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Monday, May 16, 2011

Wonder Maps

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Thank You, Thank You, Thank You Bright Ideas Press for such a wonderful new resource. I was very geographically illiterate until I married a guy who's idea of fun is reading maps, my sister even calls him "map head". I have learned a lot about our world since we have started homeschooling. I still need a map to find areas we are studying and Wonder Maps has made it so much easier on me. We used Mystery of History Volume I this school year and we loved adding Wonder Maps to our school the last couple of weeks. I am looking forward to using it next year with volume II.

Wonder Maps is wonderful new resource that lets you pick your map features and print them. It is a collection of over 350 customizable maps that you can use for any subject. It is designed with easy-to-use layers for:
  • historical or modern-day maps
  • outline, reference, political, or topographical maps
  • black-and-white or color maps
  • including names, border, rivers, cities, physical features, and graticules
 opening page
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 volumes I-III and All American History volumes I & II
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 A Teacher's Guide is included and it contains ideas of how you can be more creative in using maps, a quick start guide, user manual and a tutorial video.
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My favorite part of this program is the Timeline of Maps. It has really helped me in our school and I plan on using several of these maps to teach my Sunday School class. All I have to do is find what we are studying and then I can see only the information on the map that refers to our subject. The Jesus' Ministry ~The Gospels~ 30-33 AD map give 24 Bible references with the event and description of each one in the Map Key. They correspond with the numbers on the map to recognize the city. The layer effect is really cool because I can print the map exactly the way it is or I can remove the map border, city names, city numbers, or the map key so that the students can fill them in.
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You can also get a timeline listing of each theme.
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This resource would be a wonderful addition to any homeschool or any household that uses maps. Amber age 10, who loves maps like her dad and can look at them for hours, Delaney age 8 who uses maps only when she has to, and me, the teacher who hates digging for maps to use in our school all love this program.

Wonder Maps is available from Bright Idea Press for $49.95. It is a PDF format and works with Adobe Reader and is available for Windows or Mac. You can choose an instant download a CD or both. (If you subscribe to The Old Schoolhouse Magazine there is a promotional code on page 30 to receive 20% off of Wonder Maps).
Bright Ideas Press was founded by Bob and Maggie Hogan. They developed their own curriculum to use with their boys and once they saw it was working decided to publish it for others to use. They are probably most known for The Mystery of History series but they also have other resources in their store.

Sail over to read other Crew member reviews of Wonder Maps.
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As a member of The Homeschool Crew I received the Wonder Maps download free from Bright Idea Press to use in our homeschool in exchange for my review.

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