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The Much-Requested Timeline Song

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"Teaching Your Child to Love History"

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timelinesongI keep getting emails requesting our timeline song, which I promised awhile back that I would post. Here it is at long last! I explained in one of my earlier history posts that I teach my children a literal, six-day creation. This worldview influences the timeline of history because interpreting history and archaeology using biblical presuppositions rather than secular presuppositions affects the dates for various ancient empires, such as Egypt. Therefore, I haven’t been able to use any of the timeline songs that I’ve found, like Veritas or Classical Conversations, because the dates don’t line up with the Answers in Genesis/Ussher young earth timeline. Also, those timeline songs didn’t include several of the events or the dates that I wanted my children to learn. So…I made up my own song with everything in the right order and including all the things I deemed important for my kids based on a mixture of Veritas and Classical Conversations (CC), but also including a few additional things I felt were too important to leave out.

Here is some more of why and how I came up with my timeline song:

  • I wanted to include more specific dates than the CC song includes (such as 586 BC and 44 BC and 1066, etc.). I think a timeline needs to include more than just events in order with dates for eras. There are certains dates that kids should know, in my opinion.
  • There were some things included in the CC timeline, especially, that I didn’t feel were important for my kids to know, so I pulled those events or people out. For instance, I didn’t feel like it was important to include “Seven Wonders of the Ancient World” as a timeline event. We can learn what those were separately and even when they were each built, but especially as the seven wonders were built over a span of 2000 years, that doesn’t seem like a great thing to include in a timeline.
  • There were other things in the Veritas timeline, especially, that seemed redundant as memory pegs. For instance, the Veritas cards begin with Creation (card 1), The Fall in the Garden (card 2), and Cain and Abel (card 3). Those are all very important events and people, but my kids are well aware that all those events and people were at the beginning of Genesis, so we don’t need three cards for that.
  • I kept in mind that Veritas uses the cards as the core of their curriculum. This means that there are some cards included about which the information is important to learn in history studies, but I didn’t deem it necessary to include in a timeline that will serve as a reference point in my kids’ memories–for instance, Great Generals of the War Between the States, which has, of course, the same dates as the Civil War, or Cowboys and the West. Things like that. Except for the periods of the arts, I tried to stick to important events and people rather than eras or more general things in the song I put together for my kids. (Actually, it’s for all of us. Scott has even said that he wants to learn it too!)
  • There was no way I could include everything on both these sets of cards, but they both had separate events or people that I felt were important and needed to be included. They both emphasize different things, and they both leave out some important things that the other covers. That’s why I pick and choose and mix them together.
  • I did extensive research, especially on Answers in Genesis and in other young earth books to make sure I was placing these dates correctly. Some other timelines that helped me tremendously were The Big Book of History timeline book and The Seven C’s of History Timeline Poster.

Sing the whole song to the tune of Ten Little Indians (It’s not perfect, but you can make it work. I’m hoping to get a chance to get together with Scott and make a video of the song with motions. Until then, though, hopefully this will give you the general idea.) Here’s a short clip of our kids from last year when they were just beginning to learn the song to give you some sense of how it goes:


Creation and the Fall, 4004 B.C.,
Flood, Tower of Babel, Mesopotamia and Sumer,
Founding of Egypt and the Old Kingdom
Abraham, Isaac and Jacob

Hittites and Canaanites, Kush and Assyria,
Minoans and Mycenaeans, Babylonians and Hammurabi,
Joseph in Egypt and the Twelve Tribes,
They lived there ‘til the Middle Kingdom

Moses, the Exodus and Desert Wandering,
Conquest and Judges, Hyksos Invasion,
Olmecs living in Mesoamerica,
Next comes 1200 B.C.

Indus River Valley Civilization,
Phoenicians and the Alphabet, China’s Shang Dynasty,
Trojan War and the Greek Dark Ages,
Israel’s United Kingdom

New Kingdom in Egypt, Early Native Americans,
Israel Divides, Amenhotep worships one god,
Reign of King Tut, poets Homer and Hesiod,
Romulus and Remus found Rome

Israel Falls to Assyria, Assyria Falls to Babylon,
Confucius in China, Buddha in India,
Judah Falls to Babylon, Temple Destroyed,
586 B.C.

