Timelines with Grapevine Studies to review The Mystery of History volume I.
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I am timeline challenged. After 15 years of homeschooling we just completed our first time line. While I do think time lines are great learning chances, you can send your child to college without ever completing one. Since I have 9 more years of homeschooling, I am pacing myself.
My struggles with timelines:
- Deciding where to put people on the line. Do you do it by birth date, death date or another date
- Deciding which events to add.
- Keeping track of the project for the whole school year.
- Which method do you use; sewing board, poster board, notebook, or on the wall?
I knew if I was going to help my kids complete a timeline I had to:
- Keep it simple
- Complete it in a day
- Allow it to be sloppy
- Have some structured directions
After completing the first semester test for Mystery of History volume 1, I ordered the Grapevine bible study timeline of the Old Testament.
Now Grapevine Studies come in the notebook format. Personally I like to see the actual timeline all at once. I copied the odd number pages since the timeline was double sided. Then I had my boys cut out each scroll, complete the drawings, and tape them together to form one long timeline.
My boys took turns reading the scripture. Then I asked questions about what they remembered from their Mystery of History lessons. I should note that the dates from Grapevine do not match exactly with Mystery of History. Since Grapevine is bible the timeline does not include all the lessons from Mystery of History. But those two details did not stop us from reviewing our lessons.
The best thing, we competed the time line in an afternoon. I did help a little with the cutting since my boys’ hands can get tired from using scissors.
We keep the timeline folded up in the pocket of their Mystery of History of notebook.
Now we have the success of completing our first timeline to build other timeline experiences on. Maybe I can attempt a larger timeline project or just wait until next school year and complete the Grapevine bible study timeline of the New Testament.