First, of course, I Googled and searched the web to see how other home school families used timelines. I came across Higher Up and Further In where they color coded their cards by civilizations. I thought, hmmm...perfect! So I followed her directions and came up with our own color coding. We decided to categorize our events/people into four groups Politcs, Arts, Medicine, Inventions.
So we had 1 timeline for each boys history. 1 for Ancient history and 1 for Modern history. We only did the coding for the Modern since it was a wider variety of events but I think it worked well. The boys really enjoyed putting up the newest card and reading all the ones already up. It was great as a built in review and towards the end of the year they had cards that actually brought the two time periods together and they needed to put cards onto the others timeline.
So changes I am making for next year...I will probably color code the clothespins, make a distinction somehow of the centuries, and have the kids type up the labels for each card so it is more legible. Go here to see some other great examples of timelines and how tos!
Do you make a timeline? How do you construct and display it in your home? If you do please post a link I'd love to see them!