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WonderMaps from Bright Ideas Press is a must have product for map-loving families. It is a purchase that you make one time and then you can use it the entire length of your homeschooling years. You can print maps for each of your children with the click of a button. The WonderMaps product comes as a CD or an immediate download.
WonderMaps may be just what you are looking for to bump up your history, literature, and geography courses to the next level. The WonderMaps program will work with any method of homeschooling and with any curricula you currently use with all ages of children.
What makes WonderMaps so “wonder”ful?
- You pick how detailed you want your map to be for your particular study by adding and subtracting layers of detail.
- Using the WonderMaps program you can decide whether to print your map out in color, show city, river, state, and country boundaries, or detailed topographical information.
- Each feature is a layer you choose before printing.
- There are also historical maps and thematic maps that we used extensively in our homeschooling.
- We found them to be a perfect fit for our Tapestry of Grace plans and our notebooking style of record keeping.
WonderMaps is Great for High School Too!
My high school age son used WonderMaps for his history and geography study. I think that he enjoyed this so much because he was in charge of picking and creating many of the maps he used in his notebooks. He still likes to draw his own maps but with WonderMaps he can quickly print and use a map without a lot of trouble.
Create Custom Geography Memorization Plans
I tried something new this year and created a geography notebook by printing many of the USA maps without labels. I numbered the pages according to the weeks of school and each week Mr. B could quickly turn to the week’s map and label it. I made multiple copies of each regional USA map from WonderMaps and Mr. B used them to memorize the fifty states and their capitols.
Teacher’s Guide with Other Resources
One important part of our high school geography course was to learn about the Five Themes of Geography. WonderMaps comes with a complete reference and activity guide to apply these important themes in your history and geography courses. WonderMaps makes it super easy!
How about 50 Bright Ideas for Using Outline Maps? It’s included!
There are no downsides to this product…at least none that our family has found in using it over the past two years. The price is $49.95 but if you consider that you will use this resource for the rest of your homeschooling years…it is a great investment. If your children are in the elementary years, you are going to have a long time to benefit from WonderMaps. This product is on my “best of” homeschooling products list…just wish I had some younger children to use it with from the beginning.
There are samples available: WonderMaps Sample file.
Now for the Giveaway! One Curriculum Choice reader will receive a WonderMaps CD from Bright Ideas Press valued at $49.95!
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Yahiliz Seiltgen says
This sounds like a wonderful resource! I’m just beginning my homeschool journey and this would make a great addition. Thanks for the giveaway!
The kids love maps and are always asking where places are! This would make a great addition!
We love maps. I am setting up a geography box this summer with outline maps I can pull when we run across a country or region in our studies.
We love maps! I can see using this for so many things–history, literature, cultural studies. I love that it can be customized.
Heather H. says
Would love to use this program with our upcoming history studies. Ancient history and American history all in one product? Awesome!
Rebekah Shaver says
We use Story of the world. They use maps, but sometimes my map LOVING almost 5 year old wishes there were more and more DETAILED maps. 🙂 Wondermaps would be great for my older 2 as well, and my youngest in a few years. Even if we switch curriculum for history I believe wondermaps will be a GREAT resource.
Everytime my daughter hears about a new location, she wants to know where it is located. She is also intrigued with historical maps and comparing country borders over time. We find most of our maps online since our atlas and globe don’t provide enough details. It would be nice to have a reference item that is more detailed to help my daughter learn about her world. Thank you for the review of this product!
Dena S. says
We are getting into maps and this would be a great addition to our room.
Sabrina Lester says
We would love to check out Wonder Maps
looks like it would be great to have
We’d love to have something like this! Thanks! It will get lots of use with my oldest only being 7.
Maps help in many ways. This looks like a great resource!
Wondermaps would be a wonderful addition to our homeschool. Yesterday, I asked my ten year old what he would like to learn about next year and without hesitation he said geography. He loves computers and I’m sure he would really enjoying creating his own maps.
This product looks amazing.
We would use it when we do our cultures curriculum.
I love that it is adaptable and can be made more detailed as my daughter grows. I like the idea of using the maps to enhance cultural study as well.
As I begin homeschooling, these maps would be a welcome addition.
Before we moved a few years ago, we had large maps of the world and the US up on the wall in our dining area that we looked at and talked about all the time. They don’t fit in our current eating area, so they are on the walls of our schoolroom, but we don’t look at them as much. This resource could help my girls have the geography knowledge their older brother gained through that opportunity.
This would go perfectly with Story of the World that we’ll start using in a few months!
I would love to win this! I keep looking at them, but I haven’t ordered them yet!
We are starting homeschooling in the fall with our soon to be second grader. I have heard so much about this product and would love to use it next year!
I have been looking at this resource for a while- I love geography and want only the best resources available!
With our Mystery of History studies and practice for geography bee.
I’ve been looking at this recently. I’m not the best at using homeschool-on-the-computer stuff, I’ll admit. But I’ve been considering this to help with our Geography.
I love maps! What a neat program!
This sounds like a great product. We are starting homeschooling in the fall with my 6th grader. She loves maps. 🙂
Lisa @CreativLEI says
We’re looking to do geography-based social studies this year and WonderMaps is high on my ‘must-get’ list!
I like this geography based set of assignments because you can apply it to almost any grade level
We do Classical Conversations. These maps would be most helpful to our studies this next year!
My kids are young and this would benefit us greatly for many years to come.
I would love to add this to our curriculum stash!
One of my projects this summer is to make a “geography box” with outline maps I can pull to supplement our study of history and current events. This would be a great resource.
How I wish I had this when I was teaching Global Studies! My family could definitely benefit from easy access to maps. Our homeschool is a globetr
I was just looking at this program today and trying to decide how I can justify the cost. Thank you for the review – it would be so helpful for our geography studies!
I have not been great about using maps in my homeschool. This looks like a great resource to change that! Thank you for the detailed review of this product!
Sharon Ankerich says
We are changing curriculum this year and THIS would be the perfect addition!!! The tutorial was excellent!!! Thank you for the review and very excited about this!!!
My kids LOVE maps! I would love to print maps from places new to them and let them explore freely.
What a great resource! We are just going to start homeschooling next year and this would be great to have!
Becky Rider says
We are just starting to focus on a history time in our homeschool next year and this would be a great tool to have to use from the beginning.
I have gotten other things from bright idea, but not maps……my son LOVES geography!
Jessica A. says
I would use the maps for our geography unit study that I’m working on right now for my son! This resource would be wonderful to have!