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Teaching with Timelines: Learning to Reason Stage

Timelines are a wonderful tool for studying history and understanding how the people and events learned about in other subjects fit together. How you use them may change as your child grows and matures. Here are some tips for using timelines in the Learning to Reason stage.

Tips for the Learning to Reason Stage

9th - 12th Grade

High school students are required to learn a large number of names, events, and dates as they study American and world history, American government, and economics. Now is the time to build on earlier timeline studies by adding lots of detail and important facts to timelines, allowing students to more fully recognize the cause-and-effect relationships of the events they are learning about.

  • While you may still want your teen to use and contribute to a family timeline, high schoolers should have their own timelines as well. Use a notebook or index card version so that your student will have plenty of room to add important information from history studies. Or allow him or her to create an online version.
  • Ask your student to add a timeline to research papers or other writings.
  • Schedule time into your student’s week for updating his or her timeline with that week’s studies.
  • Encourage your high schooler to add events from science, literature, music, art, etc., as well as from history, to the timeline.
  • Expect more detail from high school students. Ask for descriptions, results, and relationships as well as dates and locations.

With five kids in their teen and early adult years, Rebecca shares the many ups and downs of parenting, homeschooling, and keeping it all together. As the Well Planned Gal she mentors women towards the goal of discovering the uniqueness Christ has created in them and their family and how to best organize and plan for the journey they will travel.

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