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Friday, August 2, 2019

Hands-on History Timeline with Home School in the Woods ~ a TOS review

It’s Friday friends! And the beginning of August! The summer just flew by for us, which is perfectly fine because that means we are that much closer to the hubby coming home. Today I am excited to tell you {again} how much I love the products from Home School in the Woods!!! So much so, that when a call went out to help fill a review spot for the Timeline Collection: A Collection of Historical Timeline Figures, I jumped at the chance to review it.

Our first introduction to the HSITW family was way back in 2011 when I had the opportunity to attend my very first homeschool convention. We battled the summer stormy weather and made the nearly 2 hour drive to the Convention Center. I tell you it was glorious and still is each year I get to attend! While there I stumbled upon a company called Home School in the Woods as I browsed the Vendor Hall. I hit the jackpot that day with this company and we have been making history fun ever since.

History has always been a favorite subject of mine to teach and re-learn with my girls. I grew up learning history from a boring textbook so I am so happy that now I can teach the girls, and soon to be my son, history with awesome hands-on learning. Amy Pak, the talented graphic designer and experienced homeschooler, is the mastermind to everything that Homeschool in the Woods creates. This company has helped transform the way we tackle hands-on history learning ever since.

This timeline collection is absolutely amazing with over 1260 black and white figures! We received a family license of the digital file to use with my family. I could also use them with a small co-op class in the future. Getting started was as easy as downloading the files to my computer and unzipping the files. The downloads come in two parts because of the volume of files. They are big but did not take that long for the whole process.

Inside you will find the figures divided into five different subsections:

~ America’s History (Explores to 21 Century AD) 
~ Bonus Figures 
~ Creation to Christ (Beginning to 1st Century AD) 
~ Resurrect to Revolution ()-1799AD) 
 ~ Napoleon to Now (1750 AD to Modern Day)

Each timeline figure is available in two sizes as well, wall or a smaller notebook size. You also have the option of having a description or no description.

Using this in our homeschool has been quite easy over the summer months. Much to my dismay our house does not have many walls, so we utilize our timeline book and a pocket chart to display our figures. My older girls have kept timelines over the years but now it is my 7th and 4th graders time to keep theirs.

Our next school year begins in a few short weeks and we are going to be studying different time periods. It just happened to work out this way, not the best idea, but we have made it through before. Montana will be studying the second half of World history while Mikayla and McKenzie will be venturing through American history at their own levels.

McKenzie will also be studying the Presidents this year, so I chose to focus on helping her get a head start memorizing them. To do this I simply printed the timeline figures out and attached them to a cut index card. On the back I wrote the Presidents number and used the figure with description for the other side.

Overall, I have nothing but good things to say about Home School in the Woods. I sing their praises to everyone who wants to talk about History or timelines. We love using the Timeline Collection: A Collection of Historical Timeline Figures from Home School in the Woods for more than just our history timeline! During the course of our school year the girls will keep their book of time in their notebooks. It’s always great to look back and see what they have done come Senior year.

World History (Project Passport), U.S. History Studies (Time Travelers) and Timeline Collection: A Collection of Historical Timeline Figures  {Home School in the Woods Reviews}
But don’t just take my word for it! Check out what my CrewMates thought of this product as well as the other curricula that was offered for review. You can also read a great article about how to get started with your own timeline.

World History (Project Passport), U.S. History Studies (Time Travelers) and Timeline Collection: A Collection of Historical Timeline Figures  {Home School in the Woods Reviews}

Format ~ family license download 
Price ~ $73.95 
Ages ~ K-12

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