My oldest is enrolled in an online charter school, so while he does his school work at home with us, he’s not technically homeschooled in the traditional sense of the word. The school provides great tutoring and accommodations to assist with his dyslexia, so we keep him there. Anyway, for his summer reading project he had to do an 8-frame timeline of his book of choice from the approved list. He chose The 39 Clues Book 1: The Maze of Bones to work on. We downloaded the Audible version, because he really prefers the professional narration to the computerized voices on Bookshare or the everyday voices on Learning Ally when he’s reading for school.
When we printed out the timeline format the school provided it was so small. He did his best and wrote the events, but he has some dysgraphia too which makes it even more challenging to fit it all in a tiny box. So, I whipped up a timeline template for him with clear frames, more lines, and more space. Sometimes it’s the simple changes that can make schoolwork a lot easier. In this case, those modifications to the timeline worksheet made a huge difference in his handwriting and ability to expand on his thoughts.
I’ll be creating more timeline worksheets (and other graphic organizers) for him throughout the year, but this gave him a good start. If you’re looking for a blank timeline template printable, feel free to print out the one I made for him and use it with your own children. If you have a suggestion for a different style of timeline, let me know and I’ll be sure to add that to the mix next time.