Aug 17, 2012

Timeline Card and Bible Story Integration

I really want to make the most out of the new CC timeline cards. Rushing through them would be a terrible waste of this beautiful resource (I absolutely love History and timelines, so I'm a little partial here). I also want to weave the Bible into every area of study. On my lesson plans (post about how I keep track of those is coming soon), I have Bible Story, then CC Memory Work, then the rest of our daily subjects. I really want to put those two together, at least Timeline and Bible, and I think I came up with a way that will work for our family. I'm sharing it here, because maybe you're looking for something similar. Maybe not. But here's what we're planning on doing:

I'm using the Bible (obviously, right) and Ancient Civilizations & the Bible Elementary Activity Book by Diana Waring ($10 online). This book is recommended for grades K-4, and that's about right. My PreK girl won't be able to do much of the written activities, but the commentary is great, and it has some really neat ideas about crafts, songs, etc. I'll definitely use this more the next time Cycle 1 rolls around in two years, but I'm certainly glad I have it now, too.

Okay, here's my plan: There are seven timeline cards introduced each week, so each day at the breakfast table I'll go over one 'special' timeline card in depth (but we'll still review them all after we go over the special card). Does that make sense? I also want to read a Bible story everyday right after breakfast, so I put together a daily Bible reading schedule that corresponds (as closely as possible) to that day's special timeline card. If I couldn't find a Bible story/passage that illustrates that day's card, I chose Scripture that relates to the History sentence or Geography work for that week. 

In the information below, TC is for Timeline Card and it's number on the back (these are the new ones, not the Veritas Press ones), and AC is for the Ancient Civilizations book (above) with its corresponding page number. For us, Day 1 for each week is Wednesday, the day following our weekly CC meeting. And here we go!

Week 1
Day 1: (TC2*) Gen. 1-3, Creation & Fall (ACp7)
Day 2: (TC3) Gen. 5-8, Noah & Flood (ACp7)
Day 3: (TC3) Gen. 10-11, Tower of Babel (ACp17)
Day 4: (TC4) Gen. 11:27-12:9, Abram leaves Ur (ACp17)
Day 5: (TC5) Gen. 37, 39, 41 (ACp25)
Day 6: Exodus 5-12, Plagues & Passover (ACp25)
Here is a really adorable pdf file of 'plague people' that I'll use when I'm reading this passage. It's from 1+1+1=1, which is an amazing site!

Day 7: Exodus 12:37-15:21 (ACp25)

Week 2

Day 1: Ex. 20, Ten Commandments
Day 2: (TC9) Gen. 42, Patriarchs, Joseph meets his brothers in Egypt
Day 3: (TC10) Josh. 5:13-6:27, Joshua & Jericho (ACp33)
Day 4: Judges 6:11-7:22, Gideon (ACp33)
Day 5: (TC12) 2 Kings 18:13-19:37 (ACp40)
Day 6: (TC13) Dan. 4:4-37, King Neb. Crazy (ACp40)
Day 7: Dan. 5:1-31, Handwriting on Wall (ACp41)

Week 3
(First three days go along with this week's History sentence - see my Cycle 3 post)
Day 1: Acts 14:6-20, Paul and Barnabas mistaken for gods (mentions Zeus/Jupiter and Hermes)
Day 2: Acts 17:16-33, Paul visits Athens, Paul on Mars Hill (ACp58)
Day 3: Acts 19:24-41, Riot almost breaks out (mentions Artemis/Diana)
Day 4: (TC18) Ex. 12-15, Exodus (this is a repeat from Week 1, but can you ever get enough of Exodus?! We can't!)
Day 5: (TC19) Joshua 9-10, Sun & Moon Stand Still
Day 6: 1 Samuel 1-3
Day 7: (TC21) 1 Sam. 8:1-10:27, 16:1-17:58, 1 Kings 1:1-3:28, United Kingdom (ACp33)

Week 4

Day 1: 1 Kings 5-7, Temple Built 
Day 2: (TC23) 1 Kings 11:9-12:30, Divided Kingdom (ACp33)
Day 3: 1 Kings 18, Elijah's Contest 
Day 4: 2 Kings 2, A Ride to Heaven
Day 5: (TC26) 2 Kings 17:5-18:12, Israel Falls (ACp40)
Day 6: (TC27) Dan. 1:1-2:26, Daniel Interprets Dream (ACp40)
Day 7: Daniel 4, King Nebuchadnezzar (AC40) (this is also a repeat from Week 2)

Week 5
Day 1: (TC29) 2 Kings 24-25
Day 2: (TC30) Ezra 1:1-2:1, Persia (ACp50)
Day 3: (TC31) Ezra 3:1-6:22, Jews Return (ACp50)
Day 4: Esther 1-3
Day 5: (TC33) Esther 4-7, King Xerxes (ACp51)
Day 6: Esther 8-10
Day 7: (TC35) Dan. 8:5-8, 21-22; 11:1-4, Alexander Described (ACp58)

Week 6

(First five days go along with our History sentence - see my Cycle 6 post)
Day 1: Acts 9, Saul Meets Jesus
Day 2: Acts 16, Paul and Silas in Jail
Day 3: Acts 19:21, Paul Says He Goes to Rome; Acts 25-26, Paul Appeals to Caesar
Day 4: Acts 27-28, Paul's Shipwreck
Day 5: Acts 15:24, 28, Paul Talks About Going To Spain (Geography)
Day 6: (TC41) Mat. 2, Luke 2, Augustus Caesar; Dan. 2:40, Rise of Rome (ACp67)
Day 7: (TC42) Mat. 3:1-17, John Baptizes Jesus (ACp74)

UPDATE: Part 2 of our schedule is now available here.

* I didn't start with Timeline Card 1, but I will read it the first day. I just decided to go into detail with TC2 because it was the beginning of time.

Well, there you have it. Some days have longer readings, some days have shorter ones, and some are even repeats. If you have the new timeline cards, you know that some of the cards have Bible references already listed on them. My little timeline and Bible integration plan might turn out to be a disaster or it might actually work (praying!). I'll let you know how it goes once we officially start CC (less than two weeks now!)

If you think a schedule like this is something you might find helpful for your family, please let me know in a comment and I'll post the next six weeks' schedule after I put it together. If something doesn't make sense, or if you can see a place in the schedule where I've totally messed up, puh-leeze let me know in a comment, too! I'll certainly take all the help I can get! :)


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    1. Thanks, Carpenters! I'm one of those people who functions better if I have a plan for things like this. I may not do the plan, and the day may get completely crazy, but I feel better knowing I have a plan available if I need it. :)

  2. I LOVE this! Thank you so much for putting this together! You have great ideas for someone who is just starting out with CC. Can't wait to see what else you come up with!

    1. Thanks so much, Kimberly, for the kind words!

  3. Love it! Thank you for sharing. I'll be anxious to see your 'lesson plans' or how you organize your plans. Your resourcefulness blesses me! :)

    1. Brenda, thank you! I've been so blessed by other bloggers who have shared their plans, I just felt led to do the same. I'm still working on my lesson plan post, but it shouldn't be too much longer. :)

  4. You might encourage me to make a switch for next year! I've got to come over and see all your stuff up close!

    1. Girl, come on! You and yours and welcome ANY time! And YES, you SO need to make the switch! ;)

  5. Looks fantastic! Thanks for sharing! :)

  6. This is absolutely wonderful! Thank you SO much for sharing and putting all this together!

    1. Thanks, Brittany! I really need the accountability when it comes to stuff like this. I feel like if I post something, I'm more likely to actually go through with it! :)

  7. Hi Melody! I LOVE so many of your ideas! Thanks for the work & ideas you're sharing. I just wanted you to know I shared a link back to your blog on my blog,, regarding this post. I'm so excited to use these match-ups for our study & I'm eager to see the next 6 weeks also! Again, thanks for sharing!!

    1. Thanks, Beth! I'm hoping to get the next 6 weeks up soon. Heading over to check out your blog now! Thanks for sharing! :)

  8. I love this!!! I'm so excited to get started!

    1. Mrs. Brewer, I'm so glad that you like our schedule! Hopefully it will be a blessing to you, as it is to our family. I just posted the next 'installment,' but there really isn't much left to match-up to the Bible after Week 6. :( Thanks for stopping by, friend!

  9. A member of our CC campus just sent this link to both of our local groups. Thank you so much for putting this together! We will definitely be using these for weeks 1-6 and looking forward to the next grouping.

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    2. Hi, Christa! I just posted the last TCs that match-up to the Bible. There aren't many more cards that can do that, but at least we've got the first six and a half weeks. :) I hope this schedule will be a blessing to your family! I'm glad you stopped by!

  10. Wow! Thank you for posting this fabulous schedule. I love planning but am terrible at following through and actually DOING it. :)

    1. Whitney, I totally have the same problem! I LOVE to plan, but it's hard sometimes to actually DO. Ha! I hope the schedule will be a blessing to your family, friend. It's been so nice to have that part planned out and done. However, we're almost to the end of the schedule now. Eeek! ;) Thanks for stopping by, Whitney!

  11. Melody! I plan on spending most of the weekend just reading your ideas and your blog. I am SO excited and LOVE this blog and your fun way of learning! I hope that you consider copy catting the highest form of a compliment. :)

    1. Ha! Marcie, I get so many of my ideas from others, too. I'm one of the biggest copy-cats out there! :) Thanks for stopping by my corner of the universe, friend. And have fun this morning at the play; it's a hoot!

  12. Hi Melody!

    I love your blog. I use it so much in planning for my CC weekly work. Thank you so much! I was wondering if you had posted the follow-up to these Bible studies or if you were going to. These were a great idea! Thanks for your hard work putting them together.

    1. I just saw your comment above. Thanks!

    2. Found you on pinterest - thank you, I am going to follow your plan.


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