Maps, Maps and (350) More Maps by For What it’s Worth

Platforms: Software
Release Date: 2011
Genre(s): Geography
Publisher(s): Bright Ideas Press
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Maps, Maps and (350) More Maps by For What it’s Worth

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Maps, Maps and (350) More Maps

The longer I homeschool, the more I become convinced that one of the most important things my kids need to have a strong grasp on is geography–maps and cultures and people.  It is necessary for a complete understanding of history, and science, and politics.  And so many other things.  So, over the years, I have spent more and more time exploring available resources and comparing things that are out there to help me pass this knowledge on.

There are lots of good materials out there.  I have officially reviewed several of them.  Some have been in book form, some in worksheet form, and some online.  Many of them require some extra time to pull together what is needed for a particular lesson.  This is all well and good for some homeschoolers, but not so much for me.  If I have to ‘pull something together’, it is just as likely to be shoved to the side, especially if I have to make a copy of something, since my printer has been on the brink for months and I have to go to the library if I want something printed out.  This is not the best option for me.

So, I agreed to review a product called Wondermaps, by Bright Ideas Press, a couple of months ago, and thought I would be able to do a simple look through and write up a post after using it a couple of times.  It turns out, I have used it so much, in various subjects, with all my boys, that I wanted to use it a little longer to get a better feel for it all.  Wondermaps is among to most comprehensive and user friendly maps that I have seen.

I don’t usually copy and paste from other reviews, but the review from Timberdoodle really summed up Wondermaps very well (green highlights mine):

Pick Your Features – Print Your Maps!
Imagine trying to teach anatomy without a model, or math without manipulatives. History without an undergirding of geography is more mystery than history. Your child needs to see borders to understand conflicts, distances to imagine hardships, and terrain to envisage needs. Maps bring such clarity to history that it would be silly to try to teach without them.

But trying to find pertinent maps for each child for every year of study can be a time drain that few homeschooling parents can afford. That is why we are delighted to offer you WonderMaps, made-to-order geography materials at your fingertips.

Choose any one of the 350 different maps and then customize it to fit your child’s level of study. Wonderfully versatile, each map has a variety of layers that you can turn on or off with a simple checkbox. Need a basic outline of a country, it’s there. Want to add cities, borders, terrain, even color? Each is just a click away. Easy-to-use layers even allow you to see how borders changed over time!

WonderMaps is divided into four categories: maps of the world, maps of the USA, historical maps, and thematic maps (including biblical maps). Plus, if your family uses either The Mystery of History or All American History, you will be delighted to know that WonderMaps includes the complete map sets from each entire series! Your options when using WonderMaps are seemingly endless. Using maps in your homeschool will bring needed perspective not only to history, but to literature, science and biblical studies as well.

Features
WonderMaps is designed with easy-to-use layers that allow you to enjoy great customizable features with just a click. Select:

  • historical or modern-day maps
  • outline, reference, political, or topographical maps
  • black-and-white or color maps
  • features including:  names, borders, rivers, cities, physical features, and graticules

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 History vols. I & II

This is will work on both PC and Mac. Does require Adobe Flash Player 9.1

I think my favorite feature was being able to do so much at the computer without having to print anything off, although I could print if I wanted to.  I really liked this product, and anticipate being able to use it from here on out.  If you are in need of maps for any reason, I definitely recommend checking them out at Timberdoodle.
Timberdoodle has also incorporated the maps into their Hands-on Geography and Geography Puzzles.  They also have a comprehensive product catalog that is very classical education/Charlotte Mason style friendly.  You can request a free catalog here.
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.



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