Clothesline Timeline – Showcasing the Span of History

Call me a nerd but History makes me happy and things like historical texts and documents send chills down my spine; so it should come as no surprise that I adore timelines. There’s something so centering and empowering about seeing the vast span of time chronologically laid out before you:  a veritable information feast for the eyes.

So it probably comes as no surprise that the Classical Conversation timeline song was a big factor in my decision to join the classical Christian co-op.  One look at those timeline cards and I was smitten.  They are just so big. and beautiful.  and I knew I wanted them.  (You can read more about my decision to join this co-op on my post, Can My Secular Family Utilize Classical Conversations?)

I could pore over these cards often enough on my own and justify their expense, but as an added bonus, my girls actually love them.  The only downside to the cards is– ironically enough, one of the things I like about them- their large size.  They’re like extra large flashcards.  So unless you have an entire room you can devote to hanging them, or you don’t mind completely covering the walls of your house, you’re left leaving them on a ring or in binders as a book.

Which in itself isn’t a bad thing.  However,  what I felt was lacking was the at-a-glance view you can get from a wall chart/hanging.  I wanted something similar to my universe timeline or our evolution mat.

In fact what I really wanted was a clothesline timeline like the one I created using the Ancient timeline cards that Mary from Tending Our Lord’s Garden.  In our old house I had the timeline spread upwards on our stairwell.

So I decided to recreate the impressive expanse of time only this time the focus would be on the entire Classical Conversation timeline.  It required quite a bit of time– scanning, cutting, laminating, more cutting, etc.

I also added an extra step and placed a colored background to each card based on their “age” or time period.  I wanted something a bit “louder” than the colored corners on the actual timeline cards themselves.  What I envisioned was a distinct way to look across the span of the timeline and know at a glance what period something occurred in.

There wasn’t necessarily a reason to the colors I picked.  I just chose based on what card-stock I had available and I also tried to stick to similar colors that appear on the Story of the World books when possible since we are also using that resource.

  • Age of Ancient Empires- Orange
  • The Middle Ages – Blue
  • Age of Exploration – Green
  • Age of Absolute Monarchs – Red
  • Age of Enlightenment – Yellow
  • Age of Industry – White
  • Age of Information and Globalization – Purple

With these smaller, more compact cards, I can easily slide them into a portable wall hanging chart for on-the-go-ease.  I picked up this chart at a used-curriculum sale but you can find a similar one on Amazon.

As fun as the pack-and-go timeline is, my ultimate goal was to recreate the clothesline timeline.  So I picked up twine and some colorful clothespins to add a bit more “oomph” and then I carefully strung them up in my girls’ playroom—  and VOILÀ!

All in all, I’m incredibly pleased with how it turned out.  Sure, it was a labor of love; but the meaningful stuff always tends to be. . .  In the end- it was soooooo worth it.

What kind of timeline do you use in your homeschool?   I’d love to hear from you.

Share on TwitterSubmit to StumbleUpon

About Kristen

Home schooling classically with a dash of whatever strikes our fancy.
This entry was posted in Classical Conversations, Homeschooling, Resources and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>