The question I receive most frequently, I believe, is which timeline will best suit my students' needs. Choosing a
timeline is an important and subjective decision and a tough one at that, with so many great options to choose
from. However, I do believe that every home educating family needs a timeline, particularly if you have students in
4th grade or higher.
Perhaps you are the crafty type. If so and if you would prefer to make your own timeline, I would love to show
you how I made mine. Click this link for an article explaining the process from beginning to end:
Without a doubt, the best visual representation of time is shown on a wall timeline.
The linear progression of the time increments help children to grasp the length and
progression of time. Knowledge Quest carries wall timelines that measure 10 feet long by one foot in height. They
are broken down by time period - Ancient, Medieval, New World and Modern - which means there are four in all.
Most families prefer to post just one timeline for the time period that they are currently studying. Some
families, however, like to hang them all up on a large bare wall. Look how Angela displayed all four of her
wall timelines at the link below. It's about half-way down the page (her schoolroom is so cute, isn't it?):
Although the best visual representation of time, wall timelines are not always the most practical, especially for
homes with lots of windows without large blank wall spaces. For this reason, Knowledge Quest also provides
timelines in other formats - book, software and mobile app!
Wonders of Old timeline book is a hardcover book that may become your
treasured keepsake once the school years have faded into the past. This book is
also available as an ebook for easy and economical printing for more than one
Easy Timeline Creator (software for PCs) is another nice option for putting together a timeline with your children.
The information that they study can be entered into the program and the software organizes it and places it in the
correct location on the timeline. This computer generated timeline can be printed once completed and assembled into
a notebook or tacked onto the wall.
When a new timeline is created with this software, you decide what date increments will be included. The timeline
at this point is completely blank except for dates and is ready for the student to begin entering information. This
information would be found through his or her normal course of history study. The Easy Timeline Creator is located
My favorite timeline is a mobile app called Timeline Builder. It works essentially the same way as the Easy
Timeline Creator above, but its so portable and easy to use that I have found that it is now my go-to timeline
creation tool. If you have an iPad, I would strongly suggest you consider this as your primary or secondary
timeline tool. Priced at $5, it's hard to beat.