Big Book of History from Master Books
Christian History Timeline
Pages: 15 Panels or Hardcover pages
Date Published: September 2011
Publisher: Master Books, an imprint of New Leaf Publishing
A Big look at history for young learners Ages 7 to 12 The Big Book of History is the perfect way to engage your child in an adventurous trip through time – from the first Day of Creation to present day Discover: The birthdates of conquerors, kings, inventors, scientists, and famous men of God. Wars and wonders of the ancient and modern worlds. The 969-year-old man who shared the true history of the world with Noah. The first ancient inventions and discoveries of chocolate, yo-yos, batteries, movies, and more Did you know… Thomas Edison is known for inventing a working light bulb, but do you know he also invented the first talking dolls and helped to create an early and commercially-successful form of movies? He also started the first movie studio, and probably the most unique. It was built so that the whole building could be turned in a circle during the day to get the most sunlight…
In our plan for schooling we will most likely follow a Classical Christian approach with a repeating four stages of history (Ancients ~5000 BC – AD 400, Medieval/Renaissance 400-1600, Late Renaissance/Early Modern 1600-1850, Modern 1850-Present day) and keeping a timeline will be very important to have a tangible way to look at facts. While I am certain we will make some of our own timelines as a craft, I know that I want a reliable reference that we can use both as a guide for making our own, but also to go to in a pinch if that activity does not come through. Delightfully that is what I have discovered in the Big Book of History: A 15′ Fold-Out Time-Line from Creation to Modern Computers.
My edition is a bound fold-out, but it is also available in pages that could be posted on a wall (Big Book of History-Panels Only). This thing is awesome. Containing four different color lines it is easy to keep track of Biblical/Christianity, World Events, Inventions/Technology, and Civilizations/Empires. This timeline comes from Master Books (New Leaf Publishing Group) and Ken Ham of Answers in Genesis is a contributing editor which to me makes this a well researched and Bible-based resource.
It starts with a list of the days of creations labeled at 4004 BC. There are detailed days of the Floor and historical pictures of early technology. The pages are filled with photos and vibrant illustrations as well as maps. There are charts full of facts and paragraphs of trivia just begging to be memorized. Each section has a “did you know?” bubble that provides an interesting detail of history that is carried through today.
Any student could pour over this timeline for hours and still find more to learn and be intrigued by. While the first mention of an Eastern Empire was in 220 AD with the end of the Han Dynasty of China, overall for what this timeline does contain is awesome. It truly brings what we know from the times told of in the Biblical scriptures to almost-today to life. From Mayan calendars in 300 AD to the first chocolate bar in 1847 to 2011 and the end of the US Space Shuttle Program. Each and every page/panel is bright and detailed and while there is more out there, this is a great resource and starting point to building a knowledge of history and when it occurred.
I am very glad to have this in our homeschool resources.
*Thanks to New Leaf Publishing Group for providing a copy for review.*