This year Peanut has begun her first history course, and she’s really enjoying learning about early life from Creation through the Greeks. In preparation for this year I knew we wanted to create a timeline to help her better understand the progress of history. After researching several timeline options, we opted for a Century Notebook as opposed to a wall or poster timeline. It fits our space better, and we like the idea of being able to spread the pages out if we want while also being able to save our timeline for future reference as well.
For our Century Notebook I was very excited to find these free timeline pages on Contented at Home. Judy has since also come out with a Creation timeline page to help you get started with your timeline no matter the exact date you choose to begin. These timeline pages are available in both lined and unlined pages which was perfect depending on whether you are going to write on your timeline or just paste pictures. We chose the lined pages so we could do a little of both and printed them on card stock for a longer lasting life.
Next came the process of figuring out how I was going to have Peanut write down her events. Since she is 5 I figured she would learn best with some sort of picture or visual reminder of an event as opposed to just words. Thus I began to search for timeline cards for the time period.
At first glance, I thought I was going to have to make my own timeline cards. But then I learned about these timeline cards from Sprouting Tadpoles and I was sold.
Why I Love Sprouting Tadpole Timeline Cards
- The number one reason I love these cards–I didn’t have to make them, and the cost didn’t break my bank. In addition, they save me a lot of prep time and do an excellent job of presenting a visual portrayal of history to my Kindergartner.
- They are available in 4 sizes. You want to create a wall timeline instead of a notebook timeline? Try one of the bigger sizes. Making a Century Notebook? I suggest the smallest which is just perfect for the timelines pages mentioned above.
- The images are available with or without dates. So if you want to have your child write in the date and/or other information they still can do that too.
- The images are in sequential order making the next picture easy to find, and they line up perfectly with Mystery of History, Volume 1. That said, they could easily be used with another early history curriculum too I am sure.
- The images are a combination of comic images and photographic images which keeps my daughter’s interest and does a great job of spurring her memory of each particular event.