Wondermaps Review by Stickburbia

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

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Wondermaps Review

I was contacted by Timberdoodle to review a product called WonderMapsWonderMaps is a program that you use on your computer that allows you to print various kinds of maps.  It’s more than just a map printing program though: There is also a teacher’s guide, online registration with resources, and if you use Mystery of History or All American History, this program has the maps that are used with the curriculum. The publisher, Bright Ideas, says this:

WonderMaps 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 Historyvols. I & II

When you start the program, you are given some options.  The first blue button has maps of the world, continents, nations, and oceans.  The red button has maps of the US.  The yellow button has historical maps.  The last button is purple and is for thematic studies.  Each of these is indexed alphabetically or by time period which makes it very simple to access and print.

The maps themselves are great.  You can print off a very descriptive map, or you can select what you want on the map.  For instance, on the map of Moses and the Exodus, I have the option of selecting or deselecting the routes, key, locations, and names.  I can make the map totally blank for the kids to fill out, or I can make it as filled in as I want for them to learn the places and names.  They pull up in a pdf file so you can print them very easily.

This program was very simple to download and use and makes using maps easy.  This is one area where I don’t spend enough time on. This program is really helpful and easy to use so I can use maps in any subject we are studying.  If we are reading Little House in the Big Woods about Wisconsin, a map can be opened and printed within a short time to give to my daughter to use.  I can make it as informal or formal as I want.  These maps are customizable for whatever you are using it for. I even saw a suggestion for using this as a prayer tool for missionaries overseas.

I like that this is available on my computer and that I don’t need shelf space to use it.  In this electronic age, its always nice to have things available online so you can print only what you need. The amount of printing can vary from student to student and you might not like the idea of having to print out these maps and use so much ink. The nice thing is that you can print many of the maps in black and white or customize the maps with less detail to save on ink.  It’s still better than having a book full of reproducible maps that don’t fit your needs.

I enjoy the fact that this can be used with any subject I’m teaching that pertains to geography.  I can use it for language arts to map out locations we read about; in social studies to locate areas in history that have since changed; in Bible to display maps to reinforce each lesson; and in Geography to teach and learn our areas of study.  This is a great teaching tool for hands-on geography!

Timberdoodle always has great products and this one is no different.  Please be sure to check WonderMaps out on their website and visit Timberdoodle on Facebook.

Legal Disclosure:
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. | 12 Oct 2011 | 5 star, All Reviews

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