I posted a few weeks ago about my new timeline book Mapping History for sale in my shop.
Now I am also offering a free download of the timeline book.
For ease of printing this file is in portrait orientation, whereas the one I sell is landscape orientation–but the content is the same.
Since not everyone knows what this book is, I’ll explain.
A “Book of Centuries” is a history timeline book. Charlotte Mason’s PNEU students used them and that is the basis for my design*
Students in the PNEU schools would begin a “Book of the Centuries” around the age of 10 and keep the book throughout their school years. A child should have a concept of time and the past before beginning his centuries book. If you wish to begin earlier, you might consider making a “family” book of centuries.
Each two page spread represents 100 years of history. The left side is blank, the right side is lined and columned. (see sample pages) On the right the child will record historical events, names and dates on and on the left he will make illustrations of artifacts, tools, pottery, clothing, etc., of the time period.
This particular “Book of Centuries” contains 110 pages (sides). As the left side of every page is blank, you will only need to print on one side. After the cover and nameplate pages the first 6 sides are blank and are intended for the prehistoric periods where the child can record notes and drawings describing this period. The next pages begin the 2 page century spreads (blank left, line and columned right) and the last 7 pages at the back are blank and intended for map drawings.
I have included a full color cover and a sample labeling page as well as a blank labeling page. The sample is a suggested numbering based on how I developed the book on but you should feel free to label the pages anyway you want. The blank worksheet lets you work out your preferred labeling system before putting pen to paper in the book itself. It can also be a handy tool to help the child understand how to label the pages. Sample pages are included for both B.C. and A.D.
At first glance it may seem as though very little space is offered for an entire century, but Miss G.M. Bernau of the PNEU explains it thus “ Naturally one page is a very small space in which to illustrate the whole of a century, and yet it is a mistake to leave two pages for some centuries, as I have seen done in some books, as it does away with the idea of the book; therefore each should choose what she considers the most characteristic events, planning out the arrangement of the page, as far as possible, before drawing. In this way no two books will be alike, and there is great interest in comparing them. It has been found a good plan for each to carry out one idea of illustration throughout the book, e.g., one will illustrate ships; another weapons, another musical instruments; another ornaments of the various periods; these over and above the usual illustrations of the different events in each century.”
Each child’s book will be unique to their own interests and tastes. Boys are likely to choose very different items to illustrate than girls are and that is the fun of it. It is their book. These books should not be graded although you should certainly point out any glaring errors in numbering or placement. Still, as much as possible allow the children to make the books their own so that they do indeed become a “keen delight”.
*This book is my interpretation of a PNEU Book of Centuries based on information from the PNEU archives. I do not claim it to be exactly as Charlotte Mason intended but based on my years of using Miss Mason’s methods and the research I have done it seems quite close.
This download is available on the Mater Amabilis site.