Monday, July 20, 2015

A Visual American History Timeline of Books....



It's finally here and I'm super excited to share today's post!!  For the last couple of years, we've been using A Visual American History Timeline of Books.   Recently, I teamed up with the author, veteran homeschooling mom Bonnie Anderson, to bring them to you!

I met Bonnie a few years back at a homeschool conference and I totally fell in love with her used book collection.  She's been instrumental in my love of living books and inspirational in the vision of our personal home library.  We've traveled to her home, three hours away, on several occasions to view her personal library and purchase books as we built our collection.  Here's her story....
During the years I was home schooling my sons, I began collecting history books. I have a personal passion for American history, having traveled with my family throughout the United States where we visited many historical sights. I enjoy collecting used and out of print books and learning about history from them. So instead of a textbook approach, we began loving to read history from “living books”. Thus our library began.

It is set up in chronological order – with biographies, famous events, historical fiction, and non-fiction books all together in the time they happened. Our library teaches us when events and people lived. It is a timeline of books and when questioned about an event or person, we can see it on the shelf and recall where it belongs in history.
Seeing this chronological arrangement of books, the idea of a visual timeline took shape. I have always believed in the importance of the timeline to retain historical information as it relates to special events and people. I know a visual picture has been easiest for me to remember. Thus I came up with a new approach to a historical timeline by choosing pictures of favorite books and placing them in chronological order.  My desire in creating this timeline was to excite both old and young in the beginning study of American history.
Included in this timeline are biographies, historical fiction, and historical non-fiction books. I have chosen a variety of old and new books that can be obtained in local libraries, inter-library loans, and from new and used book dealers. Some of these older books are now available in new reprinted versions. Many of the books show God's intervention in history.  You could even add your own favorites to make the timeline a family treasure.
Bonnie's Timeline of Books has definitely excited our household in the study of American History!!



There are two editions of A Visual American History Timeline of Books.  The Primary Level can be used with elementary age children.  Each century is defined by a different color horizontal bar in the middle of each page.   

Blue – 1600’s
Red – 1700’s
Green – 1800’s
Yellow – 1900’s

The Intermediate Level is an extension of the Primary Level and was intended for middle and high school age students.  Again, each century is defined by a different color horizontal bar in the middle of each page.   

Black - Overview/Early Explorers
Blue – 1600’s
Red – 1700’s
Green – 1800’s
Yellow – 1900’s

Each 17-page timeline is printed on heavy card stock and can be hung chronologically on a wall or hole-punched and placed in a ring binder, which is the way we keep ours. A bibliography has also been included, sorted alphabetically by page for your convenience in finding the books.  This is a great book sale shopping list!  

Below is a sample of the first page of each timeline:


Primary Level

 

Intermediate Level




We've read many of the books on each timeline and own copies in our personal homeschool library.  They are wonderful!  RileyAnn has the timelines memorized!  Some of the books used are listed in the TruthQuest History guides, some of them are used in curricula like Sonlight and Beautiful Feet, others are just wonderful living books that have been long since forgotten.   


A Visual American History Timeline of Books is an excellent supplement to your current history program, your living book library, or as a stand alone history spine.  Best of all, each timeline is only $25.00 plus $4.99 shipping and handling!! Where else can you get 400 years worth of American History for that price!  Buy yours here, now...  

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7 comments:

  1. Love, love LOVE this idea!!!!!!!!! I think this is just excellent, and will help visual learners (our dear gifted, dyslexic sons)! Thank you for sharing. I wish I could meet you and Miss Bonnie.

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  2. Thank you very much Shannon!...it would be a pleasure to meet you as well. Please feel free to leave a review here when your timeline arrives.

    Blessings,
    Melissa

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  3. Does the Intermediate Level also cover selections in the Primary Level? Thank you, Gina

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  4. Thanks for your inquiry Gina. No, they are two separate timelines. Each uses totally different books. However, I have seen some overlap in the level of difficulty in that some of the books on the intermediate may be read to/by upper elementary students. For example, our 5th grade dd read a couple of the books on the intermediate last year. The intermediate timeline is really an extension of the primary timeline. They are very complimentary to each other. Hope that helps...

    Blessings,
    Melissa

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  5. Hi there, this is really fabulous. I was curious if I could purchase a PDF or Word version that I could print myself. We live overseas and that would be easier. Thanks!

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