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This is the fun and useful way to have your child reinforce his learning. Have him record what he learns in his own Book of Centuries- a timeline in a book- which will become a treasured companion!
Over the past few years we've tried a few different approaches to timelines and BOCs in our family. The following one is what has worked the best for us.
Take a look at these
pages for the Medieval era.
1. We prepare a 3-ring binder with tabs separating four eras (ancient, medieval, renaissance, and modern).
2. Behind each tab we put a few sheets of regular lined paper for keeping lists on.
3. After the history (or whatever) lesson, we select a page from the correct era and fill it in over the next few days.
4. If we want to do a quick page, or if there is not much information about a person or event, we choose the page (the sample on the left) with only one picture box and caption area.
If we want to do a more in-depth page, we choose the page (the sample on the right) with four boxes.
5. After we finish the page, we insert it in its proper place in the 3-ring binder
6. A lot of times we encounter people or events that we feel need to be recorded in the BOC, but we don't have time to make a full-blown BOC page. In these instances, we record the name, date, etc on the regular lined paper we previously placed behind the appropriate era's tab. We don't worry about chronological order within the era until the end of the year. Then, we take a few days to organize each era and put the written-in names in order.
7. Here are some ideas of what to include on a BOC page:
Our Book of Century pages are available to you as PDF downloads. Even though they are simple in design, several hours went into the actual process (especially the timeline across the top of each page -uggh!) of getting them to look the way we wanted.
We suggest that you save the file onto your computer and print out the pages you
want when you need them.
Our favorite paper to
use is a 65 lb or 67 lb vellum finish paper (this weight is heavier than
average, but will still run through a printer...at least it runs through ours).
We find this paper at a local paper supply store. A ream of 250 pages costs about $8-$10.
~and will be emailed to you in a pdf file
Thank you! Diana Cunningham