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History can be one of the most interesting subjects to study, but it can also be difficult to understand how it all fits together, especially when studying events out of order. While history is best learned by studying it chronologically, historical information pops up out of order as we have discussions and as we study other subjects.
Books are full of dates, names, and places that can seem unrelated and hard to remember. A timeline is a visual representation that shows information in sequence order. Creating a timeline helps your children keep track of the order of historical events, as well as what events were occurring throughout the world at the same time.
BENEFITS OF USING TIMELINES IN YOUR HOMESCHOOL
Here are some of the benefits of using a timeline:
- Children see the full picture of an era in history, which enables them to make connections between individual events and people, as well as their relationship to the time period.
- A timeline helps children understand the cause-and-effect relationships of events. By seeing that the American Revolution immediately preceded the French one, for example, students can see the relationship between the two. By following the events of slavery in America, the American Civil War, Reconstruction, and the Civil Rights movement through history, students can better understand some of the issues that America is facing today. Patterns that have occurred throughout history become more identifiable when seen laid out on a timeline.
- By using a timeline, students can also see events that were occurring as they learn from a variety of subjects. As they do independent reading, read the Bible, learn about Christian history, study science, or learn art or music, adding events and people from these subjects to a timeline reveals where they fit in with information learned during history lessons.
- Timelines are especially helpful for visual learners. They allow students to see the whole picture of history, which helps them place information that they are hearing or reading about.
- Finally, using a timeline can help your student memorize key information and the order of events, as well as people and dates.