Babylon Falls to Cyrus of Persia,
Jews Return and Rebuild the Temple,
Roman Republic, Golden Age of Greece,
Peloponnesian Wars

Alexander the Great, India’s Mauryan Empire,
Mayans of Mesoamerica, Punic Wars and Hannibal,
Rome Conquers Greece, then comes Julius Caesar,
Killed in 44 B.C.

Egypt Falls to Rome, then comes Caesar Augustus,
He brings Pax Romana circa 27 B.C.
John the Baptist born in 5 B.C.
Then comes the Birth of Christ.


Crucifixion, Resurrection, and Ascension,
Pentecost and Early Church, Nero Persecutes the Christians,
Jerusalem destroyed in 70 A.D.
Mount Vesuvius erupts in Pompeii

Diocletian divides the Roman empire
Constantine issues the Edict of Milan
which legalizes Christianity in 313
Then comes the Council of Nicea

India and the Gupta Dynasty
Augustine Converts, Barbarians and Vikings invade Europe,
Jerome Completes the Vulgate, Then comes the Middle Ages
450 to 1500

Council of Chalcedon 451,
End of Western Roman Empire 476,
Bendict the Monk, Justinian the Great,
Mohammed, founder of Islam

Franks defeat the Muslims at the Battle of Tours,
Charles Martel, Pepin the Short, and Charlemagne,
Alfred the Great is the king of England,
Erik the Red and Leif Ericson

Otto the First and the Holy Roman Empire,
East-West Schism in 1054,
Feudal System of the Middle Ages,
Kings, Vassals, Knights, Freemen, Serfs

William the Conqueror and the Battle of Hastings
brings the Normans into England in 1066,
Then the eight Crusades to reclaim Jerusalem,
and Aztecs live in Mesoamerica

Francis of Assisi lives in poverty,
King John signs the Magna Carta 1215
Thomas Aquinas, Japan and the Shoguns,
Incas of South America

Ghengis Khan rules the Mongols,
Marco Polo travels to China,
Next comes the Renaissance circa 1300
to 1517

Hundred Years War and the Black Death
China’s Ming Dynasty, Great Papal Schism,
John Wycliffe and John Huss
earliest Reformers

Constantinople falls to the Ottoman Turks,
Gutenberg’s printing press, Prince Henry the Navigator,
Ferdinand and Isabella’s Spanish Inquisition,
Czar Ivan the Great of Russia

In 1492 Columbus sails the ocean blue,
In 1517 Martin Luther posts the Theses,
Spanish Explorers and Spanish Conquest
in Central and South America

Magellan circumnavigates the earth,
Ulrich Zwingli and the Anabaptists,
Act of Supremacy, King Henry the Eighth,
John Calvin’s Institutes

Explorers of the Northeast, Newfoundland and Canada
Council of Trent says man is saved by faith and works,
John Knox, the Scottish Reformer,
Bloody Mary in England


Baroque period of the arts,
Japan’s isolation, Raleigh settles Roanoke,
Elizabeth the First dies in 1603,
Jamestown founded 1607

Shakespeare dies in 1616
Mayflower lands at Plymouth 1620
Massachusetts Bay Colony and the Puritans
Roger Williams Founds Rhode Island

Age of Enlightenment begins in 1650,
Thirteen Colonies Formed, then the First Great Awakening,
Classical period of the arts,
French and Indian Wars

First Continental Congress seeks peace,
War for Independence and the Declaration
on July 4th, 1776
Treaty of Paris 1783

Constitutional Convention,
Founding Fathers: Franklin, Jefferson, Madison,
Washington, first President, 1789
French Revolution begins

Second Great Awakening, Louisiana Purchase,
Lewis and Clark and their expedition,
Napoleon crowned emperor, War of 1812,
Missouri Compromise


Romantic Period of the arts,
Monroe Doctrine, Erie Canal,
Cotton Gin, then the Industrial Revolution
begins the 1830s

Cherokee Trail of Tears, Remember the Alamo,
Westward Expansion, War with Mexico,
Karl Marx and the Communist Manifesto,
‘49ers and the Gold Rush

Queen Victoria rules the British Empire
Darwin’s Origin of the Species
Lincoln and the Civil War 1861,
Transcontinental Railroad

Franco-Prussian War, Bismarck unifies Germany,
Battle of Little Big Horn, Boer Wars in Africa,
American Age of Industry and Spanish American War,
Next Comes 1900

