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Monday, September 26, 2011

Timberdoodle Review: WonderMaps

I really feel so blessed to be able to review so many great products.  Sometimes it is an extra special blessing when a review item comes along that compliments my curriculum so perfectly.  That is what happened with WonderMaps from Bright Ideas Press.  I started using Mystery of History Vol 1 with my 10 th, 4th, 2nd, and Kindergarten this year.  Mapping is a big part of this curriculum and although the maps are available to copy (within your family) at the back of the book, I no longer have a copier, just a printer.  WonderMaps came to me at just the perfect time!

Pick your features! Print your maps!  It really is that easy with WonderMaps!  Whether you are teaching history, literature, Bible, science, or art, maps play a big part of understanding the topic at hand.  WonderMaps is a customizable collection of over 350 maps.  It includes:
  • 60+ maps of the world
  • 60+ maps of the USA
  • 125 historical maps, including 25 biblical maps
  • The complete map sets from The Mystery of History vols. I–III and All American History vols. I & II
WonderMaps is designed with easy to use layers that allow you to customize your map with a click of the mouse.  You can select:

  • historical or modern-day maps
  • outline, reference, political, or topographical maps
  • black-and-white or color maps
  • features including:  names, borders, rivers, cities, physical features, and graticules
Here are some pictures of maps of Arkansas I printed out for the children today, changing the features by a click of the mouse.

black and white with states, cities, and rivers

black and white, no states, city locations but no names of cities

color, state and city names and locations
Those are just a few of the variety of customizable features available for each and every map!

As I mentioned, we are using MOH Vol 1 and WonderMaps has all of the MOH maps and keys included in it's collection which is wonderful!  But, I am also using WonderMaps not just to teach the mapping portion, but during my reading of the lessons.  We sit down with the laptop and when we are reading about the early Egyptians and upper and lower Egypt, I pull up a map of Egypt and show them exactly where and what we are talking about.  In the words of my 9 year old, "Boy, WonderMaps really comes in handy!"  Yes it does!  I think showing them on a map where we are talking about makes it more concrete in their minds and much easier to understand and remember.  WonderMaps has been a wonderful addition to our homeschool!  It is one of those things that I didn't really know I needed but now can't imagine doing without!

I received a complimentary download version of WonderMaps as part of the Timberdoodle Blogger View Team for the purpose of writing a fair and honest review.  I received no other compensation.

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