This post is from contributor, Judy Hoch
A timeline is a valuable tool to help children learn and visualize history. If you want to begin a timeline but don’t have enough space for a wall timeline, you may find that a timeline notebook would be a great option for your family.
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How to Make a Timeline Notebook
- 3-ring binder – Choose the size of your binder based on how many years you plan to include in the timeline notebook. Keep in mind that while a one-inch binder holds approximately 100 sheets of paper, it will hold fewer pages when using thicker cardstock. I recommend a heavy-duty binder to be sure that it will hold up to plenty of use.
- Page protectors – Page protectors make it a cinch to slide pages out in order to view them as a continuous picture of history. If you prefer not to use page protectors, you can simply punch holes in the cardstock pages instead.
- White cardstock – Plain white cardstock is very inexpensive and can be found in the office supply section of most department stores.
- Printable timeline template – We use these free printable timeline notebook pages, available in lined or unlined versions with dates from 5000 B.C. through A.D. 2024.
- Print the timeline notebook pages for the dates desired. I highly recommend one-sided printing, so that the timeline pages can be pulled out and laid end to end for a great visual picture of history.
- Insert pages into page protectors (or simply punch with a 3-hole punch) and put into the binder.
- Encourage your child to draw or design a special cover for the front of the binder.
- If you are making one large timeline notebook covering all of history, you may want to use dividers to separate the timeline notebook into historic periods.
- Include a pencil bag at the front of the binder to hold supplies: colored pencils, scissors, and timeline figures that are waiting to be added to the notebook.
What tips do you have for making a timeline notebook?
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