Sunday, May 15, 2011

A Valuable Geography Resource

Have you ever been working through a Unit Study, reading a book with your children, or studying a certain period of time and thought, "I wish I could find a map for this, but I want to be able to customize it?"  I have!  There have been so many times that I have wished for a specific map to go with our bible studies, book, or history studies.  Well, I was so excited when I received my copy of Wonder Maps from Bright Ideas Press.  This is just the resource I've been wishing for all of these years!

Using Wonder Maps, you can customize a map to just what you want.  It can be color or black and white.  It can have labels or not.  It can have borders, topography, or a "modern overlay."  The modern overlay is really cool.  If you are using an older map, say the colonies before anyone really lived in America, you can see the map how it would have appeared then WITH how the country is divided into states today!  Brilliant.  This resource is an invaluable resource for all of our studies.

The best way to understand what WonderMaps is is to watch the introduction video on You Tube.  Check this out:

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YAbx7Go8F88[/youtube]

To contact Bright Ideas Press for more information about this product, I'm going to quote the vendor directly:  "If at any point you have questions or require technical support, you may either call our office at 877.492.8081 (ask for Tyler) or email TechSupport@BrightIdeasPress.com. Our offices are open M–F, 9am–5pm, Eastern Time. We're more than happy to assist you in any way possible."  You will find them easy to work with and full of information.

Right now you can find Wonder Maps featured on the Bright Ideas Press homepage.  It is $49.95 for over 350 customizable maps.  No, this isn't a curriculum, but more of a supplement to your current curriculum.  But, think about it, whatever time period you are studying, you can go into Wonder Maps, customize the map to whatever you are studying and have your children work from this map tailored to their studies.  You can incorporate geography into all your studies using Wonder Maps.  For instance, if you are reading a book or story set in a particular country during a particul time-period, find a map on Wonder Maps and have your child mark the map with the main characters and their travels.  There are limitless possibilities for this resource.

But, as usual, don't take my word for it.  Check out the reviews of my fellow crew members and do your research.  In my opinion, this is a really useful resource for all homeschoolers.  It will be something you use every year and incorporate it within your history and literature studies.

I received a complimentary copy of Bright Ideas Press' Wonder Maps in order to complete this review.

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  1. [...] we’re going to do one country a week.  I went back to my Wonder Map and printed beautiful black and white maps of each country.  You can see a bit of the maps in the [...]

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