I recently mentioned a project we completed five years ago covering the Industrial Revolution through the Great Depression. Here’s the other project we completed that same semester, and it fascinated our oldest son so much that he became a little World War II expert over the span of just a couple of months. These two studies remain some of our favorite memories from our oldest child’s elementary school years…
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Throughout our history studies, we’ve enjoyed keeping a timeline – on the wall and in a notebook. Our first experience with using an accordion-style timeline was when we completed two Homeschool in the Woods Time Travelers History Studies three years ago.
Since then, our timeline-and-history-obsessed son has wanted to use an accordion timeline for his entire timeline notebook. (Note that it is not necessarily recommended to keep an accordion timeline for your entire timeline notebook because it is not as durable as having each page hole-punched, but… we’re doing it anyway. It’s just great to lay it out on the floor and see it all at the same time!)
Download the Timeline Notebook Templates
The century timeline template: evenly-spaced, 100-year intervals from 4000 BC to 2000 AD.
Non-linear timeline template: (“Non-linear” meaning not a consistent interval) 100-year intervals to 200BC, then 50-year intervals to 1500 AD, then 25-year intervals to 1700 AD, then 10-year intervals to 2010 AD. This accounts for the increase in the number of historically recorded events through history. We personally recommend a non-linear timeline over the evenly-spaced century timeline. Visit our “finished” timeline wall to see why!
Condensed non-linear timeline pages: Condensed, 46-page version of the non-linear timeline template. 1000-year intervals from 4000 BC to 1000 BC, then 500-year interval to year 0, then 100-year intervals to 1800 AD, then 10-year intervals to 2010 AD. If you are in Classical Conversations, this is probably the best choice for you. It will minimize printing but still accommodate for the timeline we memorize.
Condensed non-linear timeline pages, no notebook lines. Same as above but with no notebook lines. Includes cover page. Download this version from our Subscriber Freebie Library by signing up for our email newsletter.
Each of the above files includes instructions on how to use these pages to make an accordion timeline for your notebook.
For a cover page to use with this timeline notebook, download our Timeline Notebook Title Page.
How to make an accordion timeline
Print on cardstock paper for durability. Determine how much of the timeline you would like to see at one time. (For our purposes right now, we taped 10 pages together to span 1,000 years, for a total of six notebook accordion pages.) Hole punch the first page for that interval. (To reinforce the holes, tape the right edge/margin with clear packaging tape before hole punching.) Cut off the right edge margin.
Cut the left and right margins off of subsequent pages for the interval you have selected.
Align two pages at a time and tape with clear transparent tape, front and back. (You can leave a very small (<1mm) gap between pages as you tape so that it will fold more easily.) Continue to do this for the remaining pages for your selected interval of timeline. Accordion fold this interval and place into notebook.
For more information about types of timelines and the interval-spacing for timelines, visit Homeschool in the Woods Timeline Helps. And for more about the various types of timelines we have used, go to our previous Keeping a Timeline Post. And for introducing timelines, download the pdf Christ, the Center of Human History.
Where to get timeline figures
We were originally using Homeschool in the Woods as shown in the above photo but then used miniature, scanned images of our Classical Acts and Facts Cards. (I cannot share these due to copyright.)
If you would like a VERY SIMPLE way of making a timeline wall…
…download this wall template. If you don’t have the space for a wall timeline of this scale, print multiple pages per sheet in the print dialog box.
For our notebooks, we currently use a combination of our miniature Acts & Facts History Cards (scanned and reduced in size), Homeschool in the Woods figures and Hold That Thought mini-cards (the website for this company is currently inactive). In my opinion, the highest-quality timeline figures I have found are made by Amy Pak at Homeschool in the Woods (which you’ll also find is used by Sonlight, Knowledge Quest, and a number of other companies). You can download a sample of History through the Ages Timeline Figures here.[Both History through the Ages and Hold That Thought timeline figure sets include a fact with each person or event. This is a great way to extend our history and timeline studies beyond the “memory pegs” that we are learning in Classical Conversations.]
