Friday, April 8, 2011

In the Nick of Time...Line

For my store and for my family, I have spent literally hours online looking for really great materials and resources for homeschooling.  Science is one of those places that I still am not satisfied with what I have found for homeschooling consumers.  I would love, one day, to write a series of books for the homeschooling family.  Leveled, comprehensive, intelligent, and fun.  One day, that day, far off in the future, where all of my thoughts aren't interrupted with a hundred commas...but I digress.

One of the things that I have looked and looked for is a great webpage with a great timeline.  I have found two that I LOVE.  Let me begin with this website that is an online timeline:
This website has a comprehensive timeline with links to click on.  It "starts" at "cosmology" and "astronomy" and works to the present.  Click on  the French Revolution, Akbar the Great, or Stone Structures in Zimbabwe and be carried towards more and more information.  While I have not looked through the entire timeline and website, I am particularly happy with the pages on "people in history" and "Maps".  I freaking LOVE maps.  You can order a hardcopy of the timeline itself for about thirty bucks, Which AIN'T BAD.  But the easy click features on this website will keep even the least interested kid...well, interested.

You can click on "Events in History" and read about everything from Vikings to Voltaire to Verdi to  Viruses and Pandemics.  And current events ARE Events in History!

Clicking on artists, writers, dancers and other interesting people in history and in many cultures will take you to further pages within the website itself OR to other pages on the web with more information.  Honestly, this is the website I, the homeschooling history nut would create if I had any time.  It's not perfect, but it's good enough for now.

The second place I recommend checking out is the Pandia Press timeline!  WHY?  Because I love it!  This is a timeline from the makers of "History Odyssey" materials.  Check them out at:

THIS timeline is not for printing out, but for ordering.  But if you, like we, are the type to have a timeline down the hallway with lots of writing and pictures and such...this timeline, I like.  Plus, they have these really cool packs of stickers to use on the timeline, or on the wall.  This set of timelines can go into a three-ring binder OR can streeeetch twenty feel down your hall's GREAT.

I am not going to kid you, my kids are less enthusiastic about history and time in general.  But I try.  And these cool website have kept them clicking for awhile now...and I'll buy that.
So, there you go.
AND, both of these options are secular.

Also, I'm a HUGE fan of Michael Crichton's book "Timeline"...way better than the movie. Gerard Butler notwithstanding, the movie was pretty lame.  But the book was a terrific and fast-paced read.  Suspend reality for awhile and give this Crichton a read!

P.S.  On the Pandia Press timeline page, read Kate's "Timeline Story".  I'm actually mentioned in the story...I'm the "angel"...though I NEVER mentioned her "butt" to her.   LOL

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