Age of Immigration to America,
Wright Brothers, Model T, Mexican Revolution,
World War I, 1914 to 18,
Lenin and the Bolshevik Revolution

Modern Period of the Arts,
Roaring Twenties, then the Great Depression,
World War II, 1939
to 1945

The Cold War with the USSR,
Jewish State Established in 1948,
Mao and the Communist Victory in China,
Korean War 1950

Civil Rights, Space Race, Vietnam,
in the 1960s to 1970s,
Fall of Communism in Eastern Europe,
Attack on 9-11-2001

Until I get the video done, there’s really no practical way to explain our motions to you. (I really will try to get a video up in August!) However, here is a pdf from a CC mom from whom I borrowed a whole bunch of our motions. For the rest, I just got creative and tried to come up with something that would either make the event memorable or that would depict something important about the event.


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Becky Aniol

About Becky Aniol

Becky holds a bachelor's degree in English literature and music, a master's degree in Christian education, and is currently pursuing a PhD in Christian education. She taught classical upper school grammar, literature, and history and lower school composition and grammar for two years, elementary school music for one year, and Kindermusik classes for four years before the birth of her children. She now loves staying home with her four children, Caleb, Kate, Christopher, and Caroline and homeschooling them classically.

41 Responses to The Much-Requested Timeline Song

  1. Thanks a ton! I have some questions if you could spare some time to impart some of your wisdom.


  2. We just started CC and I was not happy with their ancient timeline, as they have Egypt before the flood… Thank you very much for doing all this research and putting together an accurate timeline from creation!!! I spent the last few days trying to nail down an accurate date for the exodus… Would you be willing to share your findings for 4004 BC to say AD 5 :)

  3. Hi Aaron,

    I couldn’t figure out how to include all my findings for 4004 BC to AD 5 in a comment, :) so I included a downloadable PDF of all my findings in my post today that covers several reader questions about young earth dates and curriculum. Hope that helps!

  4. Hi Becky. Thanks for sharing your timeline. We have the CC timeline cards and did have the Veritas Press set but unfortunately not anymore.

    I don’t understand your statement that CC has the Egyptians before the Flood. The flood is the third card and has no date and the Egyptians is the fifth card.

    But anyway, after reading your reasons for changing the cards, I was wondering if you have a pdf of your timeline I could download and print out. I have looked at the AIG website and see how the CC dates are wrong. Thanks again!

  5. Just realized I must have read in another post your statement about the flood and Egyptians. I have been reading about this for most of the evening so my mind is a little confused now. :)

  6. Oh Becky, you can just disregard my comment. I got my brain back and just copied and pasted the timeline onto a Word Document. Sigh…I think I need a vacation.

  7. I would love to see a new video or audio recording of the timeline song. I am musically inept and it would bless me so much to be able to play the song for my kiddos. How do you keep your kids on tune? Play 10 Little Indians in the background? Sing with them? Ideas?
    Your timeline really resonates with me. I own both the Classical Conversations and Veritas Press cards but have always wanted to skip the superfluous cards.

  8. It’s so generous of you to share this. Thank you so much for your hard work!

  9. This was a great help in my homeschooling my firth grader in history. thanks and many blessings to you.

  10. Thank you for creating this! What an amazing resource! Did you have a chance to make the video with the hand motions? I looked through the post a few times, but may have missed it. Thank you!

  11. Hi Misty,

    Most conservative scholars believe that Christ was born at the onset of 4 B.C. and that John the Baptist was about 6 months older than Christ, putting his birth in 5 B.C. Hope that helps!

  12. Hi Becky,

    I never did have a chance to do video with hand motions. We did create audio, and we’ve been recently searching for those files as we realized we never posted them online. Sorry about that! We hope to get those up soon!

  13. Thank you, Becky. Your posts are helpful.

    Do you have a list of the cards you chose that tells if the card was from CC or VP?

  14. Also, did you use any particular resource for the extra events you included that were not in VP or CC?

    Thank you.

  15. Hi, Becky! Thank you for so generously sharing this fruit of your labor! I was wondering if you study the events included in your timeline song on a 4-year cycle? Are you able to cover 1/4 of these events in one year? It seems like a lot but I am very interested in adjusting our history course of study to more closely resemble what I see here.

