A Timely Notion

July 13, 2005 @ 11:53 am | Filed under: ,

A suggestion passed along by my friend Sarah B., quoted here with her permission:

“Anthony at teacher’s edition had a great idea for our timeline. We bought strips of brightly coloured paper which allowed us to make a comparative time line of ancient history for the different continents – yellow was Asia, Blue was Europe, Red was Africa etc which allowed us to see really clearly what was going on in the other continents when the pyramids were being build in Egypt, for example. It really helped clarify things for me because obviously we tend to learn in a linear way – Sumer then Egypt then Greece etc etc, but this really allowed us to see the way the whole world was developing at any given time.

“And it’s a lovely bright addition to our wall.”

Here’s a site that sells printable timeline figures—my kids love exploring the CD-rom, hunting for their heroes.

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  1. Anne Marie Pace says:

    Great idea. Go, Anthony (he went to high school with my husband)!

    I’m glad to see your posts. I have extra email addresses–I’m thinking letting the kids write each other and us would be good typing practice–and writing and reading, too. Thanks for that idea, as well.

  2. Genevieve says:

    Thought your family might enjoy this site. It has a lot of quaint clip art.


  3. Melissa Wiley says:

    Thanks, Anne Marie & Genevieve.

    An interesting follow-up: yesterday when I sat down at the computer, I found a slip of paper on the desk. On it, Rose had copied my reply to one of *her* emails:

    “But what about flying lions?”

    So it seems the writing practice is going both ways. She sometimes wants me to write out words or sentences for her to type on the computer, and now she is writing out by hand sentences she has read in email. It’s better practice than anything I could assign her! (Which of course would suck all the fun out of it.)

  4. Genevieve says:

    *laughs* You must think I’m crazy but I was clearing out my bookmarks and I came across something your girls might enjoy. They are paper dolls through the ages from the United States Historical Society.


    I used to love these things when I was little. Pity I only have boys… maybe the next one? *laughs*

    By the way, I got this link through another website.


    p/s I’m glad to see that the writing practise is fun for the both of you. 🙂 Don’t you just love homeschooling?