This week has been a bit disjointed. We did read about the beginnings of Russia and the Rus people but between sickness and some boys , who will remain nameless, not doing their work on time.... It has been a week of basics and not much more.
My great achievement this week was getting a timeline up. I thought I would build a timeline as we went along this year. That lasted about 2 weeks and included looking at the tiny piece of timeline on the wall with the kids, only once. Since we have to move back and forth through history a bit, staying with one civilization and then going back to study a different civilization that occurred at the same time, I really needed the timeline! I want them to see that the Chinese Empire we just studied was a rich civilization when Rome was just a village.
My first timeline attempt was an utter disaster! It was ugly, fell off the wall and took up 2 whole rooms. This is a great improvement. I really wanted to be able to keep the same scale for the entire history rotation but that is just not to be. In this current timeline one line across the poster-board is 200 years. Next year we will study roughly that amount of time over the whole year. It is a bummer that I won't have one continuos timeline with the same scale but the one I made will work for this year at least and help the kids to see what was going on at the same time in different areas of the world.
This is the whole thing above; and below are some close ups. I will be adding to the timeline as we learn about more areas of the world. Notice the Red line for the Roman Empire and the Purple line for the Byzantine Empire. Asian dynasties will be noted soon as I update the time-line. I hope to get more on it this weekend.