The Books of Years functions as an interactive timeline journal that your kids get to create. It is an 8 1/2″ x 11″ spiral-bound book with a coated coil binding. The pages are printed on 60# premium paper and the cover is high gloss 100# paper with outside lamination. Kids can fill it with drawings and captions and can even paste in clipart or other pictures as they learn about the civilizations that make up the story of our world.
Using Your Book of Years
Start by cutting the pages on the dashed line with a pair of scissors. This will separate the timeline from the civilization portions of each page. You can cut just a few pages at a time as you work your way through the Book of Years.
Each two-page spread corresponds to a civilization or time period in the Layers of Learning curriculum.
On each two page spread of the Book of Years, you will draw pictures and write captions and facts you have learned through books and video and projects about the civilizations.
The first two-page spread is “Prehistory”. It is for anything that occurred before 5000 BC. If you are religious you can draw in the creation. If you are not then you can add in dinosaurs, the formation of the earth, cavemen, or whatever you like.
The rest of the pages have dates on a timeline at the top ranging from 5000 BC to 2030 AD.
Two pages from 5000 BC to 3000 BC are a thousand years each. After that from 3000 BC to 1700 AD, each two-page spread covers a hundred years. From 1700 to 2030, each two-page spread is ten years of history.
Timeline dates for each Layers of Learning history topic are included with the Book of Years in a 13 page printable.
You cut out the dates and paste them on the timeline in the correct places.
Each civilization or time in history has a symbol so that as you flip through the timeline you can remember which civilization each event goes with. The symbols are also at the bottom left of each page with the civilization title.
There are extra timeline pieces so you can write in dates you find yourself through your studies.