We really love history in this house. My kids are endlessly telling me cool facts they discover in library books. One book, The Big Book of History, from our own bookshelves is packed with unusual facts as well as lots of memory pegs we already have learned. (Here is a link to the book on Amazon.)
Getting out The Big Book of History is like deciding to have a review day. As the kids read through this marvelous book, they get a chance to reference and review our Classical Conversations timeline, history sentences from all three cycles, and even the occasional science fact. Not only that, but they also learn about inventions, church history, and composers. It has been a while since I pulled it off the shelves, but today the kids spent more than an hour with it.
This book can be looked at as a normal book:
or can be folded out into a 15-foot timeline. This picture only shows about half of the book.
It’s nice that one child can sit and read it or that everyone can pour over it at once.
Features we love about The Big Book of History:
- numerous references to memory work pegs (I counted at least 16 of the cycle 3 history sentences in a quick perusal. Much of the timeline and other year’s sentences are also included.)
- written from a young earth, Biblical perspective
- pictures that capture my non-reader’s attention
- Four categories included: Biblical/Christianity, World Events, Inventions/Technology, and Civilizations/Empires
- free study guide download (including activities to do and an “historic hide and seek” where kids can look for the answers while studying the book)
Things to note:
- The book can be purchased as just panels to hang on the wall instead of attached to the book like we have if you are interested.
- There is a teacher’s guide available, but I have never had the opportunity to look at it.
- This is book is not a “to-scale” timeline so the increments change throughout the book. (This would be my least favorite thing of the whole book, but I understand how differently it would look if it was evenly spaced.)
Today while looking at the book, these just a few pieces of information the kids mentioned:
- the biggest library in Alexandria (“It’s in National Treasure, Mom.”)
- The invention of basketball
- George Washington becoming president (“We know that date.”)
- a long list of Edison’s inventions
- how early the yo-yo was invented
- Seven Wonders of the Ancient World
- The Turtle: first military submarine (There’s an episode of Liberty’s Kids called “The Turtle” if you want to learn more.)
We have had this book for a few years and really enjoyed pulling it back out again today. The biggest problem is finding enough floor space. If you don’t have a timeline book (or don’t have one from a Biblical perspective), The Big Book of History might be a welcome addition to your book collection.
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