Review: Wondermaps by Learning Table

Platforms: Software
Release Date: 2011
Genre(s): Geography
Publisher(s): Bright Ideas Press
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Review: Wondermaps by Learning Table

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Review: Wondermaps

I recently installed WonderMaps on our computer, and we have been exploring all the cool features it has to offer.  This is an interactive map set from Bright Ideas Press that is currently available at Timberdoodle.

WonderMaps includes 350 different customizable maps which you can personalize for your students’ needs with a simple click.  You can add or remove borders, cities, terrain, and colors, or simply use the basic outline of a country.  The modern overlay feature lets you compare places “then and now,” such as seeing the United States now and during the time of the early colonies.  The program includes maps of the world, maps of the United States, thematic maps (including Biblical maps,) historical maps, and the complete map set for The Mystery of History.  There is so much you can do with these maps, and they are appropriate for all ages.  Another neat thing about them is that you can either work with them on-screen, or print them out for student activities:

We’ve been reading the book of Samuel, and I printed out this map for the boys to see the areas we are reading about when Saul was king and David was in hiding from him.  We looked at our wall map of the world, pinpointed this area, and then studied this detailed map to see where all the kingdoms were.  The boys will add some notes to these and then add them to their notebooks.

We have also been reading Paddle-to-the-Sea by Holling Clancy Holling, so I printed one of these maps for each of the boys so they can track Paddle’s journey through the Great Lakes for their history notebooks.
They will use color pencils to mark Paddle’s path.

First I pulled up the US map,

then I clicked on By Region,

and I chose Great Lakes to get to this map.  I could then customize it
by adding or removing layers, which you can see in the screenshot
sidebar–Graticules, Graticule labels, Country borders, Country names,
State borders, State names, Capital locations, Capital names, City/Town locations,
City/Town names, Rivers, River names, Terrain text, Color overlay, BW overlay.

All of this is as simple as a click, even for this non-computer-savvy Mom.  I really like the versatility of this product.  We use Sonlight for our base curriculum, and I can see how this will fit in with it nicely.  After several years with Sonlight, we have gotten used to pulling out maps and either labeling, or at least studying, areas to accompany both our History and Literature.  We are also adding Beautiful Feet to the mix this year, and Wondermaps will fit in nicely with that as well.  Being able to easily pull up a map, customize it within seconds, and either call everyone to the computer screen to look at it or printing it out for labeling and notebooking will make my teaching day so much easier, and it will enrich my kids’ learning experiences.  You can view the tutorial here to get a better feel for this program, or request a free Homeschool Catalog from Timberdoodle.

{As a member of Timberdoodle’s Blogger Review Team I received a free copy of WonderMaps in exchange for a frank and unbiased review.}



Posted by Timberdoodle Co. | 13 Oct 2011 | 5 star, All Reviews

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