Families, schools, and churches can unfold 15 feet of the most interesting history of the world. This easy to follow, color-coded, multi-stream timeline teaches six thousand years of world history to children ages seven through thirteen. These exciting facts and so much more wait inside:
who were the first emperors of China and Rome
what discovery unlocked the secrets of a forgotten language
how modern robotics had its roots in the tea dolls of Japan
where Christians faced death for the entertainment of thousands
why the languages of Greek and Hebrew were used to write the Bible
and how the Age of Discovery meant wealth some, and the destruction of civilization for others.
Understanding how the past has shaped our future will inspire young learners to make history for themselves!
“The colorful illustrations and photographs help bring history to life…” - April Estrom (ElCloud Homeschool)
“This was definitely one of the best timelines I have seen. Fantastic for homeschools, churches, and libraries. The entire timeline runs on a biblical perspective” - Melanie Ski (Year of Jubilee Reviews)
“this non-evolutionary chart will make history come alive while keeping God at the center where He belongs!” - Wanda Meyers (Down LeftyLaine)
“This is a homeschoolers dream.” - Edie Carter (Carter Chaos)
This version is casebound with a hard cover appropriate for viewing as a book that can be turned page by page. This version will also stretch out the entire 15 feet.
The Big Book of History is a huge timeline (15-feet to be precise) that starts with the literal 24-hour days of creation and ends in 2010 with President Obama declaring that the U.S. is no longer a Christian nation.
The timeline book can be used like a book (just turn the timeline pages), or it can be unfolded to reveal history right before your eyes. It's also available in a panel-only version where you can hang it on the wall. The sturdy, full-color pages feature a timeline where history is color coded according to:
Throughout the timeline, you will find little "Did You Know" tidbits highlighting interesting trivia facts. Because this is a Christian timeline, you will find a good number of Biblical facts and highlights regarding items of interest to Christians. Remember how I said the timeline concludes with President Obama's declaration that the U.S. is no longer a Christian nation? Well, the end of the timeline features an interesting sequence from the time in 1947 where President Truman declared the U.S. a Christian nation to how we got to our current situation as "no longer a Christian nation". The sequence includes removing prayer from schools, removing the Bible from schools, and the Ten Commandments being removed from public buildings.
My daughter thinks this is a very nice timeline. She appreciates that it doesn't contain evolutionary ideas, and that the timeline lines up with Biblical history. She also appreciates that it doesn't have a cutesy "fake" Noah's ark. She did say that the Jonah graphic was a little odd. Overall, she really likes this timeline as well as the colorful graphics and pictures used in it. The only thing that could have made it better was if they would have replaced the few cartoonish graphics with more realistic ones. (There were very few of these. It was enough that she wanted it mentioned, but not enough that she feels that it detracts from the book.) She and Daddy had a good time studying the timeline together.
It's important to note that this is a timeline for kids, so it's very colorful. The style reminds me of the DK Eyewitness book format. The timeline itself may not contain as many details as more adult oriented timelines, but it is a solid timeline packed with information.
Disclosure: I received a copy of this book from New Leaf Publishing/Master Books to help facilitate the writing of a frank and honest review. (Posted on 9/1/2015)
In our plan for schooling we will most likely follow a Classical Christian approach with a repeating four stages of history (Ancients ~5000 BC - AD 400, Medieval/Renaissance 400-1600, Late Renaissance/Early Modern 1600-1850, Modern 1850-Present day) and keeping a timeline will be very important to have a tangible way to look at facts. While I am certain we will make some of our own timelines as a craft, I know that I want a reliable reference that we can use both as a guide for making our own, but also to go to in a pinch if that activity does not come through. Delightfully that is what I have discovered in the Big Book of History: A 15' Fold-Out Time-Line from Creation to Modern Computers.
My edition is a bound fold-out, but it is also available in pages that could be posted on a wall (Big Book of History-Panels Only). This thing is awesome. Containing four different color lines it is easy to keep track of Biblical/Christianity, World Events, Inventions/Technology, and Civilizations/Empires. This timeline comes from Master Books (New Leaf Publishing Group) and Ken Ham of Answers in Genesis is a contributing editor which to me makes this a well researched and Bible-based resource.
It starts with a list of the days of creations labeled at 4004 BC. There are detailed days of the Floor and historical pictures of early technology. The pages are filled with photos and vibrant illustrations as well as maps. There are charts full of facts and paragraphs of trivia just begging to be memorized. Each section has a "did you know?" bubble that provides an interesting detail of history that is carried through today.
Any student could pour over this timeline for hours and still find more to learn and be intrigued by. While the first mention of an Eastern Empire was in 220 AD with the end of the Han Dynasty of China, overall for what this timeline does contain is awesome. It truly brings what we know from the times told of in the Biblical scriptures to almost-today to life. From Mayan calendars in 300 AD to the first chocolate bar in 1847 to 2011 and the end of the US Space Shuttle Program. Each and every page/panel is bright and detailed and while there is more out there, this is a great resource and starting point to building a knowledge of history and when it occurred.
I am very glad to have this in our homeschool resources.
Originally posted on http://creativemadnessmama.com/blog/2012/08/07/big-book-of-history-timeline/ (Posted on 7/8/2015)
The Big Book of History is a must have for the Christian and Classical Educator! The timeline is beautiful with clear visual historical pictures of what was happening in the world at different times. Following the Young Earth model, this timeline starts with Adam and Eve and moves forward through time. My twins loved the fact that they could read it as a book or stretch it out into a 15 foot timeline to follow along with.
We used it in our Classical Conversations class to look up the different historical facts. I could easily see how a find it game could be created using the panels to help reinforce our timeline. Hang it on the wall and you now have a beautiful timeline to show to your children each week.
This book is appropriate for 1st grade and up because even if your child can't read yet, you as the parent can walk them through the timeline and show them the different pictures and read to them. Once your child is a reader, this will be an amazing resource to use while learning about different cultures, historical events, inventions, and biblical times. (Posted on 6/10/2015)
This is such an amazing timeline! It chronicles history from a biblical, young-earth point of view which is quite often hard to find. I really like how sturdy this is in book form as well as when it is spread out. We did not hang it up because we don't have the wall space in our home, but it would be really cool if we did! (Posted on 4/28/2015)
The Big Book of History is something that every family, school, homeschooler and church needs to have in their possession because with it you can unfold 15 feet of the most interesting history of the world. This easy to follow, color-coded, multi-stream timeline teaches 6,000 years of world history to children ages seven to thirteen. Understanding how the past helped shape our future will inspire young learners to make history for themselves! It is easy for children to understand because yellow lines reference Biblical & Christian history, red lines reference civilizations and empires, green lines reference technology and inventions and orange lines reference world events. This timeline has the sturdiest pages I have ever seen. I have to admit, I was skeptical that with usage and 3 kids pulling on it all trying to "read it together" that pages would end up ripped or torn. However, the pages have stood up great to the kids constant usage (and let me tell you, they LOVE this book!), their occasional spats over one kid wanting to read one page while another reads a different page, etc. This book will be one that will last for many years to come no matter how many kids enjoy it and will stand up great to usage and wear. This timeline covers from Day One of Creation all the way through history even up to modern day events such as how geographical borders have been changed by events, prayer removed from schools and even the presidency of Barak Obama. There is also a downloadable study guide you can use along side this book as your children learn about history. The book ends with a challenge to children inquiring how will they make history? (Posted on 4/6/2015)