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Book of Centuries

February 26, 2009

I’ve come across a great idea I am definitely going to implement next school year, and I wanted to share it with you.  It’s called a Book of Centuries and seems to be pretty common amongst homeschoolers.


A Book of Centuries is a notebook where each 2 page spread represents 100 years.  When studying different topics, you enter important facts and photos on the pages.  You end up creating the ultimate timeline in a notebook.


I know, the last thing I need is one more notebook around my house J But, I am so excited about this idea for many reasons.  First, I think it’s a great way for the kids to make connections between all the areas they’re studying.  Also, I plan to make ours a family book, so it’s another great way to spend time together. Another reason I think this is cool is we’ll have a reminder of many things we learned about!


To read more about making your own book, lots of ideas for content, and a free blank template, go to:


Simply Charlotte Mason



I think this would be fun even for non-homeschool families.  Sometimes, especially in older grades, your child may be studying several areas of history in different courses at the same time, and that makes it hard to connect the related events of our world.


Entering a few interesting facts after school might be a fun thing to start doing.  In a few years, your student will probably begin to make connections on their own. It may be so much more interesting to study Ben Franklin in Science, for instance, when they get their book out and remember a few things they learned about the political climate of that time period, or other discoveries being made.   


I wanted to start our book this year, and I still might get around to it, but so far, we are almost overwhelmed with all my great ideas (and notebooks)  for school. Let me know if you have a Book of Centuries or are going to start one and we can swap ideas!

3 Comments leave one →
  1. February 26, 2009 10:16 pm

    What a great idea.

  2. mamala permalink
    February 27, 2009 6:42 am

    Very coo. Is this related to the curriculum, or book, or thingy that you told me about last year, that does a side-by-side with the Bible, and recorded human history?
    I still want to see that thingy. (Yes–I did gradeeate skoo)

  3. angelamills permalink*
    February 27, 2009 8:39 am

    Yes and no. I’m not sure they have it as part of their program, but we will be doing it for sure. It’s at

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