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Classical Education Timeline


Classical Home Education
Kathleen Desmarais
www.ClassicalHomeEd.com


Here is another GREAT choice for creating a timeline in your home school. It has long been understood that timelines enhance a student's understanding of the passage of history and the pace at which it is increasing. This is the best wall based timeline that I have seen and it has several unique features I haven't seen before. I LOVE the fact that his timeline is accordion folded and can be placed on a wall, be used and enjoyed, then three hole punched and placed in a binder INTACT! And it won't take up a whole shelf either because the medium weight low gloss paper is durable yet slim. It folds perfectly and unlike bulky cardstock it takes up only a small amount of space. You can actually save and reuse each time period for other children to add to or you could add it to a keepsake notebook. The clever way that Kathleen has bundles these timelines makes it possible for you to display either the whole thing (vertically unless you happen to have 25 feet of horizontal wall space!) or just the time frame you are studying. The timeline is so attractive and colorful that it makes a nice addition to any schoolroom. If you have no wall space at all you could work with it from a binder but the visual effect of the timeline on the wall is so appealing I would encourage you to mount it if at all possible. Another neat thing about Kathleen's timelines are the awesome stickers that come with it. 200 stickers featuring events, people, and places through time will enhance your timeline. Not just ordinary cartoon like stickers though, these are black and white sketches that are so well done some of them look like photographs. The accuracy and detail in the sketches makes them a pleasure to look at and being stickers, they will lay flat on the page. Your student can add notes about the image on the sticker, or just place it on its applicable date. My kids often don't want to draw their own timeline pictures because they aren't confident enough in their abilities. These stickers are the perfect bridge to adding their own contributions to the timeline with no frustrating cutting or messy gluing involved. The timelines are available in different time configurations depending on whether or not you want to study prehistory with them. You can find out all the options on the web site, I have seen them all and they are gorgeous.

Finally, and I think, the neatest thing visually for me, is that Kathleen has been careful to consistently provide equal space between each time division. Three inches between every 100 years gives an amazing effect when hung on the wall. You can really see how progress has sped up and how many, many events in history happened in a relatively short time span. When you see how much went on in the last 150 years compared to the 150 before that, it is a pretty impressive sight. Ancient History covers 15 feet of wall space. All of the middle Ages, Renaissance and reformation, and Modern history combined covers only 5 feet! The only time this doesn't apply is with the prehistory pack, which, if spaced this way, would take over a mile of wall space. This is an effect you just can't get from a book-based timeline, no matter how convenient they are. I love this timeline. Visually it is appealing, and practically it works well. To my busy mom mindset, it combines the best of both possible options and I am excited to have been introduced to it. Combined with CHE's new history lesson plans, you can have the whole package. And it is very reasonably priced as well, always a perk for home school families. Do check out the Classical Home Education web site for a treasure trove of goodies. Oh! I forgot to mention that Kathleen offers a 60-day money back guarantee with her timeline packets. You hardly ever find an offer like that, but I think it's safe to say you won't need to take advantage of it!



--Product Review by: Heidi Shaw, The Old Schoolhouse Magazine


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