We just started reading a US history book (I think it's called the Story of US) and I'm really excited about creating a timeline for my 8 year old daughter to fill in. But there are so many possibilities, I am frozen with indecision!
Really, I have come a long way toward deciding what I want. I want a book, not a wall timeline. But I want the book to contain several epochs folded accordion style (rather than loose pages) so that we can unfold and look at an entire chunk of history in a visual line. Like this one: http://www.whythereyouare.com/homeschool/timeline.htm
I am not buying figures for the timeline. We'll google image, photocopy, or make our own.
The questions still remaining are:
How many years to fit on one page? I love the idea of making it uniform throughout but I don't think it's practical, particularly as we will be representing an evolutionary version of history.
How to divide each page? I like the idea of dividing each page into sections like in the link above. She does geographical regions, so each section of timeline shows what is happening in different parts of the world at the same time. I've also seen them divided into subjects like Art, Technology/Inventions, Politics, etc It's so hard for me to forsee what sort of things will go on here, so I can't decide which kind of division I like better.
What are your favorite timeline set ups? Is there anything I'm not thinking of? Thank you!