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Tuesday, March 23, 2010

About the product/service:  As part of the TOS Homeschool Crew I received a free downloads of Olde World Style United States and World Maps from Homeschool in the Woods.  (The US and World are two different products.)

Olde World Style Modern And Ancient Maps:  World Maps is a black and white set which includes over 130 maps. It will also come with a bonus of over 40 Notebooking pages!

From the website: 

Maps are offered in a variety of ways, such as with and without labels, with and without particular borders, and with a blank title frame for you to fill in for specific projects! Create your own title such as the Crusades, The Silk Route, Barbarian Invasions, weather patterns, and much more! Modern maps contain political lines while the ancient maps are presented in physical map format.

Olde World Style Modern And Historical Maps:  United States is a black and white set which includes over 180 maps, including a map of every state,  and comes with bonus Notebooking pages for each one!  From the website:

The state maps are offered three ways for your convenience: with labels, without labels, and in outline form. Use the labeled version for simply coloring, or have your student do their own labeling! Or, get more specific by designating areas of agriculture, locations of historic landmarks, displaying reservations, and much more!

What are the pros of these products?  These are a great supplement to your geography curriculum if you are not using another curriculum that already contains printable maps.  Or, you could use this as a base,and build a curriculum around it.  There are so many maps included, I couldn't think of anything I would want or need that wasn't there! 

What's not to like? Nothing negative jumps out at me.  :)

The Crazy Mom take:  I have to say right off that I was not really in the market for something like this, so I wasn't all that excited about it.  Then I checked it out and was impressed!  I still am not doing geography this year, so I wasn't able to use a ton of the pages, but I did look it over and think it looks great for someone who is currently studying geography or history.  As a matter of fact, our co-op is offering geography next year that several of my kids will be taking and I'm going to let the gal who is teaching it know about this resource. 

I did find a few pages that I could fit into our school day here.  Well, it's more of a fun thing, but I just count it as school.  Two years ago we did a cross country trip and traveled through several states.  We've also done several other trips.  We've never actually taken the time to add up all the states we've visited.  I printed each of the younger kids a US map so they could label it and color all the states we've been to.  Also, we did learn about the continents and oceans and such last year, so I printed out a worksheet so they could fill in all that info.  I'm just glad there was a teacher's copy with all the answers filled in!  ;)

Anyway, this is a great product.  I like the ability to just print off what I need.  I think it will also come in totally handy next year when the kiddos are taking geography.  I was pleasantly surprised.  I liked it, I really liked it!  :)

Happy mapping! 

 What's the bottom line? You can order these sets individually in a download for $18.95 each or you can order them together in a Combo-Pak download for $28.95.

And they are now available CD! Each set on CD is $19.95 or you can get both sets on one CD as a combo for $29.95

I am going to give Olde World Style United States and World Maps 4 out of 5 smileys!!!

Check it out!

See what my fellow TOS Crew members have to say @

*The Smiley System: 

I can't really recommend this product.
 I doubt this product would be helpful to many people.
 This is a good product, but isn't right for everyone.
 Most homeschool moms will find this useful.
 This is great, and I would recommend it to anyone!!!

Disclaimer!!!  I reviewed this product because I am a member of The Old Schoolhouse Homeschool Crew.  I was given the product by the vendor to use and evaluate in my home so that I might share my insights with others.  Other than receiving the product, which I kinda have to to be able to assess the product, I am not compensated for my reviews in any way.  I am in no way obligated to give a positive review.  I do try to point out negatives when I see them, though I am admittedly a pretty easy going gal!  What you read are my honest assessments of the products I receive. 

As with all products, you must do the research before buying.  Please visit the the other crew members' blogs, the vendor websites, and any other review sites you might find before buying.  I can't guarantee that a product will work for you.  You must decide what will fit with your teaching style, and your child(ren)'s learning style(s).  I do not judge anything other than the educational value of the products I review.  I am not qualified to make judgements as to the safely of any product, and I make no guarantee that the products I review are safe for you, your family, or anyone else.  I am simply giving my opinion; only you know what is best for you and your family.

Don't use your blow dryer while you sleep or take a bath.  Don't read my reviews in the tub either, and please do not read them when you are asleep, though I do not guarantee that you won't fall asleep reading them!
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