Wonder Maps: A Timberdoodle Review by The Crafty Classroom

Platforms: Software
Release Date: 2011
Genre(s): Geography
Publisher(s): Bright Ideas Press
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Wonder Maps: A Timberdoodle Review by The Crafty Classroom

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Review by The Crafty Classroom

Wonder Maps:  A Timberdoodle Review

If you follow me on facebook you might have seen that I was looking around for a bible atlas
This year we started using the Mystery of History curriculum from Bright Idea Press.
And right before I purchased one I got an email from Timberdoodle asking if I wanted to review this new program called Wondermaps.

Really? How much more perfect could that be?
I replied with a big fat:
THANK YOU YES PLEASE
and within the day I was working with the Wondermaps program.

So here is our review of Wondermaps which we were blessed to receive at just the right time!

Wondermaps retails for $49.99,
but if you’re quick you can snag it from Timberdoodle for $44.95

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

And if you’re wondering…..
This is will work on both PC and Mac. Does require Adobe Flash Player 9.1

You can also purchase WonderMaps as an Instant Download from Bright Idea Press.

(which is how I received the product)

Once I downloaded Wondermaps and saw how extensive the program was, I got a tad bit overwhelmed. (I know you would think that I’m pretty computer saavy at this point, but trust me, it’s all a ruse). I got lost more then once. So I decided to watch this great video tutorial to learn how to navigate everything. And once I got the hang of it, it was SUPER easy to find just the right map that I needed.

Just to prove how easy it is to get your map, I’ll show you the steps I took
to find map to correspond with our History studies on Abraham.

So, this is what you see when you first open the program

WonderMaps is divided into four categories:

Maps of the world
Maps of the USA
Historical maps
Thematic maps

There are different ways to look up your specific map.
I’m looking for Abraham so I chose Historical Maps.
(You can also find biblical maps under Thematic Maps)

Once in Historical Maps, I chose The Ancients (Creation-33AD):

From there all of the different maps are listed in chronological order

Then it’s time to pick and choose what features I want displayed on the map
The different features are listed in the top left and I just check and un-check accordingly.
(btw-the map keys in this program are AMAZING and super helpful)

Once I had it how I wanted it, I just hit print.
And within 2 minutes I’ve got some beautiful maps that my children
can add to their history notebooks.

By the way,
One of my favorite aspects to this program is the ability to create Blank maps for testing purposes:

First you can print up a beautiful map for children to study with:

Then you can print up blank maps to test with:

Pros:
A huge database of printable maps!
Maps are organized according to historical database.
Ability to change what features are printed (cities, rivers ect…)
Ability to print blank maps for testing purposes

Cons:
This program retails for $49.99,
which (if you’re like me) can be quite a chunk of your homeschool budget.
It’s something to prayerfully consider.

But I will say that with over 350 maps that is about 15 cents a map,
I think of all that time spent looking for the perfect map and wonder,
“Is it worth 15 cents right now just to have it in my hands?”
And most the time all the time I’d say Yes.
Yes it is.

Where to Purchase:

You can get a Wondermaps CD from Timberdoodle for $44.95,
(that’s a $5 discount off retail prices)

And while you’re there make sure to request your Free Timberdoodle Catalog, it’s packed with amazing hands on educational toys and curriculum…..things you can sneak into your chidlren’s stockings as presents without tapping into your homeschool budget 😉

Disclaimer: As part of Timberdoodle’s Blogger Review Team, I received a free download of Wondermaps in exchange for my honest opinion of this product.


Posted by Timberdoodle Co. | 22 Nov 2011 | 5 star, All Reviews

1 Comment

  1. Marie
    07 Jun 2012, 9:15 am

    So thankful for hohoicmoelsng my boys already know so much more geography than I ever did. Still, we are working through MOH 3 next year and then American History before we start MOH all over again and I would love to have a copy of these maps to supplement. Thanks!

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