Sunday, July 22, 2012

Schoolhouse Review–Knowledge Quest Maps

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A product came in my inbox not too long ago that made me all kinds of excited – the series of Map Trek, by Knowledge Quest Maps!  I have been homeschooling for going on 6 years, and I have wanted to get my hands on some of these products for almost that long! 

Here it is straight from the website:

Map Trek is an atlas plus historical outline maps that allow you to teach geography alongside history.

What a wonderful set-up!  Knowledge offers the following sets:

  • Volume 1: Ancient World --  $14.95
  • Volume 2: Medieval World -- $14.95
  • Volume 3: New World -- $14.95
  • Volume 4: Modern World -- $14.95
  • Map Trek: Complete Collection CD-ROM – $39.95
  • US Map Trek Edition -- $19.95
  • Map Trek 6-ebook Set – $47.00
  • Map Trek Hardcover and CD-ROM – $55

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These maps are so well-done and widely respected that many of the major history curriculums call on Knowledge Quest resources!  Click ::HERE:: to see the Curriculum Integration Guides!

As you know, we are using Heart of Dakota, and all 4 guides can use the Volume 1: Ancient World maps.  When I opened my e-book, here is what I found:

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  • Full color teacher’s maps (because I need as much help as I can get!)
  • unlabeled student maps – and I LOVE that there is a *little* bit of shading for the water, but not enough to affect my children’s writing or coloring.  I read that online, but now I really appreciate that!
  • maps for the children to learn to draw maps, and some blanks – that is cool for later on.

So that is what I expected, and the quality is fantastic – top notch.  But!  There is more that I wasn’t expected and actually overlooked for a while – GASP!

  • The instructions.  Ahem.
  • Lesson Plans!  Did you hear that?  Lesson plans, craft ideas, recipes to go along with some of these maps!
  • and then a Glossary.  Because I need all the help I can get.

Now let’s get to these here lesson plans.  I think the $15 cost is right on for the quality and amount of maps you get, but these lesson plans just nailed it for me.  Just in this set alone, I have enough maps to do one a week, and the lesson plans that correspond to each map is divided into 3 groups: Level A is for K-4th, Level B is for grades 5-8, and Level C is high school.

I had maps for Sumerians, The Persian Empire, Ancient China, Ancient India, The Punic Wars and well over 20 more!  The lesson plans include what to label, but also activities like a mapping dough, Thinkquests and online activities as well. 

If this sounds interesting to you, head over to their website and check out the Map Trek Sampler  they have available!  There are lots of other folks reviewing if you’d like to see what they think – click below!

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Disclaimer: As a member of the Schoolhouse Review Crew, I was given these materials in exchange for an honest review.

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