We’ve used a few different ways to record history and I’ve included a few images of our history notebooks & timelines plus some (mostly) free resources we’ve used. I’ve updated this post to add all seven of my children’s work they’ve done over the years. The ages represented are about 9 years to 16 years, both boys and girls.
For years we had a timeline along a wall that was a talking point with anyone who walked up the hallway but a couple of years ago we knocked the wall out to give us some more room in our kitchen area and that was the end of that.
I require them to keep a record of the history they are covering but pretty much leave it to them as to choice of how they do it. A couple have used a spiral notebook & my youngest has been using a simple composition book, but the preference seems to be for separate notebook pages. My older girls enjoyed using scrapbooking bits and pieces on some of their work. Some liked to draw their own maps, some didn’t.
Ambleside Online Year 3
Ambleside Online Year 5
Ambleside Online Year 6
Timeline figures for Famous King & Queens of England (872 AD – 1952) can be found here.
Ambleside Online Year 8
Free timeline figures are here also.
Helps for notebooking.
I used these with one or two of my boys just to give them a framework when they were first starting out with notebooking. I think it’s better if they make their own but something like this might help if they haven’t done this before. They can be bought as a download here.
We’ve used some maps from Knowledge Quest:
A great place for paper soldiers – as long as you don’t mind hundreds of little men all over the house. We’ve used this site innumerable times.
Reading the above (which I’d had cut out from somewhere years ago) makes me wonder about the teaching of history generally. I have a vague memory of ‘learning’ about the Eureka Stockade, and something about the ‘Proletariat’ and ‘Assimilation’ from my school days. Any historical knowledge I’ve gained has been in the process of teaching my own children so I’m not altogether surprised by some of the ridiculous answers in the snippet above.
This quote is from a Parents review
article I read recently and from what I’ve seen in my own children it certainly rings true.
“Here we may notice the use of fiction in history. History should narrate truth. Can fiction, such as the historical novel, be in any sense an aid to truth? I think so, with proper selections and under proper guidance. Fiction kindles the imagination, awakens interest, and secures attention; it is the most pleasing form of narration and it need not sacrifice a truthful impression.
What children remember is the characters of the leading actors, their part in the movement, its issue, and the general picture of the period.”
My kids love history and have read copious amounts of Sir Walter Scott, G.A, Henty, Rosemary Sutcliff, and other historical fiction writers and this has given them good background knowledge for works of historical non fiction. I noticed this when it came to them reading Churchill’s A History of the English-Speaking Peoples which can be difficult unless you have some knowledge of English history.