Thursday, March 18, 2010

Review: Homeschool In the Woods (Olde World Style Map Sets)

I haven't done a whole lot in the area of Geography with my children. Oh, we've touched on each of the 50 States, the oceans and continents. But beyond that? Not so much. Therefore, I didn't think too much of this next review product (at first) from the good folks at Homeschool In the Woods.

Then I downloaded and printed off a few sheets. Suddenly, I was singing a very different tune!

The Olde World Style Map Sets (U.S. and World) are hand-illustrated (!) maps that greatly enhance a variety of homeschool projects. Whether you're studying a specific country, state or even Ancient Israel during your Bible studies, you really cannot go wrong with this set.

The World Map Set features 130+ maps covering both modern and ancient borders. Highlights include maps of all the former Chinese Dynasties (which my oldest found super-cool as she's really into Chinese culture), as well as the Twelve Tribes of Israel, Ancient Greece and Ancient Rome.You also have the option of printing your maps either with or without labels, for a nice semi-customized experience.

A set of awesome notebooking pages are included as a bonus. These pages are packed with such goodies like report forms, flag graphics, and recipe cards to fill in with your favorite dish(es)! Neat, huh?

This set is available for $18.95 in PDF download or for $19.95 on CD.

The U.S. Map Set comes jam-packed with every State or U.S. map you could possibly think of! Maps cover the western expansion and growth (from the 1800's through modern day), Colonial America, Slave & Free States, and of course--maps covering each of the 50 States in general. Students can locate (and label) rivers, lakes, mountains, cities and more.

Like the World Map Set, the U.S. version also contains a healthy selection of notebooking pages. I've been using two maps (in alphabetical order) each day and having my children look up state mottos, flowers, rocks, bird, insect (yes, there really is such a thing--gross, I know), gemstone and more.

By the way, did you know that the Washington State gemstone is (wait for it...) petrified wood? No really, it is. Weird, huh? Yeah, I thought so, too.

The United States Map Set is available for $18.95 pdf download or for $19.95 on CD.

I'm very impressed with the quality and the detail of all these maps. Not only that but having them all grouped together like this makes covering geography and history a whole lot easier! You can check out a free sample of each set by clicking on the links above.

I gladly give both products two happy thumbs up!

To read what my fellow TOS Crew Mates had to say about this product, please click here.

*As a member of the TOS Homeschool Crew, I received a copy of each of the above products for free. No additional compensation was provided and the opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.*

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