images to print and paste into your timeline notebook. You can use the image alone, or the image with text (including date and a short description). You can print them large (for use on a wall) or small (for use on index cards, flash cards, or pasted into a timeline notebook). I LOVE IT! Here's a peek inside our timeline notebook...
I love seeing how bible characters line up with the rest of world history. The same artist who sketched all the timeline images also produced the Record of Time notebook so they work perfectly together. She even has the dates spaced according to how much you'd be putting on each page. At first it was hard for me to let go of each page being an even increment of time (as in the book of centuries), but I quickly realized that a book of centuries is a little tricky with the really ancient dates since you can't pin down the most ancient people and events to a specific century. It's easier to place them into a larger increment of time. And besides that, our book of centuries had lots of empty pages/centuries throughout the first couple thousand years. The Record of Time book is spaced in a way that all the printable figures will fit, and you don't have huge gaps of empty pages. So the first couple pages have a thousand years per page, then it "slows down" to spacing every 500 years, then down to 100 years, 50, 10, and even down to five. This way as we progress through time into years about which we know much more history, there is plenty of space to paste in the appropriate figures. Did I mention that I love it?
It should come as no surprise that this marvelous resource was made by a home school mom. Her name is Amy Pack and you can read about her and see some of her other products on her website, Homeschool in the Woods.
Thank you Amy for this wonderful resource!