Wonder Maps Review – Timberdoodle by Winecup Christian Academy

Platforms: Software
Release Date: 2011
Genre(s): Geography
Publisher(s): Bright Ideas Press
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Wonder Maps Review – Timberdoodle by Winecup Christian Academy

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Review by Winecup Christian Academy

Wonder Maps Review – Timberdoodle

I can’t tell you how excited I was to get the word from Timberdoodle that I could review Wonder Maps!! I have been drooling over it since it debuted.  I didn’t buy it and couldn’t justify buying it because I already had more than one maps resource, including the e-book format one that comes with my main curricula.

Wonder Maps is put out by Bright Ideas Press and Timberdoodle is one of the retailers you can purchase it from.  Also put out by Bright Ideas Press are The Mystery of History and All American History, which both have custom map sets within Wonder Maps to go with the curriculum.  Very cool for those of you out there who use either of those programs!

Wonder Maps retails for $49.95, but you can buy it from Timberdoodle for $44.95 and you can earn 45 Doodle Dollar points.  It works for both PC and Mac.

After loading it to my computer I was prepared to be dazzled and it didn’t disappoint!  There are over 350 maps and they are layered.  Meaning, you can click on them to see a different view or a close up of a particular region and you can customize them before printing.  There are four categories of maps to choose from: maps of the world, maps of the USA, historical maps, and thematic maps (including biblical maps).

You can choose from historical maps or modern day maps.  There are outline, reference, political and topographical maps – all in the choice of black and white or color.  Further, they include names, borders, rivers, cities, physical features, and graticules (latitude and longitude lines).  Also included are over 60 maps of the world, over 60 maps of the U.S., 125 historical maps and 25 biblical maps.

My favorite feature is the customization.  There are times where I don’t need a map of the whole United States, maybe I just want one region.  With Wonder Maps – DONE!  While familiarizing myself with Wonder Maps I was on a click fest – endless clicking and choices.  I was giddy! Let’s say you want a map that just shows the mountains and rivers – easy – just “unclick” all the other features until all you are left with is mountains and rivers.  All the maps can be printed out as well, in color or black and white.  Here’s tip from me:  If you print in color you can laminate them or put them in a page protector to be used with dry erase markers.

We have been studying the time around the Revolutionary War and in particular some of the battles.  Wonder Maps just so happened to have the perfect map for us!  It is a Revolutionary War map that traces the movements of the British, Americans and the French.  Plus all the battle sites are marked – all 21 of them. I must say I only really knew about five of them so this map proved to be very educational not only for the boys but for me as well.  Very cool!!

Also neat is the Teacher’s Guide which has bonus articles, lesson plans and resources, including a salt dough recipe for enhancing your geography lessons.

I received a free copy of Wonder Maps for the purpose of this review.

Posted by Timberdoodle Co. | 09 Nov 2011 | 5 star, All Reviews, Reviews

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