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Thursday, March 18, 2010

TOS Review Homeschool in the Woods Old World Maps

If you've been homeschooling for any length of time then you've probably heard of Amy Pak's company, Homeschool In The Woods and her History Through The Ages Timeline figures. Recently Homeschool In The Woods has taken their Olde World Style maps from their Record of Time timeline notebook and expanded them into two sets, world maps and United States maps.

My mom taught me how to read a map almost before I could read a book. We would go on road trips while my dad was 'out in the field' for the Army, and I would sit in the front seat with a huge road atlas covering my lap. Mom would show me where we were on the map and start giving me instructions like 'find the big blue line with a 10 written on it' and so on.

I still enjoy geography and maps, but until now I haven't found a map set that I like. These hand-drawn maps are well done with really nice details.

In the United States set you get 180 maps PLUS notebooking pages for each state. The maps are available in three ways: blank outline, with labels and without labels.

If you're going to be studying American history and learning the states as you go, you will love having these on hand. Last year we attempted to create our own state notebooking pages and it was more work than I had time for. With this set, you can just print the state you need (filled in or blank depending on your student) and off you go.

The World Maps set has more than 130 ancient and modern maps and over 40 notebooking pages. Like the United States maps, these are available as blank outline, labled and not labled. The modern maps have political lines while the ancient maps are presented in physical map format.

We're going to study ancient history next year and I can see us using these maps the entire year. It's pretty funny actually...before I knew the TOS Crew was receiving this product, I declared next year to be Geography Year in our home. I'm thankful for the Lord's provision to help me with that!

If you've never used any of Amy Pak's material before and you're not sure if it will work for you, be sure to check out her Freebie's page for free sample downloads of different products. She also has free unit studies for topics like deserts & rainforests and the Iditarod & Alaska. Scroll down the left side of the homepage to find them.

The United States and World map sets are available for purchase as downloads for $18.95 for each set, or $28.95 for a combo pack. They're also available on CD for $19.95 for each set or the combo pack for $29.95. The CDs are both Mac and PC compatible.
Definitely head over to Homeschool In The Woods and get out these beautiful maps. I think you'll be very glad you did.

You can read reviews written by other TOS Crew Members here.

* I received this product for free so that I may use it and give you my opinion of it. No other compensation was received.

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