For the last month or so, we’ve had the opportunity to use a new product by Bright Ideas Press. (Bright Ideas is home to The Mystery of History, All American History and Illuminations, just to name a few of their popular products.) Their newest product, WonderMaps, is an amazing new product designed to fulfill all your needs for maps! Whether you are studying History or Geography, this versatile, easy to use product may be just what you’ve been looking for.
Here’s what the fine folks at Bright Ideas have to say about WonderMaps:
“Geography and map skills add richness to any lesson. Whether it’s history, literature, science, current events or Bible, maps play an integral role in thoroughly understanding the topic at hand. With WonderMaps’ made-to-order geography materials at your fingertips, there’s no more skipping map studies due to a lack of preparation time and resources! 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.”
This incredible resource is easy to use and couldn’t be more versatile! You can create maps for whatever you’re studying with as much or as little information as you’d like, with just the click of your mouse!
Please take a few minutes to watch this video tutorial and you’ll see what I mean:
So here’s a quick example to show you the simplicity of it….Say you’re studying Australia, you just navigate to the World Continents section, click the continent Oceania, then click Australia.
Here’s what you’ll see…
Now, let’s say you want to produce a blank map for your students to fill in and label for themselves. All you need to do is click the layers, that’s the list on the left, to remove what you don’t want on their map. In this example, I decided to remove just about everything except for the country and state boarders and rivers. I also left the city locations, so the major cities would be simpler to label. Here is what you’ll get:
All that’s left to do is print! That’s kind of amazing, right?
But that’s not everything! There is also a collection of 125 historical maps, and thematic maps for such things as Explorers, Native Americans, 20th Century Treaties and more!
Simply put, I think my mapping needs have been met for the next several years! So here’s my opinion:
We love it! 🙂
Price: $49.95, (Subscribers of TOS watch for coupon code for 20% Off)
Product Type: CD or PDF Download
Age: Middle School +, and/or Teacher Resource
Illuminations, Mystery of History, All American History, and many others
Disclaimer: Members of the TOS Homeschool Crew were given copies of this product in exchange for their honest opinions. No other compensation of anykind has been received.