Tuesday, September 16, 2008

History Dates for our Timeline: Year 1

I've had several people ask me how I arrange our timeline cards and what do I determine to be the most important events, so I am posting the sheet that I refer to as I read Hillyer's Child's History of the World aloud. This is what we do your Year 1 of our curriculum. I hope this helps someone.

Term 1
Fall of Man
Sumer 4000BC
Menes (Narmer) 2500BC
Cheops (Khufu) 2000BC
Hammurabi 1800BC
Abraham 1800BC
Isaac 1750BC
Jacob 1700BC
Joseph 1700BC
Moses 1500BC
Judges 1300BC

Tutankhamen 1000BC

Term 2
David 1000BC
Solomon 970BC
The Kingdom Divides 920BC

Trojan War 900BC
Homer 800BC

Phoenicians 900BC
Lycurgus and Sparta 900BC
First Olympics 770BC

Founding of Rome 750BC
Jonah 770BC
Assyrians Rule (Nineveh) 700BC
Babylonians Rule 600BC
Persians Rule 540BC
Buddha of India 500BC
Confucius of China 500BC
Draco and Solon 500BC
Aesop 500BC

Term 3
Jews return home
& Temple is rebuilt (Cyrus) 540BC
End of Kings of Rome 500BC
Battle at Marathon 490BC
Queen Esther 480BC
Thermopylae & Salamis 480BC
Golden Age, Pericles 480BC
Nehemiah 440BC
Peloponnesian War 430BC
Socrates 400BC
Plato 380BC
Aristotle 350BC
Alexander the Great 330BC
Punic Wars (Carthage) 200BC
Maccabees Revolt 170 BC

Orange = Israel Green = Egypt Blue = Greece Pink = Rome Black = Other

All dates are approximate and based on David Rohl's dating plan. (The Shearers of Greenleaf also recommend his dates) I don't write the dates on the timeline cards. I found that young children don't need them. The order of events is more important at this age, not the year. When we study history a second time around in the upper years, we add dates to individual timeline/century books.

one step at a time...


  1. Your timing is AMAZING! I think Someone must be prompting you :) A heart-felt THANK YOU for yet another timely, relevant post! You are such an encouragement and a blessing to me.


  2. I can't seem to get my child to want to listen to the early history. She will gladly listen to any other books I read her! Arg!

  3. Thank you! I've wondered about this too.

    Hope you are well,

  4. Anonymous18.9.08

    Thank you so much! I'm glad that the Bible is integrated. I'd love to see a timeline like this for the rest of history.

    I love your website. You are such a wonderful source of inspiration.

    Best of luck to you and yours.


  5. I'm so glad this is helpful to you all. I should add that this timeline is from our readings of CHOW as well as our Children's Bible.

  6. Anonymous21.9.08

    This is very helpful! Our timeline has these and other characters that my dd finds interesting. Perhaps you could find time to post on Year 2 and Year 3 additions. Thanks for all of your wonderful and encouraging subject matter!

  7. Thank you. Thank you. I had wanted to ask. This is very helpful to understand and compare. We have just started second grade. If you do have the opportunity to post 2nd and 3rd grade, I would greatly appreciate the help!

  8. Anonymous23.9.08

    This is exactly what I was just working on! Thank you for doing this; you have saved me so much time!
    Many Blessings,

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