  16. Hi Becky, I was curious if you got the recording of this song and motions posted on here somewhere? I couldn’t find it. I am so inspired by your blog! Heather

  17. Did you happen to find and post the audio recording of your timeline song? Would love to use your timeline instead of CC’s. Thank you!

  18. Just curious if you were ever able to record the hand motions. I’m teaching my kids this song because I think the tune is easier and they just have to focus on learning the words. I would love to be able to incorporate hand motions too.

  19. Becky, thank you for all your work and sharing your finds! Have you posted the audio or a video of the whole song? I am very interested in learning your order with my younger children. Blessings

  20. After extensive research into timeline songs and cards, I stumbled across your site. And I just love it! I would love to see the entire timeline song with hand motions, or even just hear the audio, if possible. It would be a huge blessing to our family as we plan to implement your timeline into our history for next year. Your site is such a great resource for classical homeschool families who want our emphasis to always be on Truth. Thank you for what you do!

  21. Hi all, I’m just discovering that some of your very kind comments have been going to my spam folder for awhile now. Sorry about that! We have the whole timeline song audio recorded. It is on my husband’s computer…somewhere. The files have seemingly disappeared. If we can’t turn it up, then I’ll re-record it. We had recorded instrumentation too, which is why I haven’t re-record it already. I never did a video because I gave up on trying to come up with hand motions for every single thing as we were learning it. It was stalling us on just moving forward and learning it. Now we just sing it as part of our Morning Time.

    In response to Bethany, this timeline song in no way correlates to our history studies (except occasionally coincidentally). We just sing it through, learning it slowly and steadily. We started history on a four year rotation, but now that my kids are older, we’ve begun to do some more in depth studies of certain things that don’t strictly follow a rotation. (For instance, were spending 4 1/2 months in the UK this spring, so this year’s history has been the history of England and the history of Scotland.)

  22. Hi, is it okay to use this? I bought both sets, but want to use your dating since we follow Ussher. Is that okay? If you have any other tips, I am all ears. Homeschooling, reformed pastor’s wife to 5 10 and under. I am grateful for your work!

  23. This is amazing work you did. Thank you for sharing it with us all! Do share your video one day, please!

  24. Hi, thanks for putting this together! I’m excited to look into it more. I have a couple questions. One, is it still to the tune of 10 Little Indians or did you write music for it? I saw you mentioned not liking the CC timeline music, so I was wondering if you wrote something better?

    Two…I need some help… We did CC for 2 years. It was a good thing for us. Then we moved and the closest community is too far for us right now. So this is our second year trying to do CC at home and attending a homeschool community closer to us for fellowship which does more like elective type classes. I was thinking we’d join CC again in the future. We’ve done homeschool a few years, but I’m still figuring it all out. So, I’ve been trying to get more organized. For example, we are in the process of trying to make a small timeline for the wall so the kids can visualize the progression which I think is important. This is how I stumbled upon your site, I had searched for a printable of the lyrics of the CC song. My husband and I also hold to a literal 6 day creation, and love AiG, but were not aware the the CC timeline didn’t match up with that thinking. So…now I’m questioning everything. Should I be doing CC at home, should I not rejoin? Should I be switching to a 4 year rotation instead of a 3? I know you can’t answer these questions for me, but I’m confused. I was just feeling like I was getting more on top of things and figuring out our plan, and doing better at teaching. So…my question is…I don’t know what my question is. help

  25. Karen, I do not have a video recorded. So sorry! I had full audio recorded and the file disappeared, so I’m looking for a time to re-record that.

    Meghan, It is still to the tune of Ten Little Indians. That tune has worked for us, and it’s familiar to most people, so I never felt the need to write a new tune. (I’m no tune writer!) :) As far as your other question, I can only tell you my thought process, but truly do what works for your family. One of the reasons I chose not to do CC was that CC focuses heavily on memorization, and I have different things on which I want to “spend” my kids’ memory space. (There’s only so much one can memorize.) I wanted them to memorize more poetry and Scripture and Shakespeare and the like rather than lots of straight facts, and, of course, I wanted to do a different timeline which better matched our beliefs about creation. But, of course, that’s just me and my family. Your decision about CC rides on what you want to fill your children’s minds–what do you want them to know when they leave your home? I don’t think there’s any particular merit to a certain length of history cycle. We use a 4-year cycle with the curriculum we’ve chosen, and it’s my personal preference, but I think a 3-year or a 6-year is perfectly fine too. I’d say start by you and your husband coming up with a vision statement for your kids and your homeschool (if you don’t have one)–how do you want to be spending your days with your kids and what do you want them to know and be like when they leave your home–and work backwards on your curriculum decision from there.

