Simply Charlotte Mason Homeschooling - How to Do a Book of Centuries

I want to introduce to you a wonderful tool that Charlotte Mason used to help her students see where everything fit in history. It’s called a Book of Centuries. What You Will Need A Book of Centuries is basically a timeline in a book. Every two-page spread covers one hundred years—a century—that’s why it’s called […] How to Do a Book of Centuries originally appeared on Simply Charlotte Mason.

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I'm Sonja Shaffer was simply Charlotte Mason and I want to introduce to you a wonderful tool the Charlotte Mason used to help her students. See where everything fit in history is called a book of centuries a book of centuries is basically a timeline and a book every two page spread covers 100 years Century. That's why it's called a book of centuries. So you will need a notebook with every two page spread labeled with one century going in chronological order. That means that the BC pages will countdown and the ad pages will count up keep that in mind.

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You can download a free set of pages already labeled with the centuries on our website at simply cm.com. Boc for Book of centuries. Simply print those pages three hole punch them and put them in a binder and you'll be all set to start using your own book of centuries back. When I started homeschooling. I started with a timeline on the wall and it soon took over my house. So when I heard about a book of centuries, I thought brilliant but I didn't understand just how brilliant it is until we started using it. Here's what you do each time. You read about a person or an event flip open your book of centuries to that page and enter that person's or that events name. You can also jot down a few words to remind you why that name is significant.

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Now after a little while when you open the book to add someone new you will also see the other people and events that you've already studied and then you start to make connections. Oh, I didn't realize that Abraham Lincoln lived at the same time as Tchaikovsky or Charlotte Mason lived. When is Sherlock Holmes Mysteries were first published and don't restrict your book of centuries and Therese to just your formal history studies. You can enter artists that you cover in pictures study and musicians from music studies and Poets and scientists and favorite authors. You can even enter favorite books that are set in a particular time. That's simple exercise of entering each one into your book of centuries will help pull together the wide variety of subjects that you are studying.

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But the best part is that you won't have to tell your student how to connect those dots or try to manipulate those connections. The book of centuries will help him make the connections for himself his own Discovery and when the student makes those connections for himself, that's when it's sticks is a brilliant method

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There are several ways of leveling up or down as you use a book of centuries and easy way to level down is to keep a family book of centuries. I usually recommend this if you have young students keep one book and make your entries altogether if your students want to add drawings or try to write a particular favorite name, that's fine. But until their hand writing and reading are well-established you can be the main person making the entries that takes the pressure off the students bus as they watch you make the entries they can see how to use a book of centuries and get in the habit of making regular and trees with young students, especially

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When you start using a family book of centuries for the first time open it up and enter your family members birthdays in it that will give your children a point of reference as they start entering other people who lived in the past.

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Know when a student is ready. You can level up to giving him his own book of centuries to keep for himself. I want to wait until the students hand writing and reading are well-established. This is going to be a lifelong Keepsake and a valuable tool for him to grow and self-education. So encouraged him to make entries regularly that reflects what he's learning about.

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Another way to level up is to add more structure to your book of centuries you start with blank pages. But as you level up you can introduce some elements that add more organization and guidance for your older students. Those elements are included in this more deluxe version called my book of centuries. So when your student is ready for his or her own book of centuries, this version is a great choice. Let me show you the ways that you can level up in here.

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You can organize the people and events in each Century by category. For example, hear the entries under art music and prominent men and women or developments discoveries and inventions during the 20th century. You can also encourage your student to sketch artifacts from that Century either from a book or perhaps a museum visit a place for a brief overview Narrative of each century is another way to level up and a century at a glance table can add a lot to your book of centuries in this table each box stands for 1 year in that Century. You can see that the 20th century starts with 1901. So simply count 1901 19020 30405 and there's a handy tracking number over here to the right to help you find years quickly on that table.

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Just remember that b c tables will be the opposite because you'll be counting down through the years.

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With this table, you can enter key events and see how they relate to each other over the course of the hundred years. For example, here's World War and here is world war with the stock market crash and Great Depression in between you can also see that the owner of this book of centuries entered her birthday year on the chart and that's great. This is an opportunity for your student to make personal connections with history and create a book that reflects her individual learning and that's what a book of centuries is all about making a personal relation with history and providing a place to record that individual relationship simply make entries as you read about various people or events. That's all you have to do. Your book of centuries will keep everything organized and help your student discover. How history Falls

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Who plays across the centuries I'll leave links in the notes for both the free download of the basic book of centuries and the more advanced my book of centuries that I mentioned. If you enjoyed this podcast subscribe to iTunes Google Play for your favorite podcast app. So you don't miss an episode. You can also subscribe to the video version of this podcast or reads the blog post on our website at simply Charlotte Mason. Com. All of those links will be in the notes along with links to any resources that I meant. By the way, did you know that you can tell Siri or your echo or Google device to play the simply Charlotte Mason podcast. Give it a try. Thanks for joining me. I'll see you next time.
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