A Book of Centuries is the notebook used to scaffold the child's history learning in a Charlotte Mason classroom. It began as a museum notebook around 1906 and quickly became a staple of Mason's method. It is essentially a hardcover notebook started by the children about the age of ten that becomes a lifelong history project. It contains a two page spread for each century. One page in each set is blank to receive the child's careful drawings of artifacts he or she encounters from that century (think Grecian urn, celtic cross, weapons, etc.) The other side is designed to be a mnemonic grid (think 100 chart without all of the lines--5 columns of 20) wherein the student enters the one event they think most important from their reading of history for that year. I confirmed my research about the way this book was done, when the Charlotte Mason Digital Collection at Redeemer University College opened a few years ago and commissioned a book binder to make them. I bet you can guess how great they are to sort out one's History knowledge…and to create interest. Read more about my recovery of Mason's exciting method here and here.
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When one hasn't access to the artifact itself, Mason suggested looking at line drawings.