  26. Hello! Thank you so much for your valuable posts! I am entering my first year homeschooling and we are struggling making decisions on curriculum. I have discovered that I would like to blend Charlotte Mason’s style with Classical and I do see value in memorizing the timeline of the world. I have researched CC extensively and do not feel that joining a CC community is best for our family. I also love the idea of a 4 year cycle and have also read about the errors in the CC timeline, which has led me to Claritas Press. Have you heard about their program? My kids are 5 and 7, so we are still in the younger years. Did your family do any other memory work besides the timeline? Thank you for your help!

  27. Hi Erin, Thanks for the encouragement! I have heard of Claritas, but I don’t know too much about it. I do prefer a 4-year history cycle (which Claritas has, if I remember correctly) to a 3-year (like CC), but that’s just personal preference. I don’t care for the memory music that Claritas uses, as I don’t find it conforms to the idea of beauty that I want to instill. Other than that, I don’t know too much. Sorry!

    Besides timeline and our math tables, we choose to memorize great ideas and beautiful things rather than lists of facts or history sentences. We memorize Scripture and poetry and Shakespeare and other beautiful writing. I feel like there’s only so much a child can memorize, so I want to fill their memories with beautiful ideas that will help shape their character and make them more Christlike.

    If you have not already read it, I recommend the book Consider This by Karen Glass for a good understanding of how to blend Charlotte Mason and classical education. The curriculum we use is A Gentle Feast, which I reviewed in depth here on the blog about a month ago, in case you want to get an idea of how we’ve found our balance. Happy homeschooling! :)

  28. Hi Becky!! Thank you so much! I am just now seeing your reply and I’m a bit embarrassed that I wrote yet another similar comment today on another one of your posts! Please ignore that one – I didn’t know this one went through! Oh my goodness, I am so overwhelmed and engulfed in this research that I feel like I don’t know my right from my left sometimes! :) Thank you for your input. I love what you said about filling your kids’ minds with beautiful things that lead them to be more Christlike. That is a beautiful eternal perspective and it makes so much sense! i couldn’t agree more! My husband isn’t convinced of the value of rote memorization anyway, so we have decided to not do an entire memory program like Claritas for now. I may have them do some of the skip counting songs and the timeline. As you will see from my other post, we will also be doing a Gentle Feast. We are excited to get into it for sure!! Thanks again! Many blessings to you and your family. :)

  29. Thank you so much for all the information about history
    I want to know your opinion about the history curriculum in notgrass called star spangled history versus the mystery of history for my 7 years old in second grade .
    I am overwhelming what I should use.
    I appreciate you answear
    Sorry for my grammar English is my second language

  30. Lesly, I’m not very familiar with Notgrass Star Spangled History, but from what I can sample on the website it looks quite different from Mystery of History. First of all, it’s American history, whereas Mystery of History begins with Creation and goes chronologically through the history of the world. Also, Notgrass is a textbook, whereas Mystery of History is written more as a narrative. Don’t get overwhelmed. :) I know it can be very daunting with all the options available. Just decide if you want to do American History or World History and then think about if you want a textbook with individual topics or more of a story.

  31. Thank you so much .
    We are going with Mistery of history and the story of the world .
    I appreciate your answer.
    We follow you

  32. Hi! I was excited to stumble across your timeline song and can’t wait to see if we can conclude that into our history program. We are finishing MOH and was wrestling with switching to SOTW but I struggled with the last of Christian perspective you mentioned being so important. From reading your article series, have you ever put down in writing when to pull MOH stories into the SOtW? If so, that would be such an incredible gift as I would love to have a blend of both of them. Thanks for being willing to share your thoughts. Best, Carmen

  33. Hi Carmen! Unfortunately, I haven’t ever created a document blending the two resources. Since the writing of this post, A Gentle Feast curriculum was created and published, and we now use the resources AGF blends together so seamlessly. :)

  34. I know this is an older post.. You should write a History curriculum with all the extensive research you have done! The timeline you have created and shared is the best I have found. A labour of love for sure! Your children are incredibly blessed to have you and I thank you for sharing and blessing the rest of us with this wonderful timeline and resource!

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