Timeline Resources for Homeschooling History


Before I get started talking about timelines, I want to let you know that soon you’ll have a chance to win almost every single one of these books, plus a basket full of resources to help you incorporate history timelines into your homeschool. Subscribe to my blog or follow me on social media to be notified of the giveaway next month!

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Keeping a history timeline has been one of my favorite aspects of homeschooling. We have had a timeline in some form or another for 9 years now. It started out with one super long strip of black tape stretching all across two walls. This lasted through our first 3 cycles of history: ancient, middle ages, and renaissance.  When we hit American history, we took the whole thing down, and started using smaller strips that covered an entire door.

When our second round of history began and we restarted ancient history, I thought it would be more convenient to place the timeline in an accordion style book. Since I could never seem to find the perfect template with dates already added, I made my own, using Excel.

Keeping a timeline has helped us perceive time in a different way. Since we often study different civilizations independently of each other, it may not occur to us that certain events or lives from different civilizations overlapped, until we place the figures on the timeline.

For example, did you know that in the same year Robert Bruce became king of Scotland, the Mongols invaded India? And that during the years that Joan of Arc campaigned with the French army, the emperor Itzcoatl began to lay the foundations for the future Aztec Empire? During the short reign of El Cid in Spain, the king of Norway conquered several areas of Scotland and Wales, while much of the world was focused on the Crusades.

Timeline Day

Timeline Day happens once every week or two. This is the day that I pull out the History Through the Ages CD, the Classical Conversations timeline cards, along with half a dozen or so other general history books.

1. We quickly review the stories, events, and people we have read about since the previous timeline day, making a list of what needs to be placed on the timeline.


2. We print out 2-inch tall images of all the relevant figures from the History Through the Ages CD. Sometimes, I will print out larger versions, like the two in the photo above, for a series on the early Roman emperors.

Timeline resources for homeschooling history

3. We look through the books in the photo above. Each of these books is arranged chronologically, which makes it very easy to see if we have missed an important historical figure or event.


4. The last step is to check the wall chart. This huge 6-foot timeline is from the book Time Chart of World History. The chart compares events that took place in different parts of the world during the same period, and shows the rise and fall of empires and countries.

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DK’s Timelines of History and Military History


DK Publishing and homeschooling go together like peanut butter and chocolate.

I love them.

I love adopting all these little gems into my library.

Coming soon, you’ll have a chance to win both of these books, plus a basket full of resources to help you with incorporating history timelines into your homeschool.

Timelines of History

Timelines of History is very similar to Timelines of Science, which I shared with you in Unique Approach to Science. One thing that you have to remember with most history books is that evolution and millions-of-years are often mentioned in the first few pages. This book is no exception, but with all DK books we find it very easy to just skip over those sections since we believe that evolution and an old Earth is a theory and should not be taught as a theory and not fact.

It contains a massive amount of information, all nicely laid out…


The table of contents divides time by era from early civilizations to technology and superpowers.


A timeline that runs along the bottom of each page of the book.


Fascinating stories of significant developments, like writing and record keeping.


Stunning photos of artifacts.




Engrossing charts that this one that shows the output of planes and warships during WWII.


Lots of maps. A book after my own heart.


Data. Lots of random tidbits demonstrated with numbers.


Artwork, like this 1830 painting from Edward Hicks.


Quotes throughout.


An excellent and very thorough index, full of directories like the rulers of the Holy Roman Empire.

Military History

Military History

Military History follows the same format as Timelines of History.


Loads of stunning photos of artifacts and equipment used throughout military history.


Stories about the development of new weapons and transitions from old.


Little known facts, like this one…Roman commanders were spoiled with heated floors.


A photo of the timeline that is spread out along the bottom of each page.


More artifacts.

Both of these books can be purchased in hardcover or paperback on Amazon. Don’t forget to subscribe to my blog or follow me on social media to be notified of the timeline resources giveaway next month!

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Cornfields, Graves, and True Love

Cemetery cornfield

The little things are the big things when it comes to marriage. See that patch of trees in the middle of this cornfield? There is a cemetery in those woods. A teeny, tiny cemetery with only 9 graves. My husband happily went in there to take some headstone photos while I was a scaredy-cat and hid in the car. TrueLove‬

I am a cemetery volunteer, so I take photos of old headstones for people who are too far away to visit local cemeteries. I’ve never been in a cornfield in my entire life and I never want to. Children of the 80’s probably understand why I hate cornfields.

Things that made me happy this week

Other than the fact that I have a husband who is willing to go through a cornfield, climb over an iron fence, and take pictures of headstones to satisfy my little hobby…Christmas in July is tomorrow. We put our Christmas trees and Nutcrackers back up a couple of days ago.

http://www.milkandcookiesblog.com/doctor-who-christmas-tree/ Fandom Christmas tree loaded with DIY ornaments from Star Trek, Star Wars, Sherlock, Once Upon a Time, Middle Earth, and Harry Potter. Minecraft Christmas Tree

We put a couple of presents under the tree and we are going to eat pot roast and watch movie all day on Saturday, just like we normally do on Christmas day.

