Monday, September 12, 2011

WonderMaps Review

I have had my eye on this product for many months now, so when Timberdoodle gave me the opportunity to review WonderMaps, I jumped at the chance!

We love history and I am always searching online for maps.  It's so hard to find just the right one, especially if I want a particular area, and not, let's say, just Africa.

So what is WonderMaps?  It’s a customizable collection of over 350 different maps.  With nearly endless possibilities, WonderMaps makes it easy to regularly integrate map study into a variety of lessons and make the most of every learning opportunity.

WonderMaps is designed with easy-to-use layers that allow you to enjoy great customizable features:
  • 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

Searching for a map is easy

We are currently studying American History so I went to the first tab, which as you can see above, is The World Continents/Regions/Nations, and found the exact map I was looking for.  Since we are studying explorers, I needed a map that showed both North America and Europe so we could add their routes across the ocean.

A feature I really like about WonderMaps are the layers you can add or take off your map.  For the map we used, I did not need rivers and river names, but I wanted to keep island names since those were important to Columbus' journey. 

Another section I am excited to use is the Historical Maps.  Just look at all the options!  I wish I had this last year when we studied World History, but we will again next year, and I will be using it quite a bit!

Included is also a Teacher's Guide with a tutorial video and user manual, as well as some great resources.

My Thoughts:  I have really enjoyed using WonderMaps and feel like it is a product that we will use for many years to come.  Homeschooling or not, having these beautiful maps at your fingertips is wonderful.

Thoughts of an 8-Year Old:  I like the maps and it was fun for me to draw on mine. Whatever I'm studying, there's a WonderMap for it!

Find Out More:  You can find out more about WonderMaps at Timberdoodle or Bright Ideas Press.  WonderMaps comes as a CD and sells for $44.95 at Timberdoodle, which is $5 off the regular price.  If you would like more information on Timberdoodle and their products, you can request a free homeschool catalog.  You can also visit them on Facebook for deals and contests.

Disclosure:  As a member of Timberdoodle's Blogger Review Team, this product was given to Our Homeschool Reviews for free for review purposes, and I do not have to return the products to the vendor.  I have received no compensation from it and all opinions and experiences within this review are my own. 



Our Village is a Little Different

We love this too. It was great for our ancient Greece studies last year, and we've already used it for Ancient Rome. The boys also like playing with it, just for fun, adding layers and taking things away.

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I spent this afternoon printing out the US by regions and as we learn states going to have dd fill the states and capitols in. Hoping she can do it all by the end of the year. :)

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