Disclaimer: I received a FREE copy of this product through the HOMESCHOOL REVIEW CREW in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way.
Home School in the Woods is a hands-on history company that you will likely have heard of, especially if you have been following this blog for long at all. We were introduced to HSITW early on in our homeschool journey and quickly knew it was a company whose products we were going to enjoy using. We have reviewed a number of their products but there was one that we just hadn’t gotten yet – Timeline Collection: A Collection of Historical Timeline Figures .
Timelines are included in many of the products from Home School in the Woods, especially their Time Travelers U.S. History Studies series and their Project Passport series. So we have many dedicated timelines but every one in a while, we have a need to create a timeline or have the thought that a timeline would go really well with what we are working on. Enter the Timeline Collection. This will be just what we need to be able to create a timeline for any study we are doing, regardless of the subject or time period.
The Timeline Collection is just that – a collection of timeline figures. This downloadable file (comes as a zip file that you will need to extract the files from) gives you more than 1300 figures to pick and choose from for your convenience. This collection supplements any history work you are doing with figures representing people, places, and events. Each figure is available in two sizes and two formats. There is a with text or without text option, as well as the option to print for a notebook size timeline or for a wall size timeline. You can see below the size of a figure with text when printed for a notebook.
The collections are grouped in a few different ways to make searching for the figure you need easier. The following categories are used:
- Creation to Christ,
- Resurrection to Revolution,
- Napoleon to Now,
- America’s History, and
- 80 Bonus Figures
There is also a file that contains all of the figures as individual, high-quality GIFs. This allows you to enlarge or reduce the figure as needed. These can then be used for making notecards, games, coloring pages, books, and more. Additionally this file contains the listing of images both alphabetically and chronologically and by different classifications. These classifications include large categories such as World War I and narrower categories such as US Statehood or artists. A few of these are shown in the screenshot below.
We have been using the notebook sized figures from the Creation to Christ section to supplement our history text for Miss J, in 6th grade. While her curriculum does have a timeline, it is very limited in scope. This has allowed us to supplement that timeline with a more in-depth, comprehensive one that pulls a lot of history together visually. I am printing out the pages one sheet at a time and coloring them since she isn’t in a coloring mood right now and that isn’t the focus. She then is cutting them apart, reading the text, asking any questions (leads to some additional research and rabbit trails which are always a good thing!), and then placing it a timeline notebook that we have had laying around the house for years. We are not worrying about the date spacing and just keeping figures in order for this timeline.
Timelines have been how we have studied a couple of different time periods in history and for Miss J they have been just what she needed. We would look up a short video of the person, place, or event to watch. We would related it to what came before, since we were working in chronological order. Then she would place the figure on the timeline in the correct place. We would spend about 30 minutes a day doing this and it was a pretty enjoyable and thorough history program for upper elementary for her. Home School in the Woods timelines were perfect for that and it is what we used. The Timeline Collection will make that even easier the next time we decide to do that type of a survey study.
While timelines are an amazing way to study history, there is even more to it. This being an election year,the study from HSITW on elections is a great addition. We have used it previously and I plan to pull it out again when we start back to school in September. (We started our “summer break” this week.) Miss J will use that to take a look at the elections process and our system for government. Take a look at the blog post from HSITW about this study they created and also the product itself.
Please visit our other blog posts about HSITW products. Other than the U.S. Elections Lap-Pak, we have reviewed
- Project Passport: Ancient Greece,
- Project Passport: Ancient Egypt,
- Project Passport: the Middle Ages,
- Time Travelers: US History Studies – The Industrial Revolution Through The Great Depression
- Á La Carte Erie Canal,
- Á La Carte WWII timeline,
- Á La Carte quilling,
- Lap-Pak: The Wonders of the World, and
Any history study will likely find a supplement product or a full-on unit study product from Home School in the Woods. Do check them out. Their hands-on history studies cannot be beat. Also, head over to the Homeschool Review Crew to read more reviews on the Timeline Collection: A Collection of Historical Timeline Figures and the other products families were using over the past few weeks. These include
U.S. Elections Lap-Pak
Benjamin Franklin K-2 Lap-Pak
Time Travelers U.S. History Studies
Lori, At Home.