Timeline of Classics (Review and Giveaway)

As I’ve mentioned before, we’re no longer using Tapestry of Grace for our core curriculum. We’ll go back to it in the future, perhaps, but right now I just have too many littles for it to work. That doesn’t mean we neglect history, though. We love history way too much for that! Our history lessons are coming partly from The Story of the World and partly from my own noggin.

The only problem I’ve found with doing things this way is that I often find myself dissatisfied with the reading choices. The Story of the World activity book has (in my opinion) a rather lackluster book list. There are some good selections, but they are often unavailable, too expensive, or there just aren’t enough of them. We can go through a lot of books in one week!

When I go to the library or internet book-shopping and can’t find what I want, I need alternatives, and it’s sometimes hard to know what to look for. I often end up finding just the perfect book for our lesson—about six weeks too late for the actual lesson.

Timeline of Classics is a comprehensive list of books, set in their historical context (it is a timeline, after all!), which has been put together by veteran homeschooling mom Gail Ledbetter from her own experience and research as mother and teacher. It is much more than just a list, though! This is a valuable, time-saving educational resource that any homeschooling family could benefit from.

Timeline of Classics can be used as a supplement to another curriculum, or it can stand alone as a living books approach to history. Or, you could do what I wish I had time to do, which is find every book on the list and read them in order. I am so very tempted to try! It’s only, oh, 70+ pages worth of titles. Maybe if I increase my coffee intake and live to be 120?

Available as either a spiral bound book, ebook, or CD-R data disk, Timeline of Classics is an 83-page book of easy-to-use charts, categorized by time period so you’ll never have trouble finding a book to go with your history lessons again. Books are sorted by Date/Topic, Title, Author, and age/ability level, so that you can quickly decide which books to use in your history studies.

My only quibble with it is that it doesn’t have a column to designate whether books are fiction or non-fiction, which I think would be helpful for quickly finding a good mix of types of book for each unit. Otherwise, it is perfect for our family’s needs!

While Timeline of Classics isn’t exhaustive (Could you ever really get to the end of a booklist?), it contains a huge amount of data to help homeschoolers –or anybody else who would like a better education–find the best books for the task of learning history.

 Buy: Get your own copy of Timeline of Classics in spiral-bound book form ($29.95), ebook (Download for $16.95), or CD-R Data Disk ($19.95).

Win: One Get Along Home reader will win a copy of the ebook (PDF) Timeline of Classics!

How to enter: Just leave a comment letting me know you’re here! (Non-homeschoolers are, of course, welcome to enter. Everybody needs history!)

Details: This giveaway is open to anyone in the US. This giveaway will be open until midnight, September 7, 2012. The winner will be chosen by And the Winner Is… WordPress plugin. The winner will have 48 hours to respond to my email. If there is no response after 48 hours, I’ll have to choose another winner. Please use a valid email address in your comments so that I can contact you if you win! Please use one email address per entrant, per household, per IP address. The giveaway provider (not Get Along Home) will be responsible for prize fulfillment. Good luck!

Disclosure: I was sent the PDF version of Timeline of Classics for this review. I wasn’t otherwise compensated. Here’s your mommy blogger grain of salt. There are affiliate links in this post. If you buy, I get paid. Nice, huh?



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  • Becky M August 29, 2012, 4:59 pm

    I don’t always like the suggestions for books to read with our history curriculum. This sounds like it would really help me.

  • September August 29, 2012, 5:00 pm

    Would love to win this!

  • Susan Miller August 29, 2012, 5:08 pm

    Oh, it sounds very interesting. Would love to have it!

  • Kay Ormand August 29, 2012, 5:14 pm

    Sounds like a wonderful resource!

  • Amie August 29, 2012, 5:26 pm

    With two readers in the house now, we are always looking for books. Sometimes, even, to my shame, lost library books.

  • Yozette Collins August 29, 2012, 5:40 pm

    A great idea!

  • Sarah Jackson August 29, 2012, 6:11 pm

    Could use the help!

