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Our homeschool is Charlotte Mason inspired and we have a serious love of history. We fell in love with The Mystery of History a few years ago for two main reasons.
One reason was how well-done the audio books are. With dyslexia and auditory processing challenges, we utilize a lot of audiobooks to help make our homeschool thrive.
The other reason was how incredibly well we could learn from our text and add the historical figures and events to our timeline notebook to keep everything where we need it. This makes for easy review and my children enjoy looking through the book and showing it off to the grandparents!
Using a Timeline Notebook with The Mystery of History
To begin, I select the additional elements I want to utilize with that day’s lesson. We utilize the timeline character figures from The Mystery of History companion or we use WonderMaps. These additional elements help to create a solid picture so that when we are reviewing, my children can have visual reminders to help them remember the events for that time period. When the boys are older and we are cycling through the second time with their long-term timeline notebooks, we will be purchasing the Timeline Figures from Home School in the Woods. They are simply lovely and keep a cohesive look throughout the timeline notebook.
We use WonderMaps to incorporate geography studies that correlate with our history studies. I’ve found that printed at 40% is a good size to fit into the timeline notebook and still be able to see the details on the map well. We also use full sized maps to review geography during our morning time.
After we read or listen to the lesson, we begin work in our timeline notebook. If we are using a map we go over the geography before gluing the map into the notebook. We may also pull out our The Story Bible for additional reference if the lesson has covered a story in there.
Pictures are drawn and colored. The lesson is narrated back, and then we copy down a sentence from the challenge cards or a scripture from the lesson.
And the final version of our page for the day is ready for study review days and for showing off. Using The Mystery of History with a timeline notebook is easy and also a great solution if you don’t have room for a timeline on the wall or if you move or travel a lot.
Do you utilize a timeline notebook in your homeschool?