Tip: To avoid sticky glue messes in our notebooks, we print our timeline figures on 8.5″ x 11″ full-page labels and cut them to size, but it can sometimes be difficult peeling the sticker backing off!
Post originally written September 2012. Updated and Republished February 2015.
But if you’ve ever wanted to see what the Classical Conversations timeline looks like when it’s posted on a linear time scale, here it is again:
If you notice, there’s a section where the timeline cards are missing. That’s from c. 1750-2000. Here’s a close-up of that section:
We couldn’t fit the cards up there and actually see them….
because they were stacked on top of each other.
This is why our family would recommend a non-linear timeline if you decide to create a timeline wall or a timeline notebook (also known as a Book of Centuries). If you decide to also include U.S. Presidents and other events on the timeline, it’s best to have 10-year intervals for the years 1750 to present. This was a personal lesson learned by one of my favorite most frequently used learning methods: trial-and-error!
Our Timeline Notebook
I wanted to quickly share a comparison of our timeline wall to our timeline notebook, which was NOT linear. First, our timeline notebook looks like this, folded up inside a 2-inch notebook.
We used the expanded version, and, yes, I taped about a hundred pages together (in about 10-page increments) so that we could see large spans of time in a single glance. After having made a previous Book of Centuries without accordion-style pages, our upfront time investment was worth it to us. [Click here to download your own copy of these notebook pages.]
This [expanded] notebook is set up as follows: 100-year intervals to 200BC, then 50-year intervals to 1500 AD, then 25-year intervals to 1700 AD, then 10-year intervals to 2010 AD. [The download for the expanded version does not have specific labels indicating that the timeline intervals are changing, but the condensed timeline printable I made (specifically for those wanting to print fewer pages) includes some extra years labeled around each transition.] For more about the Timeline Notebook, please visit this post. By the way, if you download these, you need not tape them together – you can use them as a regular Book of Centuries, which means you print them out, hole-punch them, and stick them in a notebook. If you’re using a Classical Notebook, this may not fit into it along with the other subjects (unless you use a 3 or 4 inch binder). We keep our timeline separate from the rest of our Classical Notebook.
So, there you have it! I’m hoping this will help someone else out there to see the big picture before getting started! You can visit the following posts about timelines for links to free timeline resources, printable notebook pages and timeline wall templates/labels, and more information about [and photos of] the various ways we’ve recorded our timeline.
As far as our timeline wall goes, I’m not sure what we’re going to do for that now because our log home lacks the wall space for such things! [This would be the advantage to having a notebook that will fit on a shelf. And NOW we have a shelf to put it on!]
Because Feedburner delivered the “An Accordion Timeline Notebook” post before I had all the kinks worked out, I’m re-posting the links to the timeline notebook file downloads – mainly for those who use the email subscription option to this blog. There were some formatting errors in the original files, but I *think* I have them all fixed now.
Condensed non-linear timeline pages (better-suited for use with the Classical Conversations timeline): 1000-year intervals from 4000 BC to 1000 BC, then 500-year interval to year 0, then 100-year intervals to 1800 AD, then 10-year intervals to 2010 AD.
|All of the accordion pages from the non-linear timeline,
from 4000 BC to 2020 AD, stored in the notebook.
|One of the accordion pages unfolded partially. Just ignore
all the extra little papers on the floor. I didn’t
vacuum before taking this photo. 🙂
|Our wall timeline before we built onto our home – when
our schoolrooom was actually in the garage.
In our lives this week…
We played a Ten Commandments File Folder Game. (Do you know what it’s like when you picture something in your mind, and then when you implement it, it just seems utterly ridiculous? Our Ten Commandments game ended up that way, mainly because my oldest is starting to mature beyond my simple little file folder games. But he was such a trooper – even when I started busting out laughing at how ludicrous it was. Levi was still in full swing, and Stephen played until we finished just to make Levi feel special.)
There are many, many more free printables related to the Ten Commandments on Biblestoryprintables.com.
