This is our Person of the Week wall. (It should be named the Person of Every Other Week wall, because I don’t really change it every week.) Featured on each posterboard is the image and short biography of an author, composer, mathematician, scientist, artist, and commander. Each poster is 14″ x 11″.
Because history has always been the spine of our homeschool, all 6 of these correspond with the general era of history we are studying. We are currently in Nero’s time, studying ancient Rome and Britain. The particular week in the photo displays:
- Tacitus, Roman historian
- Mesomedes, composer
- Plato, mathematician
- Heron of Alexandria, scientist
- Quintus Pedius, the deaf painter
- Caratacus, the first British hero
Finding historical figures for author, mathematician, scientist, and commander is very easy. I scoured a large collection of books that we own and made a list of everyone mentioned that covered a period of a few hundred years. Then I organized them by date and title in a spreadsheet. Next I copied small biographies found online or I typed out snippets from some of the books. Next, I did a Google search for an image of the person or I looked through my Home School in the Woods timeline clipart.
The colored backgrounds are glued down to the posterboard, but the photo and biography are lightly taped for easy removal.
Here is a sample of the books I have been using to locate historical figures.
This selection contains excellent books by DK Publishing – such as Timelines of Science, Children’s Book of Art, and Great Scientists, as well as Heritage History collections, Story of the World, and more. I’ll list them all at the end of this post, but one of my son’s newest favorites is Commanders: History’s Greatest Military Leaders. It stretches from 1500 BC to present day, covering Alexander the Great to General Schwarzkopf and General Franks.
3500 years of military and political history are contained in this book. It is divided up by era, beginning with Heroes of the Ancient World, then moving on to Knights and Nomads and then so on. Commanders on both sides of hundreds of wars and battles are discussed and their strengths and weaknesses are analyzed. Timelines, battle maps, and full-color photos of historical artifacts or battle scenes are often included.
My husband, who is a history and military buff, even learned quite a lot from this book. 360 pages packed with knowledge and stunning photographs. See…
Finding composers and artists from this era has been a bit more challenging and that is where a Google search comes in handy. So far, so good, and I know it will be a breeze to find more of them as the centuries go on.
As promised, here is the list of books above: