Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Bible Timeline (TOS Crew Review)

As a member of the 2009-2010 The Old Schoolhouse Homeschool Crew, I received the Amazing Bible Timeline in the mail to use in our homeschool and review on my blog. This is that review.

I have to be honest, when I received the timeline in the mail, I was overwhelmed: it is so big, so detailed, and I am SO bad at teaching details in our homeschool. We focus so much on "big picture" stuff, the basics of schooling, and things that interest the kids specifically, and this timeline was way over my head! I didn't even recognize the names of half the people on the timeline (which is totally my problem, not that of Bible Charts and Maps, the creators of this timeline).

As a dedicated Crew member, though, I knew I needed to give the timeline a chance. I stuck it on the wall and studied it. I went on their website and read about it. I downloaded the Interactive Maps of the Holy Land that I was to receive as well, and I felt further out of my element.

I can certainly see how a family who is very structured in their homeschooling could really get a lot out of this timeline as it has so much information on it! I can also see myself using it in later years (my kids are 3, 6, and 9) as we learn more about the Bible. I think timelines in general are a great idea, and we did timelines of our family heritage last year. Although, admittedly, our timeline was much simpler than the Amazing Bible Timeline, we did enjoy putting people in perspective of when they lived in history.

Unfortunately, other than glancing at the timeline and pointing out when someone lived and how far after Adam or before/after Jesus they lived was about the extent of our use of the Amazing Bible Timeline. That part was cool, but I just didn't think we got any great benefit from all of the details at this stage in our homeschooling. Maybe other Crew Members had different experiences with this product. To check out what they had to say, click here.

* No monies were received in exchange for this product or this review. The product was provided to me for free (as a member of the 2009-2010 TOS Homeschool Crew) with the express intent that I use it to the best of my ability and provide an honest review of the product. This review is my own opinion, and I will not be compensated for the review in any way.

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