Something I’ve made

Last year, I made my son a Doctor Who/Harry Potter/Star Wars/Lord of the Rings pillow. Don’t ever use heat transfer material on fleece. It won’t last long. I tried to recreate the pillow using regular fabric and a zipper.  The instructions for sewing your own zippered pillow case look so easy. Whatever. I won’t even show you the mess it became. So I took the easy way out and bought some zippered pillowed cases instead.

Uber-Geek pillow: Doctor Who, Harry Potter, Star Trek, Lord of the Rings, Star Wars, and Sherlock.
This new one is so much nicer than the old one. I’ve tried to steal it from him several times, just like I stole his K9 slippers the day I took this photo.

From around the web

Books that I know you’ll love

Books for history loving geeks

If Walls Could Talk: An Intimate History of the Home is by far one of the BEST books I have ever read. A description from Amazon: Why did the flushing toilet take two centuries to catch on? Why did medieval people sleep sitting up? When were the two “dirty centuries”? Why, for centuries, did rich people fear fruit? In her brilliantly and creatively researched book, Lucy Worsley takes us through the bedroom, bathroom, living room, and kitchen, covering the history of each room and exploring what people actually did in each – providing a compelling account of how the four rooms of the home have evolved from medieval times to today, charting revolutionary changes in society.

Harry Potter and History and Star Trek and History are fantastic books that explore the REAL history on which the stories are rooted. 

All three of these books can be read for free at Oyster (unlimited ebooks for only $9.95 per month.) If you use my affiliate link, you’ll get a $15 credit and I’ll get one too!

In our homeschool

Lessons   TED Ed

School this month has been consisting of just math, science and history. We’ve had a lot of lazy days full of reading and TEDEd videos. My son is also doing the Brain Chase summer challenge, which he says is a ton of fun. Because I was paid to promote the program, he is not eligible to win the prize, but he is still really enjoying the challenges.

He is also taking the CAT test this week. We use this as part of the portfolio for our end of the year assessment.

Linking up with my friend Kris.

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In a world fill of Cheerios, be a Froot Loop

In a world fill of Cheerios, be a Froot Loop
This is my image of the week. I love this picture. I actually have it hanging on my refrigerator right now as a reminder to my son to not be a conformist, to be himself and follow his own interests, regardless of how weird other people may think those interests are.  I know we all worry about our kids, especially when they hit the teenage years and they really start to feel the effects of peer pressure.  The pressure to just fit in or to completely disappear into the shadows can be a strong pull. But just like Alice told the Mat Hatter when he asked her if he had gone mad, “I’m afraid so. You’re entirely bonkers. But I’ll tell you a secret. All the best people are.” 

Things that made me happy this week

Oyster Books. There is just something about this service that makes me read more than ever. Maybe it is because it shows similar suggestions at the bottom and through this I have discovered books I never knew existed. Maybe it is because, unlike being on Amazon, I don’t have to think about whether or not I really truly want to read a book before buying it. Oyster has unlimited ebooks for only $9.95 per month. If you use my affiliate link, you’ll get a $15 credit and I’ll get one too!

Here are some of the books I have read recently, all free at Oyster:


Creating Innovators  |  To Marry an English Lord  |  Keeping a Princess Heart: In a Not-So-Fairy-Tale World  |  Face-to-Face with Mary and Martha  |  Eating History: Thirty Turning Points in the Making of American Cuisine  |  The Last King of Wales: Gruffudd ap Llywelyn

And right now I am reading:


Star Trek and History (Wiley Pop Culture and History Series)  |  Xenophobe’s Guide to the Welsh

Something I’ve made

Framed Star Wars O-H-I-O, made with vinyl and the Silhouette Cameo. Go Buckeyes!
I made this for my husband. He said he might even take it to work and hang it in his office.

From around the web

Books that I know you’ll love

We discovered a series of books about the history of Scotland and its famous residents, written by Allan Burnett. In Macbeth and All That, you’ll learn the difference between Shakespeare’s Macbeth and the real Macbeth * Discover how dark the dark ages truly were * Investigate Macbeth’s dealings with witches and Vikings * Uncover the true Lady Macbeth. There are also books about Saint Columba, William Wallace, Robert the Bruce, and more. The Kindle versions are $3.99 on Amazon or you can read them for free through Oyster Books.

On my blog, in case you missed it

Linking up with my friend Kris at Weird, Unsocialized Homeschoolers

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A Day at Cedar Point


I love being an Ohioan. I may be a bit bias, but we have so much here that other states only dream of. We have the #1 ranked library system in the country, our science museum has been named the #1 science center in the country several times, the same goes for our zoo, we have been home to eight US Presidents, Thomas Edison and John Glenn, our Buckeyes are National Champions, and we have Cedar Point

My husband was a roller coaster kid. Growing up only 20 minutes away from the park, he was there every chance he got. Turning 15 was an exciting year for him, because he was finally old enough to work there during the summers. So for 4 summers, until he went away to college, he was at Cedar Point every day. One of the luckiest teenagers alive who got to practically live at an amusement park. This year was a momentous year for our little family because my husband always said that when our son turned 13, they would start buying season passes. Just the two of them. Father and son. Bonding over roller coasters. 

