Review: WonderMaps by Kimberly

Platforms: Software
Release Date: 2011
Genre(s): Geography
Publisher(s): Bright Ideas Press
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Review: WonderMaps by Kimberly

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Review by Kimberly

Review: WonderMaps

When I was in high school, we were required to take a class in World Geography to graduate. I learned two “geographical” things in that class:

  1. South Africa has awesome waves for surfing.
  2. We shouldn’t surf in South Africa because of Apartheid (I was in high school in the 80′s).

I have hoped that my children would learn more in the subject than I did. So I was thrilled when Timberdoodle offered me the opportunity to review WonderMaps, a super-neat program for discovering geography from Bright Ideas Press.

WonderMaps is a collection of over 350 customizable maps. All kinds of maps – historical, thematic, political, topographical, you name it, it’s probably in there! Of course there are other map collections out there, but none are like this – you can add or subtract so many different features on these maps – colors, names, locations, boundaries, rivers, and more – it’s incredible!

I had seen other reviews that said the possible number of maps you could create was “nearly limitless,” and that bothered me a bit (I want to know EXACTLY how many maps I’m getting). So I decided to try to count. I started with the 50 state maps. Each one has seven items (cities, rivers, colors, and so on) that can be viewed or not (turned “on” or “off”). That means that each of those 50 maps could be customized in 128 different ways. That’s 6400 maps right there, and we haven’t finished the US Maps section! Some of the other maps had even more features that could be turned on or off. I decided that “nearly limitless” was a close enough approximation for me. I can create maps based on what we’re studying or where we’ve been.

Where do friends and family live?

Also included are all the maps that go along with All American History and The Mystery of History titles. Anyone using either of those curricula would only have to click on the correct title, go to the “how many do I print?” page, and click “Print” to have all the maps needed for the year printed out and ready to go all at once. (You can also print them out one at a time.)

The thematic maps were something fairly new to me. I really like being able to see, for example, which European countries claimed which parts of the New World all in one map, or a color-coded map of “who’s on whose side in this war,” which I can then remove the country names from and have the boys fill in to see if they can remember (heads up, boys, we’ll be studying WWII this year, and I see just such a map in your future!!).

Like this one!

In addition to all the maps, WonderMaps includes two .mp3′s (“Loving Geography” and “Packing a Punch with Timelines and Maps”) and a neat group of other resources including the five themes of geography, sixteen easy mapping projects, fifty ideas for using outline maps, a sample unit using a historical map, and more.

There is a great introductory video to the program here. If you’re interested in an easy way to add maps to your geography studies, WonderMaps is a fantastic tool to have!

As a member of Timberdoodle’s Blogger Review Team I received a free copy of WonderMaps in exchange for a frank and unbiased review. I received no further compensation.

You can see what others think about WonderMaps here.


Posted by Timberdoodle Co. | 25 Oct 2011 | 5 star, All Reviews

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