  • Diana August 29, 2012, 6:35 pm

    Oh my goodness, I want this!!! Right now!! :) Thank you for bringing this to my attention, Cindy! My eldest is a kindergartener, so I have not really been doing formal history, but I have been totally stressing out about what we’re going to do in the future. I would LOVE to hear more from you about how you teach history (and science or whatever) to a houseful. :)

  • Whitney
    Twitter: luckystars54
    August 29, 2012, 6:54 pm

    I would love to have this!! I am kind of writing my own curriculum this year with History. We just began by looking at ancient civilizations. We go to the library once a week to get additional reading material for our lessons…oh how this would help! Too cool, thanks Cindy!

  • Katie H August 29, 2012, 6:59 pm

    Wow! that sounds like the perfect resource :) definitely on my wishlist now

  • Meagan August 29, 2012, 10:26 pm

    Would Love to win this – always looking for new books to read!

  • Carol August 29, 2012, 10:53 pm

    This is new to me. What a great resource!

  • Sarah Bailey
    Twitter: SarahJoBailey
    August 30, 2012, 8:23 am

    I’m always looking for more reading options to go along with our school studies, this looks great.

    SeekingHim at gmail dot com

  • Kristina Best August 30, 2012, 9:17 am

    I find it hard knowing what historical accurate books are which. I would love this.

  • Frolicking Flamingo August 30, 2012, 10:07 am

    This would be a huge help to us — I have the same issue with Story of the World not giving us enough literature reading options.

  • Lisa Joy August 30, 2012, 10:45 am

    We also use Story of the World, and I would LOVE to add this as a resource for our family!!! :)

  • Kori August 30, 2012, 10:49 am

    Wow this sounds wonderful! I love that it gives more information than the traditional books of book lists. Thank you for introducing it to us.

  • Free Learning Life
    Twitter: therubynotebook
    August 30, 2012, 12:23 pm

    Oh this looks cool and useful. We were doing AO but I wasn’t fond of some of the books so I switched everything up, including our history.

  • Jen K. August 30, 2012, 12:29 pm

    This looks wonderful! Thanks for the chance to win.

  • Cindy August 30, 2012, 12:41 pm

    This sounds wonderful!!! Thank you!!!

  • Susan @Homeschooling Hearts & Minds
    Twitter: HSHeartandMind
    August 30, 2012, 1:01 pm

    This sounds like an interesting resource, thank you for hosting a giveaway!

  • Cheryl Pitt
    Twitter: SomewhatCrunchy
    August 31, 2012, 3:29 am

    Now this is cool! I’d love to have this!! One of my boys is entering 9th grade. He is very smart and understands a lot conceptually, but has Horrible reading issues. Because if that it’s hard to find a curriculum for him that’s advanced enough but also a “low” enough reading level. So this year (while we work intensively on reading skills) I decided to use a Geography curriculum and hand pick his readers myself. This would make firming a reading list so much easier!!

  • Gail Ledbetter August 31, 2012, 9:17 am

    Thank you, Cindy, for your honest opinion! I just wanted to mention that orders placed during the month of August will not be charged the shipping fee – a back-to-school savings.

  • Elaine H August 31, 2012, 11:01 am

    Would love to win this!

  • maria August 31, 2012, 11:02 am

    Oh my goodness, as a history freak (it was my major, but I still don’t have enough good sources!) and new homeschooler, I really really need this!

  • Kara August 31, 2012, 11:13 am

    This sounds very interesting! I am new to homeschooling and my tot is only 3, but this sounds like it would be a great resource for our future lessons:)
    Ps. I enjoy reading your blog! :)

  • Jamie August 31, 2012, 11:26 am

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  • Tina August 31, 2012, 11:59 am

    Would love a chance to win this!

  • Karen August 31, 2012, 2:30 pm

    what a Great Giveaway! I would LOVE to enter! Thank you!

  • Kela August 31, 2012, 3:36 pm

    Girlfriend! hook me up! :)

  • Mary Walker August 31, 2012, 4:07 pm

    I needed something like this TODAY!! I hope I win because I am over budget on curriculum! Lol!

  • Diane August 31, 2012, 4:07 pm

    Thanks for sharing this great resource- we would love to use it in our homeschooling.

  • Tammy August 31, 2012, 4:18 pm

    Thank you..this was so helpful!

