We love using the Timeline Collection: A Collection of Historical Timeline Figures from Home School in the Woods for more than just our history timeline! As a homeschooling parent, some companies provide such incredible products that I love going back when I need to find additional resources. When I am looking for history lapbooks, hands-on history notebooking pages, and more, my first instinct is to go to Home School in the Woods. So when I had the opportunity for our family to review the timeline collection from Home School in the Woods, I was thrilled. For this review, we received the downloadable version of this product. However, it is also available on CD.
Home School in the Woods provides a large variety of products to suit children of all ages. From timelines to U.S. History Studies to World History Studies, to games, to hands-on activities, and more Home School in the Woods has items to please everyone. Click here to read an article from Amy Pak’s blog about using timelines in your homeschool. Or if you want to read an article about how to add sanity to your school year, click here.
When I received the Timeline Collection: A Collection of Historical Figures, I knew our family would find many ways to use this hands-on resource. This resource is one resource that everyone in your family can use. When I received the file to download, the first thing that is important to remember is that it is a zip file, so it is necessary to extract the files first.
Once the files are extracted, you can pick and choose what time period you need, what size figures you want, and exactly what pages you need to print at a time. Another great thing about these figures is that the figures can be used no matter what history resource or curriculum you are using. Once you have selected a page, you can print it out and then use the figures in whatever way suits your family. Also, you can print only the pages you need for a given year, semester, quarter, month, or even week to make life manageable. Personally, I like the idea of printing the pages out by the week to ensure we do not misplace any.
I found it interesting that depending on where you choose to print from, the files printed slightly differently. In the picture below on the left-hand side, I elected to print from the index page, which when clicked on opens the index in a browser window. It seems to be slightly larger than when I selected to print from the actual file on my computer. I am not sure why this is the case, but I just found it interesting.
I appreciate the fact there is an option to either print the figures with additional text or without the additional text. For younger children, I think printing the ones without additional information would be better. But for older children and teenagers, I think the ones with text allow for conversations to begin.
I love the idea of using the figures to create a self-directed high school history course. I could easily see giving our 16-year-old daughter free rein to pick and choose what historical figures to study and then allowing her to find resources to utilize for studying those figures. Whether your family is studying Ancient History, World History, or American History, you will find figures you can use. Because we are doing this review during the summer, I decided to change things up some and let her start from the most recent figure and start working our way back. Basically, I had her work three days a week. I asked her to place half of a page each day. Here are some sample pages.
One of the most helpful things I found about this program is the Index that allowed me to quickly search for anything I might want or need. When you select the file labeled Index, a window will open in your browser that looks like the bottom of the picture below, then you can select what you want to print.
I also found it helpful how the files are broken down into sections including Creation to Christ, Napoleon to Now (World History), Resurrection to Revolution (World History), and America. So if you are concentrating on a particular time in history, this feature allows you to quickly navigate to the figures you need.
So if you are looking for hands-on history activities, products, and timeline figures, check out Home School in the Woods for yourself. If you would like to read my earlier reviews of products from Home School in the Woods, click here for my review of The Renaissance and Reformation Timeline. Or you can click here to read my review of the Á La Carte collection.
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