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Review: WonderMaps by Bright Ideas Press

As I’ve worked on formulating my review of WonderMaps by Bright Ideas Press, I’ve found myself trying to say something a little more sophisticated than, “Whoa, it’s so cool! Ya gotta get this!” Frankly, though, that about sums up how I feel about WonderMaps. You know you have a great learning tool when you find your kids playing with it for fun.

WonderMaps: It really is cool, and you really do need a copy.

What is WonderMaps? In a nutshell, WonderMaps is an interactive printable, digital map system on CD that allows you to not only select which maps to print off, but also what attributes to give the maps you want to print.

World War II Map with WonderMaps

Taking a test on the Battles of the Pacific in World War II

For example, as Judah was studying World War II, I was able to print off a map of the battles of the Pacific. I chose to print off two copies: one with the names of the battles written in, and one with them left blank. I used the blank map to test his knowledge of the Pacific Battles more thoroughly than his history book’s test did. I used the map with the names written in to grade the test.

With WonderMaps you can create maps with or without important names, borders, and other features, for the purpose of test taking. Here are the two maps I printed from the Paciic Battles during World War II. One has names, one does not.

I can’t express enough just how handy that one feature is. For years, I’ve been photocopying a copyable set of black and white maps, whiting out the names of countries and cities for testing use. With WonderMaps I can create these sorts of geography tests with a click of a button.

Esther is learning the countries of Europe.

WonderMaps map of Michigan

Isobel is taking a test on the major cities in Michigan History.

Other options include printing maps with or without:

  • color
  • topography
  • longitude and latitude
  • borders
  • rivers
  • names of countries and cities

There are even more options under the Historical and Topical maps, which allow you to print maps showing the journeys of explorers, area possessed by different empires, and so forth. There are also tools for integrating WonderMaps into your use of the Mystery of History curriculum.

With WonderMaps, there are four main sections of maps: World Maps, United States Maps, Historical Maps, and Topical Maps. The historical maps go all the way back to historical times and include maps for use in teaching Bible history too.

This, obviously, is an amazing resource for any homeschooling mom, because WonderMaps can be used with all grade levels, no matter the curriculum you’re using for history or geography. All you need is Adobe Acrobat Reader and a printer, and you’re good to go — customizeable maps at your fingertips for any history or geography topic you may be studying!

I only wish I’d found WonderMaps earlier! For more Hands-On Geography from Timberdoodle, visit Hands-On Geography or request a Timberdoodle Catalog.

In this video below, WonderMaps creator Tyler Hogan demonstrates how easy it is to use WonderMaps!

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*The good folks at the FCC want me to let you know that, as a member of Timberdoodle’s Blogger Review Team, in exchange for a fair and honest review, I received a copy of WonderMaps from Timberdoodle.com, which sells WonderMaps. You can read more about my review and disclosure policy here.


Posted by Timberdoodle | 26 Oct 2011 | 5 star, All Reviews

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