How do I purchase the Timeline Cards separately from the Timeline Posters?
Basically you can't. We always bundle the Timeline Posters needed for that particular set of Timeline Cards. The Posters are free so you are only paying for the Timeline Cards.
Can I use Timeline Cards and Posters in my co-op or classroom?
Yes. If you are purchasing the posters and cards to use in a classroom or co-op setting, then one copy for the classroom falls within our Terms & Conditions.
If each studient needs their own copy of the poster or cards, then they will need to purchase their own files.
Please see our
Terms & Conditions for more information.
Do you sell printed products?
Currently all our products are in digital format only. We provide comprehensive instructions for printing in the packs and also on this FAQ.
Why doesn't the download link work in the email?
The link is valid for 30 days. If you are trying to download the product after 30 days it will not work. Please contact us and we will resend the link.
If you get an error mesage, it may be due to security and firewall settings within your browser or email program. You can adjust these settings or contact us and we will provide you with an alternative download website.
Another reason is that the download may not work on some smart devices. We recommend download and using the files from a desktop computer or laptop.
How do I print the Timeline Cards?
There are two Timeline Card PDFs that will come with your purchase. One is for A4 paper size and the other for US Letter. Choose the paper size for your printer. The cards can be printed at home on any standard colour printer. I recommend printing the cards on never-tear paper, gloss card stock or laminating each sheet. This will make the images extra sharp and the coating gives the cards a long life. When printing select ‘Fit print to paper size’.
I live in Australia, where can I get the Timeline Posters printed?
If you decided not to print the poster on a home printer, you can get the poster printed commercially. We recommend using the Officeworks for this.
1. Go to https://www.officeworks.com.au/print/print-and-copy/posters-and-plans
2. Click on 'Black & White Posters'
3. The size you should select is 'A0' then upload the correct PDF file purchased.
4. You will see the poster in the document preview area. It may say it's not the correct size. Please ignore this, it will print correctly. Select 'lamination' if you would like, then click 'Accept Digital Preview and Add to Cart'.
5. Follow through postage and payment options.
I live in the US, where can I get the Timeline Posters printed?
If you decided not to print the poster on a home printer, you can get the poster printed commercially. We recommend using the either Staples Blueprint or Fedex for this.
1. Go to this address at their website:
and click START ORDER.
2. Upload the correct Timeline Poster PDF file purchased.
3. These should be the settings down the left hand side:
Product Type: Architecthural Prints
Size: 36" x 48"
Paper Type: Standard
Color: Black and White
In the Additional Print Instructions you could put lamination and see if they will do that for you.
4. Click 'Add to Cart'
4. Add more posters to your order or continue the checkout process.
1. Click on 'Start Project'
2. Choose the correct Timeline Poster file from your computer and upload. Click NEXT
3. Select this paper size: 36" x 48". Make sure the 'Scale to fit' box is checked. Click NEXT
4. Select 'Black Ink for the color option. Click NEXT
5. Select the 'Special Instructions' tab. In here, type that you would like your poster laminated and provide your phone number. Click CHOOSE DELIVERY and continue through the delivery and payments prompts as usual.
1. Click on 'Customize'
2. Choose the correct Timeline Poster file from your computer and upload. Click NEXT
3. More instructions coming soon...
Which Timeline Poster file do I use?
When you purchase a pack you will notice a bunch of similar files. Please read the file 'TP Instructions' for a flow chart to help you choose the right file to print. Here is the flowchart.
How do I get permission to get the Timeline Posters or Cards at a professional printer?
Here is a permission statement that you can download and show to your local professional printer.
About the Products
How do I use the Timeline Posters and Cards?
Using the cards and timelines is very easy. Start by reading the relevant passage in the history spine, then look on the card sheets and find the chapter. The cards are listed below the chapter. Cut these out and place them on the timeline. You can also refer to the Timeline Card Summary to see which cards are for which chapter.
What are Timeline Posters and Timeline Cards?
We have created resources to make setting up and using timelines for teaching and studying history easier. We have created 5 Timeline Posters that cover history from 5000BC to AD2020.
