Veritas Press Timeline Flashcards Review

Veritas Press Timeline Flashcards TheCurriculumChoice

When I was looking for a history curriculum that our family could do together, I knew that I wanted one that showed history chronologically and left a lot of room for living books.

I started using the flashcards from Veritas Press.

Each card has a large picture on the front, depicting a major world event. On the back are the details defining it.

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The flashcards are broken down into five historical time periods including:

  • Old Testament and Ancient Egypt
  • New Testament/Greece & Rome
  • Middle Ages, Renaissance & Reformation
  • Explorers to 1815
  • 1815 to Start of 21st Century

Each set contains 32 cards. You can purchase the time periods separately, as you need them, or you can buy a bundle that includes all 5 sets, along with some additional teacher resources.

I use the cards as the main spine of our history lessons. At the beginning of the school year, I take out the pack of cards we will use and start gathering my extra materials.

We take as much time for an event as we need depending on its complexity and my children’s interest.

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What I Love About Using Timeline Cards

Chronological Approach

To me, it just makes more sense to learn history chronologically. By using a timeline, my children have a clearer understanding of when events took place and how history ties together.

As part of our lessons, the girls put the cards in order after I mix them up. This has been a helpful visual learning tool.

An Abundance of Rich Sources

For the study of history, I believe very strongly about relying on living books, rather than taking a textbook approach. I want my girls to use a lot of sources when studying an event instead of a summarized paragraph or two.

On the back of each card, aside from the information defining the event, there is a list of resources that you can use to further your study. This is a huge time saver for me. I regularly add more books to this list, but at least I have a starting point for each event.

Repetition and Memory Work

Veritas Press falls under the classical method and therefore involves memory work. Since the information is presented in various ways to my kids, they have had an easier time with memorization.

By committing historical events to memory, as well as their place along a timeline, they will have an easier time with deeper study as they get older because they know the facts and understand how they fit together.

During their homeschooling journey, my girls will revisit these time periods approximately 3 times. This repetition is a wonderful way to help them gain a deeper understanding of history each time they return to study.

My family enjoys using the Veritas Press Timeline Flashcards. If you’re looking for a history curriculum that is classical and chronological, it might be what you’ve been looking for.

Megan loves homeschooling and learning is a way of life for her family. She is constantly looking for new and interactive ways to engage her children. She helps families discover creative ways to learn together at Education Possible

Megan Zechman (4 Posts)

Megan has been homeschooling her girls from the beginning and learning is a way of life for their family. Most days you will find them exploring their Central Florida community, having fun while learning. She is constantly looking for new and interactive ways to engage her children. She helps families discover creative ways to learn together over at Education Possible.


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  • Maria Conger February 6, 2014, 1:13 pm

    We really enjoy reading the books on the historical fiction reading list also recommended by Veritas.

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    • Megan Zechman February 23, 2014, 9:49 am

      Us too Maria. My oldest LOVES historical fiction, so I definitely appreciate having recommendations for books that are relevant to what we’re studying.

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  • Kelli May 19, 2014, 1:25 pm

    Veritas Press recommends a set of flashcards for each student. Is this necessary?

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    • Megan Zechman May 19, 2014, 2:11 pm

      Kelli – in my opinion and experience, no you don’t need more than one set of cards per family. Now if you wanted to have your kids work on putting the timeline together on their own, at the same time, you would need more than one set for that. But I’ve used them for a number of years now and we’ve only ever had one for the family. I usually let my girls work together to put the timeline together and one of us reads the back of the card out loud.

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