how to organize timeline - Mothering Forums
Forum Jump: 
Thread Tools
#1 of 3 Old 01-02-2013, 07:18 PM - Thread Starter
Adasmommy's Avatar
Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: Clearwater, Florida
Posts: 1,206
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)

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:

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!

Diana, homebirthing, homeschooling, homemaking wife and mother of two (plus one more coming this Spring)!
Wrap Your Baby Comfy, versatile baby carriers and lots of wrap instruction.
Preparing to move our family of five into a motorhome and live on the road fulltime at Free Range Dreams.
Adasmommy is offline  
#2 of 3 Old 01-02-2013, 08:33 PM
moominmamma's Avatar
Join Date: Jul 2003
Location: In the middle of nowhere, at the centre of everything.
Posts: 5,587
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 33 Post(s)

Confession: we have never actually made a timeline. My kids just weren't into parent-planned projects like this.


However, I thought about doing it a lot, and had banked a suggested approach that I really liked using a logarithmic organization. 


One unit on the timeline will cover the most recent 10 years (2002-2012). This allows your child to include a lot of personal data and memories: I was born, I learned to ride a bike, we went to visit Uncle Mike's family in Florida, that sort of thing.


The preceding unit covers the preceding 100 years (1902-2002). This will include a fair bit of recorded history, but also a lot of family history. 


The preceding unit covers the preceding 1000 years (902 to 1902). All sorts of cool recorded history fits in here.


The preceding unit covers the 10,000 years before that (~9000 BCE to 902 CE). The dawn of civilization through the fall of the Roman Empire.


The preceding unit is 100,000 years before that. Human evolutionary refinement.


and so on, back through powers of ten.


Just a thought!


Mountain mama to three great kids and one great grown-up

moominmamma is online now  
#3 of 3 Old 01-04-2013, 01:37 PM
eirual's Avatar
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: GTA, Canada
Posts: 4,418
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)

My first thought was cue-cards taped together to go accordion-style.


You could maybe even do a powerpoint presentation?

Laurie, wife to guitar.gifDH (Aug/04), mom tobikenew.gifDS1 (Nov/05) and bfinfant.gifDS2 (June/12).


eirual is offline  


Quick Reply

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the Mothering Forums forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.
User Name:
If you do not want to register, fill this field only and the name will be used as user name for your post.
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:


Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.

User Tag List

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page

Forum Jump: 

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are Off