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Karen has created a “Rosetta Stone” with the TimeTrace Spirals, providing all of us the opportunity to understand the deep relationship that exists between time, place and humanity.”

— Dr. Jim Stephens
Denver School of Science and Technology

Timespirals identify events given to us by science about Earth’s evolving creation story, and show how we humans fit into 13.8 billion years of cosmic, geologic, biologic and historic evolution.  Thus the spirals provide a broad context and grounding for further explorations in astronomy, earth sciences, biology, history, ancestry.

… all things are part of the universe and are connected with each other to form one whole unity. This idea helps the mind of the child to… (become) satisfied, having found the universal centre of himself with all things.”

— Dr. Maria Montessori

Seeing Time portrayed as a spiral will reinforce your sense of Belonging. The present moment is shown as the center of each spiral, thus acknowledging each of us as a unique expression in an unfolding universe.

Read Karen’s article on Belonging

… These timespirals remind us that nothing can separate us from our belonging to the living body of Earth”

— Joanna Macy
Eco-philosopher and activist, scholar, author

Timespirals– from meditation room to classroom

These timespirals provide a beautiful reminder of the extraordinary journey out of which we have each emerged– a reminder of our identity, our ancestors, our relationships and our powerful significance in a still unfolding Universe. Just a fingertip away and we can be reminded of the miracle and mystery of our existence on this rare and precious Earth…”

–Sister Miriam Therese MacGillis,
Director of Genesis Farm and leading interpreter of theologian Thomas Berry


I love to watch my students spinning the spirals. The ability to TOUCH time makes Big History personal and meaningful to them.”

–Dr. Deborah Johnston, History
Lakeside High School, Seattle

Your timespirals can be an invaluable resource for Montessori classrooms. They are a great complement to our more traditional Montessori linear timelines, and really bring home the point that we are all connected.”

–Michael Duffy,
author of Children of the Universe (Cosmic Education in the Montessori Elementary Classroom)


These are the most creative new materials we’ve seen!”

These are so reasonably priced!”

two comments heard many times at the TimeTrace booth at the International Montessori Conference – August, 2013

Explore All Six Spiral Timelines

Each set of timespirals includes all 6 views of time, and makes use of color, text and graphics.

13.8 billion years to Now:

We Belong to the Universe

universe-100Tracking 9 billion years of galaxy and star evolution including lifecycles of different sizes of stars, leading to the emergence of Earth some 4.5 Billion years ago, and using the visual of Earth as it appears today.

4.5 billion years to Now:

We Belong to Earth

universe-100Showing colors of the planet’s surface as if photos had been shot from space every 100 million years to the present, and presenting the major cosmic, geologic, atmospheric and biologic events and processes that have occurred.

570 million years to Now:

We Belong with All Life

universe-100Chronicles the story of plate tectonics, major geologic events and emerging life.  It also identifies “common ancestors” where human lineage coincides with the lineage of other present-day life forms.

1,000,000 x 5,000 years to Now:

We Belong with Perspective

universe-100Using the powers of 10 (thereby summarizing events for the past 5,000- 50,000- 500,000 – 5 million – 50 million – 500 million and 5 billion years) — this spiral graphically illustrates that human civilization covers only 1 millionth the span of Earth’s story.

1650 AD to Now:

We Belong — With Generations Past

universe-100The world has changed in astounding ways over the past 360 years. This timespiral tracks major events using 4 different themes, and invites personalizing the spiral to reflect ancestors and/or location-specific history.

The Future to Now:

We Belong — To Dreams of the Future

universe-100A dual-purpose timespiral for both ancestry and for envisioning the future. Our visions of the future – whether positive or negative– affect our actions today. And today’s actions will determine the quality of life for future generations.

Timespirals come in 2 forms:

  • a 3 dimensional form, spiraling up on a revolving base and beautiful for displaying, and
  • a 2 dimensional form, especially suited for teaching, referencing, transporting, as well as displaying.

Both the 3-D and the 2-D versions:

  • contain all 6 versions of the We Belong story on 3-separate spirals, which are printed on both sides
  • are heavily laminated to stand up to hands-on use and to be personalized with indelible ink
  • come with 4 reference sheets which are printed on both sides, offering detail, depth, and ideas for use.

There are 6 different timespiral sets to choose from

2-D Basic Set


Perfect for personal and classroom use where budget is a key consideration. Ordering several Basic Sets — together with the 2-D Display Set, (see below) will provide an option for storing all the materials together while making them easily accessible.


  • 3 spirals (all 6 versions of the We Belong series)
  • 4 reference sheets


Additional information

Weight 0.8125 lbs
Dimensions 16 × 16 × 0.25 in

2-D Display Set


Identical to the Basic Set, above, except that it adds a 13.5 inch metal easel that is heavy duty and high quality.  This set provides a beautiful and inexpensive display, and the easel is extremely practical as a storage unit for up to 4 of the 2-D Basic Sets.


  • 3 spirals (all 6 versions of the We Belong series)
  • 4 reference sheets
  • 1 metal easel


Additional information

Weight 1.5 lbs
Dimensions 16 × 16 × 1 in

2-D Expanded Display Set


This set allows you to display all 6 versions of the We Belong series at one time, mounted on 6 metal easels with display cards identifying each spiral.  Perfect for classroom or conference set-up where you want people to see all the perspectives of time without needing to turn over any of the materials.


  • 6 spirals (doubles of all 6 versions of the We Belong series)
  • 8 reference sheets
  • 6 metal easels
  • 6 display cards


Additional information

Weight 5.8125 lbs
Dimensions 16 × 16 × 2.75 in

3-D Display Set


This set allows you to display one 3-D spiral at a time, mounted on a turntable.


  • 3 spirals (all 6 versions of the We Belong series)
  • 4 reference sheets
  • 1 turntable and rod


Additional information

Weight 3.85 lbs
Dimensions 19 × 18 × 4 in

School Package


6 full sets of spiral timelines!

  • SAVE $27 over purchasing individual sets PLUS
  • We ship it to you FREE in continental USA
  • Can be stored flat in its original box only 19 x 18 x 4 in size
  • Perfect for classrooms to share and for the whole school to enjoy!


  • 2- 3D display sets (with turntables and rods)
  • 1- 2D display set (with metal easel)
  • 3- 2D basic sets (also fits onto above easel)
  • 24 reference sheets (6 sets of 4)
  • 6 display cards


Additional information

Weight 8.8125 lbs
Dimensions 19 × 18 × 4 in

Posters of the We Belong series are now available to order.


32 x 32 Posters

  • Posters are available through Zazzle.com.  Teachers and other customers have requested a larger format to display while 2-D and 3-D timespiral sets are also present in the room for hands-on study and interaction.
  • 2 sizes — 32×32 or 40×40.  The smaller version is adequate for most displays.  See photo, left.
  • Posters are sold individually; not as a set.  No reference material comes with them.  Posters can supplement but not replace the timespiral sets.  Only the sets, sold on this website, contain all 6 versions of the timespirals as well as the reference material.
  • Posters start at around $35 each and customers will want to get them laminated.  Zazzle doesn’t yet offer lamination as an option, so it will be up to the customer to find a lamination service.
  • Zazzle gives a 100% satisfaction guarantee.  “If you don’t absolutely love it, we’ll take it back!” is their motto.
  • Order Now!

We guarantee satisfaction.

If you are dissatisfied with any timespiral set sold by TimeTrace® through this website, please return it for exchange or refund within 30 days of receiving the order. For more information concerning our guarantee, contact us at info@timetrace.com.

Any questions about ordering, email us and we’ll get back with you shortly.