This morning we added the bare basics to our timeline – millennium labels, a handful of pivotal Biblical dates and the boys’ birth years.
I created the cards this time as I wanted to figure out a system that would continue to work for the whole timeline and that would still be user friendly for the boys to use independently. Here’s what I’ve come up with so far:
– I’m not going to create cards for each time increment, I’m just going to label the millennia and note the years that occur in each millennium to help the boys locate the line on which to place their cards
– I’m using blue borders for B.C. dates and red borders (as a symbol of Jesus’ blood) for A.D. dates
– For events within the same time periods or events that have a common theme of some sort (eg personal family events, biblical events etc) I’m going to group these events together with the same colour shading. Above you can see that all biblical events have been shaded pale blue and our family events are going to be white.
– The cards themselves are being kept very basic – just a simple title, coloured picture (from a quick image search online) and the date. The simplicity of the set up will allow the boys to create their own cards now that the template has been made. They’ll just need to duplicate a B.C. card or an A.D. card and add their data.
We’re going to laminate our cards as well. This will prevent them from getting too grimy and tattered over the years. Of course we don’t have to stop everything and laminate each card as we make them. We’ll just hang them and laminate them once we have enough to do or when we next have the laminator set up.
Setting up the timeline has been a great activity. We’ve learned so much already and we only have SIX events up!!
Did you know that the “A.D.” precedes the year number but the “B.C.” follows it? Apparently this is because “A.D” is an abbreviation of a Latin word and hence follows Latin usage rules whereas “B.C.”, being not Latin, follows standard English placement.
And did you ever stop to think what the year following 1 B.C. was?? Nope. It wasn’t zero! Okay maybe you knew that but I’d never stopped to consider it before. The year following was A.D. 1. There wasn’t a year zero. How about that?
I was also taught at school that the B.C. did not mean “Before Christ” but was a Latin abbreviation. Hubby mistakenly believed the same thing. (Yet another reason to homeschool!). It does mean “Before Christ” but the error comes in then assuming that “A.D.” means “After Death”. A.D. is the abbreviation of a Latin phrase, “Anno Domini” meaning “in the year of our Lord”.
And while we’re on Latin abbreviations, the “c.” you see at the beginning of my biblical cards stands for “circa” meaning “approximately”. I didn’t know that either. I clearly was educated under a rock!
Gosh all of this learning on the school holidays. The Holiday Police will be after me for teaching outside of school hours! 😮
Ah but even with our bit of work this morning the timeline is still rather naked looking.
I suspect we’ll be doing a lot of History this term in our enthusiasm to find events to add!!