The game Timeline is a hit! I think every homeschool family will enjoy this one since you are learning as you play. As a Classical Conversations family, I feel like this was made for CC.
There a many different sets of cards that you can buy (the original game, American History, Science and Discoveries . . .). We have Science and Discoveries and Historical Events so far. You can play with the sets individually or mix them together. (Except for the Animals version, because in that one, you sort by weight, size, or lifespan, not date).
The game is very simple and fun. Timeline comes in a nice, small tin. There are over a hundred cards in the tin. Each card has a historical event on one side. The other side has the same event and shows the date that it occurred. Each player starts with 4 cards on the table in front of them, with the date side down. One card is flipped up on the table with the date showing.
Players take turns guessing where their card fits in the timeline. After you set a card out, it is flipped over to see if it is in the correct place. If you place a card correctly, your turn is over. If you place it incorrectly, you have to draw another card, and your turn is over.
The first player to run out of cards is the winner. (If 2 people run out in the same round, they each draw a card and keep playing until the tie is broken).
At the beginning of the game, it is easy to place cards, but as the timeline of cards grows, it is harder to figure out where events fall.
What I like:
- Over 45 of the cards from the Historical Events set are from the CC timeline or history sentences.
- The phrasing on the cards is not always exactly like the CC memory work, so they have to think.
- In the Science and Discoveries set, there aren’t many facts from CC, but there are a lot of things that connect to the memory pegs (Cards like: discovery of universal gravitation or discovery of the cell, connect to memory work that our kids have done).
- Even after playing just a few games, I was already starting to memorize some of the dates.
- You are motivated to remember the dates, not because you was to memorize, but because you want to win.
- The artwork on the cards is very nice.
- Sometimes the picture can help you guess on an even that you don’t know. (One time a had no clue, but the card had a microphone in the picture.)
- It plays very quickly.
- All of our kids enjoyed it.
- Many of the cards are events from the CC timeline, or history memory work.
- The game doesn’t make you draw more cards when you make a mistake (you just replace the one you placed incorrectly).
- It is inexpensive.
Things I don’t like:
- Some of the cards are written from an evolutionary world view: Creation of the Earth, extinction of the dinosaurs… But these are easily corrected or removed from the game.
- The cards are small. (I did not like this at first, but after playing it, I got used to it and am glad they are small.)
I strongly recommend Timeline to everyone because it is fun and educational. If you are a CC family, your should get this one today!
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