Wednesday, April 19, 2006

History-Book of the Centuries

About two years ago, I first read about A Book of the Centuries in a book by Catherine Levinson.  The way she described it was the way Charlotte Mason implemented her history studies for her students.  For a little over a year now, the boys and I have kept a book of the centuries.  It is a 3-ring binder filled with white cardstock pages.  There are 3 tabbed dividers, one for BC, one for JESUS, and one for AD.  I want the boys to know that Jesus is the center of our History Studies.  He marks the change from BC to AD.  So the middle tab is marked Jesus.  If you open to any section, you will find one century on a set of facing pages.  A black line runs horizontally on each page and the beginning of the century is written in black marker on the top left corner of the page on the left.  The ending year of the century is written in black marker on the top right corner of the page on the right.


When we read about something, we find the century in which it belongs and mark the year on the line that runs across the page.  Then we write a line about the event, like "1818, Abigail Adams Dies" on an empty part of the same page


We also add sketches of museum artifacts to the appropriate century by just 3 hole punching them and putting them in between the two centry pages. 


We have added thumbnails from brochures and mini-timelines from resources like magazines and brochures to various centuries.  I also occasionally print information onto printable sheets of stickers and the boys stick them in the appropriate century.  AND we've used the label maker to print items that go in our book of the century.  But the boys always mark the timeline-line by hand.


If you would like to see pictures of our timeline, Books of the Centuries, click here:


One caution, when we started our books, my guys still wrote rather large and in some of the busier centuries are getting full.  We just added an extension flap to one century for Walker T. (my youngest).  We just taped another card stock onto the edge of one side and folded it toward the center (had to trim it a bit).  So maybe you would want to use more stickers, or type and paste the items until your children can write smaller.


I love keeping mine!  I add to it every time I read about something dated.  I will be keeping it for years to come.  And it is so interesting to me to see what happened during one century.  Most of us know American History, but when you can see it alongside histories of many other countries, it is eye-opening!  Try keeping one for yourself.

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