For small children, and even for older ones, the difficulty with history is learning it always in bits and pieces that are adrift from each other. This time line introduces history through the eyes of just 36 characters who take a child through the full sweep of history from creation to the 20th century, covering the background of the major American holidays, covering most continents, and touching a variety of achievements in science, literacy, and holiness, as well as civic leadership.
If a young child learns these names, every further historical endeavor will involve people who live between two of these, who live in a country near one of them, and whose achievements complement or contrast with them. Thus he will always be able to orient himself in the study of history. He can even write other names on his timeline.
The provided text is brief, and it is expected that the family will use the library. This also means that an older child can use the same list of names and write reports on each person or his period in history, using the dividers to organize his work. Thus the family can study together.