In addition to our normal Bible time routine, we also enjoyed Creation Science Studies, which incorporates Bible study into our science memory work. The first two lessons are free downloads, as mentioned in our giveaway post. I highly, highly, very, very, very much recommend this for first semester of Cycle 1. It is SO simple to implement and is wonderful to connect the scriptures to our science studies.
We also started Unit Four: Classifications of Living Things of Classic Elementary Life Science (Click here for the parent text, which contains experiments and activities; Click here to download the entire Classic Life Science Curriculum.).
Since we do not normally have donuts on hand (as called for in one of the Chapter 13 science activities), we classified shoes instead.
|Gather a bunch of shoes.|
|Sort them into 2-3 major categories using similar characteristics.
Continue sorting according to more and more specific
characteristics until each shoe is by itself.
|Write it all down.|
|Tell your mom what each Kingdom, Phylum, Class, etc.
is for your Classifications of Shoes.
We also looked for examples of living things from each Kingdom. Because we don’t have a microscope, we just settled with..
We ended up making time for art. I’m starting to say “yes” more often to such things. The mess isn’t so bad after all…
While brothers painted with tempera, Stephen drew King Tut using this simple tutorial from Art Projects for Kids.
Our art gallery is getting a face-lift as I transfer much of the boys’ art into frames. This will be a long-term project for me, but it’s one I’ve set out to do this year in hopes that their artwork will last longer…
|Our Art Gallery|
Now… I have so much to post about the following but have so little time to do so. So, here goes…
Calendars and notebooks are becoming a big thing in our home. In addition to Stephen’s new and improved Essentials notebook (which has proven successful thus far!), we are now also implementing a breakfast notebook – one that we will use after Bible time at the breakfast table.
It contains the stuff I forget to do most often, like calendar study, learning our address and phone number (how can a memory master not know his phone number? Because his mom always forgets to include it in his daily work!), and everyday math.
|Name Practice Pages from Handwritingworksheets.com|
|Levi’s calendar has traceable numbers.|
…and History Highlights and Science Snippets. It’s much easier to get around to reading these if we have to flip across them in the notebook!
I’m thinking I may highlight our calendar notebook in a post by itself (is anyone even interested in more details??), but until then, just know that our notebooks are a concoction of CC Connected resources and calendar templates from the following:
Calendar Notebook Printables
Confessions of a Homeschooler
EveryDay Learning Insert from The Teacher Wife
Another great discovery we’ve finally been implementing – and with great enthusiasm – is Calendar Connections from 1plus1plus1equals1.
|These are designed to fit the Oriental Trading Classroom Calendar
Pocket Chart. But there’s a really great tutorial on how to
sew a $1 pocket chart from Target into a calendar.
(There’s a smaller version of the cards, but they
don’t include the description on the back!)
This week, we’ve talked about vascular plants and angiosperms, nonvascular plants and how they absorb water, beans that were found in King Tut’s tomb, and what monocot and dicot mean in a simple-to-understand format. All because we are using Calendar Connections.
|Moss & Lichen growing on a Hackberry Tree|
|Our enthusiastic drama king shows us an angiosperm.|
|and studies the leaf of a vascular
|Stephen classifies our nature studies for the day.|
The following are the Calendar Connections available at 1plus1plus1equals1. I can’t recommend them enough! They are all FREE FREE FREE!!! (But a word of warning – do not print them front to back – they are designed to be printed separately!)
The Arctic & Antarctica
Christmas around the World
Click here for all of the above.
Click here for Geology, which is on a different page.
And, finally, here’s our biggest accomplishment this week: Timeline!!!!
I had to finally let go of perfectionism so that I could move forward with what my dear, wonderful, absolutely awesome husband put up for us before heading to Brazil. So now our timeline has labels and our first two weeks of CC timeline on the wall.
Not only that, but now our timeline notebook has accordion-fold pages.
Visit this post for more about our timeline wall and notebook. You can download the Timeline Year Labels and/or the Timeline Accordion Fold. If you have questions about either, feel free to send them via the comments section.
P.S. In case you’re wondering, I did not sleep much this week.
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