Which came first: The Roman Empire or the Aztec Empire? The Reformation or the Renaissance? To help your child develop perspective, encourage him to:

Make a giant timeline. Stretch a string or cord across his room. As he learns interesting historical dates in school, he jots the information on index cards. Then he hangs the cards on the timeline in chronological order.

Keep a “book of centuries.” Put blank pages in a loose-leaf notebook. Each page represents 100 years. For each century, he enters interesting information about historical events. He can add illustrations, biographical sketches of major figures, etc.

You can help keep him motivated. Occasionally ask him for a “tour” of his timeline or book. Let him know when it helps your own sense of time.

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