I am going to start with Timeline, because at the beginning of your unit, for example, we have picked patience, it mentions the timeline and the characters you are going to put on that. Also all the way through the activities you are going to meet characters that you are going to need to put on the timeline.
We will cover the timeline activity here and then go on to discuss the activities in detail later.
In the video Sonja shows you an example of how you would create a timeline on strips of cardboard.
BC has the yellow arrow and AD has the green arrow.
You will see in activities that you will be reading about and studying, for example Boaz. Your children have to find him, not Mom doing it for them remembering that this it is integrated learning, so you might ask one of your older children to look through the pack to find the character.
They then become familiar with the others in the pack, they then cut Boaz out and place him in the relevant place on the timeline. They might not be sure where that is so you are going to show them. You might say “lets see when he lived…BC 1120” and so you will place him on the yellow side of the timeline.
There are other examples.
What starts happening is that in BC in the 1500 you have Moses and Aaron, in the 1100’s you have Samuel and Ruth and then in the 900’s you have got Solomon and Absalom, so straight away you see that hundreds of years have passed between these Bible characters so the children start to get an understanding of that .
When you speak to them about David and Goliath they know that was 300 years after the story of Moses, so you can see how quickly the understanding comes of the bigger picture of all the Bible characters in the times before Christ.
In the years after Christ we are not going to touch on all the examples, but the children start seeing blocks of history, the Age of Exploration, they start seeing an era where many new authors started publishing and how they are related to each other in History, the Age of Discovery, and now we are in the Age of Technology.
They will be able to see how early discoveries in medicine might take years to develop with each player having an influence on another, until it resulted in something big. So you can help your children see that what they are doing today might not seem very important, but how, in time it can have a result that God has planned for the work He wants done for His Kingdom.
The actual characters have been illustrated with care so that, for example, if we look at David, he was a shepherd boy (hence the little sheep in his picture) , he was in the bloodline of Jesus, any- body in the bloodline of Jesus will have a little cross in the picture of that character. There are the sling and the stones depicted and the crown to indicate that he became King.
A more recent one would be Christiaan Barnard, we can go to one of the traits cooperation and there we learn about how all the organs of the body cooperate with one another, our heart does not argue with our lungs and say I am not beating anymore! The example of how God has created us so amazingly shows how we should behave externally and cooperate with one another. It is more about understanding the heart of God and how He wants us to be cooperative people and to grow, and while we are doing that, we are learning about Christiaan Barnard on the timeline. When the children look at the timeline they don’t have to try and remember who he was , they see the heart
in his hand and that reminds them that he was the first surgeon to do a heart transplant. The illustrations give prompts.
Konos is American based, but they were writing it to train children character so there is plenty on Konos that is global, there is a whole section on Africa and there you will find Jane Goodall and her illustration.
We hope that is enough to inspire you to use your timeline, or if you don’t have one to acquire one as it is very very valuable.