Monday, May 5, 2014

Book of Centuries....

I had an "Ah-Ha" moment over the weekend.  I'm currently reading through The Living Page: Keeping Notebooks with Charlotte Mason by Laurie Bestvater.  In addition, I was doing a bit of CM research online when I came across these two posts by Laurie Bestvater at Charlotte Mason Institute...

The first is from 2010 and the second is from 2011, both of which were written before the 2013 copyright of The Living Page.  
Apparently, the Book of Centuries contained a two page spread for each century. One being a blank page, and one being a lined page numbered in five year increments.  The student then drew pictures/illustrations on the blank page of artifacts connected with that century.  The lined pages were used to note event dates "characteristic" of that time period.  Therefore, each book was individual to the student, with no two books alike.  Rarely were pictures glued in, to prevent the book from becoming too bulky.  In addition, toward the back of the Book of Centuries were ten blank pages where the student could draw maps and other history descriptions. 
Reading these posts, along with seeing the Book of Centuries Notebook Samples found in Appendix B of the book, really helped me to get a better idea of what Charlotte was trying to accomplish.  We've been keeping timelines with the cut and paste figures.  Now it appears that we've been going about it all wrong.  Although, I'm actually relieved to learn the correct method.  It looks much simpler and more cost effective.  I also think it will better help the children remember a timeline of history, which is the goal :)


  1. Great! Thank you for sharing! I'll have to check out the links later.

  2. Thanks for sharing about this! It has helped me have an "aha" moment! :) Seriously, it does help me have a better picture of what to do for the BOC.