This past weekend, my family was given a trip to Cedar Point along with a complimentary stay in the newly renovated Hotel Breakers. And although the forecast called for scattered thunderstorms, we jumped at the chance.

Here are 5 reasons we love Cedar Point


1. The nostalgia (for parents)

Like I said, my husband spent some of the best days of his childhood and teenage years there. He knows the layout and history of the park like the back of his hand. Being able to share that with his son is very important to him. Like the time you take your child to see the house you grew up in or the elementary school you attended.


Our view of Cedar Point from Hotel Breakers

2. The firsts (for kids)

This was our son’s second time at Cedar Point, but since this year he was old enough to go on all the BIG coasters, it was kind of like his first time. The memory of his first action-packed, roller coaster filled day at Cedar Point will live on in his mind for the rest of his life. I’ll never forget my first time on a roller coaster. It was The Beast at King’s Island, which is now owned by Cedar Point’s parent company. I was 9 years old and I rode next to my brother, with my mom and dad behind us.


3. The sand and water 

Cedar Point is located on a peninsula that juts out into Lake Erie, so it is surrounded by water and sand. On a clear day you can see across the water to Canada from the top of the Millennium Force. Until 1914, visitors could only get to the park via steamship. At this time a road was constructed through bog and marshland. This road, a feat of engineering and one of the first concrete roads in Ohio, was called the Cedar Point Chaussee. It remained the only road into the park until 1957 when a shorter route was constructed and named the Cedar Point Causeway. On both sides of each road and all around the park’s peninsula you can see the vastness of Lake Erie.


4. The laughter and screams

Cedar Point is know as the roller coaster capital of the world, so what do you expect the most when visiting…laughter and screams of course! It is the only amusement park in the world with four roller coasters taller than 200 feet. Just listen to the screams on the hundreds of recorded videos uploaded to YouTube. One of the best times that I had was standing on the sidelines with all the other chickens when my husband and son went on the Top Thrill Dragster. We laughed and laughed at the faces and screams of the people on the ride. Take a look at this image and you’ll see why everyone was screaming.


5. The history

I am a genealogist so a desire to learn about the history of any particular area is constantly pumping through my veins. Luckily we have a walking Cedar Point encyclopedia in the family. Cedar Point peninsula was named for its abundance of cedar trees and was originally known for its fishing. During the Civil War, Confederate soldiers were held in a prison on nearby Johnson’s Island. The Cedar Point peninsula began gaining popularity as a picnic area, so the German immigrant who used to transport the prisoners began to use his boats to ferry locals to the Cedar Point peninsula. This immigrant, Louis Zistel, began operating a bathhouse, sand boxes and swings for children, and a dance hall for adults. This marked the very beginning of the amusement park.


Cedar Point in the 1890’s


The best way to experience Cedar Point is with a 1-2 night stay. This way, you’ll get into the park early and be able to stay all day. This year, the 110-year old Hotel Breakers was completely refurbished from the ground up. Staying onsite at Cedar Point definitely has its perks. The park on one side and the beach on the other side! We were able to take breaks throughout the day if we wanted to rest in our room, or drop off leftover food in our little refrigerator. There was an outdoor pool and plenty of restaurants, including an excellent Hibachi Grill.


Guests receive early entry into Cedar Point, discounted tickets, free shuttle service, and complimentary parking.




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Star Wars O-H-I-O

Framed Star Wars O-H-I-O, made with vinyl and the Silhouette Cameo. Go Buckeyes!

I made this for my husband.

Even if you do not live in Ohio, I am sure you are a Buckeye fan, right? Who isn’t a Buckeye fan? And since you are obviously a Buckeye fan, you probably know all about our famous O-H-I-O cheer.  Even President Obama knows the cheer!

While I positively, absolutely love my state…I just sort of like Star Wars.  I am way more of a Star Trek fan. However, since I live with two die-hard Star Wars fans, it is everywhere. My living room is home to these 3-feet tall things.  I was tired of looking at them after only a day.


I don’t really like them, but fun little displays like this make a house a home.  Or like a giant playroom.

Framed Star Wars OHIO, made with vinyl and the Silhouette Cameo. Go Buckeyes!

We found a perfect 36″ wide frame at Hobby Lobby.  Next, I found very clean-cut, simple images online that looked like an O (the Death Star), H (a TIE fighter), I (light saber), and another O (Jedi Order symbol). I opened the images with the Silhouette Cameo and after creating cut files, I cut them out using red, gray and black vinyl.

My husband absolutely loves it. I have started to work on a Doctor Who version, but am not quite happy with it yet.

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