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Teaching with Timelines: Starting Out Stage

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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 Starting Out stage.

Tips for the Starting Out Stage

Preschool - 1st Grade

Students at this age have only a basic understanding of the concept of time. Most of them have not yet learned to tell time on a clock, and many are still learning to understand what a month or year is. Decades or centuries are very difficult for them to understand. Grandma lived “a long time ago” and so did George Washington. The length of time between them is almost equal to a young child.

  • Keep things very simple at this age. Don’t worry about too much detail. Instead, try to give your child a basic overview of the order of history, using Bible stories and important historical people, such as Abraham, George Washington, and the current president, as well as people the child knows personally, such as family members.
  • Help your child create a personal timeline, beginning with birth and continuing through important events in your child’s life.
  • With very young children, create a day-long timeline, covering the events of just one day. Then move on to a weekly timeline.
  • As you are teaching your young child the months of the year, create a timeline for the current year with space for each month. Mark the start of each month with a symbol that represents that month, such as a pumpkin for October or an ornament for December. Have your child add events and activities that occur each month.

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