Many times while reading a book I’ve wished I had access to maps to illustrate exactly where things were occurring in the story. Other times I needed a map to help my children learn where certain cities, states, rivers etc. were located but did not have one that could be printed and labeled. Bright Ideas Press came out with a perfect solution to both of my problems---WonderMaps!
What is it?
WonderMaps is a computer program that contains over 350 maps that can be easily customized by turning off or on various features.
- historical or modern-day maps
- outline, reference, political, or topographical maps
- black-and-white or color maps
- 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
What We Thought:
This made me happy. Knowing that I could easily print multiple copies of a map with just a click of a button.
This is the screen that greets you when you first open WonderMaps. Everything is neatly organized and laid-out. I found it easy to navigate and find what I needed.
Once you click to the map you want, you are brought to the individual map screen. On the left-hand side are boxes that you can either check or uncheck. For this map I only needed a black and white map of the world, so I clicked off all the other layers.
I did a little review with my middle daughter. We rolled a continent cube and whatever continent was face-up, she had to find on the map and color.
My son is reading about Lewis and Clark, so I pulled up some maps that would help him understand what he was reading. He was able to follow along on the map and see where Lewis and Clark went.
I love that I was able to use one program to do this. Being able to have so many maps at my fingertips will mean that I can save time searching for them on the internet. This is one resources that crosses into multiple subject-areas and I now consider WonderMaps one of my homeschool curriculum staples.
Disclosure: As a member of Timberdoodle's Blogger Review Team I received a free copy of this program in exchange for a frank and unbiased review.