Saturday, March 20, 2010

Give Mapping a Try!

As a 2nd year member of the TOS Homeschool Crew, I have been given the wonderful opportunity to review many homeschool products over the next several months. The only compensation that I receive for my review is the free product. I feel truly blessed to be participating in this review group and I'm looking forward to trying out more products and giving you my honest opinion.

I think we have all discovered the usefulness of timelines in history. Recording each historical event we study on one great timeline really helps the mind to better grasp world history as a whole and how it fits together. So, have you ever heard of mapping?

Just like using a timeline, mapping each historical event is just as useful. Mark events on a map or series of maps for an awesome visual of not just when, but where history happened. Pretty cool, right?

Homeschool in the Woods is the company that has introduced the concept of mapping to me with their beautiful, hand-illustrated, Old World Style Maps. They offer both a set of United States Maps and World Maps by download or on CD and I am certain that you will find many uses for these maps in your homeschool.

The United States Map set contains over 180 maps including a map of each state. Actually, there are three maps of each state: one with labels, one without labels, and an outline map. Are you beginning to imagine all the possibilities? Put them all together in one notebook, including them in lapbooks, on project displays, as individual worksheets...

Also included are over 30 additional maps that show how the United States grew as a country. I found it quite interesting to view a map of the 13 colonies, then a US map of 1800, 1810, 1820, 1850, 1880, and finally 1959. There are maps labeling the Native American tribes and the Union and Confederate States and more.

But apparently that wasn't enough for Homeschool in the Woods! They've also included facts sheets of each state for students to fill in and color, as well as the completed Teacher Key versions. Full color pictures of the state flags are on each fact sheet as well.

The World Map Set has over 130 maps in both ancient and modern styles.

You'll find ancient maps of China, Greece, Israel, Rome, and more. You'll also find maps to enhance Biblical studies such as Palestine at the time of Christ, Paul's Missionary Journeys, and more. Modern maps from all over come in a variety of different ways: with labels, without, etc.

Once again, they've included over 40 additional notebooking pages! Fact sheets, full color flags, report forms...some of my favorites are the brochure template and recipe cards which make recording information about a newly learned country fun and creative.

I have to be honest, I'm as surprised as you are at how excited I am about a set of maps...but Homeschool in the Woods have really outdone themselves! These are excellent resources for every homeschool.

The Old World Style maps can be purchased together as a downloadable set for $28.95 or on Cd for $29.95. Individually, the US Set and World Map set sell for $18.95 each as a download or $19.95 each on CD. You can also download free samples of the maps at Homeschool in the Woods. And remember, I'm not the only one with an opinion...more reviews of this product can be found at the TOS Crew blog. Pin It Now!

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