Tuesday, July 6, 2021

Timeline Figures (A REVIEW)

 Disclosure: I received this complimentary product through the Homeschool Review Crew

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One of my favorite ways to study any history topic with my kids in our homeschool is through hands-on projects and activities that help the people and places we are learning about to come alive, so I am always looking for resources that will help us in that. With that said, Homeschool in the Woods is always one of my first places to check and I have always loved every product we have purchased or reviewed. I was once again glad to receive an Individual Timeline Set: America's History (Explorers to 21st Century) for review, and it has been a great addition to our living history studies.

Cover page for our Timeline figures set

I received the American History timeline figures in digital files with various sizes for different purposes. There was a nice cover page and a list of all the names and events included in the set. I was able to print up the sizes that would fit a timeline book and put a packet together that was easily accessible for when we needed to find a figure. It is nice to be able to print as many or as few as needed. I also loved having access to all the different sizes.

List of figures included in our Timeline set

The timeline figures come with black and white, well-drawn pictures of the people and places that are featured. The details are very good, and they allow the student to color in any way they please. Or, they can just be left black and white. The notebook size that I chose to start with and put in a timeline book, also has a short paragraph about the figure, but there is also a notebook size that has just the names and dates of the figure. 

Coloring the timeline figures is a great way to get to know them.

Once the timeline figure is colored (or not) it is ready to be cut out and placed on a timeline either on the wall or on paper. There are directions to create a timeline included, or a book can be used. Where it is placed on the timeline is up to the student! They can choose the birth date, or when the person died, or when a significant event happened. It helps to see where in history that person or place really falls.

Adding the timeline figure to the timeline book we have.

Some of the figures will fit well together and are worth doing at the same time. We recently listened to a book about Benedict Arnold so it was a perfect time to put him in a timeline book along with any other significant people or places. 

We also added a little bit more information in the timeline book that we had learned about this person.

Another way to use the timelines is to just find a figure of someone or something that looks interesting to you or your kiddos and pick that one to study for a bit. Or go crazy and just start putting all the figures in, then pick one to study. There are so many uses for these timeline figures.

It's hard to get a glimpse of a whole timeline as they are long, but here is a 2-page spread of one of our timeline books.

Since we received all the digital files for the timeline figures, we also have wall-size pictures. These can be used for a giant timeline up on a wall. Here are the four format options that come with the Individual Timeline Sets
  • Wall size with text description (approx. sizes range from 2.5" to 4")
  • Wall size with just name and date
  • Notebook size with text description (approx. sizes range from 1.5" to 2.75")
  • Notebook size with just name and date
There are so many options for using these, and they come in so handy for any homeschool projects. I highly recommend starting a timeline and using any of the Timeline sets from Homeschool in the Woods. Go start a timeline with the kids using this or any of the other Timeline Sets, it's a lot of fun! 

If you'd like to see what those other sets look like or other products from Homeschool in the Woods you can click on the banner below to read the other crew reviews. We all tried different packs, so there are lots of other products to see in action from the review crew.

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