A wonderful idea for studying history!
What methods of studying did you use by yourself?
Just learning by heart all dates and events?
There is a better idea!
A handmade tool that allows to remember many events in their chonological order.
It helps to visualize such an abstract concept as time, compare the periods of development of different cultures and civilizations with each other and clearly see how long epochs or important historical periods lasted.
There're dozens of variants, here're some of them, which I've chosen for my "piggy bank" of unschooling ideas for my son.
1. Wallpaper chronology
A great variant but pay attention how much space you'll need for it.
You can both draw it by hand ot use printed pictures.
Just a long paper "ribbon" and pencils - everything you need!
A roll of cheap wallpaper, cut in half, or many sheets of thick paper glued together should be placed at the height of the child so that he can work with the tape of time, just coming up to it: read, stick pictures, sign dates and events.
2. Chronology on clothespins
A strong thread is placed on the wall - a string or clothesline, and cards with illustrations and brief information about events are attached to it with clothespins.
This method is great because if you eant to add something, you need just to replace clotherspins.
3. Decorative tape chronology
It's a variant for those who like to do everything fast;)
Here you don't need any threads, just decorative tape.
The fastest option is to glue colored electrical tape along the wall (decorative tape), and directly above it and under it, glue all the necessary notes, drawings, cards.
4. Portative chronology
There is another way out!
Don't use your walls, use an album where you can do the same, and a child can take it with him when he is out.
Free minute? Boring? He can read his handmade history textbook!
Do you like the idea?
By the way, it's a great idea of present for the bday!
Just take photos and make your own book for you beloved one;)