After marking up our beautiful timeline books, we quickly discovered that something was wrong. Most historians for ancient cultures use an Old Earth/Evolutionary time frame that does not coordinate with Young Earth/Creation logic. Read more about Young Earth v Old Earth here.
In short, there is no scientific evidence to support Old Earth timelines. Evolutionary scientists, when cornered, admit that there is no logic to it, but the only alternative to evolutionary theory is creation theory, which demands a belief in God, which evolutionists who are atheistic refuse to do. (Not all evolutionists are atheistic. Most people are evolutionist because that is what they were taught, they took it as authoritive and never questioned it. However scientists who are evolutionists have to know the reasoning behind it.) They'd rather mislead the public than admit the possibility of God.
Of course, even creation theory is a theory, but it is the only theory that is supported by credible evidence, as documented by similar scenarios after the eruption of Mount St. Helens, where gorges, peat bogs and petrified forests were created in days and weeks, not millions of years.
Furthermore, a problem is that there is no written documentation for beginning of time events, especially before the Great Flood. If there had been any documentation, it was wiped out by the worldwide flood.
The oldest documentations found in ancient civilizations are those of Mesopotamia and the literary piece, Gilgamesh. (That is why most history books start with the Mesopotamian culture. This is near the area where the ark apparently landed, and Noah's family began a new civilization, which resulted in dispersal after the Tower of Babel incident.)
Nevertheless, a dating system wasn't established until later. By the time of the Ancient Greeks and Romans, documentation and a regular dating system are established. What to do about the previous dates?
I made all of this information a history lesson on historic timeline dating to my kids during the week we studied Creation and the Flood in our Ancient History studies.
Thus while researching historical timeline dates, we obviously ran into multiple suggestions. When in doubt, I told my kids to make their best educated guess which they could support with the most authoritive souce they possibly could, like any historian would need to do, given his resources.
My kids had fun with that!
One Rhetoric book we used that helped us tremendously in dating Ancient Egypt, was Unwrapping the Pharoahs: How Egyptian Archaeology Confirms the Biblical Timeline. The author admits his theory is theory, but he backs up his theory from his archaeological research. (Evolutionists rely on carbon dating to "prove" their theory, but carbon dating is reknown for errors.
Dr. Jay Wile has great science books for homeschoolers that do a great job teaching historical timeline dating from a scientific standpoint.
Another resource I recently found that coordinated ancient cultures to the timeframe of Biblical events was http://bibletimeline.info/
A new resource that digs into Biblical timeline chronology is Patterns of Evidence, which also has resources for homeschoolers. I've watched their video series, which clearly explains the problem with the old historical timeline with research, interviews with Egyptologists, and video-graphics. They emphasize that the key to the ancient timeline is to correctly date the Egyptian timeline.