The Timelines are divided into five ages:
5000BC to 400AD Ancient Times
400AD to 1400AD The Middle Ages
1400AD to 1650AD Reformation & Renaissance
1650AD to 1850AD Early Modern
1850AD to 2030AD Modern
Each timeline is divided into PEOPLE, EVENTS, WARS and PROGRESS. Timeline Posters from 1400AD have a second section underneath to record the history of your own country.
The Timeline Cards are small 3"x4" cards featuring a picture and title that covers a single event, person, conflict or progress in history. These are placed on the relevant poster. The Timeline Cards are organised according to a particular history spine. For example, if you are reading Our Island Story by H. E Marshall, read the first chapter, cut out the cards for that chapter, then place them on the relevant Timeline Poster.
Can I get the Timeline Posters for free?
Yes. All you have to do is subscribe to our newsletter (which is free too) and you will get an email with a link to download the Timeline Posters.
Subscribe to the newsletter here.
Is this a history curriculum?
No, Living Book Timelines is not providing a comprehensive history curriculum. What we provide is a supplement to help make history more visual and engaging.
Many homeschool history curriculum’s use history books which we called spines. We have taken ones that are well known and provide timeline resources to use alongside them.
How big are the Timeline Posters?
There are two sizes in each pack. They are similar, but depend on the paper sizes countries use.
USA, Canada, Mexico, Panama, Peru, Colombia, Philippines, Chile
ANSI E (44” x 32”)
ISO A0 (1189 x 841mm)
If you print the posters on a home printer, there will be slight differences as you are cutting and sticking the pages together.
Using the Products
I don't have enough wall space to put up 5 large timelines. Are there other options?
Yes. We recommend putting up the Timeline Poster/s for the history period you are currently studying. The other posters can be stored until needed.
We have created a long timeline which would suit a hallway. It is not as high as the posters but covers all history periods. The Complete Timeline measures approximately 4.5m x 22cm (15’ x 8.5”) and can be
Some customers have placed the Timeline Posters on folding boards used for displays and science fairs. This is a great portable way for displaying the timelines.
Where do the Timeline Cards go on Timeline Posters?
Most of the cards feature dates and they will simply slot onto the timeline poster in the correct date column. The people cards are slightly different - they only have birth and death dates. The best place to put a person on the timeline is when he or she featured prominently in history. This is usually sometime during adulthood. Use other cards to help place the person in the correct place or search the person on Wikipedia and get more of an idea when that person influenced history the most
For other cards, students will need to think about which category the cards should go in. Some cards will naturally fit into more than one category. For example, Thomas Edison and the Lightbulb. Edison is a person; the lightbulb is definitely progress. The card could go in either, but I would be more likely to place it under PROGRESS. Sometimes there can be confusion about where the cards go. The cards which go into the Progress section are those that have made a contribution to the advancement of society. Cards which go into the Events section are those that happened on certain dates whether it was beneficial to society or not. Any war, battle, revolution or rebellion card should go under Wars. Biographical cards should go under the People section.
There are so many cards and not enough room, what should I do?
You don’t have to use all the cards. If you have a young student, they may need just the major persons and events. Older students will enjoy the challenge of going deeper into the readings. For example, there are so many kings, battles and prime ministers, choices will have to be made about which ones to include.
So, which ones do you include?
This will depend on the following:
- The cards the children recalled in their narrations after the reading
- The cards the children are interested in
- The cards the children ask questions about
- The cards the children wish to know more about.
Do the cards overlap between history books?
Yes. We have endeavoured to use the same cards for the same events/people across different history spines when we can.
You may have children reading different history spines at different levels, but you are all using the same timelines. Having an overlap of cards means you can use the same card for different books. This saves room on the Timeline Poster and brings history together in your homeschool.
There is enough difference between history spines that every pack will have unique cards as well.
Will the pictures on the cards suit my child who has a sensitive nature?
We have been very careful about which type of images to include on the cards. There is a lot of violence in history. If there is a war scene with dead bodies, the picture will be stylized, i.e., a woodcut or painting. Some images do include human bones and angry faces. Any nudity has been blurred out. We have tried to capture the event in the images while remembering these images are for children. Please use your own discretion if your child has a sensitive nature.