  • Beth Buster August 31, 2012, 5:17 pm

    We have huge history lovers in our house, and a book list to help them along would be amazing!!!

  • Jessica August 31, 2012, 5:47 pm

    I am here. I am here. I am here.

  • Erin August 31, 2012, 9:55 pm

    I LOVE book lists!! Almost as much as reading the actual books on them. I already have All Through the Ages, but it is very hard for me to resist another one.

  • Tonia Jeffery August 31, 2012, 11:35 pm

    Thanks for sharing!

  • Becky hofmann September 1, 2012, 12:08 am

    Would love to have easy access to books by time period. I base our reading on the history weare studying, usually using my Sonlight catalogue and others.

  • Pam September 1, 2012, 1:39 am

    I have been “eyeing” Timeline Classics, so it would be great to win it! Thanks for the opportunity.

  • Jenn Lyons September 1, 2012, 7:35 am

    I’m just barely starting our homeschool journey with our 4 year old, but this looks like it would be very handy!

  • Leslie September 1, 2012, 7:48 am

    We are just starting homeschooling and I had been thinking about how I needed something like this. Would love to win!

  • Leah Haynes September 1, 2012, 8:24 am

    This would be a tremendous help!

  • Krista Meyer September 1, 2012, 8:50 am

    What a great resource! Would love to win a copy!!!!

  • Brenda September 1, 2012, 5:27 pm

    We have 4 boys and need some History help..

  • Emily September 1, 2012, 8:06 pm

    This sounds great! Thanks so much for the wonderful info!

  • Pam R. September 2, 2012, 12:48 am

    I’ve been wishing for something like this – sounds great!

  • Melissa Creech September 2, 2012, 9:19 pm

    I would love to win this! I have a 3, 2, and 1 year old and am planning to homeschool with the Thomas Jefferson Education method, so this list would be an amazing help!

  • Rachelle Pardue September 4, 2012, 12:52 pm

    Oh my goodness! just what I’ve been looking for! Thanks for the opportunity!

  • Theresa September 5, 2012, 9:26 am

    Thank you for such a good giveaway! What a great idea 😀

  • Betsy September 5, 2012, 5:18 pm

    I would love to win this! Thank you for the review.

  • Diane Kidman
    Twitter: dkmommy
    September 6, 2012, 7:44 am

    So glad I found this giveaway! I’d love something like this for our homeschooling. My son’s just started 1st grade. (Well, that’s what we call it. You know how that goes.) I’d love to add some history, and since we’re doing lots of classic reading in our homeschooling, this sounds just perfect. I wasn’t sure how we were going to tackle history. Choosing curriculum is mind numbing. Thanks so much for the chance to win!

  • Beth B September 6, 2012, 3:22 pm

    This is our first year homeschooling!

  • Sttephanie Olsin September 7, 2012, 8:57 am

    I just started homeschooling my youngest. The oldest graduated public school last year. The two middles live with their dad one in public HS and one in Catholic school. But my year old with my second hubby is now in home preschool. I wish I could have done this with all of them!

  • Mary Jo September 7, 2012, 8:58 am

    Not familiar with this one but it sounds interesting and very helpful! Will check it out!

  • Shannon Wheeler September 7, 2012, 9:03 am

    I’m so glad to have found your blog. I’m new to exploring homeschooling, but there is a really growing group of new-to-homeschooling families in my community, so we are learning together!

  • Lyndsay Moehrman September 7, 2012, 9:20 am

    This looks like such an amazing resource!

  • Cris King September 7, 2012, 9:27 am

    Love book lists!

  • Shayne Sheridan September 7, 2012, 9:40 am

    This sounds like an excellent resource that would be useful for years. Thanks for letting us know about it.

  • Mrs. Sarah Coller September 7, 2012, 9:47 am

    Oh wow, this sounds like a great resource! If I don’t win, I’ll be sure to put this on my wishlist!

    Thanks for the opportunity,

  • Katherine Y September 7, 2012, 8:44 pm

    Looks great!

  • Jessica September 8, 2012, 10:07 pm

    I just started homeschooling and this would be great to win!